Bilingual Teaching Artist

Writers in Residence – Nuestras Voces Program

1 position available

PEN/Faulkner’s education programming offers dynamic experiences for young people to engage in high-quality literacy programming through enriching conversations with professional writers, writing workshops, and book donations, in English and in Spanish. We are hiring energetic, experienced writers to serve as the lead Writer in Residence at DC public and charter schools for School Year 2020-21.

Position Overview:

PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Residence program brings experienced writers to classrooms to lead students in an in-depth writing project through generative writing workshops and craft discussions, guest author visits, and book donations. Each residency project culminates with a final student project of their own design.

We are looking for writers with a passion for their art and an enthusiasm for working with young people. Working closely with the Education Programs Director and the classroom teacher, the Teaching Artist will deliver curriculum-aligned, developmentally appropriate writing workshops of 60 minutes each. This position requires someone who is both a writer and who is passionate about literacy education in under-resourced public schools. Prior teaching or volunteer experience in K-12 schools is a must.

School Year 2020-21 Nuestras Voces Residency:

Our Nuestras Voces residency is with 10th-11th grade in narrative/prose writing and poetry broadly around the theme of home. What defines home and who is part of that definition? What does “home” mean?

We value individuals with diverse talents, backgrounds, and experiences. If hired, candidates should be prepared to work collaboratively under the direction of our team and partners; to provide inclusive and engaging lessons; and to encourage young writers to explore creative risk-taking and “failure” throughout the creative process.

COVID-19 Information:

This position requires access to online platforms that use both audio and video capabilities. Candidates outside the DMV area are welcome to apply.

Terms of Employment:

This is a limited-basis contract position with no benefits. Pay is $60/hour in the classroom for 15 sessions. In addition, the position pays $30/hour for mandatory training, lesson plan development, and educator partner meetings, up to 17 hours.


The candidate MUST be available to teach virtually from 2pm-3pm EST on the following dates (all Thursdays):

  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17
  • January 14
  • January 28
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 11
  • March 25
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • May 20

Mandatory Background Check:

All candidates who are hired must be able to pass a required background check prior to starting the position. Background checks include proof of a negative TB test and required fingerprinting at a Field Print office.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs Director and the assigned classroom teacher to develop an age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate writing curriculum that aligns with the educator’s classroom goals and that is culturally responsive.
  • Facilitate each virtual or in-class session.
  • Adhere to submission deadlines for post-session reports, data collection, lesson plan submission, and other administrative documents.
  • Adhere to a strict privacy policy regarding student self-disclosures, unless it requires Mandated Reporting.
  • Adhere to federal and state online privacy laws protecting children and young people.
  • Adhere to PEN/Faulkner’s policies supporting positive youth development, embracing creative risk-taking and failure, and developing an inclusive community.
  • Be able to work with and support the writing of students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and developmental backgrounds, including low-income students, non-native English speakers, students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with IEPs.


  • MUST demonstrate oral Spanish language fluency.
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience.
  • Prior school-based or education program experience with students in grades 3-12.
  • A willingness to take risks, accept direct feedback and constructive criticism, and grow.
  • Experience using video conferencing platforms for writing instruction is preferred.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to changing classroom needs and environments.
  • Artistic excellence in writing, with preference given to demonstration of excellence in prose writing.
  • Comfort with travelling to Washington, DC schools (pending public health developments for Spring 2021; local candidates only).

Application Process:

To apply, you will need to submit the following:

  1. A cover letter explaining your relevant experience as a writing professional and your experience working with young people, including information about your Spanish language proficiency and your work within the Latinx community.
  2. A resume demonstrating your experience as both an artist and an educator in K-12 settings.
  3. A brief (no more than 300 words) statement of your approach to working with young people from diverse backgrounds who might be “reluctant writers.”
  4. A short video demonstration lesson (max. 3 minutes) on any topic of your choice, writing or otherwise. Videos can be attached or linked to a YouTube, Vimeo, or other platform.

Submit your application materials to applications@penfaulkner.org. Please put “Writer in Residence” in the subject line. Candidates who are selected to move forward in the process will be required to give a 10-15 minute demonstration lesson via Zoom.

Application Deadline:

September 4, 2020.

We will begin reviewing applications in late August.