Instructor, The Moth Education and Community Programs

Instructor - The Moth Education and Community Programs

The application for this position can be found here. The deadline to submit is January 9th, 2022.

The Moth Education Program 

The Moth Education Program works with young people and educators to build community through our innovative storytelling workshops and curriculum. The Moth believes that young people have powerful voices and perspectives, yet they often go unheard. This is especially true for young people of color. The Moth seeks to provide a platform to amplify young voices and narratives far and wide.

The Moth Community Program 

The Moth Community Program provides the space, tools and expertise for people to practice the art and craft of personal storytelling.  We partner with nonprofits - community-based organizations, cultural institutions, foundations, and government agencies - to host workshops that inspire confidence and self-reflection and deepen connections within and between communities.  

To learn more about The Moth’s Education and Community Program, please visit our website.

What we're looking for:

We are looking for engaging and empathetic facilitators with a passion for storytelling. Our instructors are able to prioritize participant agency as they create a thoughtful, fun and supportive space for young people and adults to engage in the often vulnerable work of true, personal storytelling. 


  • This is a freelance contractor position with an expected workload of 1-2 EDU residencies per semester and 3-4 COMM workshops per year (both virtual and in-person, see info below on the range of time commitment for those workshops).

  • In the Education program, we primarily facilitate HS residencies and PD workshops for educators.  

    • High school students join us for an after-school residency program for ~2 hours, once a week, for 7-10 weeks culminating in a story SLAM.  Teaching Artists must be able to commit to at least one residency per semester (about 16 teaching hours plus paid planning time). 

    • We hold 2 Teacher Institutes per year for 5th-12th grade educators plus occasional one-off workshops for colleges and other educational organizations.

  • In the Community program, adult participants (ranging from young adults to senior citizens) affiliated with a partnering non-profit organization join us for 3-hour Intro workshops, 6-hour Alumni workshops, or 15-hour Intensives. Teaching Artists should be able to commit to at least 3-4 workshops per year (anywhere from 6 to 60 contact hours). 

  • Instructors are also invited to participate in regular paid PD and training opportunities throughout the year

Our Onboarding Process:

  • Newly hired instructors will attend a series of required paid training sessions in the spring concurrent with observations of both Community and Education spaces before being placed as a co-instructor (paired with a more experienced lead instructor) in a Moth workshop. TBD whether these will be virtual or in-person (see more below on COVID policies).

  • The paid observation period will include 2-3 EDU workshops (2 hours each), 1-2 EDU SLAMs (~2 hrs), 1 COMM Intensive (15 hrs) and 1 COMM Intro or Alumni Workshop (3-6 hrs).

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate Moth-designed curriculum

  • Reflect critically with co-instructors and supervisors on teaching practice

  • Communicate regularly with partners, participants and program managers

  • Attend paid instructor trainings and adhere to safety protocols


  • Instructors must currently live in the immediate NYC area. 

  • At least 2 years prior experience leading groups as a teacher, teaching artist, facilitator, social worker, or comparable leadership position.

  • Previous storytelling (facilitation or performance) experience preferred.

  • Cultural sensitivity and the ability to connect with diverse groups of people.

Also appreciated:

  • Knowledge of Moth storytelling

  • Proficiency in language(s) other than English a plus

Commitment to Diversity:

The Moth is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally vibrant team and strongly encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds. The Moth seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at The Moth are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Moth brings storytelling opportunities to people from a variety of communities. Candidates with a commitment to supporting diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Policies: 

The Moth’s Community and Education programs are currently offering the majority of our workshops virtually, but hope to move back into in-person models in the spring of 2022.

The safety and comfort of our instructors, partners and participants is of utmost importance to The Moth’s Education and Community teams. All participants, partners, instructors and other staff for in-person events will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to commencement of in-person training, workshops, residencies or events. 

The Moth agrees to adhere to the more restrictive recommendations and/or requirements of all applicable local, city, state, and federal laws and CDC/National Public Health guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention in the execution of all workshop(s) and StorySLAM events, including but not limited to; capacity limits, social distancing, and masks.

The application for this position can be found here. The deadline to submit is January 9th, 2022.