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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

Telling It is a trauma-informed resiliency-building community-based program that supports the healing and learning needs of under-served school-age youth using best practices from social work and education filtered through the expressive arts so they can lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. Telling It is designed to meet the needs of the youth so they can reach their full potential. The virtual after-school program sessions are youth driven and offer a safe, censorship and judgement-free environment in which youth can process their hurts and practice healthy coping skills. For more information go to


This project will provide teenage youth, ages 13 to 19, with weekly virtual expressive arts workshops as part of Telling It. The workshops will be co-led by the skilled Resident Artist in collaboration with the Telling It Site Leader and Social Worker in which they will inspire spoken word poetry, hip-hop and more with the goal of creating a safe space for youth to tell their stories, find connection with others that may have shared experiences, shift feelings of isolation to community building and address mental health issues such as thoughts of self-harm and suicidal ideation. It is the intent of the organizatiob that once the pandemic has passed, in-person programming will resume.

Resident Artist will:

  • Co-plan and co-execute two-hour weekly sessions for youth.
  • Participate in the team pre- and de-brief for the weekly sessions.
  • Provide expertise in spoken word poetry, music, hip-hop and creative writing.
  • Report to Telling It Program Director on a regular basis.
  • Assist Program Director and others in the production of an anthology/chat book of the youth’s writings and artwork at the conclusion of the program.

Required Qualifications*

  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • Access to reliable internet and desktop computer, laptop or cell phone.
  • Reliability is required. In the event Resident Artist is not able to participate in a session, arrangements will be made 24 hours in advance with the Program Director.
  • Arrive fully prepared to facilitate the sessions.
  • Check in with Program Director on a regular basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  •  Experience with the justice system. 
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of utilizing the expressive arts and a trauma-informed approach to working with youth.
  • History of reliability and accountability.
  • Experience as a team leader.
  • Demonstrate maturity and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Model positive behavior, energy, flexibility and humor.
  • Able to work effectively across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity and differently-abled.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to problem-solve issues.
  • Able to exercise compassion, professionalism, and discretion with material of a highly sensitive or confidential nature.
  • Working knowledge of Telling It is preferred.
  • Have demonstrable passion for the Telling It program mission and for an environment that promotes best practices, social justice, and creativity.

Additional Information

Status: Part-time, no benefits

Hours: Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm plus 1-hour prep time

Location: Virtual Programming

Direct Supervisor: Program Director

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.