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Fellowship Advisor

Memphis native and New York-based artist, Derek Fordjour founded the Contemporary Arts Memphis “CAM” Summer Fellowship to inspire young, creative Memphians to pursue a career in the arts and to break down barriers to their success.The Summer Fellowship is a 4-week residential program where Fellows live and work together for 3 weeks in Memphis, TN, and travel to New York City for the final week. Over the course of the 3 weeks in Memphis, students from regional high schools will learn from local artists, explore the Memphis arts community, and take college-level coursework at the University of Memphis. In New York City, the Fellows will speak with renowned artists, tour cultural institutions like the MET, MOMA, and Guggenheim, visit arts-focused colleges and universities, and take a look at the arts community from a different perspective.

The Advisors of the CAM Summer Fellowship will use their experience as instructors, artists, mentors, and/or youth leaders to support our 25 Fellows throughout the rigorous 4-week program. The Fellowship Advisor will manage/supervise/lead rising 11-12th grade Fellows during the CAM Summer Program, which will take place at St. Columba Event and Retreat Center. There will be 4 total Advisors overseeing approximately 25 Fellows participating in the 2023 program. The Memphis session launches on Sunday, June 4th, and ends on Friday, June 23rd; The New York City session begins on Sunday, June 25, and ends on Friday, June 30th, 2023.    Fellowship Advisors are representatives of Contemporary Arts Memphis, and as such, are expected to represent the mission and vision of the organization. The Advisor is expected to accomplish the daily administrative, interpersonal, and programming objectives in a responsible manner as established by CAM. They will also take disciplinary measures if needed. The Advisor reports directly to the CAM Associate Director and the CAM Fellowship Director.



● Maintain close communication with the Associate Director about all aspects/incidents over the course of the Fellowship Program.
● Attend all training and meetings as indicated by the Associate Director.
● Perform routine checks of St. Columba’s residences to maintain safety, security, and proper adherence to CAM Policies.
● Handle emergency situations as they arise.
● Assist with Registration, Orientation, Travel Logistics, and Safety of the Camp.
● Assist the facilities manager at St.Columba in maintaining the fellowship lodging, cafeteria, and commons spaces.
● Assist the Associate Director in completing safety, incident, and disciplinary reports as needed.

Code of Conduct and Behavioral Policies:
● Assist in effectively communicating policies and regulations to the Fellows.
● Report all disciplinary issues/actions to the Associate Director.
● Complete all forms necessary to document and report disciplinary problems/actions.
● Know and implement procedures for crisis situations/responses.
● Report any behavioral issues to the nurse and the Associate Director.
● Identify fellows that may be in need of counseling services and direct them to the Associate Director for assistance.

● Coordinate and/or assist the Associate Director and Fellowship Director with specialized programming throughout the program.
● Set up scheduled events throughout the program. Help break down events and guide fellows in the clean-up procedures.
● Identify the special interests of the fellows, providing support in their artistic endeavors.
● Disseminate information to Fellows.
● Assist in the safe transportation of Fellows to and from partner locations and activities.
● Live onsite at St. Columba in a single occupancy room including a shared bathroom with a fellow Advisor.
● Coordinate the daily survey process.

● Assist in promoting good morale, constructive attitudes, and a sense of responsibility toward the Fellows and the property.
● Promote a sense of community and peer-to-peer respect.
● Work professionally and in a team-oriented fashion with the other advisors, supporting them as needed.


Fellowship Advisor Training will begin on Wednesday, 6/1/22, and run until Sunday, 6/4/22.  
The Advisor staff are required to be moved into St. Columba or live within 30 minutes of St. Columba during this time.

Summer Program:
Advisors are required to live on campus at St. Columba from 6/4/2023 to 6/24/2023. There are no exceptions to this. Personal Time will be scheduled to allow for rest and taking care of personal matters, though every night will be spent at St. Columba. Additionally, full attendance will be required in New York City from June 25th to June 30th.

The Fellowship Advisor will be compensated by CAM for satisfactory performance of these duties by receiving payment in the amount of $8,000 and designated rent-free housing for the duration of the program. Additionally, meals, entry fees, and New York City travel costs will be provided by CAM.

● BFA/MFA/MAT/BA or equivalent experience. Must have a high level of understanding of visual art, art history, and or art instruction.
● First Aid training and certification.
● Proven experience as a camp counselor, art teacher, or similar role working with high school children.
● Must be patient and reliable.
● Organizational and communication skills.
● Energetic and Positive Personality.
● Ability to pass a drug and background check.

To apply, please send one PDF with a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, 3 references + your resume to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis immediately. Interviews will be completed until all four roles are filled. No phone calls, please.

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