Thrive Design Mentor
Thrive is currently seeking to hire four (4) graphic designers to be Design Mentors (DM’s) for
one-year positions at our offices and at area high schools in Phillips County, Arkansas
beginning Friday, July 20, 2018 and lasting until June 29, 2019, with potential for continued
Friday July 20-26: Initial week to move to Helena and get acclimated prior to orientation
Friday, July 27th
– Cookout meet and greet at The Staley’s House, 804 Columbia St.
Monday, July 30th thru Friday August 3rd – Community Orientation
Monday, August 6th thru Friday August 10
– School Orientation
Description of Position
In The Schools
DM’s will be employed by Thrive to provide staff support and technical expertise to local
high-school based Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Programs as well as offer
staff support to visual art classrooms, with the on-campus title of Design Mentor. DM’s will
individually help small teams of students plan and implement student-led, communityfocused
projects and integrate their experiences working within the design and art industries
into the EAST Program’s STEM-based curriculum. DM’s will layer the design process of
discovery, research, planning, refining, launching and evolution into the EAST curriculum to
enhance results for students and the community.
Curriculum / Lesson Planning
Within the EAST program
• DM’s will work with the in-class EAST Facilitator to accommodate EAST milestones.
• Group meetings between the facilitator and DM’s will occur every two weeks.
• DM’s will be responsible for creating and implementing surveys based upon DM program
goals established by Thrive.
• DM’s will maintain individual online documentation blogs of the experience.
Within the Art Classroom
• DM’s will work with the teacher to accommodate specific art classroom milestones.
• DM’s will plan lessons within their areas of expertise.
Interested applicants must have completed a degree in a design discipline or an equivalent
visual communications degree and be able to show examples of relevant community-focused
projects. Applicants who can demonstrate experience in the classroom or have equivalent
experiences working with youth will be prioritized in the selection process; however, nonexperience
does not exclude applications.
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Google Calendars, Gmail, and
Google Sketch-up, wood shop tools, metal shop tools, and 3-D printing software. Experience in video and
motion graphics work is also a major plus toward an application.
This is a full-time position designed to have individual DM’s on campus three days a week
(Tues.-Thurs.) in the EAST and art classrooms and spending the other two days a week
working full days as a graphic designer for Thrive. Applicants must plan to accommodate a
flexible schedule five days a week depending on classroom needs and graphic design workload.
Candidates that have prior vacation days planned conflicting with the attached calendar need
not apply. View the attached example school calendar on page 5.
1 sick day accrues per month of employment
Rules and Code of Conduct
Employees must adhere to the rules of area schools, which will include a background check
and could include drug testing.
Is this job right for you?
Those interested in this position should take into consideration that they will be moving to an
economically depressed region and should be prepared to thoughtfully engage with many
students that are disadvantaged. In addition to embodying a nurturing spirit, candidate traits
will include professionalism, positivity, flexibility, and leadership. Organization skills,
promptness, and the ability to represent the Thrive brand professionally within and outside of
the community are important to setting a good example for students. In addition to these
professional fundamentals, we are looking for those who believe in the innate powers that
design and creativity have to contribute to a community’s renaissance.
DM’s will receive a 10-month stipend of $25,000 with the potential to make $30,000 if
semester performance goals are met.
NOTE: Average living expenses for 1 professional in Helena, Arkansas are roughly $1,000 per
Background on EAST® (Information taken from the EAST Initiative website)
“EAST® is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service
learning-oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the
most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide
today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their
own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and develop valuable experience.
Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states
(Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania).”
Core values of EAST include
-Community Service & Collaboration
-Project Sophistication & Innovation
For more information on the EAST Initiative please visit: www.eastinitiative.org
Background on Thrive
Founded in 2009 in Helena, Arkansas, Thrive is a non-profit organization with the mission to
design opportunity in impoverished regions of rural America by increasing economic mobility
and decreasing rural population loss. Thrive accomplishes this mission by designing programs
alongside partners to serve community needs. Examples of these programs have included a
small business development class, a monthly street fair, and most recently have culminated in
our Design Mentorship Residency. To sustain the organization, Thrive contracts with
mission-aligned municipalities and nonprofits to provide branding and marketing tools at
For more detailed information about Thrive, please visit:
Background on the Design Mentorship Residency
In 2015, Thrive received support from the National Endowment for the Arts to help pilot an
art education residency in Helena, Arkansas. The Thrive Arts Residency was then created to
equip the community with quality art and design education and to assist Helena in becoming
a beacon for design and creativity. Now titled the Design Mentorship Residency, Thrive is
currently in the third year of program operation and is working to sustain the program over
As a creative firm working in the field of social impact design, Thrive is connected to an
extensive network of cutting-edge design industry and academic professionals who also share
an interest in social impact design. Thrive is uniquely positioned to recruit the best and the
brightest of this group, whose experience in their fields and desire to teach the next
generation of innovators will offer a direct advantage to students within area school districts.
Goals of the Design Mentorship Residency
Goal 1: To assist in the development of a creative cluster of Helena/Phillips County residents
Goal 2: To enhance the number of creative problem solvers in our community—ultimately
leading to diverse job skills, strengthened confidence, and life planning skills in our citizenry—
thus creating a results-driven sense of community pride
Goal 3: Assist in breaking the cycle of endemic and pervasive poverty through arts and design
Four-Year Impact Goals:
1. Teacher retention
2. Number of students going on to study art/design in college
3. Graduation rate/test scores
4. School-wide attendance rate
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