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Teaching Assistant for a new Expressions course

  • Animation
  • Created on: 08/23/2019
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Job Overview

School of Motion is looking for a Teaching Assistant with a strong understanding of the usage and syntax of Expressions in After Effects who will guide students through rigorous motion design courses assist with unique challenges presented by course instructors. 

School of Motion is looking to add a Teaching Assistant to our growing team. This is a role in an industry-leading online-only motion design school that will require you to have experience completing projects utilizing the motion design knowledge, skills, techniques and tools taught in this course. You should have full comprehension of the usage and syntax of Expressions in After Effects; however, you do not need to be well versed in scripting or extension creation.

The primary skills required for this position include intermediate to advanced knowledge of animation in After Effects.

You should also be comfortable:

  • Writing and troubleshooting Expressions
  • Reviewing course materials to learn the coding "best practices" established in the course

Expression topics covered include:

  • Using Variables
  • Using Expression Controllers
  • Conditional statements
  • Understanding Properties and Functions
  • Using data to drive animation
  • Arrays
  • Very basic loops
  • Simple math useful for coding (Math.sin, rounding, absolute values)
  • Expression Debugging

To succeed in this role, you must:

  • Possess a strong grasp of the fundamentals of motion design, as evidenced by your portfolio
  • Have advanced English written and spoken communication skills
  • Love teaching and mentoring motion designers at all skill levels
  • Be self motivated
  • Be kind and uplifting

Technical requirements include:

  • After Effects CC 2019 (16.0.1 or higher)
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Quality microphone
  • Photoshop CC 2019 (20.0 or higher) - Suggested

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Creating weekly 30-minute (or less) audio recordings 
  • Creating weekly video reviews of student work, to be seen by all current students
  • Critiquing assignments submitted in our custom-built Homework Locker
  • Answering student questions about lessons and assignments
  • Highlighting exceptionally performing students through our Student Spotlight program

Your schedule will be at your own discretion; however, you must:

  • Provide critiques on written assignments within 24 hours of student submission, on business days (you never need to work on weekends or holidays, unless you want to)
  • Record a video critique and upload it to the portal each week between Monday night and Wednesday afternoon, at 2 PM ET (you cannot record the video prior to Monday night to allow for student submissions)
  • Remain available on Slack, email and Facebook Groups to receive important updates from School of Motion
  • Regularly check the private Student Session Facebook Group, so you can provide ongoing assistance and encouragement 

Sound right for you? Great! Please apply with the following:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A link to your reel/portfolio
  • A cover letter

Your cover letter should include:

  • Why you’re the best fit for this role
  • How you learned to be a motion designer
  • Why you would be successful at motivating and guiding motion design students
  • Whether you’re a School of Motion alum and, if so, what courses you’ve taken

Important application notes:

  • If you have applied in the past, please re-apply again for this specific course
  • Please only apply if you have a reel/portfolio or all of your work is under NDA


  • If you are a U.S. resident, you will be classified as a temporary, part-time employee, and must be eligible to work in the United States in order to meet the guidelines of Federal Tax Administrators. 
  • If you live outside the United States, you will be classified as a contracted 1099 position.

School of Motion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind

School of Motion is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at School of Motion are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Additional Info

  • Location
  • Experience Level
  • Preferred Skill Set
    Adobe After Effects
  • Job Type
    Part time