Job Description: Teaching Artist
We.APP Young Artists Academy (YAA)
Young scholars in the back of the class are taught to speak up and become leaders in the front.
The We. Act. Present Perform. (We.APP) We.APP Young Artists Academy (YAA) is the only public speaking class offered as an elective or Language Arts course during the school day. YAA is designed to teach young scholars to discover their unique voice, and create original work that expresses their view on education, home, and life. Our project-based methods are anchored in using writing and presenting to empower participants to present ideas that reflect their clear, passionate, and distinctive perspective of the world. Our unique methodology to teaching literacy and communication skills deepens their appreciation for the power of words and how writers and speakers use strategies like vocabulary, literary devices, movement, voice and modes of discourse to convey a message.
Our main objective for YAA is to be an integral part of what schools provide to bridge that engagement and opportunity gap. Our strategy incorporates integrating public speaking and performance art to reengage students in their reading, writing, and listening process. By teaching students to expand vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and ability to collaborate, students increase their ability to self-direct, adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, and speak with purpose as it relates to school and home. All these things contribute to a child’s ability to focus and stay engaged in their learning process as it relates to the classroom, home, and self-exploration.
Apply if: You are a creative being seeking to change the lives of young scholars using your personal and teaching experience to challenge them to be their best selves in and out of the classroom. You are an authentic and outgoing educator dedicated to integrating public speaking and performing arts with discipline, guidance and vision.
· Exceptional, energetic and outgoing educator who is creative, approachable and dedicated to social justice and pushing ALL students to their full potential
· Passionate about integrating performing arts with common-core skills such as interpreting words and phrases, preparing and participating in a range of conversation and collaborations, demonstrating command of standard English, and producing clear and coherent writing and presentations
· Co-teach with classroom teachers from September – June (school year) to develop and deliver project-based learning curriculum that compliments core subject areas
· Implement public speaking and performance art integrated curriculum to support social and emotional development
· Experienced at guiding students to full-scale culminating presentations (original speeches, presentations, interview skills, business pitch, I am speeches, etc.)
· Allow students to “share out” what they have learned and reflect on their learning during each class session
· Plan and establish a safe learning environment for all participants to simply BE and THRIVE
· Participate in pre-plan and post-planning meetings with co-teaching artists, We.APP staff, and or mentors to solidify INNOVATIVE lessons
· Report weekly with We.APP Administrative staff on class concerns including lessons, learning, attendance, behavioral challenges and facility issues
· Submit monthly and quarterly reports, evaluations and lesson plans a timely manner in accordance with the Administrative deadlines
· Committed to on-going professional development as an educator and arts practitioner
· Adhere to We.APP guidelines & policies and to those of the school, reporting any incidents or problems as outlined by We.APP and partnering school
Teaching Artist Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree or higher or equivalent experience
· Must have at least 2-years of teaching experience in city public schools or equivalent
· Able to teach and oversee public speaking classes that are engaging, innovative, and instructive for elementary, middle, or high school students
· Ensure that We.APP guidelines and values are embedded in all classroom instructions and projects
· Highly skilled in public speaking and one or all of the following disciplines; acting, improvisation, movement, vocal and/or video production
· Cultural competency and experience working effectively in communities of color
· Ability to collaborate and interact in a professional, diplomatic and clear manner with others, including young people, teachers, lead instructors, staff, families and community partners
· Foster open communication within and among diverse groups
· Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
· Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
· Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite of applications
· Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
· Must have reliable transportation, be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid Driver’s license
· English/Spanish bilingual preferred
The candidate has a commitment to developing young leaders who use their voice to speak with purpose. Strong commitment to social change through youth public speaking and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of We.APP.
Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must be able to drive a motor vehicle and have access to reliable transportation. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in public speaking, theatre and youth arts education. This position works primarily at school sites. Must be willing to use personal equipment such as cell phone and laptop/tablet when working remotely. Must be willing to undergo clearances/ background checks for partnering schools.
Salary & Schedule:
· $25 – $50 hourly. Commensurate with experience. Non-exempt contract or part-time position
· Position is expected to work 10-15 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to work a flexible schedule
Apply Today! :
Send resume and cover letter to Toyia Taylor at the email@example.com no later than Monday, August 20th. Include in the subject line of your email the title of the position in which you are applying.