JOB TITLE: Theatre Teaching Artist
LOCATION: Polster Branch, 3800-A Mykonos Lane, San Diego, 92130
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Part-time, Temporary 12-15 paid hours per week
SHIFT: DAYS/HOURS 2-3 Days per week M-F. 3pm-8:00pm, 6 week program April-May 2020
SALARY: $25-$30 per hour
The Youth Arts Academy at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is seeking EXPERIENCED THEATRE TEACHING ARTISTS to teach after school theatre workshops. The Youth Arts Academy currently offers private music instruction, band and ensemble programs, theatre, workshops, school break camps, and community events for youth ages 5-18 at their location in Carmel Valley as well as supporting arts offerings in the Boys and Girls Clubs After School Clubhouses throughout San Dieguito. Through YAA, these youth have access to a myriad of quality programs designed to stimulate their growth, creativity, and self- expression through the performing arts.
Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to email:hr@BGCSanDieguito.org with “Theatre Instructor” in the subject line. No calls please.
The Youth Arts Academy (YAA) offers private music lessons, band and ensemble programs, group music classes, community events, camps, theatre workshops, and more for youth ages 5-18. All YAA Instructors and Teaching Artists will uphold the BGC of San Dieguito values and the Youth Arts Academy (YAA) mission to stimulate growth, creativity, and self-expression through the arts. Under the supervision of the YAA Program Manager, Theatre Teaching Artists demonstrate professional experience in theatre performance and instruction for youth, have a broad knowledge of instructional materials and methods to meet their students goals and needs, and the ability to design lessons/classes that are developmentally appropriate, supportive, and challenging for student member(s). Schedule will be based around instructor and space availability. Theatre workshops are held for a period of 6 weeks, up to twice per year during afterschool hours.
Major Duties and Responsibilities- Key Roles:
1. Work collaboratively with Youth Arts Academy Program Manager to design a 6 week theatre workshop that is developmentally appropriate, creatively unique, challenging, and meets the goals of YAA to stimulate personal growth, creativity, and self-expression through the arts.
2. Implement and administer a 6 week theatre workshop for members of the Youth Arts Academy that is structured, consistent, and excellent in content and that promotes personal growth, creativity, and self-expression.
3. Maintain and teach at a high level of proficiency and technique in theatrical elements and performance.
4. Assign literature that is developmentally and age appropriate, interesting, and challenging for students.
5. Produce culminating performance for family, friends, and community members.
6. Maintain open and respectful communication with other instructors, supervisor, students and family members regarding student experience, parent communication, lesson structure and improvement, scheduling, attendance and student safety.
7. Facilitate open communication with students and parents regarding practice tasks, progress towards reaching goals and attendance.
8. Involve and encourage students to set good home habits, keep materials organized and up to date, set realistic goals in their practice, participate in YAA events and performances, and encourage them to try new YAA programs.
9. Maintain clean, organized, and personalized rehearsal space and YAA shared spaces.
10. Inform supervisor of supply, equipment, and maintenance needs.
11. Support YAA performances, recitals, special events, recruitment events by setting up and tearing down, producing/stage management, marketing/community outreach, student instruction/direction, producing, speaking on behalf of YAA as assigned.
12. Maintain up to date trainings and screenings as requested.
Other duties and responsibilities:
13. Be knowledgeable of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and its programs and philosophies and promote opportunities to students.
14. Be knowledgeable of the Youth Arts Academy and its programs and philosophies and promote opportunities to students.
15. Serve as a member of the YAA team by attending monthly team meetings, assisting in program design, planning, and implementation, support recruitment and performance events, and maintaining shared spaces.
Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age. Seeking Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, theatre education, or related degree. All candidates must successfully pass a Federal Background check and Drug screening before hire. Successful candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment and passion for the mission, vision, and values of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.
- Minimum demonstrated level of excellence and experience in teaching and performing in a theatrical and youth environment. Prefer 3 years of increasing professional experience teaching theatre to youth. Combination of education and related experience applicable.
- Verifiable experience teaching children ages 5-18 in a private studio, school, or other setting.
- Must have or be available to obtain CRP and First Aid certification (will provide training).
- Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening and background clearance.
- Working actors/theatre teachers are preferred, but not required
- Actors/Teachers with experience performing in professional/semi-professional theatre are preferred but not required
- Actors/Teachers with working knowledge/interest in event production & administration welcomed, but not required
- To serve our diverse body of students and families, instructors of varied ethnic background and who speak multiple languages are highly encouraged to apply. Specifically, instructors who can speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and/or Tagalog.
Knowledge, skills and ability
- Expert level in theatre performance, education, and current trends and standards in youth and children’s theatre.
- Expert level knowledge of developmentally/age appropriate materials for children/youth theatre
- Knowledge of foundational theatre terminology, practices, and theories.
- Knowledge of general and theatre-related teaching concepts. Teaching concepts include how to develop curriculum, holding students’ attention, evaluation and accommodation of student needs.
- Knowledge of aspects of human development as related to the development of theatrical ability in the age group they teach.
- Knowledge of the physical demands of theatre instruction ability to develop appropriate strategies to orient and instruct students in accordance with this knowledge.
- Ability to demonstrate creativity, technical skill, and artistry in assigning materials for their performing groups or classes.
- Ability to work effectively with students individually, in small groups, and in large groups, in classrooms and in rehearsal settings (as assigned)
- Ability to demonstrate good rehearsal and performance techniques for students
- Serve as role models by demonstrating the importance of creating, performing, attending, and analyzing theatre in the teachers’ personal and professional lives.
Internal: Maintains positive and respectful interactions with YAA members, instructors, other teaching artists and supervisor to receive/provide information, discuss issues, explain guidelines/instructions; instruct; and advise/counsel.
External: Positively represents BGC San Dieguito and the Youth Arts Academy to others within the community. Maintains positive and respectful interactions with community groups, schools and members’ parents.
This job operates in a youth center environment. The environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses.
- Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
- Subject to noise from music lessons, open space, youth and programs
- The work environment is indoors in a temperature controlled space. During program hours noise levels can increase and become loud due to a large number of children in one area and nature of program and/or rentals using various tools or instruments.
Physical and Mental Essential Job Functions:
Must possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to create, proofread and edit correspondence and written materials.
Must be able to project a positive company image, interact professionally with customers, vendors, retailers, all levels of company management and maintain confidentiality at all times.
Must possess basic math skills including the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers accurately as well as the ability to calculate percentages.
Must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple duties and priorities simultaneously in a fast paced environment. Strong analytical skills, follow-through skills, attention to details and ability to produce work with a high degree of accuracy required.
The physical demand described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Low to moderate physical effort required to sit, stand, bend, stoop, lift, reach overhead and walk.
- Ability to communicate in person and by telephone.
- Ability to read and type on a computer.
- Sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
- Utilize various office machines such as a fax and photo copy machine.
- Must be able to lift and move objects 10-50 lbs.
- Specific vision abilities required by the job including peripheral vision.
- This positon requires the ability to perform work in an office setting as well as in a highly interactive and emotionally and physically stimulating environment with youth participants.