Long Beach, CA
Position Title: Teaching Artist
Reporting Path: Executive Director
Salary: 33 hours/week x 10 mo./year. Hourly wage dependent on experience and education
Location: Work sites include the Dramatic Results studio in Long Beach, CA and at schools and community centers in the Long Beach area and beyond
Hiring Date: This position will begin at the beginning of January, 2016, but may begin before that time
Teaching Artists are the primary deliverers of Dramatic Results’ educational arts based programs to students. Teaching Artists fulfill the mission of Dramatic Results by helping students experience success in school by stimulating student curiosity and creativity while engaging them in a variety of hands-on art STEAM integrated projects in ratio 1:8 or whole class 1:25 (Minimum) settings. All programs are delivered to students in-class, as a regular part of their instructional day. Professional development delivered to classroom teachers is during the school day, after school, and occasionally on weekends.
Provide instruction for primary and secondary students and teachers on public school campuses, Dramatic Results’ studio and at community centers.
Develop and facilitate Professional Development workshop curriculum for classroom teachers, administrators, and community members.
Arrive on campus at least 15 minutes prior to class presentation to check in with school site personnel, and debrief with teammates as immediately after class presentations.
Work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team of teaching artists as well as independently.
Organize all materials for each lesson ahead of time and transport all materials to school for individual programs.
Effectively implement curricula and reinforce vocabulary words and concepts in small group settings on a 1:8 ratio or larger.
Demonstrate ability to explain the learning goal(s) to students by presenting lessons in front of class, and implement various teaching strategies for each lesson.
Nurture and maintain professional relationships with classroom teachers.
Maintain a positive learning environment through good classroom management during each activity (inside or outside of classroom).
Contribute to the continual updating of written lesson plans, and curriculum, including but not limited to: Math in a Basket, All STEAMED Up and inCreasing Math,
Maintain and organize office work space and materials.
Develop a learner-centered environment with teaching faculty and encourage collaboration, knowledge building, and ongoing reflection for professional practice.
Inspire students to utilize their artistic skills in learning math, science, language arts and other core subjects.
Teach and encourage students to respect and compliment each other’s work while reflecting on the challenges and positive aspects of the creative process (aligned to Social/Emotional Learning and Mindset standards).
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, AND REQUIREMENTS
Hold a Bachelor’s degree in education, art, child development, psychology, or related field or at least two years of experience working in related field.
Highly desirable: California Teaching Credential, clearing credential or equivalent teaching/tutoring and lesson planning experience.
Have a minimum one-year experience implementing arts-based curriculum to children in a structured learning environment in the form of creating and teaching both 2D and 3D art forms. Experience with basket making, origami and/or architecture a plus.
Have knowledge of current educational pedagogy and best practices.
Have an understanding of differentiated learning strategies.
Having knowledge of educational standards including the Common Core State Standards, the CA Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards is a plus.
Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
Be comfortable using basic office computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and MAC’s.
Having working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
Have own transportation to travel to form office site and various school sites and districts, including but not limited to: Long Beach.
Have a cell phone available for use during work hours.
Speaking Spanish and/or Khmer is a plus.
SUCCESS PROFILE AND DISPOSITIONS
Demonstrate comfort and skill with utilizing technology, especially iPad use.
Exhibit curiosity, a growth mindset, and playfulness with both adults and students.
Strive to get to know your students. Refer to them by name, and make eye contact.
Keep students engaged in the learning process in front of class and in small learning groups.
Be sensitive and responsive to students’ varied learning and communication styles; exhibit patience, positively reinforce and redirect students.
Establish and maintain an environment of trust that nurtures intellectual and creative activity.
Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team and independently when needed to in order to complete a task.
Maintain a positive and patient attitude; be proactive, flexible, and show initiative with projects, planning, and all activities related to this position.
Mastery of art forms, skills, and techniques pertinent to curricula.
Strive to improve performance of self and program for the benefit of the students.
Be comfortable and thrive in a fast-paced, creative environment.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Send your cover letter and resume and any inquiries to Sandy Seufert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line, Dramatic Results Teaching Artist Application.
Please do not contact Dramatic Results by phone or via their website.
The deadline for applications is Friday, December 11, 2015.