Teaching Artist

Conga Kids

Los Angeles, CA

Job Summary

As a part-time position, the Teaching Artist role is the lead for the Conga Kids program for the assigned school(s) in their residency. The Teaching Artist is vital to the success of the program and takes on a variety of roles throughout the duration of a programmatic semester including dance instructor and schedule facilitator. Teaching Artists should have appropriate experience in dance or movement disciplines and be passionate about teaching school-aged children in public school settings.

It is the responsibility of the teaching artist to foster and maintain positive working relationships with school students, teachers, and administrators, and execute daily program goals as outlined in the Conga Kids lesson plans. Teaching Artists must be committed to preliminary and on-going professional development as arts practitioners and educators, as well as be available for all Conga Kids end-of-semester events.

Our team of Teaching Artists is skilled in creating safe learning environments to foster 21st century skills. All employees of Conga Kids are expected to model positive behavior, support student accomplishments, and uphold the Conga Kids mission statement to the best of their ability. All Teaching Artists report to a designated Programs Liaison and the Programs Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement Conga Kids curriculum to support social-emotional development through partner-dance instruction
  • Collaborate with assigned schools to maintain clarity in scheduling, including but not limited to standard Conga Kids lessons, guest assemblies, and culminating presentations and rehearsals
  • Use discretion and collaboration with school staff to select and rehearse 14 students for Conga Kids competition season
  • Guide students and school staff through full-scale culminating performances and their preceding rehearsals
  • Plan and establish a safe learning environment for all participants and artists
  • Participate in pre and post-semester planning meetings with Conga Kids administrative staff
  • Attend on-going professional development as arts practitioners and educators, as well as be available for all Conga Kids end-of-semester events
  • Arrive to classes taught 15 minutes prior to start time and begin at scheduled time
  • Document class progress, successes, and challenges throughout the semester, including any concerns regarding lessons, school/ facility issues, and report weekly to assigned Conga Kids liaison(s)
  • Check emails regularly and respond communication efforts by Conga Kids administrative staff in a timely manner, at least within 24 hours
  • Abide by Conga Kids dress code guidelines for Business Professional attire
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Ability to work with people from a variety of diverse ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, sexual orientation and generational backgrounds.
  • Experience working with diverse youth populations
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, time-management, and writing skills
  • Desire to learn and grow in teaching practice
  • Open to constructive feedback from liaisons, supervisors, and administrative staff
  • Experience with public speaking and presentation
  • Must have reliable transportation, be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license
  • DOJ Fingerprint Screening
  • Negative Tuberculosis Test
  • Must be 18 years or older

Personal Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts
  • Personal values align with the vision and values of the Conga Kids organization

Physical Requirements & Work Environments

  • Must be able to drive a motor vehicle and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must be able to comfortably teach on your feet for up to 5 hours with short breaks only
  • Must be flexible in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in dance and youth-arts education is a plus
  • This position works primarily at program sites throughout greater Los Angeles County (including but not limited to the cities of Long Beach, Carson, Lynwood, South Gate, Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Glendale, Rosemead, El Monte, Arcadia, Monrovia, Hacienda La Puente, Diamond Bar, and Pomona)
  • Must be willing to use personal equipment such as cell phone and/or laptop/tablet when working remotely. Must be willing to undergo clearances/ background checks for school sites

Salary & Schedule

  • $40-$50 per hour. Commensurate with experience. Non-exempt part-time position.
  • Position is expected to work 10-20 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to work a flexible schedule during the school day (M-F 7:30-3pm), and occasional evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY please visit https://www.congakids.com/teaching-artist-application.

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