Teaching Artist Leader Trainee


Los Angeles, CA

Reports To: Program Director, Extended Learning
Location: P.S. ARTS Office
Length of Academy: September 24, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Schedule: 20 – 25 two-hour Workshops, generally held twice a week with some weekends AND Three (3) school-site visits
Designation: Part-time, Non-exempt
Salary: $13.25/hour
Trainees Accepted: 4 -6

P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without our programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts.

The IOCA Program is a nationally recognized, award winning, after-school theatre-based program.  The curriculum adheres to the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and English-Language Arts Content Standards for six through eighth grades.  Teaching Artist Leaders guide students through the curriculum, exposing them to multiple arts disciplines and the elements of creating a play (e.g. theatre vocabulary, thematic through-lines, character development, story & structure, conflict resolution, acting, directing, writing, blocking, vocal projection, singing and theatrical styles) ending with a culminating performance held at a professional theatre. Additional key components of the program include related-administrative duties, weekend workshops and field trips and an overnight two-and-a-half-day weekend theatre intensive camping retreat.

Position Summary:

The Artist Leader Training Academy is a paid professional development opportunity for artists  of all mediums and arts educators to: a) learn the award winning Inside Out Community Arts (IOCA) curriculum; b) gain tools and techniques for team teaching and classroom management; c) become adept in the California State VAPA Standards; d) hone skills and get practical experience in engaging youth in positive, life-affirming experiences.

Selected candidates enter the Artist Leader Training Academy as Trainees in order to complete comprehensive training in the IOCA curriculum and methodology.  The Academy is an extensive three level process and Trainee progress is evaluated at each benchmark by Master Trainers and the Program Director, Extended Learning. Upon completion and positive evaluation, the successful Academy graduate will be entered into the Artist Leader Corp and become eligible for Inside Out Community Arts teaching positions as they become available throughout the year in schools and community centers throughout L.A. County. 


Minimum one to two years teaching experience in the arts (dance, music, theater, visual arts)
Experience within a public school setting, preferred
Experience working with underserved communities, preferred
A Bachelor’s degree in arts, education, community arts or related field, preferred

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and expertise in a specific arts discipline
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of or a familiarity with the California State VAPA Standards
Ability to work collaboratively in a school environment, with school community members and fellow artists
Basic computer skills required

Responsibilities and Requirements:

Attend a minimum of 20 workshops and three (3) school-site visits.
Successfully lead all workshop components as assigned.
Successfully apply training into teaching practice.

Working Conditions:
Travel and attend meetings and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations.
Teaching Artists Leader Trainees will routinely:
Lift, push, pull or carry art supplies, equipment, instruments and classroom furniture weighing up to 40 lbs.
Bend, twist, reach, stand and/or sit for long periods of time.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Artist Leader Academy”

Application Deadline: September 10th, 2018
All interviewees will be contacted by: September 12th, 2018
Application Deadline may be extended


P.S. ARTS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and dedicated to better reflecting the communities we serve. P.S. ARTS is actively taking steps to meet our commitment to diversity and to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply for this position, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

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