Seeking Dance Faculty to join the YAX team

Youth Art Exchange is seeking an experienced teaching artist to become a part of our vibrant non-profit arts center in San Francisco’s Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our Fall 2015 Session, which runs from September 14 — December 15, Mondays & Wednesdays from 4pm — 6:00pm. Our current dance teacher is moving out of state and we are looking to fill her position ASAP.

About Youth Art Exchange:
Youth Art Exchange offers free after-school, weekend and summer programs in visual and performing arts to public high school students in San Francisco. Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco. Our programs combine best practices in arts education and youth development. During the fall session we offer 6 visual & performing art programs (architecture & construction, fashion design, digital music, black & white photography, printmaking and dance).

Candidates must be professional dancers, preferably experienced in working with urban high school youth. Our classes average a 12:1 student ratio. Teaching artists are paid hourly as temporary part-time employees for class time, (2) field trips, prep time, (4) scheduled faculty meetings, as well as regular check-ins with program staff. The ideal candidate will be interested in teaching future sessions of the dance class, in addition to the current course.

Job Description:
Working at Youth Art Exchange includes
– Developing curriculum and syllabus in collaboration with Program Director,
– Attending four faculty meetings and participating in professional development activities.
– Having ongoing communication with students, their families, and Program Director regarding student issues.
– Seeking opportunities to collaborate with other Youth Art Exchange programs.
– Exposing students to the Bay Area arts scene.
– Developing weekly lesson plans, and arranging supplies with Program Director.
– Curriculum and reflection meetings with Program Director.
– Developing and planning class field trips
– Getting students ready for the final public exhibition / performance.

Application process:
1. Please submit the following to [Raffaella at youthartexchange dot org]
Cover letter responding to the following questions:
• Please propose a 12 week dance project that you would lead with high school students. (Proposed projects and curriculum do not have to follow traditional curriculum in the proposed discipline.)
• What have you done to develop relationships with and among your students?
• How have you created curriculum that was challenging and engaging for diverse learners?
• Describe a teaching experience when you were thrown a “curveball” and how you handled it?
• Resumé

2. Candidates will be invited to come in for an interview with Youth Art Exchange staff and students. They will be asked to bring a presentation of sample work (candidate’s own and former students’) and a proposed curriculum. As part of the interview candidates will be asked to facilitate a 15-minute activity of their design.

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