Assistant Teaching Artist
Girl Be Heard seeks Assistant Teaching Artists for its after-school girl empowerment theater programs in New York City’s public middle and high schools. Teaching Artists will work as a team to create a safe space and bring together a strong ensemble of students using Girl Be Heard’s listening model. Teaching Artists will give participants a foundation in writing and performance-based storytelling, and cultivate an understanding of social justice and issues affecting women and girls around the world. They will also lead participants through the creative process of writing and performing an original show, which will be performed by the students in a professional theater at the end of the year.
We welcome applicants who are just starting out or have minimal experience teaching, to work alongside a more experienced teaching artist and develop their skill set so they can move into more advanced positions. Ideal candidates will be strong writers and editors, have some teaching/youth development experience, a background in theater, and must be passionate about social change and global issues. All Teaching Artists will be trained throughout the year.
Assistant teaching artists will be hired for the length of the school year (September-June) to work at 1 or more of our partnering campuses. Programs meet weekly for 1.5-2 hours each. In addition to the weekly workshops with students, teaching artists will be expected to attend Teaching Artist Training on September 12th and 13th, mid-year training on January 5th, and monthly meetings on the first Monday of every month, 10AM-12PM.
• Serve as a positive, engaging and interactive role model for a diverse group of middle school or high school aged young women as they explore personal identity and global issues through theater
• Assist the Teaching Artist in creating a safe space for girls to share and grow
• Learn the Girl Be Heard curricula and work under the direction of the Teaching Artist to implement the program
• Work with the Teaching Artist to put together scripts for end-of-year shows
• Assist the Teaching Artist with administrative tasks such as:
- o Attendance-taking
- o Calling those who are late/no shows to sessions.
- o Communicating with participants between sessions regarding attendance, schedule changes, and out of workshop opportunities (such as movie screenings, events, shows, etc)
- o Communicating with parents
- o Managing pickup and distribution of snacks
- o Collecting participants’ writing and keeping it organized electronically
- o Completing session reports after each session, and assisting with mid-year and end of year reports
• Attend required trainings
• Participate in monthly 1.5 hour team meetings and bi-weekly phone calls
• Support the organization at fundraisers and cultivation events
• Training and/or experience in devised theatre.
• Availability for all scheduled sessions, trainings, and meetings.
• Minimum of two years college education or relevant professional experience required, preferably in the areas of Education or the Arts.
• Strong organization and administrative skills. Applicants must be self-starters, highly detail-oriented, diligent, able to adapt easily to change, and able to work in a high-paced environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of issues of social justice and girls’ empowerment.
• Willingness to engage with participants above and beyond time spent in workshops.
• Experience working with youth preferred.
• Experience with playwriting, editing, and/or dramaturgical work preferred.
• Desire to work with a dynamic start-up to help shape the future activist-artists of tomorrow!
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by Sunday, July 24th, 2016.
Part‐time, commensurate with experience.
How to Apply:
Send a teaching resume and artistic resume with a cover letter highlighting any experience as a teaching artist, your approach to working with young people, and why you would like to work with Girl Be Heard. Submit electronically to Dena Adriance, Director of Educational Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Assistant Teaching Artist – (your name)” in the subject line.