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Girl Be Heard seeks 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 with an Assistant Teaching Artist 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.

Ideal candidates will have a strong background in planning and leading theatre-based education, and must be passionate about developing girls’ voices. We particularly seek strong writers and editors. All Teaching Artists will be trained throughout the year.

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.

Responsibilities:
• Serve as a positive, engaging role model for a diverse group of young women as they explore personal identity and global issues through theater.
• Create a safe space for girls to share and grow.
• Learn the Girl Be Heard curricula and plan lessons to serve the group(s) you are working with that meet the goals of the curricula.
• Utilize your background (performing arts, visual arts, writing) to create adaptable lesson plans and special projects/activities for students.
• Review weekly reports after each session.
• Supervise an Assistant Teaching Artist.
• Maintain communication with school officials and foster a deeper relationship with the school community as a whole.
• Support the organization at fundraisers, cultivation events, and other outreach opportunities.
• Attend all required trainings.
• Participate in monthly team meetings.

Qualifications:
• A demonstrated artistic practice in theatre and/or writing for performance.
• Availability for all scheduled sessions, trainings, and meetings.
• 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.
• Experience in curriculum writing, creating lesson plans and facilitating a variety of hands-on, interactive workshops with diverse populations, i.e. students with disabilities, English Language Learners, different social-economic backgrounds, etc.
• Ability to reach all students based on an understanding of diverse developmental levels
• Proven ability for effective classroom management strategies
• Ability to plan with others and articulate goals and objectives
• Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with site contacts
• Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of equivalent relevant work experience required, in the areas of Education and/or the Arts.
• 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.
• Strong knowledge of, or experience with, the NYC public school system.
• 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!

Deadline: July 28th. Onsite facilitation auditions will take place on August 16th, 2017.

Compensation: 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 Tiff Roma, Associate Artistic Director/Interim Director of Education, at tiff@girlbeheard.org. Include “Teaching Artist – (your name)” in the subject line. Candidate must be available on Wednesday, August 16th, 12-3pm for an in-person audition.

About Us:
Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. We bring global issues affecting girls center stage by creating cutting-edge, cause-related theatre – inspired, written and performed by girls (12-21) – that is thought-provoking and actionable. Our shows give voice to issues that girls care about most (such as bullying, body image, and self harm). Our company also takes on global issues affecting girls worldwide such as sex trafficking, forced child marriage, and gender-based violence; and regularly performs our acclaimed shows at the United Nations, TED conferences, and The White House.

Girl Be Heard’s education curriculum encourages young women to think critically about social justice, challenge stereotypes, foster friendships, and build tools for bringing about positive change in their communities. Our programs are housed in 17 sites in NYC (12 Title schools, 3 detention centers, one church, and a community center). We also launched the first program abroad in Trinidad and Tobago this year.

Work Environment:
Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Girl Be Heard seeks a broad spectrum of employees and is strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work environment. People of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Girl Be Heard’s main office is located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Our offices are air-conditioned and located in wheelchair accessible buildings.