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Teaching Artist

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:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by Sunday, July 24th, 2016.

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 Dena Adriance, Director of Educational Programs, at jobs@girlbeheard.org. Include “Teaching Artist – (your name)” in the subject line.