Seeks Teaching Artists (Dance and Theatre Focus) / Employment
December 3, 2019
Organization Name: Arts Corps
Organization Location: Seattle, WA
We always gladly accept materials from artists of all disciplines. Our current hiring focus is for artists with dance and theatre backgrounds.
Why Work at Arts Corps?
Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a multidisciplinary organization in Seattle that provides free arts learning opportunities to K-12 young people throughout South King County. Our programs include school-based programs, after-school classes and teen leadership programs with an emphasis on serving young people from marginalized communities. Through these programs and local and national leadership, Arts Corps addresses a critical opportunity gap in a region where race is the greatest determining factor in access to arts education.
Arts Corps is committed to the personal and professional growth of its employees. We work hard to build a supportive, respectful and celebratory community among our staff, board, volunteers, and teaching artist family. We provide paid monthly professional development workshops for teaching artists and classroom assistants focused on a variety of topics to strengthen and support our teaching cadre’s growth as educators and artists. We look forward to finding the next members of our extended Arts Corps creative family.
Arts Corps’ teaching approach is based on the model of culturally responsive pedagogy. Teaching artists create lesson plans that allow room for flexibility while fostering the practice of artistry, imagination, critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking and reflection. Arts Corps classes typically meet on a quarterly basis–Fall, Winter, and Spring–once or twice weekly for between 8-12 weeks. We work in both in-school and after-school K-12 settings. Occasionally we hold special projects during the summer.
Ideal Team Members:
● are practicing artists in one or more disciplines
● are dedicated to helping young people expand their creative capacities
● have a love of working with youth of all backgrounds and abilities
● have experience working with K-12 youth and/or teaching arts
● are reliable and flexible artist-educators
● are committed to teaching through a social justice lens
● are culturally aware and responsive
● draw upon a range of teaching and engagement strategies in response to student needs
● are willing to join a cadre of peers and learn and grow together
● are willing to participate in self and peer evaluation
● have an interest and passion for the mission of Arts Corps’ work
● have excellent communication skills with Arts Corps office staff and community partners
● can meaningfully partner with classroom assistants and classroom teachers
Compensation: Arts Corps teaching artists are paid on a 3-tier system depending on experience and longevity with the organization between $28-$39 per hour, plus 1/2 hour prep time for each hour they teach. Typically new teaching artists start at the Level I or Level II rate with the opportunity to be promoted. Teaching artist rates are raised by a cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year. Additionally, teaching artists are paid for enrichment time for meetings, mileage, and offered monthly paid professional development opportunities ranging in topics from classroom management strategies, pedagogy, curriculum planning, race and social justice training, and more.
To Apply: Send teaching and artistic resumes along with cover letter outlining why you think you are a good fit for the Arts Corps family to Interim Director of Arts Education at firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day December 3, 2019, & write “Teaching Artist application” in the subject line. People of color, LGBTQIA are strongly encouraged to apply. We are currently accepting materials from all arts disciplines, but our hiring focus is on dance and theatre at the moment.
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