Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC) Teaching Artist

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Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC) Teaching Artist


JOB TITLE: Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC) Teaching Artist

DEPARTMENT: Education & Training

REPORTS TO: Education Programs Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Part-time, non-exempt, non-benefited

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin on 9/30/21 and will continue until the position is filled.

HOURS AND LOCATION: Approximately 3-6 hours per school week, on-site at SFUSD schools during the 2021-22 school year.



Under supervision of the Education Programs Manager and the Associate Director of Education, Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) Teaching Artists are responsible for conducting high-quality, standards-based, culturally responsive dance education classes for SF Ballet’s DISC residency program and youth education programs. DISC Teaching Artists are committed to learning and teaching the DISC curriculum and delivering engaging age appropriate dance instruction for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in diverse educational settings.

SF Ballet’s Education & Training Department is currently seeking qualified and versatile dance teaching artists to join the education team for the 2021-2022 school year. Teaching assignments will be in-person at SFUSD Early Education sites serving PK and TK students, in-person at SFUSD elementary schools serving grades 2-3, and/or at after-school sites serving grades K-5. We are looking for dedicated dance teaching artists specializing in various styles of dance, including but not limited to ballet, creative movement, and world dance. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed professional learning with Luna Dance Institute. To better reflect the community we serve, we strive for diversity in our teaching staff. Interested applicants should visit the SF Ballet website to become familiar with the various DISC programs Submit resume and cover letter at Cover letter should include a statement about the candidate’s experience in the field of arts education working with students of various ages and abilities in diverse K-12 educational settings.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaches creative movement, ballet, cultural dances, and other dance styles to Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in school-based and community-based dance classes. Under supervision of the Education Programs Manager and Associate Director of Education, DISC Teaching Artists are responsible for teaching in all aspects of DISC programs, including but not limited to in-school residencies, after-school residencies, workshops, community based youth programs, and special events. This includes planning with DISC staff and direct instruction with dance students of all ages.
Researches and develops standards-based lesson plans suitable for each grade level. Reviews, revises, and edits lesson and unit plans as needed to ensure a high-quality, standards-based, sequential residency. Develops appropriate assessment techniques.
Participates in ongoing DISC professional development activities, orientations, workshops, and meetings held in-person and on Zoom.
Performs required administrative duties such as submitting weekly time sheets, lesson plans, school site residency reports, assessments and evaluations. Regular communication with SFB staff regarding all aspects of the DISC Residency
Program and timely response to communications from supervisors.
Develops and maintains ongoing written and verbal communication with SFUSD school site administration, classroom teachers, and arts coordinators.
Presentation of a professional demeanor that appropriately represents DISC and SF Ballet. As a productive member of the DISC team, forms positive relationships with youth participants, classroom teachers, teaching artists, and accompanists.
Performs other duties as required or assigned by supervisor.
Related Experience Required:

Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a teaching artist working in collaborative educational PK-12 environments with diverse student populations, from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, age groups, and abilities. Experience working in SFUSD schools with ELL, Special Education, Special Day Classes, and/or Bilingual classes preferred.
Extensive experience teaching two or more of the following: ballet, creative movement, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, cultural or world dances.
We are looking for dedicated dance teaching artists specializing in early education for PK and TK students and/or after-school classes for K-5 students.
Completion of Luna Dance Institute courses and professional learning preferred.
Degree in dance or dance education preferred but not required.
Experience teaching with a live musician/percussionist and prerecorded music.
Knowledge of dance terminology, California VAPA Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, and national standards.
Proficiency at lesson plan development and execution for grades PK-12. Familiarity with student evaluation and assessment techniques.
Application of choreographic principles and concepts appropriate for children and youth.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
The ideal candidate is someone who is an experienced arts educator, who is able to work a varied part-time schedule approximately 3-6 hours per week and is able to commit to the duration of the program through June 1, 2022.
Technical and Professional Competencies:

Ability to share age appropriate dance concepts through physically inclusive, culturally-responsive, and anti-racist teaching practices.
Willingness to learn and teach the required DISC curriculum and lesson plans.
Ability to support a safe classroom environment that allows students to explore movement and learn dances. Demonstrates proven classroom management skills.
Demonstrates ability to work successfully in a team environment by establishing and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues.
Applies reflective practices that develop greater self-awareness regarding the impact of one’s teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and development.
Actively participates in professional development by attending trainings, educational activities, seminars, and staff meetings.
Applies creativity and innovation in teaching practice.
Effectively communicates on a regular basis with the supervisor, provides key information regarding school site issues to ensure a successful residency, and resolves issues to ensure a successful residency. Effectively communicates with teaching artists, K-12 school staff, and K-12 students.
Develops and implements high-quality, pre-planned, well-designed, standards-based, sequential, and scaffolded learning experiences that include student learning assessment.
Utilizes specialized knowledge to provide differentiated instruction, promoting creative development among various learning styles.
Organizes and prioritizes tasks to meet required deadlines and promote a successful residency.
Physical Demands:

Ability to teach dance effectively for extended periods on hard surfaces in non-traditional settings (i.e., school cafeteria, multipurpose room, gymnasium, or classroom).
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
Other Requirements:

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per SFUSD guidelines.
Must have availability to work during school hours and/or after-school hours for a time block of 2-3 hours, at least 2 days per week, on Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm.
Must have reliable transportation to travel to assigned schools in SF.
CPR and First Aid certification (paid for by SFB).
LiveScan background clearance required for employment (paid for by SFB).
Education Level:

Bachelors Degree or Equivalent

Internal Contacts:

Education and Training department staff, DISC Accompanists and Teaching Artists. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) public school Students, Teachers, Principals, Arts Coordinators, and other SFUSD School Administrators and School Site Liaisons.

As America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since it was founded in 1933. SF Ballet performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first production of Coppelia, choreographed by an American choreographer. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances a year locally, nationally, and abroad. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world.


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San Francisco Ballet Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a diverse staff.

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for the position in accordance with the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO).
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Expires: 2021-10-30