Teaching Artist

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Teaching Artist



To assist the Department of Diversity, Equity and Community in providing high
quality performing arts opportunities in partnership with K-12 schools and universities, and in
family and adult programs.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent


Extensive experience and active current practice in one or more of the following art disciplines: poetry and libretto (script) writing and editing, vocal and instrumental performance, theatre/drama performance, stage direction, composition/songwriting, dance/movement performance, videography, ensemble conducting and set, costume and lighting design
Minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience working with students and educators in Kindergarten through Grade 12; experience working with university students and faculty, families, or adult learners
Experience working with students in an urban setting, from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds preferred
Particularly experienced with middle school aged youth
Experience working with English Language Learners, students with special needs, and “at risk” youth preferred
Ability to communicate in multiple languages; particularly Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin, or Arabic preferred


Ability to learn the content and practice of Opera ARIA Residency programs
Ability to learn the content and practice of other DEC Department programs, i.e. family, adult and/or university
Knowledge of opera, music and/or the performing arts
Knowledge of school systems, Kindergarten through 12 and university
Knowledge of SFUSD Arts Master Plan, Alameda County Learning frameworks, CA
State Standards, national Core Arts Standards, and Common Core State Standards
Knowledge of Bay Area arts-in-education community
Willingness to learn and implement best practices in the arts-in-education field, including current pedagogical techniques in the fields of music, dance, visual arts, and theater
Ability to create and implement process-based lessons based on the new California
Visual and Performing Arts Learning Standards
Proven classroom management skills
Ability to clearly present complex information in an engaging manner to various audiences, both orally and in writing
Capacity to exercise initiative and judgment in the development, implementation, and improvement of programs
Establish and maintain collegial working relationships based on honest communication with a wide range of people, including other teaching artists, teachers and administrators
Ability to work in a professional manner as a productive member of a team
Expertise in Project Management with outstanding planning, organizing, and coordinating skills
Ability to receive and review work-related correspondence, always responding in a timely manner
Able to work a varied, part-time schedule up to 45 weeks per year
Flexible as to work schedule and work location
Ability to work independently and resourcefully (off-site) to complete assigned tasks
Ability to submit an accurate weekly timesheet according to the payroll schedule
Intermediate skills in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook), and Google Suite (Drive, Forms, Calendar)


Plans and implements program content in classrooms in collaboration with K-12 educators, as guided by the department’s school program structures; including unit/lesson planning, evaluation, and documentation for both the Opera ARIA (Arts Resources In Action) and JRAP (Jerry Rosenstein Arts Project)
When appropriate, mentor teaching artists in the implementation of school programs in partnership with the Community Engagement Manager.
Participates in our learning community by being an active participant in ongoing professional development; and leads professional development for teaching artists and educators.
Participates in administrative work including attending Department school program meetings, representing the Department in school administration meetings and events, and updating school program documents.
Collaborates and communicates effectively with department administrative staff and fellow teaching artists; develops and maintains relationships with external partners and stakeholders including but not limited to: the SF Opera Guild, other arts organizations, and school district administrators and educators.
Plans and implements university partnerships and family and adult opera education programs.
Represents the San Francisco Opera in the arts and education communities.

EQUIPMENT OR MACHINES, IF ANY, THAT MUST BE OPERATED TO PERFORM THE POSITION ACCEPTABLY: Computer, printer, copier, telephone and other general office equipment and machines.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Indoors with temperature and noise levels typical of this environment


For further application instructions, please visit: https://sfopera.com/about-us/employment/teaching-artist/

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

San Francisco Opera is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to diversity of staff.