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Teaching Artist – Performing Arts – Drama Dance Music


Organizational Description:

We believe in the transformational power of the arts. We started as a grassroots movement with just four schools. Today, our teaching artists serve 20,000 kids across the city. Every day, our educational arts programs inspire diverse school communities to be more engaged in learning and build critical skills.

Job Brief:

  • We are seeking passionate, experienced teaching artists with a strong interest in arts and academic integration for long term art residencies at our partner schools in all five boroughs with the majority in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Teaching artists must have demonstrated previous experience teaching the visual arts, ideally in NYC public school settings in one or more of the following genres:
  • Drama: Based in the art of storytelling, theater uses emotion, voice, and the body. From playwriting, to acting, to technical set design, theater examines the world through character, conflict, and action.
  • Dance: Dance is a kinesthetic art form where learning takes place in the body, and is based on the exploration of steps, patterns, sequencing, creative movement, improvisation, choreography, and performance. Dance styles range from ballet, to hip-hop, to Latin dance.
  • Music: Music uses instruments and voice to communicate with rhythm, pitch, and vibrations. Through performance, composition, analysis, and cultural connections, musical study explores the power of organized sound.

Time Commitment:

  • You must be available to work during at least two weekdays (M-F) per week during the 2:30pm-5:30pm time period starting September 2018.

Reports to: Managers of Program Excellence, Network Managers, and Site Directors

Direct reports: None

Culture Statement:

  • At LEAP, we believe that people are most successful when they’re:
  • Committed to feedback and willing to provide clear, consistent communication
  • Community oriented, and believe in a shared moral responsibility
  • Believers in self-care and the wellbeing of others
  • Accountable to themselves, their team, and the organization
  • Strong proponents of equality and inclusivity
  • Open-minded, creative, and flexible
  • Mission driven
  • Collaborative


  • Represent LEAP through collaborative planning with classroom teachers and schools to add value to existing school goals and progress.
  • Plan engaging and active lessons that combine the arts and academics
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students and teachers in daily lesson plans using the LEAP lesson format
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to all participants
  • Promote positive character development through modeling and instruction
  • Make LEAP a visible and exciting part of the school community
  • Aid in the organization and execution of student culminating performances and events
  • Work closely with the LEAP staff on data, attendance, and evaluation collection, and residency documentation, as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in required trainings and professional development


  • BA/BS (required), MA (a plus) related to the arts and/or education (preferred)
  • Demonstrated excellence in one or more art forms: Dance, Music, and or Theater
  • Passion for inclusion and advocacy in the arts
  • 2 years of experience working with the NYC DOE (or other major city) school system
  • Experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in the arts
  • Experience planning, creating, and executing exciting and meaningful lessons
  • Commitment to supporting the LEAP mission and instructional model
  • Ability to actively implement NYC Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
  • Familiarity working with Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be responsible, reliable, and punctual
  • Available September 2017 – June 2018
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to travel to multiple boroughs

For more information about LEAP, visit our website at


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: Hourly rate commensurate with experience
  • Hours: varying based on placement, maximum 29 hours per week
  • This is a Part-Time position which qualifies for paid sick time


None specified


4-year degree


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NYC AiE Roundtable