Change for Kids seeks contracted performing and visual arts Teaching Artists to join our dynamic organization and immediately become an important part of our growing team.
About Change for Kids:
Change for Kids (“CFK”) was established in 1996 to enhance the educational experience of underserved students in local New York City public schools. CFK’s mission is to create opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequity.
The organization currently partners with 13 exceptional public elementary schools that serve nearly 5,000 students in high poverty New York City communities. For more information, please visit our website at www.changeforkids.org.
CFK is expanding its direct service offerings through a new initiative, TALNT Academy (Teaching Artists Leading New Talent), where students build social-emotional competencies through the arts. Teaching Artists with relevant cultural and artistic experience will deliver a targeted curriculum to students to build their social-emotional competencies and their artistic acumen.
Change for Kids’ Values:
CFK’s values serve as a compass for the way we work. We seek to be: Responsive, Resourceful, Collaborative, Continuously Improving and Optimistic.
About the Position:
As a contracted position, reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Director of TALNT (DT), the Teaching Artist (TA) role is the lead for the TALNT programs in schools and communities. The TA plays a critical role in the success of the program and
takes on a variety of roles, including facilitator, teacher, mentor and coach.
Teaching Artists should have demonstrated experience in arts, music, theater or dance and be passionate about teaching school-aged children in both public school and non-school settings. Our team of Teaching Artists is experienced in creating safe learning environments to foster pro-social development, modeling positive behavior, and supporting participant accomplishments, no matter how large or small.
The Teaching Artists interact with school administrators and teachers and are responsible for all daily program goals. Candidates must be committed to ongoing professional development as an arts practitioner and educator, and participation in TALNT community events.
- Facilitate 16-sessions of TALNT workshops for young people (ages 5-18). ALL TALNT workshops take place in school or academic community settings
- Develop lesson plans and prepare materials for each workshop session
- Use a wide variety of techniques to relentlessly engage hard-to-reach, sometimes resistant, young people
- Build and sustain strong, productive working relationships with site staff
- Maintain a high level of flexibility and professionalism at all times
- Collect, organize, and submit participant sign in sheets, surveys, etc.
- Submit written reflections of each workshop session to Director of TALNT on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
- Work closely with Director of TALNT to expand and deepen facilitation skill set and tool box
- Collaborate effectively with other seasoned youth development professionals
- Must be able to attend meetings at the CFK main office in Manhattan
- Seasonal paid trainings (fall, spring, summer)
- Monthly staff meetings
- Additional meetings with program staff as necessary, average 3-7 hours per workshop
This job might be for you if:
- You are an enthusiastic leader capable of managing diverse teams to reach a common goal. Initiating and completing projects is right up your alley. You know how to make timely, effective and ethical decisions. You embody the entrepreneurial winning spirit. You’re a self-starter who crafts creative solutions and opens doors to new donor relationships. You are fearless.
- You actively and constantly listen to all constituents, focus especially on donor needs and know how to identify mutual benefits. You communicate excellently and compel audiences through writing and speaking.
- You are process driven. You like being in the weeds and can traverse the balcony view and the detailed view of all initiatives with fluidity and poise. You have the efficacy to be both process-driven and to drive the process with and for a team.
Optimistic: Takes initiative and gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments. Fearless and winning spirit. Sees challenges as opportunities for change.
Resourceful: Able to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems.
Collaborative: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
Responsive: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally. Dedicated to finding solutions as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Continuously improving: Responsive and open to feedback, looking to improve upon practice and methods in order to better achieve goals and represent Change for Kids.
Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter to jobs @changeforkids.org. Please indicate “Teaching Artist” in the subject line. Your cover letter should include your contract range and answer the following question in a single paragraph:
What do students in under-resourced communities learn from arts instruction?
CFK is strongly committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all individuals. Consistent with CFK’s commitment to equal employment opportunity, CFK’s policy is to comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning employment discrimination. Accordingly, CFK will make all employment decisions for employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, alien age or citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability or handicap, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, arrest record or any other status protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.
Job Type: Contract
Salary: $35.00 to $55.00 /hour
Full Time Opportunity:
- Multiple locations