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Departmental Overview Cal Performances presents outstanding artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs which promote excellence, innovation, diversity, education, and community involvement, with the fundamental belief that the arts are vital to our society locally, nationally, and internationally. Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances is a program of the department of Artistic Literacy under the general supervision of the Director of Artistic Literacy. Cal Performances supports AileyCamp with an array of professional performing arts services, including but not limited to marketing, public relations, facilities including Zellerbach Auditorium, and a full professional technical staff.
AileyCamp is a nationally proven arts education program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (aged 11-14) who are at risk of dropping out of school. AileyCamp also provides exceptional dance training to middle school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The project was inspired by the work of the late Alvin Ailey, internationally renowned dance artist, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
The Creative Communications Instructor of AileyCamp will introduce and explore components of creative expression with the AileyCampers through creative writing and story telling, theater, and / or visual arts, depending upon the training and expertise of the Instructor. S/he will also collaborate with the Personal Development Instructor to co-teach each of 4 camp groups, combining youth development, personal growth skills, and creative expression for middle school aged students.
Five day work week - Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., all weeks except the week of staff training which may include a Saturday or Sunday.
Teach four classes per day, four days per week or as determined by the Directors.
Participate and oversee campers as directed on weekly field trips.
Participate in the general oversight of the campers, including meal times, and camper free periods.
Participate in individual and AileyCamp staff meetings.
Develop curriculum and plan lessons (individually and collaboratively with other instructors) that will help AileyCampers develop positive methods of expression, self image and self-esteem.
Provide schedule of proposed class content to Managing Director.
Coordinate with Group Leaders, Group Leader Mentor, and other staff to assess campers' individual needs.
Produce camper progress evaluations at midterm and at the end of camp.
Prepare a camper presentation for final performance.
The AileyCamp Creative Communications Instructor reports to the Managing Director of AileyCamp and will work closely with the Artistic Director of AileyCamp and the other AileyCamp Instructors. Incumbent operates with considerable independence, with freedom to make daily decisions within the scope of University policies, program plans, and established needs of teaching and performance programs.
Requires teaching experience in creative writing and/or poetry/spoken word, and one or more arts genres including visual arts, music, or theater, preferably in a Youth Development and/or Youth Voice context.
Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent experience, in these art forms or related field, and be able to demonstrate reasonable proficiency in the others. o Significant experience working with urban children and families representing the diversity of Bay Area life.
Ability and experience in developing curriculum to meet specific learning and creative goals, and to co-create curriculum with experienced teachers.
Excellent leadership skills including an ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with young people.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to a diverse population, and work as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines in a self directed, prioritized and calm manner.
Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Must be able to successfully pass background check.
Experience as a professional writer.
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Other Information This is a full time temporary position with a start date of June 17, 2019 and an end date of August 2, 2019. Pay is $5,600 total for period of June 17 to August 2, 2019.
Conviction History Background This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Mandated Reporter This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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