Employment

DESTINY IS CALLING

Join a collegial community of talented professionals dedicated to the power of the arts to transform the lives of young people, families and our communities. Destiny Arts Center, a respected leader in youth development and violence prevention through the arts, is seeking members of our professional and artist community to join us as we grow our organization as a nexus for creativity and connection in North Oakland and the Bay Area. This is a rare opportunity to join our professional teaching community. Will you answer the call?

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OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

Our community of teaching artists provide the foundation for all our programs. Our classes and workshops develop an appreciation for the arts, develop youths’ skills in various artistic disciplines, promote lifelong learning, and transform people and communities.

We are currently hiring for Teaching Artists who can teach Hip Hop Dance, Martial Arts, Spoken Word, Percussion, and Traditional Performing Arts. Please see the description below:

Customary Schedule:

a. Customary Work Hours: Variable

b. Customary Work Days: Monday-Saturday

c. Part Time (average of 5-15 hours per week)

d. $40-$50 per hour instructional rate

 

 

Position Summary:

Teaching Artists work hands-on with youth at both our North Oakland community center as well as through our School & Community Programs, teaching Hip Hop Dance, Martial Arts, Spoken Word, Percussion and Traditional Performing Arts. Programs are conducted throughout the East Bay and San Francisco. As ambassadors of Destiny Arts Center, Teaching Artists are expected to embody Destiny’s culture of welcome and carry Destiny’s values into the venues where they teach. Teaching Artists are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism, artistic mastery and administrative accountability. Teaching Artists must embody the principals of nonviolence and Destiny’s Warriors Code in their interactions with the local community, setting the example of engaged, respectful communication with everyone they encounter.

Duties and Responsibilities:                                                 

  • Select and plan all class content, which include opening and closing circles, performing arts technique, choreography, and scaffold opportunities for creative expression, exploration and reflection. This includes selecting age appropriate music for choreography for dance classes.
  • Attend staff trainings regularly.
  • Work closely with the Destiny Director of School & Community Programs to make sure that all duties are handled efficiently in all of your classes.
  • Set clear classroom expectations and boundaries with youth in Destiny School and Community Programs and hold students accountable to the expectations by communicating any issues with the school coordinator, the Director of School and Community Programs and/or parents/caregivers.
  • Role model to all youth the strict adherence to all Destiny rules and expectations.
  • Be cognizant of the Destiny mission when creating curriculum, choosing music and performance material for your students.
  • Administer student evaluations.
  • Wear a Destiny t-shirt when teaching classes at either Destiny Arts Center or with our school and community partners
  • Complete and submit accurate time sheets in a timely manner.
  • Minimum of three years of experience teaching youth preferably with a youth development approach and teaching movement arts and/or martial arts.
  • Passionate about working with young people and able to manage classroom time and events in a professional manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to motivate, facilitate and direct youth.
  • Effective interpersonal skills necessary to interact with management, staff, and clients (students & parents/guardians).
  • Must be patient with the ability to clearly explain and instruct youth in the discipline being taught.
  • Negative TB Test.
  • Live Scan Test
  • A strong commitment to the mission, goals and work of Destiny Arts Center.
  • Experience working with diverse youth populations.
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with (or ability to learn) Word and Excel.
  • Ability to create lesson plans and/or a course curriculum for short-term residency programs.
  • Ability to teach in schools with frequent interruptions, some challenging students and/or administrators.
  • Maintain consistent communication through email, phone and in person.
  • Reliable, personal transportation is preferred
  • Multilingual, people of color and LGBTQQI2S candidates are encouraged to apply.

Non Physical Demands/Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of experience teaching youth preferably with a youth development approach and teaching movement arts and/or martial arts.
  • Passionate about working with young people and able to manage classroom time and events in a professional manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to motivate, facilitate and direct youth.
  • Effective interpersonal skills necessary to interact with management, staff, and clients (students & parents/guardians).
  • Must be patient with the ability to clearly explain and instruct youth in the discipline being taught.
  • Negative TB Test.
  • Live Scan Test
  • A strong commitment to the mission, goals and work of Destiny Arts Center.
  • Experience working with diverse youth populations.
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with (or ability to learn) Word and Excel.
  • Ability to create lesson plans and/or a course curriculum for short-term residency programs.
  • Ability to teach in schools with frequent interruptions, some challenging students and/or administrators.
  • Maintain consistent communication through email, phone and in person.
  • Reliable, personal transportation is preferred
  • Multilingual, people of color and LGBTQQI2S candidates are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply:

Actively accepting applications on a rolling basis. To apply: email a resume and cover letter with the subject line: DAC Teaching Artist, Director or School & Community Programs, to Aurora King at aurora@destinyarts.org. Only complete applications will be accepted. No phone calls or inquiries.


To learn more about Destiny programs and the work we do throughout the Bay Area, consider volunteering.


See what our staff says by visiting our testimonials section.

I can spot a Destiny Arts dancer from a mile away...they view performance as a forum for expressing the best parts of themselves.

Linda Carr
Dance Director, Berkeley High School