At LEAP we believe in the transformational power of the arts. Wed as a grassroots movement with just four schools. Today, our teaching artists serve 20,000 kids across the city in over 150 New York City public schools. Every day, our educational arts programs inspire diverse school communities to be more engaged in learning and build critical skills. Our quality educational arts programs promote access and equity for New York City students underserved in the arts.
We are seeking passionate, experienced activity specialists with a vested interest in arts and academic integration for long term teaching opportunities at our partner schools in all five boroughs. Activity specialists must have demonstrated previous experience teaching dance, ideally in NYC public school settings. We are seeking educators who share our belief in the power of experiential learning. LEAP Activity Specialists act as the lead instructors in LEAP after school programs.
Dance is a kinesthetic art form where learning takes place in the body. Exploration of this art in a LEAP program is facilitated through various dance styles, history and composition. This includes but is not limited to steps, patterns, sequencing, creative movement, improvisation, body, space, time, energy, relationship, choreography, and performance.
You must be available to work between two to five days per week during the hours of 2:30-6:00 pm.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
With Students using The LEAP Way
Lead experiences that drive student growth in creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking.
Model a growth mindset and love of learning through the LEAP Way, our creative youth development model.
Support learners to make meaning of their experiences through routine thoughtful reflection.
With Partners as a LEAP Ambassador
Build positive relationships with students, LEAP colleagues, and school partners.
Communicate with professionalism and respect.
Participate, respond to, center, and celebrate the culture of the communities that we serve.
With Peers through LEAP Professional Development
Join the LEAP community of artists and educators through our foundational training.
Invest in your growth as an educator through our Masterclass Learning Labs and Mentor coaching.
Connect with your peers and support your practice by joining our artmaking FREEPLAY Labs.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Arrive on time, prepared to follow the schedule provided by program leadership at all times.
Manage program arrival, attendance, and dismissal.
Monitor children at all times during program hours; including safe and organized use of outdoor/indoor equipment, bathroom breaks, arrival, departure, and transitions between.
Ensure program areas are clean and safe from beginning to end of each program day.
Plan and implement engaging and active lessons that combine the arts and academics.
Establish and deliver clear lesson objectives writing daily lesson plans using the LEAP lesson plan format and the LEAP Way.
Prepare your room and all materials prior to facilitating planned activities.
Promote positive character development, a love of learning, and a growth mindset through modeling and instruction.
Actively collaborating with group leaders to ensure they are implementing supervision best practices and managing program safety during large group active play and/or trips.
Assist children with daily homework assignments.
Make LEAP a visible and exciting part of the school community.
Aid in the organization and execution of student culminating performances and celebratory events.
Work closely with the program leadership to gather student data, attendance, assessment, and teaching documentation.
Work in collaboration with the daytime school community to help reach, meet, and build positive relationships with parents.
2 years of experience working with youth in a classroom or group setting
Demonstrated excellence in the art form of dance and movement
Experience successfully instructing youth in the arts, with evidence working towards a culminating project
College degree in the Arts or Education, or equivalent experience
Proficiency in ELA, Math, Science or Social Studies content for academic support or enrichment
Familiarity working with Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
Passion for inclusion and advocacy in the arts
Enjoy working with youth in a team environment
Effective writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
Must be punctual, responsible, resilient, and reliable
Self-motivated, highly efficient, and able to problem-solve
Proactive, hands-on approach, as well as a professional work ethic
Flexible schedule and willingness to travel to multiple boroughs
Experience working in a multicultural environment
Able to pass all NYS SACC clearances and background checks inclusive of a work physical and TB
Exemplary in all areas of the job, including planning, engagement, facilitation, and professionalism
Ability to relate to officials, staff, and public in a courteous manner
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LEAP
At LEAP we are:
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 ourselves, our team, and the organization
Advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion
Open-minded, creative, and flexible
LEAP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Please note: In accordance with organizational policy, LEAP do not sponsor individuals on O-1 visas.