Dance Instructor, girls rise up
Reports to: Program Director
Location: New York City, NY
Effective: July 2019
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
About the role
As a Dance Instructor, you will boldly lead girls during Girls Rise Up, STEM From Dance’s summer experience. While your main task is to teach dance and choreographic skills, you also help build the confidence and thinking skills of our girls with the end goal of preparing them for a future in STEM. You will create and teach dance routines and facilitate students creating a piece of their own that incorporates technology. You love working with young people, have an electric energy that students love, and have a passion for using dance to empower others. You will become a trusted advisor and role model to our girls, with the belief that all girls have the ability to succeed in STEM.
About STEM From Dance
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but it means much more than that. STEM is the science of using data and information to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. It features some of our country’s most high-impact and innovative jobs, yet it is greatly lacking in diversity. STEM From Dance gives girls of color access to a STEM education by using dance to empower, educate, and encourage them as our next generation of engineers, scientists, and techies.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Create and teach dance and facilitate students in creating their own choreography. Genres of dance include Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, and more.
Manage, assess, and adapt instruction based on students’ progress in and proficiency of dance.
Co-lead, with a STEM instructor, a cohort of 15-20 girls and cultivate a collaborative, engaging, and empowering community and learning environment.
Support general program operations and logistics.
Participate in in-person training prior to start of Girls Rise Up. Prepare to be fully versed in the STEM From Dance curriculum and culture.
Skills & competencies
Passion for and demonstrated interest in the STEM From Dance mission
Demonstrated leadership ability, including being self-directed and entrepreneurial
Excellent time management and organizational skills; exceptional communication skills
Ability to build meaningful relationships with girls of diverse backgrounds
Ability to think big, generate ideas and implement solutions to complex problems
Ability to be consistent, timely, and meet deadlines with focus, initiative, and drive
Maintain positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
Educational background in and/or work experience with dance required; hip-hop and modern dance preferred.
Demonstrated experience and maturity in managing a classroom of 15-20 middle or high school students preferred.
Previous experience teaching dance preferred.
Experience teaching in an academically diverse and culturally responsive classroom community preferred.
Experience being the “other” in a majority setting preferred.
Girls Rise Up is a three-week program from July 8 - 26, 9AM - 3PM. Instructors are required to make a commitment to all three weeks, in addition to two in-person training sessions during the two weeks prior to the program and the final performance on July 26.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.