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AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz) - Cal Performances (4134U) 6414
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 19, 2020
Title AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz) - Cal Performances (4134U) 6414
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Dance

AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz) - Cal Performances (4134U) 6414

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Cal Performances is recruiting for a temporary position of Dance Instructor (Jazz) to work for AileyCamp from June 15, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

Cal Performances presents and produces 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.

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The AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz) will teach, model and support student learning in and through dance techniques to the AileyCampers. Specific techniques in Jazz detailed below. The dance instructor working collaboratively with the Artistic Director, Managing Director, Guidance Counselor, Creative Communications instructor, Personal Development instructor, and a staff of Group Leaders to ensure a supportive professional environment.

  • 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 up to four classes per day, four days per week or as determined by the Managing Directors.
  • Participate in the general oversight of the campers, including at assigned meal times and camper free periods, including but not limited to assist with other class engagement, support Group Leaders in their oversight of individual groups of campers, provide supervision during lunch and breaks as assigned on a rotating basis, and take on projects in support of camp, production preparation, and audience engagement.
  • Participate in individual and AileyCamp staff meetings, including scheduled meetings during working meals, and at least two after-camp meetings a week.
  • Plan lessons that will develop physical and mental stamina, agility, grace, cooperative work and an appreciation for the joys of rigorous discipline among youth.
  • Provide schedule of proposed class content to Artistic and Managing Directors for final approvals and integration with the whole camp curriculum.
  • Coordinate with Group Leaders to assess campers' individual needs, and support them in interventions to meet these needs.
  • Produce camper progress evaluations, documentation for Camp Anthology, and other materials celebrating the campers' experience.
  • Choreograph a camper presentation for the final performance.

The AileyCamp Dance Instructor reports to the AileyCamp Managing Director(s), and will work with the Artistic Directors to develop final showcase performances. The instructor will work closely with the other AileyCamp Instructors, faculty and staff, contributing to an ensemble of adult mentors and providers to create a safe and holistic environment for the campers, their colleagues, and visitors. Incumbents operate with considerable independence within the parameters of the camp structure, with freedom to make daily decisions within the scope of University policies, Cal Performances mission and vision, program plans, and established needs of teaching and performance programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Requires prior experience as a professional dancer and dance instructor in Jazz. Demonstrated experience working with urban children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, identified as having one or more of the following at-risk factors: living with a single parent or no parent; having a sibling who dropped out of school or became a school-age parent; having difficulty with the traditional school structure as determined by teacher observation; or having low self-esteem. Familiarity with and/or ability to be trained in and implement youth-centered learning frameworks. Excellent leadership skills including an ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with young people, serving as a positive influence and model for disciplined practice, healthy personal habits, and respectful communication to campers and to your peers. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to diverse persons, and actively work as part of an ensemble with a shared mission to support campers and camp activities in whatever manner is needed. 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, cheerful collaborator, able and willing to take initiative to accomplish or support others in accomplishing tasks related to the successful and smooth operation of the camp. Must be able to successfully pass background check.

For Jazz Dance

a basic understanding of the principles of jazz dance including jazz hands, jazz walks, jazz runs, leaps, jazz slides, step-ball changes and energy focus, and demonstrated success contributing to an ensemble work environment requiring willingness and ability to take on tasks outside the dance classroom.

Strongly Preferred
  • Experience choreographing for youth of varying abilities. Experience with the frameworks of youth development and youth-centered learning environments.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Other Information

This is a full time temporary position with a start date of June 15, 2020 and an end date of July 31, 2020. Pay is $5,600 total for period of June 15 to July 31, 2020.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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