New York City Children's Theater / New York, NY06.27.18
About New York City Children’s Theater
New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) is a nonprofit organization that creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together.
Our mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods. We demonstrate that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts. For more information about the organization and the education programs, please visit https://nycchildrenstheater.org/
New York City Children’s Theater seeks a full-time Education Associate. This individual will be a crucial member of an innovative education department that uses theatre and music to inspire and educate children in grades Pre-K-5th. Our programs, facilitated by a roster of over 35 talented teaching artists, annually reach an average of 85 elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Current programs include an inclusive theatre and music residency program, a multi-sensory touring musical designed for students with disabilities and the very young, and two interactive anti-bullying theatre workshops. In 2018-2019, NYCCT will continue to expand its brand-new public program titled “Boogie Woogie Books”, a storytelling and music program for children ages 0-5 and their caretakers.
The Education Associate will divide their time by providing administrative support to the Education Department at the NYCCT office and teaching in the Literature at Play residency program in Pre-K-5th grade school classrooms, community centers, and homeless shelters across the five boroughs of NYC. Maximum time out of the office teaching will be 1-2 days per week and will vary depending on time of year. The Education Associate reports directly to the Director of Education and assists in supervising 2-3 part-time Education Apprentices and a roster of 35 part-time teaching artists. The ideal candidate is an experienced and passionate educator and arts administrator.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assisting in planning and maintaining detailed program schedules for residencies and workshops in approx. 85 schools, community centers, and homeless shelters per year
- Leading outreach efforts for potential, past and existing partners
- Acting as a liaison between teaching artists and school partners (via email, phone, face to face meetings)
- Creating DOE Work Orders and invoices for education partners
- Updating and maintaining education budget with Director of Education
- Reviewing and organizing lesson plans and residency materials
- Assisting in assessment and grant writing duties with Director of Education and Director of Development
- Creating and maintaining important education documents (i.e. stock language explaining education programs, letters to new schools, sample program breakdowns)
- Researching opportunities for new education partners and programs
- Creating age-appropriate book lists for education programs
- Providing support (on an as-needed basis) at mainstage shows and public programs
- (During training) Shadowing and co-teaching theatre workshops with senior teaching artists in residency programs in Pre-K-5th grade school classrooms, community centers, and homeless shelters across the five boroughs of NYC
- (After training) Leading residency programs (in all settings listed above)
- Assisting in training NYCCT teaching artists for all education programs
- Attending site visits and providing feedback to teaching artists as needed
Qualifications and Traits:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or Related Field or equivalent professional experience
- Minimum of 3-5 years experience as a teaching artist in educational settings (elementary school preferred) and non-traditional settings with diverse groups of young people
- Experience and/or interest in arts administration
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Sense of humor and adaptability
- Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in programmatic design
- Experience using PC based Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, occasional nights and weekends required
Preferred but not required:
- Master’s Degree in Theatre or Related Field or equivalent professional experience
- Experience in curriculum development
- Experience working within the NYC Department of Education Public School System
- Experience in working with students with disabilities
Salary: $36,000.00. Position runs year-round, full-time, beginning mid-late August 2018. Benefits include paid vacation, generous health insurance plus subsidy and opportunities for 401k and pre-tax commuter expense contributions.
Please submit a resume and cover letter that explains your relevant teaching artist and arts administration experience via email with the subject line “Education Associate” to Sara Morgulis at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City Children’s Theater aims to create a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.