Teaching Artist - Young Women's Initiative


Teaching Artist - Young Women's Initiative

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Job Details




Teaching Artist - Young Women's Initiative


Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) seeks two (2) highly qualified and experienced Teaching Artists to co-lead a new, in-school residency program serving Black women identifying high school students between January – June 2018.

BAM is the United States’ oldest continually operating performing arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both local and global communities—by providing world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, and film. Over the years BAM has showcased the work of emerging artists and icons such as Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, Robert Lepage, Merce Cunningham, and Philip Glass. BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival has grown to be the largest festival in North America dedicated to the contemporary performing arts. BAM Education strives to provide every student access to BAM’s live performances and film offerings while engaging them with high impact arts learning experiences and educational resources.


  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

    Co-facilitate an in-school residency twice a week for 24 workshops
  • Participate in multi-day curriculum development meetings at BAM with fellow BAM teaching artists to develop step-by-step lesson plans per BAM’s template(s)
  • Participate in planning/reflection meetings with BAM staff and school partners
  • Communicate with school administrators/teachers to determine workshop scheduling
  • Attend relevant BAM performances
  • Submit online post-workshop reflection form to BAM following workshop(s)
  • Support program assessment and evaluation procedures
  • Support the planning and coordination of student culminating events
  • Attend BAM TA staff meetings, professional development, reflection and curriculum development meetings
  • Submit work hours on a weekly basis each Friday via online timesheet system  


Working Conditions

Work will occur in a public school classroom. Meetings and professional development generally occur at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


  • Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    College degree (BA/BFA required, MA/MFA preferred) or professional equivalent
  • Strong background in black feminist/womynist pedagogy
  • Proven artistic and educational expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: theater (particular interest in TAs who specialize in Directing, Playwriting, Shakespeare, Arts for Social Justice), digital arts, film (particular interest in TAs who specialize in documentary film and animation), dance (particular interest in TAs who specialize in Contemporary and African dance styles) and spoken word poetry. 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and customer service skills (both in person and over the phone).  
  • Ability to build positive, collaborative working relationships with BAM staff, school teachers, administrators and diverse range of young people. 
  • Teaching experience in the arts (previous work in New York City preferred) 
  • Teaching experience with young women of color in the arts and youth development settings 
  • Experience using trauma-informed pedagogy 
  • Experience teaching on young women’s issues 
  • Curriculum development experience 
  • Familiarity with the NYC Blueprint for the Teaching and Learning in the Arts, and the Common Core State Standards
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with BAM Education staff and BAM Teaching Artists to develop curriculum
  • Experience working with English Language Learners, students with individual learning plans, and students with disabilities a plus 
  • Ability to work during school and/or after-school hours
  • Commitment to ongoing growth and refinement of teaching artist skills by participating in appropriate meetings and BAM professional development

  1. Required Application Materials

    A Cover Letter that succinctly communicates in one page how your educational and artistic background aligns with the position.
  2. A Teaching Resume that outlines all completed educational training and relevant teaching experience. Strong background in feminist theory and Freirean pedagogy preferred.
  3. An Artistic Resume that outlines all completed artistic training and relevant artistic experience.  Strong knowledge of Black Feminist Art movements preferred.  Include any relevant work samples, including webpages and video links.
  4. A Lesson Plan Activity designed to engage a group of high school students who identify as women for 10-15 minutes that explores a topic relevant to young women using an art form you have expertise in. Submitted lesson plan should include: student learning objective(s), set-up instructions, step-by-step facilitation directions for activity, and post-activity reflection questions.
  5. Three References with contact information who can speak to your past experience, particularly your facilitation skills and ability to engaging young people through the arts.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17th

Qualified applicants will be notified and invited for an interview in early November. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  No phone calls or walk ins please