Step Specialist

Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)

Location:

Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation
Throughout the 5 boroughs
New York, NY, 11377

Job Type:

Paid

Status:

Part Time

Length:

Temporary

Area of Focus:

Academic Support/Homework Help, Arts (Visual, Music, Dance, Theater)

Job Description:

 Summary: 

 

Activity Specialists facilitate service learning, organize trips, conduct outreach and recruitment, and partner with the community on service based projects. They attend monthly workshops, provide supervision to tutors/counselors, and provide quarterly reports to meet SASF and funder requirements.   Our Academic, Activities and Sports Specialists are responsible for creating lessons, projects and objectives that meet the individual students’ needs. He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning and serves as a role model to youth, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  They are also responsible for maintaining target number of participants.

Step Specialists (Stepping or step-dancing) should have knowledge and experience in this form of percussive dance. Must also be able to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Should have experience teaching and or performing in groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations. Additional knowledge in gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, African and Caribbean dance, or stunts are preferred but not required. Should have good speed when stepping and experience using props, such as canes, rhythm sticks and blindfolds. Specialists should teach basic dance principles and then go beyond that through the act of demonstration by teacher, student’s follow and then challenge student’s to use their own creative thinking within the art. Exploring creativity is part of stepping. Art Specialists utilize and adapt the New York State Arts Learning Standards along with the SASF curriculum in order to create an engaging and awarding activity that encourages participation in SASF programs.

 

 

Essential Job Functions:

 

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in daily step activities such as warm-up, rhythmic practice, center activity and combinations as well as activities that lead to full performance pieces, trips to see shows and workshops outside the site to enhance and further learning.
  • Organize performance groups, and direct their rehearsals, put on performances at the site and prepare to audition for the Annual SASF Performing Arts Showcase.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the requirements of SASF along with the student’s interests.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in the activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other students, explaining rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Coordinate competitions between other Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation programs or outside of SASF programs. 
  • Progressive development of student skills leading to a final project
  • Provide support during academic/homework hour
  • Promotes positive character development in all youth
  • Most SASF Specialists are expected to provide homework support during Academic hour.

How to Apply:

Submit resumes to tle@sasfny.org with subject line as position title! Email: tle@sasfny.org

To the Attention of:

Janie Le

Required Skills/Experience:

 Required skills:

  • Must be knowledgeable and skilled in stepping and have prior experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in step.
  • Must have prior performance experience and stage/theater etiquette and understanding
  • Must have knowledge and prior experience choreographing step-dancing and putting a performance together.
  • Must have knowledge in step terminology, history and resources to develop a well rounded and cohesive study in step throughout the school year.
  • Must be responsible, reliable and punctual!
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required

 

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required. 
  • Must have passion for SASF mission and demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development.
  • Able to work late afternoons and/or evenings. After-School hours can span from 2:50pm-6:50pm, with most programs running from 3-6pm.
  • Certifications and credentials in respective dance activity highly preferred. 
  • Candidates who are qualified to lead instruction in more than one activity preferred as well. 
  • Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to employment history and criminal background check