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Arts Specialist, Harlem Children's Zone

Harlem Children's Zone New York, NY
  • Expired: 23 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

We are seeking part-time Arts Specialist to work directly with students in an after-school setting, leading small groups. Students participate in weekly discussions and activities around subjects such as lifetime decision making, identifying values, communication and critical thinking, resume building and interview techniques, social etiquette, conflict resolution, and community service, among others.

We are seeking an Arts Specialist to support our arts curriculum.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and develop age, and skill appropriate curriculum, lesson plans, activities, and special projects that fuse the arts and academic competencies to be reviewed by supervisors before being taught
  • Plan and facilitate a project-based unit
  • Work with program participants to develop their artistic, educational and leadership potential
  • Engage youth in the following areas through the arts: critical thinking; evaluation; risk-taking; rehearsals; hands-on project based learning; documentation of work; community-building and activism
  • Coordinate subject related trips, guest speakers, special events, student exhibitions, and college trips
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Share a knowledge of the history and current state of African, African-American and Latino issues and be able to interpret that into diverse learning opportunities
  • Ability to communicate the progress of students and share insights discovered to team members on a regular basis
  • Act as a role model for middle school students
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • A commitment to Youth Development and the mission and programs of HCZ
  • Conservatory training and/or university-level education and practical experience in the content area is preferred (college students currently pursuing degree-level work are also encouraged to apply)
  • Must have at least 2 years dance teaching experience
  • Passion and experience with arts education, particularly involving middle school aged youth
  • Flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm for young people
  • Excellent planning, organization, communication and time management skills
  • Ability to provide consistent and positive instruction as well as receive constructive criticism
  • Ability to work flexible schedule, available days and evenings
  • Experience working in youth development with middle school youth and teaching well developed enrichment courses, social consciousness, self-identity and efficacy
  • Energetic, motivated self-starter and a team player
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students and full curriculum

Harlem Children's Zone

Why Work Here?

The Harlem Children’s Zone is driven by the belief that the success of our children and the strength of the community go hand and hand.

At Harlem Children's Zone we believe in doing 'whatever it takes' to ensure that our children graduate from college so they can be prepared for the high-skills job market. Under the leadership of our CEO Anne Williams-Isom, we offer programs to address the needs of children at each stage of their development, as we work to strengthen the families and community around them. The pipeline starts with The Baby College, which teaches best-practice parenting to parents of children from 0-3 years old. HCZ runs Birth to Pre-Kindergarten programs to get children on track early. Children then attend one of two HCZ Promise Academy K-12 charter schools or are supported by HCZ staff in the seven public schools in the Zone. HCZ also runs innovative middle and high-school afterschool programs for local public school students. HCZ's College Success Office supports HCZ's students - many of whom are the first in their families to attend college - so that they can successfully navigate the new challenges and responsibilities they face. We seek talented and passionate professionals who are committed to improving the lives of our children and families. If you share our passion for and commitment to children and believe you have skills to support their development, we want you to join us on this groundbreaking journey.


New York, NY