2014-15 Core Artist Job Description–DANCE


Performing Arts Workshop (the Workshop) was founded in 1965 and is dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts. Core Artists play a leadership role at the Workshop and therefore have a substantial set of job responsibilities beyond those of other Workshop artists. Core Artists perform these duties through a part-time, salaried position, reporting directly to the Program & Artistic Manager. Job duties will vary, but for most Core Artists, we anticipate that job duties will require roughly twenty hours per week, spread out over 4-5 weekdays and occasional evenings and weekends. Core Artists are key personnel and therefore paid on a salaried basis, rather than hourly. Core Artists have substantially reduced job duties from June through mid-August; these duties may include teaching or scheduled meetings and training sessions. Salaried pay continues during the lighter summer months. Annual salary is $20-22K for a .44 FTE.  



  • Teaching:  Teach scheduled classes, no more than 15 per week, in Bay Area schools and community centers (in- and after-school), implementing the Workshop’s Cycle of Artistic Inquiry. For each residency that is assigned to a Core Artist, that Core Artist will be responsible for teaching at least a specified minimum number of sessions scheduled by Workshop administrative staff. This number of sessions must be completed over the course of an agreed time frame (such as a semester or year), despite any class cancellations due to illness or other reasons. Paid time off to be used for reasons other than illness needs to be pre-approved, as described in the Workshop’s Employee Handbook.
  • Curriculum Planning: Develop and maintain year-long, standards-based curriculum that includes an understanding goal, weekly lesson objectives, and opportunities for student reflection, revision, and composition that includes elements of dance. Regular review of plans by the Program & Artistic Manager or Artist Mentors;
  • Collaboration:  Partner with teachers and site coordinators at select sites to co-design integrated curricula that is co-taught whenever possible;
  • Partner Management:  Engage in ongoing reflection with partner sites to anticipate and avoid issues that interfere with student learning; troubleshoot and problem-solve, initiate follow-up communication with Workshop program staff. Build relationships with administrators, teachers, coordinators, and other partner staff and serve as liaison between partners and Workshop office staff. Distribute and collect necessary paperwork. Coordinate residency schedule adjustments as needed;
  • Documentation:  Document and compile strong evidence of students learning the elements of composition in dance in at least one residency through regular blogging, portfolio assembly, or video, etc. Plan and present documentation to Workshop staff and board semi-annually. Assist with documentation and reporting for fellow core artists’ residencies when available;
  • Professional Development:  Actively engage in ongoing professional development workshops and meetings with fellow artists. Contribute to discussion, problem-solving, and planning activities, lead professional development on request;
  • Organizational Planning:  Attend select staff/program and board meetings to provide input on program design, strategic planning, etc.;
  • Program Reporting:  Assist with grant reporting as needed through development and writing of narrative reports and/or interviews with Workshop staff;
  • Public Representation:  Represent the Workshop at community events by presenting on your experiences as a teaching artist, educating stakeholders about the organization, teaching a sample lesson, etc.



Core Artists and the Program & Artistic Manager will discuss schedule options prior to assignment of residencies. In order to perform residencies, Core Artists will need to be available for class scheduling during some combination of the following windows:

  • 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 3 weekdays and 3:00-6:00 p.m. 2 weekdays
  • 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 3 weekdays and 3:00-6:00 p.m. 2 weekdays
  • 5 weekdays:  3:00-6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. OR 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 1 weekday


Additionally, core artists are required to attend meetings on the following dates: 

August 18, 10:00-12- all artist orientation

August 20, 10:00-1- CA meeting

August 22, 10:00-1 CA meeting

August 25, 9:00-1- onsite CA training

August 26, 9:00-12 onsite CA training; 1-2:30 staff meeting

August 28, 10:00-1 CA meeting

January 6, 1-2:30- staff meeting

January 23, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting

January 27, 6-8:30- board meeting




September- peer group meeting, tbd

February 7, 2:00-6- PD Day

February 6, 8-10:00- program meeting

February 20, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting




October- board/staff PD, tbd

October 3, 8-10:00- program meeting

October 17, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting

March- board/staff retreat, tbd

March 20, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting




November 14, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting



April 17, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting

CA showcase meetings, tbd

Peer group meeting, tbd



December 12, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting

December 19, 8-10:00 program meeting

May 15, 8-9:30- artistic staff meeting

May 29, 10:00-12- staff meeting



*additional meetings may be scheduled tbd. Staff will provide as much advance notice as possible.



  • Bachelor’s degree in dance/education or commensurate teaching artist experience;
  • Availability for required schedule blocks and meeting dates;
  • At least five years previous dance teaching experience;
  • Knowledge of and ability to articulate compositional elements of dance;
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise and ability to teach critical thinking as evidenced through previous Workshop observations or classroom audition;
  • Willingness and interest to teach diverse populations in- and out-of school across grades pre-k-elementary or middle-high school;
  • Willingness to teach at varied sites with limited room for negotiation;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan sequential curricula as evidenced through submission of a detailed unit plan;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to navigate challenges, initiate, and reply to communication within 48 hours;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage a complex calendar and timely communication with various staff and partners;
  • Deep investment in self-reflection and desire to grow as a teaching artist;
  • Commitment to social justice values and teaching at-risk populations through art;
  • Ability to persist and problem-solve through challenges;
  • Ability to articulate work and mission of Performing Arts Workshop;
  • Willingness to travel to different Bay Area schools and community centers.



  • Bilingual ability – Spanish and Cantonese
  • Experience working with special student populations, such as English language learners and students with special needs
  • Masters degree in education or a specific art form



  • If available, submit online performance videos or excerpts of performances (Such as YouTube)
  • Submit resume and cover letter indicating previous teaching experience and interest in the position
  • Submit a brief 15 class Curriculum Overview for your art form (feel free to use Performing Arts Workshop’s online Curriculum Overview Template)


Submit materials to:


Lorena Landeros, Program Manager


No phone calls please.