Lead Teaching Artist El Sistema Colorado Denver, CO

Lead Teaching Artist
El Sistema Colorado
Denver, CO

EL SISTEMA COLORADO: Lead Teaching Artist, Garden Place Elementary El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Title: Lead Teaching Artist – Garden Place Academy, Denver Full-time Salaried Position + Benefits Position to begin no later than August 15, 2014. The Lead Teaching Artist is responsible for in-school, after-school and summer teaching and program management at Garden Place Elementary. Areas of responsibility include program oversight, management of all El Sistema Colorado teaching and site staff, pedagogical and program planning and evaluation, daily collaboration with school principal and staff, family and community engagement, and relationship with national El Sistema-inspired program managers. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Executive Director of El Sistema Colorado.

Teaching and Program Oversight Functions
o Ensure that El Sistema Colorado’s philosophy and mission are practiced consistently throughout the program.
o Serve as a Teaching Artist daily within the Garden Place in-school and after-school program.
o Develop and employ excellent, age-appropriate pedagogical teaching methods and repertoire consistent with El Sistema core principles, incorporating best practices found in national and international El Sistema programs which demonstrate superior outcomes.
o Establish expectations for student musical, behavioral and academic progress.
o Create and implement custom teaching plans and methods for individual students with special needs, in collaboration with school principal, teachers, social worker and staff as needed.
o Plan and supervise implementation of evening and Saturday program days and special events/performances by El Sistema Colorado students in collaboration with staff and volunteers.
o Coordinate the procurement and repair of all needed instruments and equipment for successful daily program implementation and performances.
o Recruit and select the highest quality individuals to serve as Teaching Artists, Teaching Assistants and Interns.
o Implement professional development for teaching artists and site staff to maintain excellent standards in the El Sistema Colorado classroom.
o Supervise El Sistema Colorado Teaching Artists, Site staff and volunteers, ensuring the highest level of unified program implementation possible.
o Regularly evaluate Teaching Artists and Site staff performance, including periodic written & oral reviews.
o Collaborate with Site Coordinator, Garden Place staff and El Sistema Colorado Executive Director to maintain excellent communication with parents/guardians and promote their engagement.
o Establish and support partnerships to promote El Sistema Colorado, student learning and development.
o Establish and track progress of annual workplan.
o Provide student progress reports each semester to parents and Garden Place teachers and leadership.
o Collaborate with El Sistema Colorado Executive Director, school staff and outside evaluators in program evaluation processes in areas of data generation, collection, documentation, and analysis.
o Participate in community and fundraising events, and public relations activities.

Management Functions
o Assist Executive Director in developing organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission and vision of El Sistema Colorado.
o Implement El Sistema Colorado services, activities and operational policies in partnership with GPA to ensure all program objectives are met.
o Work with the El Sistema Colorado Executive Director and Garden Place school principal to develop and implement highly effective, measurable short-term and long-term program outcomes for El Sistema Colorado students.
o Assist Executive Director in establishing annual Garden Place budget.
o Execute a long-range growth plan with the Executive Director and school staff to strongly encourage participants’ deep engagement in El Sistema Colorado through high school graduation.
o Support Lead Teaching Artist team drawn from all El Sistema Colorado sites.
o Assist Executive Director in the development and implementation of El Sistema Colorado policies and procedures.

Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience highly desirable.
Bachelors or Masters Degree in Music Education preferred with emphasis in elementary music education.
• Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer.
• Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music and the mission of El Sistema Colorado.
• Strong knowledge of music pedagogy and curriculum; experience with Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze or other music methodology of great value; certification preferred.
• Exceptional classroom management skills
• Experience leading ensembles
• Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in underserved communities.
• Experience developing and leading effective teaching teams.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher and citizen.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Fluency in Spanish a plus.

El Sistema Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination. We welcome candidates of all abilities to apply.

For consideration for this position By email, send your resume and a cover letter with a brief description of how your training and experience match the job requirements above to JBrennan@ElSistemaColorado.org. Position will remain open until filled.

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