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At Colorado Ballet, you will enjoy the confidence and security of working with a dynamic growing arts organization that has been part of the Colorado arts community for over 60 years.  From experienced performing arts professionals to entry-level positions, Colorado Ballet seeks out the most talented and enthusiastic people to join our organization.  

We offer a benefits package for our full-time employees and all staff have the opportunity to attend the productions they help bring to life! Colorado Ballet is an equal opportunity employer.

CURRENT OPENINGS

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR • FULL TIME

About Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department
Colorado Ballet is a Denver based non-profit organization. The mission is to present exceptional quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training, and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.

Providing high quality educational opportunities for preschool through adults, the Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department has been engaging with the Colorado community for over 20 years offering programs to students and community members least likely to access dance independently and for whom it could have the greatest impact. A fundamental philosophy of Colorado Ballet is to make dance accessible to everyone and inclusive of all. We aim to bring diverse communities together to overcome real and perceived barriers. In doing so, the department strives to provide quality dance education that focuses on the mission:


Every: To make dance accessible to everyone.
Body: To promote dance and movement as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dance: To encourage creativity and expression through dance, and foster an appreciation for ballet.


Position Summary
The Education & Community Engagement Department is seeking to hire a Coordinator to support the daily operations of the department. This role will report to the Director of Education & Community Engagement and will work collaboratively with the department staff as a whole. With a wide variety of programming, the Education & Community Engagement Department Coordinator will be a central role within the department and can often be the first point of contact for the community. This position provides support to both the Education Director and Manager in the coordination and management of programs. Attention to detail, strong organization skills, a high level of initiative, and efficient communication are crucial attributes for this position as things can often move quickly - especially during the school year and production season. Important aspects of this role’s responsibilities include business administration, collaborative planning, and the ability to also act as a Teaching Artist as needed. In order to fulfill our mission, Colorado Ballet is dedicated to building and sustaining an organizational culture grounded in diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging. We are committed to hiring people who reflect and represent the rich diversity of the students, families, and communities with whom we work. Black, Indigenous, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons from underrepresented ethnic groups, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ persons are especially welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of accessible school and community programs that promote the value of dance education for diverse audiences in accordance with the department’s strategic plan.
  • Oversee logistics - activity schedules and internal communications - for specific programs (in-person or virtual).
  • Oversee a variety of record keeping tasks for the Education & Community Engagement Department including filing, scheduling, invoicing, tracking metrics, survey collection, etc.
  • Responsible for assisting the Education & Community Engagement Department staff in developing, implementing, and evaluating success of the department’s long range plan including program goals, value budgets, and staying up to date on current pricing models nationwide.
  • Aid in expansion, development, and maintenance of partnerships that meet the goals of the company and department.
  • Serve as the main point of contact and represent Colorado Ballet in specific programs and partnerships.
  • Represent the company in the local, regional, and national communities, and participate in community coalitions with similar missions and goals.
  • Represent the department and organization in the community, serve as a leader to department Teaching Artists, assist in realizing the organization’s mission for equity, access, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Assist with tracking grant deliverables and track required data to submit for reports.
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of department social media accounts; assess needs and coordinate with Marketing Department for communications on company’s social media accounts, marketing email campaigns, video, photo, and printed collateral.
  • Content developer and copy editor for specific sections of the department’s web page and brochure.
  • Use codified dance curriculum to teach, assist, or present programs as a Teaching Artist.
    Requirements to Apply
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the mission of Colorado Ballet as well as the Education & Community Engagement Department with a deep passion for dance and a dedication to values of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in dance education including creative movement and ballet with considerations for social and emotional learning
  • Confidence in lesson planning and classroom management based in positive youth engagement.
  • Be resourceful and able to work both independently and collaboratively to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Reliable transportation/ability to travel throughout the Denver metro area.
  • Flexible hours for early morning, evening, and weekend work as required.
  • Minimum of two year commitment to the position.
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Offers for employment are contingent upon successful completion of a state and federal fingerprint level background check and mandatory reporter training.

Relevant Experience

  • Proficiency in other dance idioms.
  • Background in dance, experience teaching dance (in public schools or non-traditional settings preferred), or formal education in dance/dance education.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or another language.
  • Well versed in the Microsoft and Google suite.
  • Experience in Tessitura ticketing software.


Compensation & Benefits

  • Salaried, full-time, exempt position: $35,000 - $39,000 commensurate with experience, 40 hours/week with some night and weekend hours as needed (hours may vary during productions).
  • Benefits include health insurance (including dental and vision care), 401(k), paid time off (holidays, vacation, personal), FSA/DCA options, complimentary and discount tickets to Colorado Ballet productions, paid professional development time, access to free professional continued learning.


Application
Please submit your application as soon as possible (preferably prior to August 13th) and we will begin reviewing submissions immediately. Please send your resume and cover letter to HR@coloradoballet.org. Submissions without these items will not be considered. No phone calls please. All submissions will be acknowledged. Colorado Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Education & Community Engagement Department at Colorado Ballet!

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEACHING ARTIST • PART TIME

About Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department
Colorado Ballet is a Denver based non-profit organization. The mission is to present exceptional quality classical ballet and innovative dance through performances, training, and education programs that are integral to the cultural life of our community.

Providing high quality educational opportunities for preschool through adults, the Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department has been engaging with the Colorado community for over 20 years offering programs to students and community members least likely to access dance independently and for whom it could have the greatest impact. A fundamental philosophy of Colorado Ballet is to make dance accessible to everyone and inclusive of all. We aim to bring diverse communities together to overcome real and perceived barriers. In doing so, the department strives to provide quality dance education that focuses on the mission:

Every: To make dance accessible to everyone.
Body: To promote dance and movement as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dance: To encourage creativity and expression through dance, and foster an appreciation for ballet.

Position Summary
The Education & Community Engagement department is seeking a motivated individual for a position as a Teaching Artist. Teaching Artists teach for both our Every Body Dance! afterschool enrichment program and our Workshops program. It is an ideal part-time position for someone balancing a variety of teaching jobs or other part-time work; hours vary, but average two to five hours per week during the school year and five to ten hours per month in the summer. The majority of teaching time occurs between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays with occasional daytime and weekend hours. The position has hourly rates for student teachers, assistant teachers, and lead teachers as well as opportunities for administrative time. The position reports to the Manager of Education & Community Engagement and may work directly with other department staff and Teaching Artists. Teaching Artists will work offsite from the Colorado Ballet studios and offices at schools and community centers, may teach virtually via Zoom, and will work with students of a variety of ages, experience, abilities, and backgrounds.

In order to fulfill our mission, Colorado Ballet is dedicated to building and sustaining an organizational culture grounded in diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging. We are committed to hiring people who reflect and represent the rich diversity of the children, families, and communities with whom we work. Black, Indigenous, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons from underrepresented ethnic groups, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ persons are especially welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Curriculum
Colorado Ballet Teaching Artists utilize a codified curriculum for the afterschool program, Every Body Dance! This curriculum was created in order to provide a consistent program throughout the Denver metro area. A typical afterschool program provides dance classes that focus on creative movement and ballet. Utilizing Anne Green Gilbert’s methodology, we utilize Brain Compatible Dance Education techniques to create and develop the curriculum for our
afterschool classes, as well as many of our workshops. These effective teaching techniques equip our Teaching Artists to engage and motivate students of all abilities in school in community settings. Colorado Ballet’s afterschool curriculum is designed for students to study a variety of dance concepts while also improving important life skills such as problem solving, spatial awareness, social and emotional learning, and strengthening the body and brain all through the art of dance.

Information about the Teaching Artist role

Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department Teaching Artists:

  • Are practicing artists, who have professional performing experience and/or training.
  • Come from a variety of artistic traditions and have the desire to share their unique artistry with children.
  • Are as passionate about the art of teaching as they are about their art form.
  • Exude joy and love of dance.
  • Are dynamic, expressive, and energized movers.
  • Have experience creating choreography.
  • Have strong musicality.
  • Have a confident presence and positive and inclusive classroom management skills
  • Understand the developmental needs of children and are capable of tailoring instruction to support different learners.
  • Are committed to anti-racist education.
  • Are committed to culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, and to creating classrooms in which every student is seen, valued, and feels that they belong.
  • Have experience with (or a willingness to learn) lesson planning and designing units of instruction.
  • Are reflective practitioners who seek opportunities for continuous learning.
  • Are collaborative; thrive in a team dynamic in which power and responsibility are shared.
  • Are flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and strengths of different school communities.
  • Believe that all children are dancers and capable of achieving success in and through dance.
  • Believe that being in the presence of children is a privilege.

Requirements to Apply

  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the mission of Colorado Ballet as well as the Education & Community Engagement Department with a deep passion for dance and a dedication to values of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in dance education including creative movement and ballet with considerations for social and emotional learning.
  • Reliable transportation/ability to travel throughout the Denver metro area.
  • Availability for paid professional development workshops as well as individualized training during the school year.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • Ability to make a solid commitment to teaching during the afterschool time frame, at least one day per week, ideally for the duration of the school year (early October to early or mid- June).
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
  • Offers for employment are contingent upon successful completion of a state and federal fingerprint level background check and mandatory reporter training.

Relevant Experience

  • Proficiency in other dance idioms (West African, Bharatanatyam, Ballroom, Hip Hop, etc.).
  • Background in dance, experience teaching dance (in public schools or non-traditional settings preferred), or formal education in dance/dance education.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or another language.

Compensation

  • Part-time, hourly rate: lead teaching rate begins at $30 - $35/hour.
  • Hours: approximately 1-3 hours per week, primarily between 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, some weekends and day time hours available.
  • Benefits: complimentary and discount tickets to Colorado Ballet productions, paid professional development time, access to free professional continued learning, increased pay rate for outer range locations, access to free or discounted adult classes in the Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy.

Application
Application deadline is August 11th, 2021. Please send your resume, cover letter, and sample lesson plan to Cassie Wilson at cassie.wilson@coloradoballet.org. Submissions without these items will not be considered. No phone calls please. All submissions will be acknowledged. Colorado Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

What’s Next?

  • Colorado Ballet will review applications and select final candidates for an interview/audition on Zoom between August 9 - 20, 2021.
  • Following the Zoom auditions, Teaching Artists will be selected to participate in Colorado Ballet’s mandatory professional development workshop later this summer, which will be held September 1st, 2021 from 5:00 -8:00pm. Participants will be paid an hourly administrative rate of $15/hour for participation in the training.
  • Potential for Teaching Artist’s job opportunities in the 21-22 afterschool program is based on the availability of afterschool program work to commence in late August/early September.

Please contact Cassie Wilson at cassie.wilson@coloradoballet.org with any questions. Thank for your interest in teaching with Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement Department!

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