Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is an award-winning youth development organization based in the Hyde–Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury, known as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Founded in 1991, HSTF now engages more than 700 youth ages 6–25 in college and career preparation, Afro-Latin arts and cultural enrichment, and community-building initiatives. In doing so, we ensure that youth have the arts and educational opportunities they need and deserve in order to be successful, and that their voices and cultures are valued and celebrated in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond. Our work is guided by our mission: to amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.
Position Overview: The Theatre Teaching Artist is a year-round, part-time teacher (24 hours/week) working with HSTF’s two different theatre groups: The ¡Acción! Community Theatre (ACT) ensemble at HSTF and two theatre classes at the Margarita Muñiz Academy (MMA), both located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The Theatre Teaching Artist will work under the direction of HSTF’s Senior Theatre Coordinator to accomplish the goals of the theatre programming:
● Foster an ensemble of youth ambassadors of Afro-Latin arts in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond;
● Cultivate young people’s theatrical & performance skills; and
● Expose youth to Afro-Latin theatre styles, traditions, and plays/playwrights.
Three 10-week sessions during the school year (specific dates outlined below), 6 hours/week total (4 hours of direct service and 2 hours of planning) working with youth in grades 9-12. This person will also receive training at the start of the position and will work a few hours during the session breaks.
Fall 2021 Session: SEPT 27 – DEC 10 (no programming Thanksgiving week)
Winter 2022 Session: JAN 10 – MAR 25 (no programming: Boston Public Schools February break week)
Spring 2022 Session: APR 4 – JUNE 10
One Summer Session, 6 weeks at 14 hours per week
● Summer 2022 Session = JUL 5 – AUG 12
10-month in-school teaching up to 18 hours/week during the school year (excluding certain holidays and school breaks).
● In person hours: 12.5 hours/week of direct service and 5.5 hours/week for meetings, planning, and administrative work (e.g. grading, attendance, email communication, etc.).
● School year dates: SEP 9, 2021 - JUN 22, 2022 (last day is tentative pending school cancellations).
● This half of the position is funded through June 2022 and requires a yearly renewal from our school partner MMA.
*Please note, because of the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a level of flexibility needed for this position as we may need to switch between in-person, hybrid, and/or fully remote teaching.
Co-develop age-appropriate theatre curriculum with a focus on Afro-Latin culture in any number of the following areas: acting, improvisation, playwriting, voice work, devising, directing, musical theatre, spoken word, physical theatre, and technical theatre skills.
Teach in an engaging manner that reflects Hyde Square Task Force’s culture during out-of-school time and MMA’s culture during the school day.
Work with the Senior Theatre Coordinator to develop youth performances promoting Afro-Latin arts in Boston’s Latin Quarter and across Greater Boston.
Willing and able to work in-person (or virtually/ hybrid if needed) during the uncertainty around COVID-19.
Support the Senior Theatre Coordinator to meet artistic program benchmarks and grant requirements.
Attend select organization-wide (HSTF or MMA) events, performances, meetings, and training as needed.
Communicate consistently (in person, phone, email) about issues or progress towards program goals.
Submit timesheets on-time.
MMA Specific Responsibilities:
Attend weekly MMA Arts Team meetings, select staff meetings, and occasional professional development.
Complete regular program administration tasks (attendance, feedback, student grading, etc.) on time.
Represent and foster a collaborative relationship between Hyde Square Task Force and Margarita Muñiz Academy.
The above is not an exhaustive list of every duty and responsibility required. Other duties may be assigned.
2 years’ minimum experience with teaching theatre to urban youth.
Preferred Theatre or Theatre Education degree or equivalent experience in the field.
Demonstrated expertise in Afro-Latin theatre preferred.
Energetic teaching style with strong classroom-management skills in-person and virtually (or at least this is
Ability to work weekdays and afternoons primarily. Occasional evenings and weekends only for performances.
Bilingual English/Spanish required for MMA.
● Successfully pass CORI and SORI background checks.
Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively and respectfully with youth and adults of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Must be flexible, organized, reliable, responsible, collaborative, and creative.
Must be authorized to work legally in the United States.
Pay Rate: Hourly wage of $30.00 - $35.00 based on experience. Benefits include paid sick time, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance. Medical and Dental insurance not included.
NOTE: This position is funded in part by a contract with the Boston Public Schools through June 2022. Continuation of the position is contingent on re-funding by BPS for the 2022-2023 school year.
Candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a work sample (video clip of performance or class instruction, curriculum/lesson sample, etc.) no later than Sept. 20th, 2021 to email@example.com. No walk-ins or phone calls.
Hyde Square Task Force is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We value having a diverse staff who are representatives of the community we serve and bring to our organization a variety of traditions, experiences, and points of view. Individuals of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
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