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Part-Time Performing Arts and Music Specialist
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040

Principal Responsibilities:

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Summary: Performing Arts and Music Specialist facilitate service learning, organize trips, conduct outreach and partner with the community on service based projects. They are responsible for creating lessons, projects and objectives that meet the individual students' needs. He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning and serves as a role model to youth, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner and maintaining appropriate boundaries. They are also responsible for maintaining target number of participants. They organize, lead, and promote interest in activities such as theater, chorus, dance, and music. Instructors utilize and adapt the New York State Arts Learning Standards in order to create an engaging and awarding activity that encourages participation in the Y after school programs.

Essential Job Functions:

 Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

 Organize, lead, and promote interest in Performance Art and Music activities such as theater, chorus, dance, and percussion.

 Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.

 Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.

 Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the student's needs.

 Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

 Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in the activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.

 Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other students, explaining rules, and encouraging participation.

 Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.

 Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

 Promotes positive character development in all youth

 Progressive development of student skills leading to a final project

Minimum Qualifications:

Required skills:

 Must be knowledgeable and skilled in Performance Arts or Music programs and have prior experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in the Arts and Music.

 Must be responsible, reliable and punctual!

 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required


 2 or 4 year degree required.

 Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required.

 Certifications and credentials in respective skill-based activity highly preferred.

 Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to fingerprinting, employment history, and criminal background check.

Agency Information:

A destination for culture, education and compassionate support since 1917, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood ("the Y") elevates the lives of our diverse and evolving Washington Heights and Inwood community through programming and service informed by universal Jewish values. 4 years ago the Y added to its many oncampus programs some Middle School and High School off-site after school programs in partnership with schools in Districts 5 & 6.