Teaching Artists Positions

| August 20, 2014

Young Audiences New York

Teaching Artists Positions

At Young Audiences New York (YANY), we leverage our organization’s 62 years of experience to create opportunities across the arts—music, dance, theater, visual, and digital art—for kids from kindergarten through high school. No matter what kind of work today’s kids will go on to do as tomorrow’s grown-ups, they will need to be confident experimenting and innovating, influencing others, expressing new ideas, thinking globally, and teaming up with a diversity of people to make things happen. Young Audiences New York helps kids develop all these important 21st century skills through programs led by our talented and diverse teaching artists; our portfolio of signature program initiatives including Literature to Life®, MELODY, and Target FamilyLink; and key relationships with principals, teachers, parents, donors, and funders.

Residency Teaching Artist

Position Description:

Young Audiences New York (YANY) Residency Teaching Artists provide exceptional arts education instruction to students in K-12 schools. Under the guidance of YANY program staff, the Teaching Artist (TA) designs and facilitates multi-session arts residencies working in partnership with classroom teachers and school administrators to customize arts education curricula to meet the needs of the diverse student populations that we serve. The Residency TA demonstrates equal mastery in their art form and in educational practice by designing developmentally appropriate arts education residencies that cultivate students into lifelong learners. The Residency Teaching Artist plays a vital role in building and sustaining YANY school partnerships. They are a valuable resource to the school community representing YANY and our mission through their work with students and staff.

YANY is currently seeking experienced Teaching Artists skilled in both practice and teaching of Digital Media, Music Composition/Instrumental Music, and Hip Hop & Contemporary Dance for our in-school residency program. In addition, we are hiring Theatre Teaching Artists with strong facilitation skills for our national Literature to Life program.

Residency Teaching Artist Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Annual Teaching Artists Symposium;
  • Attend Professional Development offerings provided by YANY;
  • Facilitate planning meetings with partner classroom teacher in preparation for each residency and schedule additional planning meetings as authorized;
  • Schedule residency sessions with school contact and communicate with the school regarding any scheduling changes;
  • Sustain regular, thorough, and professional communication with YANY program staff throughout the residency;
  • Submit curricular materials, such as lesson plans, residency planning guides, evidence of student learning, residency assessment and reflection documents;
  • Attend meetings with the Director of Education and Artist Development to reflect on residency outcomes and teaching practice;
  • Collect media release forms from all students in each of your classes, as requested, with the assistance of the classroom teacher;
  • Order all supplies related to residency activities from approved list of YANY vendors;
  • Submit receipts for reimbursement in a timely fashion. (1-2 weeks after purchase)
  • Work in partnership with classroom teacher and school administrators to plan culminating projects;
  • Lead the planning of student field trips working in collaboration with school partners and YANY staff;
  • Inform YANY staff of any changes to residency plans and scheduling adjustments;


  • Loves children and is passionate about their development;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to being a reflective practitioner constantly developing new skills and strengthening the outcomes of their work with students;
  • Ability to effectively align curricula with educational standards (including Common Core and NYC arts standards);
  • Skilled at designing lesson plans that cultivate both artistic skill building and challenge understandings of self and the world;
  • Skilled at integrating arts across the curriculum;
  • Effective time management skills;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Can successfully articulate the effectiveness of their work to school stakeholders and YANY staff;
  • Understands classroom management as successful student engagement and utilizes tools that generate interest and increases efficacy toward learning;
  • Brings creativity, flexibility, and joy to collaboration with students, school partners, and YANY staff;

For all positions, seeking candidates with a minimum of 3 years consistent teaching experience and demonstrated artistic practice.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and supporting documentation through our website: https://www.yany.org/how-to-become-a-yany-teaching-artist/

No phone calls please.

Deadline to apply is August 30th.