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2021-2022 After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director

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Reports to: After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director

Classification: Part-Time Exempt

The ASALA Site Director Job Description:

The After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director promotes and supports the overall vision and mission of ASALA. The Site Director is expected to be responsible for all aspects of the program and its operations and to provide leadership and oversight of the site which includes, but is not limited to, overseeing student engagement and achievement, daily attendance, climate and culture, scheduling, building and staff supervision, all health and safety protocols and emergency procedures.

About ASALA:

Baltimore City Schools’ After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA), operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA), offers students an opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts. This is an action-packed, 4 day-a-week, three hour per day program that introduces students to a wide variety of art forms—from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside other students from across the city and be taught by professional artists. Daily literacy and math classes are co-planned by a teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before... through the arts! YA will host six Academy sites throughout the City. Each site will host 90 students, 3 classroom teachers, and 3 teaching artists. Teachers and artists will work with groups of up to 30 students.

Mission and Core Values:

The mission of Young Audiences After School Arts & Learning Academy is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time learning from the best teachers and teaching artists our state has to offer. Through a dynamic, creative, and supportive environment, students will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that allows them to develop socially and emotionally, expands their personal creative process, and introduces them to many different art forms taught by professional artists.

We...

● believe unwaveringly that ALL students can achieve high standards in and through the arts;

● provide opportunities for students to develop powerfully articulate voices through art forms and honor their creative processes along the way;

● create safe, brave learning environments for students to grow, make mistakes, and contribute to the community;

● collaborate and reflect by learning from and with each other at every step of the process, cultivating positive relationships between all ages;

● encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, and creativity, and provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and mastery;

● learn about, honor, and leverage the cultural knowledge, experiences, and frames of reference of our students and community to make learning more relevant and effective;

● ensure that our students are known, loved, supported, celebrated, and valued.

Ideal Site Directors Have:

● Proven success leading educational initiatives, building positive school cultures, and motivating and supporting staff

○ An ability to create inclusive environments where all students’ unique gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated, and where students’ identities (racial, cultural, social, gender, etc.) are acknowledged, affirmed, and reflected around them.

○ A strong desire to fully integrate into a non-traditional learning environment where flexibility is strongly valued and where new and innovative ideas are not only cultivated but expected from all staff.

○ Experience utilizing restorative practices when conflict arises with staff and/or students

● Excellent personnel management and leadership experience, including organizational skills, punctuality and ability to meet deadlines, timely and effective communication

● Develop, in collaboration with the ASALA Student Support Specialist a comprehensive Student Support Plan for the Academy

○ Determine the best ways to support and counsel children who struggle with behavior and/or academics.

● Share best practices, strategies, and pedagogies that will help teachers and artists support students in times of crisis

● Teaching or administrative certification required

● Strong collaboration and leadership skills

● An ability to examine biases and an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education.

● Ability to have critical conversations and provide feedback with teachers, staff, parents, and

students when necessary.

● A commitment to seeing families as partners in education and communicating with them regularly

○ A willingness to use either the school office landline or their personal cell phone (number blocking is acceptable) to contact parents and guardians, as needed.

 ● Understanding and appreciation of arts integration

○ A strong interest (with experience preferred) in arts integration and collaborative planning and reflection.

● A passion for students: an ability to build meaningful relationships and a desire to “go above and beyond” to ensure each student’s success.

Required Dates, Times, and Working Hours:

The following dates and times are subject to change. YA requests you hold the following dates on your calendar:

Professional Development and Training Dates:

ASALA Site Directors will be responsible for attending up to 22 hours of Professional Development/Training prior to the start of the program. These hours will likely take place during program hours during the week of 11/1. In addition, all staff will be required to attend up to 4 hours of Race Equity training at to be determined dates and times during the program.

Program Dates and Details (subject to change based on site):

● The program will begin on November 8, 2021 and run through May 19, 2022

○ The program will run for 94 days. It is possible, due to inclement weather that the program could extend beyond May 19.

● The program will operate Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 PM (program times could alter depending on site)

● Site Director hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:00-7:00 PM (times subject to change based on site but 4 hours per day is the requirement)

● One 30 minute planning meetings/staff meetings per week.

Compensation:

● The ASALA Site Director position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.

● ASALA Site Directors will be compensated at $45.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.

Job Responsibilities:

● Ensure that the philosophy and core values of ASALA are central to the school culture and visible throughout the site.

● Establishes a positive and productive school climate for all staff and students.

● Provide oversight of the daily operations and implementation of the instructional program to ensure that all students have access to unique, relevant, challenging, and fun learning experiences.

● Monitor student attendance data, prepare reports that summarize student attendance and achievement data, evaluate student progress, conduct weekly meetings/training with staff, and monitor the overall operation of the program.

● Ensure that parents/guardians of absent students are called daily to promote high rates of daily attendance.

● Ensure all artists/teachers submit written weekly instructional outlines for all classes.

● Ensure arts integration/co-planning occurs and keep records of time spent.

● Attend required training and meetings as directed by Young Audiences.

● Work cross-functionally with Young Audiences and Baltimore City Schools stakeholders to ensure the smooth operation of the site including teaching and learning (Office of Extended Learning, Office of Specialized Services, Extended School Year Office, and Office of Fine Arts), food and nutrition, student support and safety, and communications.

● Complete lesson observations of each artist or artist/teacher pair. Provide written feedback to artist and teacher and a copy to Young Audiences.

● Respond to inquiries from parents and the community in a timely and professional manner with consultation from Young Audiences and the Office of Teaching and Learning at Baltimore City Public Schools.

● Provide direct supervision and oversight of all site-based staff including teachers, teaching artists, and student support staff.

● Models and requires that all staff engage in practices that promote high performance, ethical behavior, collegiality, and teamwork.

● Creates and implements (in collaboration with student support specialist) a student support system and other policies for the site.

● Collaborate with and provide support for various partnerships and external stakeholders.

● Submit verbal and written reports as required.

● Oversee parent/guardian involvement workshops.

● Serve as a substitute in classrooms when needed.

● All other duties as assigned. 

To apply:

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.

Reports to: After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director

Classification: Part-Time Exempt

The ASALA Site Director Job Description:

The After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director promotes and supports…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

See below
The ASALA Site Director position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime. ASALA Site Directors will be compensated at $45.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.

Location

On-site
2600 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States
Suite 1300

How to Apply

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce…

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