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Group Leader/Teaching Assistant - Cal Performances (4128U) 6411
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 19, 2020
Title Group Leader/Teaching Assistant - Cal Performances (4128U) 6411
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Student Aide/Worker
  • Arts/Museum/Theater
    Child and Social Services

Group Leader/Teaching Assistant - Cal Performances (4128U) 6411

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Cal Performances is seeking Group Leaders/Teaching Assistants to work for AileyCamp from June 15, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

Cal Performances presents and produces outstanding artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs which promote excellence, innovation, diversity, education, and community involvement, with the fundamental belief that the arts are vital to our society locally, nationally, and internationally.

AileyCamp is a nationally proven arts education program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (aged 11-14) who are at risk of dropping out of school. AileyCamp also provides exceptional dance training to middle school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The project was inspired by the work of the late Alvin Ailey, internationally renowned dance artist, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Please visit to learn more about AileyCamp and Cal Performances.

The Group Leaders/Teaching Assistants will supervise campers as they move through their camp day, support and mentor AileyCamp teen Junior Leaders, as needed demonstrate and help campers learn dance steps, and assist them with activities in other classes. Group leaders are responsible for a group of 16 to 20 campers, rotating through a schedule of early morning bus escort responsibilities, and accompanying campers to and from classes and morning meals, and providing support throughout the day. Twice a week or more often, Group Leaders will also be responsible for leading their campers in a creative and/or team-building lesson.

  • Five day work week - Monday through Friday, with rotating early morning calls of between 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. to between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m., all weeks except the week of staff training which may include a Saturday or Sunday. Days when performing bus monitoring duties requires beginning earlier and finishing later than the regularly scheduled times. This is a rotating duty among group leaders.
  • Accompany AileyCampers to all classes, providing oversight of campers as well as individual attention and guidance.
  • As part of a team of Group Leaders design and deliver creative and/or team-building activities to their group.
  • Provide and support, as needed, oversight of the campers, including breakfast meal times and camper free periods, weekly field trips, and special activities.
  • Participate in AileyCamp staff meetings and Group Leader-specific meetings and trainings.
  • Monitor campers' behavior and act as a liaison between campers, faculty members, and AileyCamp Managing Directors.
  • Support and mentor Junior Leaders, and assist them to aid instructors during classes and rehearsals as determined by class instructor. Cultivate leadership skills with them through modeling appropriate leadership and collaborative skills, coaching them through challenges they make meet during the camp, and seeking guidance for issues from Managing Directors and/or Counselor as needed.
  • Report individual campers' needs to Managing Directors as needed.
  • Aid instructors in producing camper progress evaluations at midterm and the end of camp.
  • Participate in and support as needed in the final camp presentation.

The AileyCamp Group Leaders/Teaching Assistants reports to the AileyCamp Managing Directors, as needed. Incumbent operates with considerable independence, with freedom to make daily decisions within the scope of University policies, program plans, and established needs of teaching and performance programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience working with children with at-risk factors from a diverse array of family and living situations representing the diversity of the Bay Area. Ability to communicate dance concepts through demonstration and verbal explanations. Excellent leadership skills including an ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with young people. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to a diverse population, and work as part of a team. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines in a self -irected, prioritized and calm manner. Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must be able to successfully pass background check.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference given to UC Berkeley students. Experience teaching and performing both dance and choreography with large and small ensembles. Experience as a camp counselor with youth aged 11-14. Experience as a mentor. Experience with and/or training in youth development and youth voice teaching and learning models.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Other Information

This is a temporary position with a start date of June 15, 2020 and an end date of July 31, 2020. Pay is $15.59 per hour, with overtime earned after 40 hours in a week.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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