Hyde Square Task Force

PO Box 301871
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Date Posted:
March 10, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



LTD Afro-Latin Dance Instructor

Job Summary: The LTD Afro-Latin Dance Instructor will work in conjunction with HSTF’s Dance Programs Coordinator and individually as the instructor during the school day. The dance instructor is responsible for teaching Afro-Latin dance to 9th and 10th grade students at the Margarita Muñiz Academy (MMA) in HSTF’s Learn Through Dance class. The dance instructor is present during specific class hours, weekly art meetings, and some school meetings. Additional planning hours with the Dance Programs Coordinator are flexible, and curriculum planning hours can be done remotely. The dance instructor will work towards accomplishing the goals of the Learn Through Dance class: ? Cultivate young people’s dance & performance skills ? Expose youth to various Afro- Latin dance styles, cultural history, and traditions.
Responsibilities: ? Co-develop, document, and implement an age-appropriate dance curriculum with a focus on Afro-Latin dance styles (e.g. Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and African dance), cultural history, and traditions. ? Teach in an engaging manner that reflects Hyde Square Task Force & Margarita Muñiz Academy cultures during the school day. ? Facilitate and lead all direct classroom instruction. Additional meeting times may vary. ? Meet artistic benchmarks for the program. ? Meet weekly with the Dance Programs Coordinator ? Attend weekly MMA Arts Team meetings, select staff meetings, and occasional professional development. ? Execute regular program administration tasks (attendance, feedback, student grading, etc.). ? Attend select organization (HSTF & MMA)-wide events, performances, meetings, and training as needed. ? Communicate consistently (in person, phone, email) about issues or progress towards program goals. ? Submit invoices in a timely manner. ? Represent and foster a collaborative relationship between Hyde Square Task Force and Margarita Muñiz Academy.
Qualifications ? 2 years' minimum experience with teaching Afro-Latin dance to urban youth, in-school experience is a plus. ? Preferred Dance or Dance Education degree or equivalent experience in the field. ? Bilingual English/Spanish required. ? Demonstrated expertise in Afro-Latin dance preferred. ? Energetic teaching style. ? Strong classroom-management skills in person and virtually. ? Reliable and responsible. ? Demonstrated ability to successfully work and communicate effectively and respectfully with youth and adults of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. ? Successfully pass CORI and SORI background checks. ? Must be flexible, organized, collaborative, and creative.
Pay Rate: Hourly wage of $35/hour. No benefits.
How To Apply:
Interested candidates must be authorized to work legally in the United States. Candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and a work sample (video clip of performance or class instruction, curriculum/lesson sample, etc.) to LTD_Instructor@HydeSquare.org. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
Apply by:
May 05, 2021
About this Organization:
At Hyde Square Task Force, youth are at the heart of what we do. We believe youth have immense potential, yet at the same time research tells us that they face many obstacles.
When HSTF was founded in the late 1980s, a coalition of neighbors and community leaders felt a sense of urgency to address the violence and economic and social challenges facing the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Today the neighborhood is known as Boston’s Latin Quarter, and while in some ways our community has transformed, many challenges persist.

HSTF now engages over 800 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.