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Seeking Summer Camp Teachers

ZoomDance is an action adventure story telling movement program offering classes, parties, and camps throughout the year. Our summer camp is a full-day program for kids ages 3-7 years. Children will experience a creative, joyful, movement-based arts camp in which they feel encouraged, supported, and can be their true selves. Teachers will facilitate this by providing dance and movement classes, art and sensory experiences, group games, circle time, and open invitations around our weekly themes. They will also guide community building amongst the group, encouraging thoughtfulness about the many people who compose our community and how to care for the people and spaces around us.

We encourage you to visit the CAMP page of our website to learn more about our program, and especially to read “How we are supporting our teachers this year” and “Social Justice and Our Community”.

 

Location

756 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, 19147 

Our studio and classrooms are up one straight flight of stairs.

 

Schedule

Training/ setup/ prep – whole team on site:  July 7-9, Wednesday-Friday

Program Dates: August 9 – August 27

  • Camp runs 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
  • Approximately 35 hours/week
  • $18/hour, paid weekly
  • *We are seeking teachers who will are fully vaccinated. If you need assistance securing a vaccine, please email us.* 
  • You can read our full scope of COVID-19 management HERE.

Responsibilities

  • Work with a team of several other teachers/counselors to lead classes, activities, circle time, snack & lunch, and freeplay for a group of 3-7 year olds. Time will be spent both outdoors and indoors.
  • Collaborate with ZoomDance director and other teachers to build the details of the weekly curriculum 
    • Each teacher will be responsible for leading specific activities or classes throughout the week, and will assist and support when others are leading
  • Be present daily, with the campers, staff, and families
  • Facilitate conflict resolution and support relationship building between campers
  • Help maintain a tidy and sanitized environment for camp
  • Help monitor children’s health and maintain a safe environment, including temperature checks, health screenings, frequent handwashing, and masks for all children while indoors
  • Attend brief weekly check-in meetings with the teaching staff and the director to refine our offerings, language, classroom management, and operations and to address any trouble spots or eurekas that happened that week.

Essential Qualities

  • Availability for 3 full weeks of camp
  • Experience working with kids 3-7 years old
  • Reliability – we will have a small consistent staff this year to minimize exposure
  • Comfort with or willing to learn empathy-forward classroom management style
  • Excited to help build a community grounded in mutual respect and compassion for others
  • Passion for engaging with young kids and their inner workings. Game to help them discover new things and deep dive into their curiosities.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration
  • Excellent communicator
  • Ability to self-direct. As a small team, everyone will do everything and we need all eyes active all the time. We seek to empower everyone on the teaching team to know how camp is run such that anyone can jump into any role or assist as needed.
  • Adaptability – leading camp during a pandemic necessitates that our staff is responsive and flexible should we need to adjust protocols, schedules, or approach as the summer progresses. These changes will be devised in communication and collaboration with the staff.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Summer camp experience 
  • Comfort communicating effectively with families 
  • Experience leading classes or being a lead teacher for young children, especially arts-based or preschool classes
  • Diversity training or fluency in social justice concepts around race, gender, and disability as to be able to answer questions and provoke thoughtfulness in age-appropriate ways
  • Your own arts practice (music, visual art, dance, theater, etc)
  • Great story-teller

We Offer

  • Training in our unique, attuned, active style of leading young kids
  • A vibrant community atmosphere and a workspace valuing safety 
  • Openness to evolution and growth of our programming, structures, and understandings
  • Lunch provided once per week. Snacks always stocked.
  • Paid COVID testing and paid time off-site if we need to quarantine or pause operations for any reason. 
  • All time toward camp is always paid – meetings, training, setup, classes, cleanup, etc.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest sharing your enthusiasm and background relevant to this role. We’re looking for something in the one- to two-paragraph range. If writing is not where your voice best thrives, you may instead submit a short video. CV’s are appreciated but not essential, though we do need to know your relevant experience in some format. We will be replying promptly and conducting interviews on a rolling basis. We are committed to building a staff reflecting the diversity of our campers and encourage applications from those identifying with the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, AAPI, and/or disability communities.

You can submit your letter, video, CV, and/or references to camp@zoomdance.org

Please direct questions to camp@zoomdance.org or (215) 326-9613