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  • Teaching Artists

    Posted: 02/25/2024

    Paramount School of the Arts, a non-profit school that teaches theater, music, dance and visual arts in both private and group settings is seeking Teaching Artists. A part of Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located on the Fox River in the heart of the richly diverse community of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago).  The organization operates three venues: the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount Theatre, and the 165-seat Copley Theatre.  ACCA produces and presents over 300 performances each year, including star-studded touring productions and a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals, and the self-produced Bold Series for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250 communities.  It also includes the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, where Paramount School of the Arts operates, rehearsal spaces, and guest artist apartments.

    The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by:

    • making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background,
    • introducing the magic of live theater across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world,
    • and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.
    The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers, artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.

    ACCA truly believes and lives by its mission statement and its commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.
    The ideal candidate possesses a love of teaching, a passion for the arts, ability to effectively teach engaging curriculum via zoom and in person, and someone who is looking to make a positive difference in students’ lives.

    DEPARTMENT – Education and Community Engagement

    DIRECT REPORTING – Education Management

    WORKS CLOSELY WITH – Entire Education Department

    POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Part-time, per class; hours vary in the evenings. Teaching assignments are for the week (summer schedule) or semester (14 weeks in the fall 16 weeks in the spring)

    COMPENSATION – $45-$60/hour based on class length and curriculum.

    HIRE DATE – Ongoing

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES – The Paramount School of the Arts is currently looking for candidates to join our faculty. Paramount School of the Arts is always looking for teachers, so please apply if you are interested in teaching in our Fall or Spring semesters or one of our camps during the Summer. We are looking for dynamic teaching artists who can deliver engaging lesson plans and develop positive relationships with students while sharing their passion for the arts. Please find below the positions that are currently open:
    • Acting
    • Dance
    • Early Childhood Dance
    • Early Childhood Theater
    • Instrumental
    • Musical Theater
    • Technical Theater
    • Voice
    Teaching Artists interested in becoming a faculty member should look for full descriptions on our website of all camps/classes at www.paramountschool.com. Classes and camps are in person.
    There will be Covid-19 Safety Precautions in place. The precautions currently in place have been set with the current guidance we have from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Those precautions include:
    1. Smaller class sizes so students can keep a safe distance from one another.
    2. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks while in class. 
    In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee:  adheres to ACCA’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and
    respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets
    productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

    PREFERRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS and ABILITIES– We are seeking to employ teaching artists in all areas of the arts. A teaching certification is not required, though teaching experience is preferred.

    TO APPLY –
    To apply, please submit a resume and/or CV as well as 3 references using the online job application.

    Physical copies can be mailed/delivered to the following address: Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave. Aurora, IL 60506.

    ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

    ACCA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, ACCA is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating the employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

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