SteppingStone Theatre is looking for 7 qualified individuals who have interest and experience in youth work to join our team as Classroom Assistants during our upcoming Summer Camp season. Previous youth work required. Interest in the Performing Arts preferred. Open to anyone 18+ who has completed at least some postsecondary coursework. An exciting and engaging way to spend your summer! An excellent opportunity for those who seek or possess degrees in Performing Arts, Education, or related fields. See more details below.
Participate in a summer program which provides hands-on learning experience in youth work. Join SteppingStone’s seasonal summer staff in the capacity of a Classroom Assistant during our Theatre Arts Summer Camps. Assist our Teaching Artists with classroom activity facilitation, classroom management, student supervision, and more. This position is best suited for individuals who enjoy working with preschool and elementary-aged students in an active and fast-paced environment in which tasks vary from day to day & week to week. Receive training, support, and mentorship throughout the summer. Directly apply what you’ve learned through trainings and mentorship to your work in the classroom. Walk away from this program with a greater understanding and ability to work with youth ages 3-18. In addition to spending time with students & teachers in the classroom, Classroom Assistants will be delegated some administrative/office responsibilities.
RESPONSIBLITIES & EXPECTATIONS
- Work all hours Monday-Friday between 8:00am-4:30pm.
- Support Teaching Artists in the classroom with classroom management, student participation, and activity facilitation.
- Develop strong relationships with students. Act as their advocate, confidant, information resource, and role model
- Help create a classroom environment in which all students feel a sense of community, creativity, and agency.
- Lead morning check-in, class-to-class transitions, lunch & recess supervision, and afternoon check-out.
- Communicate classroom needs including behaviors, illness, injury, emergency, or teacher requests.
- Occasionally perform administrative duties including data entry, emailing, drafting documents, scheduling, etc.
- Ideally suited for college students or recent college graduates with a background in performing arts, child development, education, administration, or related field.
- Verifiable employment or volunteer work with youth, in a group size of 10-20 students, ages 3-18.
- Understanding of youth Best Practices and safety procedures.
- Excellent understanding of customer service.
- Reliable transportation to and from St. Paul.
- A working phone and email which is checked regularly.
- Ability to exert a high-level of energy, sit, stand, bend, twist, lift, walk, and run for 8 hours each day.
- Ability to memorize and keep track of information including dates, times, locations, student information, class information.
- Extremely proactive in taking-on responsibility.
- A natural “helper” with the instinct to support however necessary without being asked or directed.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong awareness to the safety, and wellbeing of students.
- A good sense of humor with the ability to take things in stride and be flexible.
In order to be considered, candidates should have no major conflicts between June 11-August 17. Must be able to commit to at least 7 of the 9 weeks of programming. This position requires a full-time commitment during the weeks you are scheduled, but you will not be scheduled all weeks. Most Classroom Assistants can expect to work 6-7 weeks. There will be no work requirements the week of July 3-7.
Start Date: June 11th
End Date: August 17th
Training dates: May 26 & June 2
>> Application Deadline: Sunday, March 18
To apply, please complete attached application form and email to Erin Granger, Manager of Youth & Family Programs, at [email protected]. Resume & brief Letter of Intent required in addition to completed application.
ABOUT STEPPINGSTONE THEATRE
SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity. SteppingStone’s programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre’s founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.
MAINSTAGE: Annually, we deliver 200 performances each year, featuring nearly 100 performers ages 8–18 performing on stage and 40,000 people in the audience.
EDUCATION: We serve more than 1,200 students ages 3-1/2 to 18 each year through semester-long classes and summer camps.
OUTREACH: More than 10,000 students and educators benefit from our outreach programs each year. We facilitate more than 40 curriculum-based artists-in-residence in schools across Minnesota each year, and more than 100 community education and out-of-school programs across the region.