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25 Jan 2019

Temporary Summer Camp Teacher – Art Camp Multiple Positions

Sitar Arts Center  Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description


Sitar’s Mission

Our mission is to offer possibilities that transform the lives of children and teens born into a world of unequal access to opportunity. We engage children and teens in the highest quality visual, performing and digital arts. We teach the arts so that our students learn about themselves and gain critical life skills. We create community for students and their families. And we are an untiring voice on their behalf.

Organization Summary

Sitar Arts Center is a creative youth development organization providing transformational arts experiences and high quality arts education while offering a nurturing community to families with low income from all parts of the city. Sitar offers families a continuum of arts educational programming from birth to young adulthood. Sitar helps vulnerable, financially disadvantaged children and teens develop critical life skills to thrive in the 21st century through three program pillars: a student engagement model, high quality arts experiences and civic engagement.

Sitar Arts Center is building an inclusive Sitar Community with 80 percent of Sitar students coming from low-income families and 20 percent from higher income families. Sitar’s approach ensures life-changing relationships are built across economic, racial and cultural spectrum, leading inevitably to stronger communities and a strong, inclusive city.

Sitar Arts Center is committed to helping the families we serve to thrive in their rapidly gentrifying DC neighborhoods, focusing especially but not exclusively on Wards 1, 4 and 5 which are geographically closest to the Center. As part of the movement for social justice, Sitar seeks to narrow the opportunity gap to help financially disadvantaged children have the best possible chance for success in life. Sitar is lifting up our advocacy voice to make sure this city offers equitable access to youth development and arts education opportunities as essential to strong communities and strong families.

Sitar’s Values

Sitar’s staff and volunteers are guided by the following values.

Student Centered – We place the children, youth and their families at the center of our decision-making and actions; we strive for a holistic approach to creative youth development and believe in the potential of every child.

Excellence – We strive for excellence and impact in our work, and in providing arts education opportunities. We create a team environment that supports the best work possible, individually and collectively. We hold our students to high expectations and tenaciously support them in achieving their potential.

Community and Belonging – We intentionally create a culturally competent community in which every member has a sense of deep belonging and shares the essence of Sitar’s mission. We rely on and are grateful for every member’s contribution and believe that our sum is greater than our parts.

Partnership – We deeply value and highly prioritize our relationships with our faculty, artistic, philanthropic and community partners, and recognize these partnerships as the root of Sitar’s mission and programs.

Sitar Spirit – Sitar’s essence is upheld through intentional gratitude, reflection and celebration. We care for one another so we can care for our community. We are a learning organization, ready to evolve as needed by our students and families while maintaining the integrity of our essence.

Sitar’s Students

Sitar Arts Center annually evaluates our students, their progress and Sitar’s impact, below are some results of our impact report:

  • Sitar students are DC residents and a majority of our student body is from wards 1, 4 and 5
  • Sitar regularly maintains a student ratio of 80% coming from households below 50% of the median area income and 20% above:

Out of 80% of our students from low income households, 78% come from households that are below 30% of the median household income for Washington, DC

  • Sitar is advancing in Early Childhood:

92% of students began using new words learned in their early childhood arts class

  • Camp Sitar helps stop the summer slide, which equals up to 2.5 years of learning loss:

Over 80% of Camp Sitar students showed improvement in 21st Century Learning Skills

  • Sitar students succeed at a higher rate than their peers:

93%of Sitar graduating alumni are in 2 and 4 year colleges and universities


Summer 2019 Camp Sitar Teaching Artists (Multiple Positions available)

Camp Sitar provides visual, performing art, and new this summer, sports and rec classes over six weeks to Kindergarten – 8th graders in our full day program. Students also participate in weekly camp activities and field trips to put them in the summer spirit, have daily opportunities to engage outdoors and earn awards through their participation and positive attitude. As a Teaching Artist you will work directly with students in the classroom in a specified subject area, providing weekly engaging activities and learning opportunities. Additionally, every Teaching Artist will participate in activities such as S’more’s Day and field trips like our trip to the Water Park. Teaching Artists play an important role in making the summer an amazing experience for each Sitar Camper.


Seeking Teaching Artists in the Following Areas:

Visual Art– Experience in Fine Art – painting, 3D arts, printmaking, pottery, etc. for K– 8th grades.

Crafts/Exploratory Art– Experience with craft, S.T.E.A.M., recycled art or alternative methods of art for children K– 3rd grades

Music – Experience in teaching fundamentals of music, learning about different instruments, styles of music and teaching children and youth to play together as a group.

Playacting – Experience working with children K– 3rd grades learning about theater through play, improvisation and learning theater games.

Acting – Experience working with older youth 4 – 8th grades, teaching scene interpretation, improvisation, vocal projection, physical movement and stage/screen writing.

Leadership – Experience working with children and youth K– 8 through teaching project based games and activities, and utilizing the arts to learn about leadership, character building, community and teamwork.

Sports & Recreation – Experience working with children and youth K– 8 and engaging students through a combination of physical fitness activities, sports, martial arts or dance.

Teaching Substitutes – Experienced Teachers in art forms listed to substitute for absent teachers. Teachers will be provided a substitute plan for the morning or day. Substitutes must provide an available dates/times list, and listing when unavailable, and be able to fill in at least one time when called during available dates/times listed. Will be required to attend a separate orientation, if new.


Camp Students are in one of two groups: Kid Crafters (K– 3rd grades) Young Expressionists(4th– 8th grades

Camp Programs are broken into three, two week sessions.

Teachers will only teach one grade range per session.  However, are responsible for supervising all camp students throughout the day and during activities.

The Teaching day is 9:00 am  – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Teachers must be present daily, in meeting spaces at the stated times.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare curriculum for classes and other student programming, as required, for students ranging from K– 3rd grades and 4th – 8th grades
  • Teach 4 engaging, daily classes for each 2 week session for a total of 3 sessions
  • Work as a team with teachers and staff to coordinate and participate in all camp activities and field trips
  • Supervise camp students during camp time, in and outside of classes, meal times, activities and transitions
  • Supervise students during outside play
  • Attend all meetings, including pre camp planning and orientations, and scheduled camp dates
  • Coordinate with teachers and staff for end of semester student performances and exhibitions
  • Track student progress and communicate student needs to staff

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years Arts/Leadership teaching experience
  • Great attention to detail
  • Experience building curriculum for grades k– 8
  • Strong leadership, communication and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team oriented environment
  • Patience and a great attitude
  • Adapts to changes
  • Strong communications skills
  • Background check and TB test are mandatory

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual – Spanish and English speaking strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a camp environment preferred
  • Community and event planning a plus
  • Experience working with at risk youth and/or diverse populations
  • Experience working with students with different learning needs


Specifics of the position

  • Teaching Artists are required for the following dates: (All required dates are paid)
  • Camp Program dates – June 24, 2019 – August 4, 2019, closed July 4th & 5th
  • Most Teaching positions are full day – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Some positions are half day only. Some positions have potential to be combined with our Musical Theater Program.
  • Summer Teaching Artist planning May 2019 – June 2019 – Dates TBA, Teaching Artists must attend a minimum of 3 planning sessions
  • Summer Staff Orientation – May, date TBA
  • Summer Camp Staff Training – June 17 and 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Summer Teaching Artist Meetings – Three Lunch Meetings, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, June 26, July 10 and 24, 2019
  • Student Showcase and Exhibitions July 3, 19 and August 1, 2019 until 5:30 pm



Pay is hourly, $20 – $30 per hour, based on experience.


How to Apply

Visit to apply and submit résumé,  cover letter, 3 references and complete listed application questions.

You will be required to submit a sample of work and/or provide and brief classroom teaching sample. All applicants considered for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Posting closes February 28, 2019.

For more information about Sitar Arts Center and Camp Sitar, please visit


Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: acting, artist, dance, education, music, teacher, teaching, and theatre. States: DC.

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