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Creative Communications Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35129
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 3, 2022
Title Creative Communications Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35129
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Creative or Technical Writing

Creative Communications Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35129

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Cal Performances presents and produces outstanding artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs which promote excellence, innovation, diversity, education, and community involvement, with the fundamental belief that the arts are vital to our society locally, nationally, and internationally. Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances is a program of the Education Department under the general supervision of the Manager, Education and Community Programs. Cal Performances supports AileyCamp with an array of professional performing arts services, including but not limited to marketing, public relations, facilities including Zellerbach Auditorium, and a full professional technical staff.

AileyCamp is a nationally proven arts education program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (aged 11-14) from underserved communities. AileyCamp also provides exceptional dance training to middle school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The project was inspired by the work of the late Alvin Ailey, internationally renowned dance artist, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: ASAP when an application is received.


Cal Performances is seeking a Creative Communications Instructor to work for AileyCamp from June 13, 2022 to July 29, 2022.

The Creative Communications Instructor of AileyCamp will introduce and explore components of creative expression with the AileyCampers through creative writing and story telling, theater, and / or visual arts, depending upon the training and expertise of the Instructor. They will also collaborate with the Personal Development Instructor to co-teach each of 4 camp groups, combining youth development, personal growth skills, and creative expression for middle school aged students.


Five day work week - Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., all weeks except the week of staff training which may include a Saturday or Sunday.
Teach four classes per day, four days per week or as determined by the Director.
Participate and oversee campers as directed on weekly field trips.
Participate in the general oversight of the campers, including meal times, and camper free periods.
Participate in individual and AileyCamp staff meetings.
Develop curriculum and plan lessons (individually and collaboratively with other instructors) that will help AileyCampers develop positive methods of expression, self-image and self-esteem.
Provide schedule of proposed class content to AileyCamp directors.
Coordinate with Group Leaders, Group Leader Mentor, and other staff to assess campers' individual needs.
Produce camper progress evaluations, documentation for AileyCamp Anthology, and other materials celebrating the campers' experience.
Prepare a camper presentation or art installation for final performance.
Coordinate creation of the AileyCamp Anthology that includes a selection of campers' writings, visual art work, and photographs.

Position Controls:
The AileyCamp Creative Communications Instructor will work closely with the AileyCamp directors and the other AileyCamp Instructors. Incumbent operates with considerable independence, with freedom to make daily decisions within the scope of University policies, program plans, and established needs of teaching and performance programs.

Required Qualifications

Requires teaching experience in creative writing and/or poetry/spoken word, and one or more arts genres including visual arts, music, or theater, preferably in a Youth Development and/or Youth Voice context.
Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent experience, in these art forms or related field, and be able to demonstrate reasonable proficiency in the others.
Significant experience working with urban children and families representing the diversity of Bay Area life.
Ability and experience in developing curriculum to meet specific learning and creative goals, and to co-create curriculum with experienced teachers.
Excellent leadership skills including an ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with young people.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to a diverse population, and work as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines in a self directed, prioritized and calm manner.
Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Must be able to successfully pass background check.
Must comply with UC Berkeley's Covid-19 policies for employees.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience as a professional writer.
Bi-lingual in Spanish and English.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a temporary position with a start date of June 13, 2022 and an end date of July 29, 2022. Pay is $5,600 total for period of June 13, 2022 - July 29, 2022.

The individual will be performing the required duties in person on campus. Completion of campus-required COVID-19 training and testing (as applicable) for individuals working on campus is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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