• Part Time
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website Sonoma Academy

Sonoma Academy Dance Coach (Part-time-Adjunct Position for 2023-2024)

Overview of School:

Sonoma Academy is an independent high school located in Santa Rosa, CA on a 34-acre campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space, at the base of Taylor Mountain. Founded in 2001, it provides an engaging, challenging, and innovative college preparatory education and a supportive community for motivated learners from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino counties. The school currently serves 330 students in grades 9 through 12 and is increasing its enrollment each year. Of our 330 students, over 30% self-identify as students of color, and our students come from 80+ middle schools, ensuring a broad mixture of students from all over the greater North Bay Area.

Our Mission:  Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.

Sonoma Academy’s Commitment to Diversity: We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community. If you would like to join us in our work, we would welcome your application. As we are deeply committed to having a staffulty (staff and faculty) and student body which reflects the rich diversity within the North Bay, we strongly encourage candidates from BIPOC and/or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented to apply.

For more information on programs and philosophy, please visit our website: www.sonomaacademy.org.

Dance Coach Key Responsibilities:

This Dance Coach position supports the school’s dance program by leading classes and team rehearsals and supporting students to choreograph performance numbers. This position will be responsible for supporting the development of skills from the beginner to advanced level. The program will culminate with a performance in the second semester.

This position will be part-time and only runs during the school year from August – May.  This position will work around four hours per week with slightly more hours during the week of the performance.

Required Skills and Experiences:

BA in relevant academic field
Experience developing and sustaining small to large ensembles, for a variety of performances
Instructs, supports, and rehearses dancing techniques and artistic craft in a broad array of dance styles (e.g., ballet, modern, hip-hop, tap, jazz, lyrical)
Recent successful experience in all aspects of student dance productions, from planning to implementation
Strong experience with all aspects of production including selecting appropriate material and inspiring students
Passionate about teaching high school students
Excited to develop and refine a program that is student-centered, highly engaging and supports development of participants of all levels
Thinks creatively about pedagogy and exhibits commitment to continued professional growth in those areas
Works collaboratively as a member of a connected community to deliver a range of programs, including Intersession, Advisory, Exploratory, DEI work, retreats and more.
Committed to working in a community of diverse students and learners; actively supports adolescent growth and well-being
Practices cultural competency in all aspects of school life
Flexibility, resilience, good humor

Desired Skills and Experiences:

Advanced degree (MA, PhD, or equivalent) in a relevant academic field

Compensation and Benefits:

The base salary range for this position for the 2023-2024 academic year is $30.00 to $50.00 per hour. Within this broad range, we pay each employee in accordance with what could be reasonably expected based on an individual’s experience level. This pay range is a reasonable estimate of what the School anticipates paying for a role but is not guaranteed. If hired, your final base salary will be determined by factors such as skills, education, experience, job level, part-time status and number of months of work per academic year.
A list of benefits available to adjunct employees is available through the Employee handbook. Eligibility for benefits is dependent on an employee’s level of employment, i.e. part-time or full-time status.

Work Environment:

This position operates in a professional, school environment at a private, independent high school.
This is a part-time adjunct position with planned evening and weekend work.

Sonoma Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Sonoma Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.