Primary Role:The African American Dance Company (AADC) is a performance course (A100 and A338) offered through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and managed by the African American Arts Institute (AAAI). The Company learns and performs repertoire of traditional and contemporary dances that includes: African, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and dances from the African Diaspora.
The Associate Instructor is the primary assistant to the director of the African American Dance Company, responsible to support instruction, choreography and logistics for the academic course, and to fulfill organization and administrative duties related to the Company’s function and the AAAI’s mission.
Academic Year: 2020-2021, 10-month academic appointment
Weekly hours: 20 hours per week, 50% of Full-Time Equivalent
The ensemble class meets on Tuesday’s and Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:00pm. A schedule of auditions, performances, and rehearsals held outside of class time, and other required events is shared at the beginning of each semester. The Associate Instructor is required to attend all auditions, class sessions, rehearsals, performances, meetings and other required events, some of which are scheduled on evenings and weekends, within and outside of Bloomington. At the ensemble director’s discretion, the Associate Instructor must hold regular office hours, and work flexible hours on performance and course related materials.
Compensation: $10,000 stipend disbursed in 10 monthly payments, a 30 credit hour fee remission with a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester and 6 credit hours during the summer, and health insurance coverage from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021.
- Assist the ensemble director with
- Course planning and development of material for instruction and performances.
- Auditions, Dance Workshop, and annual performances.
- Communicating, scheduling, record keeping, and grading of students.
- Planning, budgets, and other administrative activity.
- Preparing and presenting lecture demonstrations.
- Supervise class, rehearsals, and other activities in the absence of ensemble director.
- Plan and lead warm-ups for performances.
- Assist with individual and small group tutorials as necessary.
- Perform as a dancer as deemed necessary by the ensemble director.
- Create and/or teach choreography as assigned by the ensemble director.
- Attend staff meetings, orientation, planning and training sessions, rehearsals, and performances as assigned.
- Fulfill other tasks as deemed necessary by the ensemble director and executive director.
Qualifications:Must qualify for Federal Graduate Work-Study funding, as determined by the Bloomington Office of Student Financial Assistance (BOSFA). Must fill out a FAFSA form for BOSFA to determine if the student qualifies for Work-Study funding.
Completion of an undergraduate degree, preferably with arts performance-related course work, or equivalent performance experience.
- Two years of dance experience at the collegiate or professional level
- One year teaching/directing an ensemble, or serving in other ensemble leadership roles
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Enrollment and good standing as a fulltime student in a graduate degree program at IU - Bloomington
- Formal training in Black dance traditions
- Knowledge of dance traditions of the African diaspora
- Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of Black performance styles
- Demonstrated excellence as a teacher and performer
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Facility is using Microsoft Word and Excel
- Be an organized, motivated, self-starter.
Expectations: The Associate instructor must:
- Attend staff meetings, orientation and training sessions, rehearsals, and performances as assigned
- Maintain office hours as required by the director
- Maintain a reasonably flexible schedule to attend all company-related meetings, rehearsals, and performances.
- Be prompt and present at all job-related events and meetings
- Take responsibility for security and care of university equipment and facilities assigned for your use
- Adhere to AAAI policies and procedures, policies and procedures outlined in the IU Handbook for Student Academic Appointees and other IU publications governing students, faculty and staff.
- The Graduate Associate Instructors must be a Bloomington campus student and may not concurrently hold a position as Associate Instructor, Graduate Assistant, nor Research Assistant, nor be committed to other full time work.
- Applications may be submitted before 4/6/2020
- Follow the link to https://jobs.iu.edu/: Go to Staff Positions then “All external candidates” and search for Job ID # 291826 “AAAI African American Dance Company - Associate Instructor Work-Study” and complete the application including your resume and cover letter.
Graduate student applicants must qualify for Federal Student Aid. Applicants must complete and submit a 2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form which can be found at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The deadline to submit the FAFSA form for Indiana is April 15, 2020 as a received date or as soon as possible, please. FAFSA forms submitted and received after April 15 may have a delay in eligibility determination. After July 1, 2020, the IU Bloomington Office of Student Financial Assistance (IUBOSFA) will advise the unit vacant position supervisor of the applicant’s eligibility assessment results. Applicantsshouldnot submit their confidential FAFSA reports to the supervisor.