The volunteer Education Outreach Representative is responsible for contributing to the development of Dance for All Bodies by building relationships with public, private, and non-public schools to promote our youth dance classes for youth with disabilities. You will also help us gauge interest in the kind of dance classes youth are interested in.
This position is for you, if you have already established relations with elementary, middle and/or high schools, special ed teachers, students with disabilities and families of students who might benefit from Dance for All Bodies’s classes. This role is an integral part of DfAB as we expand our dance class offerings to youth.
Your work will be critical in building long lasting connections with youth who want to dance and explore their creative side through artistic expression. This will be a challenging and rewarding journey and we are looking for someone who can handle both the inevitable high and low points!
We encourage individuals with disabilities to apply for this position.
Location: We accept applications from all around the U.S. as this position is remote!
The three main duties of the education outreach representative is to help DfAB expand its impact by:
Building relationships with public, private, and non-public schools, students, staff and families to gauge interest from youth.
Finding sponsorship, grants and funding opportunities to finance these dance classes.
Collaborating with DfAB team members and instructors to design dance classes that fit the interests and needs of youth with disabilities.
Reaching out to elementary, middle and high schools in the school districts that you have relationships with to see if they would be interested in offering DfAB classes to their students with disabilities.
Reaching out to more public, private and non-public schools in your area, as well as after school programs for students with disabilities who might want to dance.
Scheduling dance classes, understanding the availability and capacity of schools or after school programs for partnership.
Creating a partnership plan with these schools with a specific budget.
Finding individual, corporate sponsors or grant opportunities to finance these classes.
Attend a majority of the youth dance classes whenever possible.
Experience working with students with disabilities is required.
Connections with schools, school districts, families of individuals with disabilities and other disability programs is required.
Interested in creating and building long lasting partnerships.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Self-motivated and shows stamina in the face of obstacles.
Disciplined in working independently; not afraid to ask questions or admit when you don’t know something.
Collaborative mindset ; eager to be part of a team and contribute.
Personal or professional experience working with people with disabilities is preferred.
Well-developed interpersonal skills.
Previous experience in creating partnerships and event management is preferred.
Experience with Google Docs and Google Sheets is preferred.
While most work will be done remotely, we will still have weekly video calls to check-in. We will also meet in person for the dance classes!
Expected Hours of Work
While there is room for flexibility in regards to hours, you will be expected to commit about 5 hours to DfAB every week. If you plan to travel or take a break, let us know in advance and we will make sure to share your responsibilities amongst the rest of the team.
Preferred Education and Experience
At DfAB we believe that experience comes in many different forms. We want to prioritize those who demonstrate a strong commitment to our mission and are therefore willing to commit a great amount of time, thought, and effort into this cause. If you have previous experience in this field, we would love to learn more about your experiences via links, documents, or a portfolio of previous work you can share with us.
Send your resume & one short paragraph answering the questions below to firstname.lastname@example.org "Education Outreach Representative" in the subject heading.
Include links to previous projects you organized or created.
Answer these questions for the paragraph:
Why does making dance accessible to youth with disabilities matter to you?
What schools do you currently have connections with?
If you are interested in only certain responsibilities outlined for this opportunity, but not all, that is okay! Please still send us your application and we will get back to you about your level of involvement with Dance for All Bodies.
The mission of Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is to dismantle the notion that dance is only for a certain kind of body and to spread the joy of dance to all bodies. To achieve this mission, DfAB organizes low cost dance classes, where dance moves are instructed to be modified by the dancer to fit their body. Our dance classes are designed for people with disabilities.
The inspiration behind DfAB came from a one time adaptive dance class Yagmur, one of the co-founders, organized for an amputee support group as a volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital. Yagmur left this class in August 2018 feeling a beautiful spark in her heart. Participants left the event asking when the next dance class would be and thus, Yagmur hatched a plan to satisfy this demand. She quickly realized that she needed an accomplice who shared her desire to make dance a more inclusive art form. This brought Tess, a close friend who is also a dancer, into the project.
After some research, they learned that there were no organizations that focus on organizing adaptive dance classes in the Bay Area. As two able-bodied dancers who have the privilege of extensive dance training, they decided to make what was available to them available to people with differently abled bodies too. Thus, to make high quality, adaptive dance classes a reality they started working with experienced dance teachers with physical disabilities or who have worked in such spaces, making the dance class a positive and encouraging environment. Since August 2018, they have organized more than 15 dance classes and impacted more than 50 individuals thanks to funding from ZSFGH and Big Ideas. Currently they organize most of their dance classes in Berkeley and San Francisco. You can help DfAB expand its services to new locations and impact more lives by donating today!
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While there is room for flexibility in regards to hours, you will be expected to commit about 5 hours to DfAB every week.