Studio D runs hour long classes and workshops at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and throughout Orange County where individuals learn the art forms of dance, music, and theatre. We are passionate about providing an inclusive, fun, and rich experience for our students by making the arts accessible to all, regardless of ability. All instructors are critical members of Studio D and work as a 3-person team.
While these classes are not designed to replace or supplement therapy sessions, we consider it vital to have a licensed therapist present to ensure that the content our students are engaging in is safe, helpful, beneficial, challenging and in line with recommended guidelines. We will rely on the Therapy Consultant’s expertise and education, but the role will not function as each student’s therapist. The Therapy Consultant assigned to each class will be expected to contribute, both before and during class, their clinical expertise to the instructor’s pedagogical and instructional expertise. The Instructor/Therapy Consultant relationship is the merger of educational and clinical expertise. Therapy Consultants will be scheduled based on their availability and can expect to be scheduled for 2-7 classes per session. This is a part-time position.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:
- Providing in-class support to students by closely observing the teaching artists, the group, and the class experience.
- Offering instructional support to ensure safe, productive participation as appropriate based on age, developmental, and cultural perspectives.
- Giving feedback necessary to ensure best practices in participation, including making recommendations to the teaching artists based on classroom observations and potential student growth over the course of the class period.
- Making accommodations to ensure each individual student’s needs are being met; including effective problem-solving skills during class that take age, psychosocial, and cultural backgrounds into consideration.
- Ensuring therapy consultation is being delivered in accordance with professional standards of practice.
- Communicating with other teaching artists, volunteers, staff, and parents to ensure cohesive and superlative instruction.
- Contributing consultative services and advising classes when needed.
*- Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor in support of departmental goals
- A demonstrated sensitivity to individuals with disabilities and diverse backgrounds.
- A great capacity for patience.
- A compassion for those with different skill sets.
- An adaptive frame of mind.
- Education and current licensing in physical, occupational, or speech therapy in the state of California.
- Experience working with children and adults.
- Experience in managing a diverse group of individuals within a classroom setting.
- Familiarity of more than one language, particularly American Sign Language and/or Spanish, is preferred.
- Specific experience with differently abled individuals.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform essential functions of their job
- Walk, stand and/or be on their feet for extended periods of time (i.e., 2-6 hours per day).
- Must be able to demonstrate flexible movement.
- Must also have clear speaking ability and must have sufficient hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
- Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
- Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
- The noise level in the work environment is consistent with music playing and student noises and may be occasionally loud. Classrooms are well lit, and temperature controlled.
- Class sessions include multi-week sessions in fall, spring, and summer with classes occurring at various times Monday-Saturday.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.