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Personal Development Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35131
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 3, 2022
Title Personal Development Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35131
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Social Work

Personal Development Instructor - Cal Performance (4134U) 35131

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. 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.

Please visit to learn more about AileyCamp and Cal Performances.

Application Review Date

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


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

The Personal Development Instructor of AileyCamp will emphasize the building of positive self-image and self-esteem through the exploration of the self, in collaboration with the AileyCamp directors, Counselor, and Creative Communications Instructor. Working in a Youth Development teaching and learning framework, the curriculum leverages the rigor, discipline and ensemble work required in dance to help middle school students see their bodies, health, relationships and social responsibilities in a powerful and positive light. The Incumbent shapes a final presentation about the curricular work of the campers, focusing on youth voice and empowerment.


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 AileyCamp directors, including one day per week co-teaching with Creative Communications instructor.
Participate and oversee campers as directed on weekly field trips.
Participate in the general oversight of the campers, including assigned meal times in rotation, and camper free periods.
Participate in individual and AileyCamp staff meetings.
Plan lessons and activities that address conflict resolution, decision-making, drug and alcohol abuse, food and nutrition, human sexuality, coping with peers, family relationships and succeeding in the school social and academic environment.
Provide schedule of proposed class content to AileyCamp directors.
Coordinate and encourage opportunities for AileyCampers to participate in role-playing, journal writing, group discussions and other exercises.
Coordinate with Group Leaders, Group Leader Mentor, and other staff to assess campers' individual needs.
Produce camper progress evaluations, documentation for Camp Anthology, and other materials celebrating the campers' experience.
Prepare a camper presentation for final performance.

Required Qualifications

Must be a trained social worker or equivalent.
Two years counseling and teaching urban youth, developing curriculum and delivering workshops with defined learning outcomes.
Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Social Work or related field, or equivalent experience.
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

Masters in Social Work, Family Therapy, School Counseling, Arts Therapies, or related fields.
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:
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