At DreamYard, art is action. Our programs combine Standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy principles to inspire students to develop character, scholarship and artistic voice to create change. Our core values of Empower, Create and Connect describe our commitment to teaching for equity, justice and hope. We strive to support students' academic and artistic needs while working toward becoming an anti-racist society.

Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance; we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.

As positions become available, they will be posted below. If you would like to join our team as a Teaching Artist, please send a resume and cover letter providing more information on your academic, artistic and professional experience to jobs@dreamyard.com. In the subject line of your email, please include your arts discipline (Eg. Subject: Theater Teaching Artist Resume and Cover Letter). DreamYard accepts teaching artist applications on a rolling basis, though typically reviews submissions in June of each year. Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an application for the position and interview with the Program Directors.


Social Worker for Art Center Programs

Part Time/Salary

The Social Worker for Art Center Programs will work closely with the Director of the DreamYard Art Center to identify students and families in need of mental health services, crisis intervention, and individual counseling. The position will directly work alongside DreamYard administrative staff and Teaching Artist to provide a safe and intentional space for students ages 4- 24, and their families.

DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational equity, and social justice and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.

Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance.

This is a part-time, 15 hour/week position that requires an LMSW, at least 5 years of work related experience, ability to work effectively with variety of school aged youth, educators, families, and communities; with knowledge of student support services and youth development principles. Schedule is flexible and shifts based on program season: after school hours Tuesday - Saturday during the academic year (Sept through May); Monday-Friday during the summer months (June through August).   

Qualifications:

  • Licensed Master of Social Work
  • SIFI certified or eligible for SIFI certification
  • Liability insurance a plus
  • Dynamic and self-motivated individual
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in and demonstrated commitment to youth development work
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to problem-solve, manage and delegate tasks
  • Mac OS and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) proficient

Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual mental health counseling to program participants as needed, ages 5-24. Counseling may include participant’s parents/guardians.
  • Provide conflict management, both through own efforts and through referrals from the Art Center staff.
  • Manage 2-3 MSW candidates who counsel DreamYard participants, parents and staff.
  • Training DreamYard Program Managers and staff to identify at-risk behaviors.
  • Presentations to DreamYard participants explaining services available to them.  
  • Encourage and assist participants in setting and achieving long-term and short-term goals.
  • Observe and document the interaction between participants and their peers.
  • Assess participants’ needs and refer them to the appropriate services.
  • Meet with Directors and Teaching Artists periodically to debrief on reports.

The ideal candidate:

  • Communicates directly and sensitively
  • Sets clear goals and is thorough in all aspects of her or his work
  • Sets high expectation for students, self, and colleagues
  • Is a lifelong learner, committed to continual professional development
  • Is aware of and open to learn about varied cultures and populations
  • Thrives in a dynamic work environment; and is flexible and comfortable with organizational change and growth.

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to mrobles@dreamyard.com with the subject heading "[Your Last Name and job title]".

No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be notified by December 15 and interviewed on a rolling basis.