SFJAZZ.org | Teaching Artist (On-Call)

Teaching Artist (On-Call)

SFJAZZ is seeking a passionate Teaching Artists with experience and expertise in poetry and creative writing to teach within our Jazz In the Middle (JIM) School Program in San Francisco and Oakland, California public and charter middle schools.

About SFJAZZ School Programs

SFJAZZ brings world-class jazz artists out of the concert hall and into the community, connecting youth and adults, students and professionals, musicians and non-musicians with a diverse array of interactive programs and events. From field trips to our unique SFJAZZ Center Auditorium, to hands-on learning in their very own classrooms with artists, our School Programs give students access to jazz’s critical history.

Jazz in the Middle

Established in 2001, Jazz In the Middle (JIM) sends experienced jazz musicians and professional poets into middle school humanities classrooms to share the history of jazz music from a social, historical, and creative perspective. Offered free to public middle schools, JIM explores the history of Black Americans, chattel slavery and African traditions, using the history of jazz music and its global influences from across the African Diaspora as a framework. Students are exposed to modern and historical examples of resistance from Black people all over the world and develop an understanding of the theory and practice behind the music that was born as a result of this resistance. 


Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications


The hourly rate for this role is $100 per hour. This position is not eligible for benefits. 


SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar Center launched in 2013 and the 38-year-old non-profit organization now delivers distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The pre-pandemic budget for the organization was over $19 million; 60% derived from ticket sales.

SFJAZZ IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY OF STAFF.  We particularly welcome those who bring the gifts of diversity to our organization. People of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@sfjazz.org with the Teaching Artist Poet (On-Call) in the Subject line. 

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