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Therapeutic Dance Movement Insturctor - Caring For Kids Program in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 2/17/2019

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Job Description

General Summary

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Caring for Kids Program has an opening for a contract Therapeutic Dance/Movement instructor to lead a weekly one-hour adaptive dance class from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Saturdays at the Menomonee Club Drucker Center located in Chicago.

The Therapeutic Dance/Movement Instructor will develop and lead dance lesson plans for participants ages 7-17 with medical complexity and/or physical disability and will work together with the Caring for Kids Program Specialist to achieve program goals and objectives.

The Therapeutic Dance/Movement Instructor will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

The Shirley Ryan Ability Caring for Kids Program is a dynamic program for youth aged 7-17 who are diagnosed with a primary physical disability. The Caring for Kids program offers year-round adaptive sports, recreation, special events, and social activities. The programs are designed to foster a positive quality of life for participants through promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, cultural activity, and adaptive programming resources.

Principal Responsibilities

The Therapeutic Dance/Movement Instructor will:

  1. Lead assigned groups for Dance/Movement Therapy for 3:30PM – 4:30PM on Saturdays.
  2. Maintain cleanliness and safety of dance/movement therapy area and music materials
  3. Follow current model of dance class structure.
  4. Timely documentation as requested by Caring for Kids Program Specialist including reporting attendance and providing an invoice.
  5. Communicate any issues, concerns or successes to Caring for Kids Program Specialist.
  6. Provide volunteers, as needed with assistance from Caring for Kids Program Specialist.
  7. As a contracted instructor, complete an online orientation and background check.

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports to the Caring for Kids Program Specialist

Job Requirements

    1. Must be a Registered-Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT).
    2. BLS and First Aid certification.
    3. Strong teaching and presentation skills.
    4. Experience in special populations preferred.
    5. Communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with internal/external customers.
    6. Demonstrated critical thinking skills and ability to make sound judgment to monitor and respond to participant needs.
    7. Ability to anticipate, assess and address the needs of participants to positively influence the participant experience (directly or indirectly).


  1. Menomonee Club Drucker Center, 1535 N Dayton St, Chicago, IL 60642

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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