About Us-

Our Mission Statement: To train and inspire students of all ages in the performing arts while instilling the qualities of confidence, self-discipline, creativity, and respect for others.

The SPINDRIFT SCHOOL of PERFORMING ARTS was established in 1994 by Pacifica residents and musicians, Martha Phillips-Bootzin & Alexander Bootzin. Martha passed away in 2008 but her legacy remains and is a huge presence in this community we love so much.  As Pacifica’s only non-profit performing arts school, SSPA has grown into a vibrant community organization. We provide high quality performing arts experiences and training by way of youth performances, classes, private lessons, year-round camps, and school site programs to well over 3000 students each year, in Pacifica and beyond.

We have worked hard to establish roots here in the community by providing a stable base for children to train in the arts with the best artists possible to train them. Because of the overwhelming support by the community, students and families, and the local school districts, we have grown in leaps and bounds over the past 27+ years.

UPDATED 5/20/2022 –

To apply, please send resume, references, and letter of interest in the body of your email to rebecca@spindriftschool.org.

Spindrift School of Performing Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization in Pacifica CA, is seeking to hire experienced Dance and Theatre instructors for in-person classes and productions beginning this Fall and continuing thereafter. BA or MFA in Performing Arts is a plus, but not required. Experience in choreographing and/or directing professionally is a plus. Reliable and consistent transportation is a requirement, as our teachers work at several school sites in Pacifica and the surrounding communities. 

Opportunities Include: 

DIRECTOR OF DANCE-

Pacifica-based nonprofit, Spindrift School of Performing Arts (SSPA), seeks a Director of Dance to take on the exciting task of growing our unique dance department. Rooted in the desire to nurture the creative mover in every student, SSPA’s dance department is primed and ready to foster a new generation of young dancers.

The Director of Dance is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the dance department at SSPA:

~30hrs/week (~10 teaching hours @ $50/hr + ~20 administrative hours @ $20/hr)

Responsibilities-

  • Teach approximately 10hrs each week, with the ability to step into both introductory & high level classes when needed
  • Oversee all dance instructors, providing bi-yearly evaluations and regularly observing & monitoring the artistic integrity of all dance classes offered, both on-site and at our various outreach locations 
  • Assist instructors in finding substitutes when needed, both in planned and emergency situations 
  • Coordinate and oversee all aspects of the Fall & Spring Dance Recitals
  • Act as the artistic head and primary instructor of our pre professional Spindrift Dance Company (SDC), selecting high-level instructors, arranging a schedule and coordinating all aspects of the final annual production 
  • In collaboration with the Director of Theatre, create class offerings/schedule for our Fall and Winter Sessions

Requirements-

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Dance or equivalent experience 
  • At least 5 year’s teaching experience; must be comfortable teaching all ages and levels
  • Strong technical foundation in ballet & modern; experience with jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop & tap strongly preferred 
  • Strong choreographic skills, with the ability to create multiple, high-level pieces each year
  • Must be local; residence within 20 minutes of Pacifica, CA strongly preferred

To apply, please send resume, references, and letter of interest in the body of your email to rebecca@spindriftschool.org.

Theatre Instructor (2):

  • Classes may include: Beginning/Intermediate Improvisation, Musical Theatre 1-2 (minor choreography skills required), Potential for In-School Drama Residency for Grades K-8 at local public schools.
  • Ideally available Summer Camps and Mini-Camps, held on school breaks throughout the year. 

Job Type: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Part time
Benefits: Paid sick leave after 90 days of employment

To apply, please send resume, references, and letter of interest in the body of your email to rebecca@spindriftschool.org.

Dance Instructor (2): 

  • Classes may include: Beginning-Intermediate Hip Hop (ages 4 and up), Intermediate-Advanced Tap, Preschool Creative Movement. Potential to choreograph for our Spindrift Dance Company for the right fit. 
  • If you have a dance style that you are interested in teaching that we do not already offer, we are happy to discuss possibilities for adding that to our schedule and offerings. 
  • Ideally available for Summer Camps and Mini-Camps, held on school breaks throughout the year. 

Spindrift School is an extracurricular performing arts school serving youth in Pacifica and beyond, offering performing arts classes, private lessons, camps, and all-youth productions year round. We have been proudly serving our community since 1994. 

Job Type: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Part time

Pay: $35-$50/hr teaching rate commensurate with experience/education + administrative pay $15hr. All training and onboarding will be conducted at $20/hr. 

Benefits: Paid sick leave after 90 days of employment

To apply, please send resume, references, and letter of interest in the body of your email to rebecca@spindriftschool.org.

Marketing Internship Opportunity

Spindrift School of Performing Arts marketing internship program aims to support the
professional growth of high school students who desire the opportunity to gain a
comprehensive understanding of the day-to-day and seasonal operations of a
performing arts company.
As a marketing intern you will be provided valuable experiences in a unique program
development setting. You will be supervised by, and be learning from, artists and
professionals who work directly in the field, and who have a goal of connecting
professional practices and providing valuable educational opportunities for students.
This internship will also require administrative responsibilities aimed to strengthen your
professional skill set, and will bring insight on topics currently trending, and
conversations being had, within the field. All interns will have the opportunity to assist
with special events, performances, social media and marketing of the company.
Learning objectives and responsibilities:

● Assist in program/project development

● Assist in content research, organization and development

● Strengthen professional writing and communication skills

● Flexible hours (2 – 10 hours a week)

● Evening and weekend availability is required during the school year

● Supervisory meetings with SSPA board members and SSPA staff

● 6 month commitment

● Will count toward community service hours

General requirements:

● A strong interest in music, theater and/or dance

● A strong interest in working with children

● A strong interest in social media

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills

● Experience or eagerness to learn Canva

● Ability to multitask and prioritize

● Ability to collaborate, analyze and problem solve

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to kristen@spindriftschool.org with subject line
– INTERN POSITION – YOUR NAME (i.e. Intern position – Elle Woods)

FUNDRAISER/WRITER

Pacifica-based nonprofit, Spindrift School of Performing Arts (SSPA), seeks a motivated FUNDRAISER/WRITER who can also plan and execute several fundraising/PR events a year. This position has much growth potential. The right person can potentially expand the role to include a variety of marketing, public relations, volunteer management, and other projects. Success begins with fundraising!

The FUNDRAISER/WRITER is responsible for reaching out to local, regional and national funding organizations; businesses in Pacifica and the surrounding areas; and, individual patrons of the arts to solicit a steady stream of donor revenue throughout the year. This includes managing an annual giving campaign around Giving Tuesday in November. This person will also be responsible for developing and executing one to three fundraising/PR events per year. Additional writing duties include: a quarterly newsletter; social media copy; a variety of copy for print media/marketing materials.

This position is ~20 hours/week @$20/hour plus a generous bonus structure in proportion to successful fundraising. Hours are flexible and may change according to the needs each quarter. Some remote work is ok; must be available for onsite events and appropriate meetings with donors and other stakeholders.

As a youth-serving organization, all employees must pass a background check and be fully vaccinated.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build and manage a donor base through direct mail, personal visits, campaigns, telephone solicitation, and attendance at local events, etc.
  • Manage a software program that integrates donor, email and other pertinent information
  • Research and write letters of interest, proposals and grant applications throughout the year
  • Create a program of business and personal memberships, plus engage in ongoing solicitation of ad dollars from businesses who wish to advertise in show programs, newsletters, and other publications
  • Develop and manage a variety of annual giving campaigns, for example, Giving Tuesday in November, plus others (ideas welcome)
  • Ensure all gifts are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Plan and execute fundraising and/or PR events in conjunction with the Board and Leadership Team
  • Provide copy and/or editing for quarterly newsletters, social media, print marketing and other written materials
  • Target fundraising goal is a minimum of $100,000 annually

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of fundraising experience and 1-2 years of event planning experience
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong project management skills; ability to multi-task several projects simultaneously and meet proposal and submission deadlines
  • Strong relationships with companies, foundations and other relevant stakeholders in Pacifica and the Bay Area a plus

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Passion for the arts and the ability to articulate their importance
  • Collaborative, team player who is able to work well with a Board of Directors and other key company stakeholders
  • A positive, “can do” attitude
  • Creative thinker
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence

Job Type: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Part time
Pay: Commensurate with experience/education
Benefits: Paid sick leave after 90 days of employmen

If you are interested in this position, please reach out to:

Rebecca Marinos
President, Board of Directors
rebecca@spindriftschool.org
(650) 888-2654
Spindriftschool.org

To apply, please send resume outlining experience via email to rebecca@spindriftschool.org. Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email explaining your interest in the position and anything further you may want us to know.