Youth Improv Instructor to Teach Funny Girls Curriculum

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  • Expertise in teaching leadership concepts and skills to elementary and middle schoolers, ideally girls aged 8-13

  • Ideally (although not a requirement) has training and/or experience in improv or theater

  • Willingness and openness to see how improv can be a tool applied to teach leadership

  • Willingness and comfort to expand on discussions brought forth by students about their personal or leadership experiences

  • Experience being trained and/or teaching curriculum from an outside source

  • Experience teaching girls from under-resourced schools and communities

  • Demonstrated ability to engage young people from under-resourced communities in meaningful conversations and learning experiences

  • Sincere desire to assist young people to succeed, develop self-confidence and become effective community leaders; familiarity with various challenges and issues faced by youth from low-income communities

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

  • Responsiveness to phone calls and email since we are a satellite organization delivering this curriculum

The East Boston Social Centers is proud to announce we will be partnering with the Harnisch Foundation to provide their Funny Girls curriculum, a groundbreaking after school program for girls in grades 3-8 using improv as a leadership tool.

What is Funny Girls?

Developed in creative partnership with the Magnet Theater and Pilobolus Dance Company, the progressive arc of the 11-class (90 minute lessons) curriculum teaches leadership through the methodology of improv. Improv provides a space for girls to explore their own reactions and feelings, to take bold risks, and to celebrate their own unique ideas and contributions. By combining this with the teaching of core leadership skills — self-awareness, resiliency, collaboration, empathy, and agility— girls embark in translating the risks they take in improv scenes to understanding their own natural capacity to contribute and lead in their day-to-day lives. They begin to learn how to lead themselves – the precursor to effectively leading others.

Job Duties

  • Attend training in the Funny Girls curriculum in September 2019 in New York City

  • Teach Funny Girls curriculum on site at partner schools weekly for an hour and a half during the fall and spring semesters

  • Manage admin related to the program including administering a pre and post survey

  • Recruit youth to enroll in the program

  • Communicate in a timely fashion with partners and school

  • Role is a 3 hour per week position

Please note this is a part-time position, estimated at approximately 3 hours per week. 

To Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to Keegan O’Keefe at



Funny Girls is a program of the Harnisch Foundation, a small but mighty private foundation at the forefront of creative, progressive, and spirited philanthropy. Founded in 1998, theHF’s mission is to create a fair, equitable & inclusive world by supporting the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to advance gender and racial equality and diversity, with a focus on women and girls. For more information about theHF, visit us online on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.