Join Our Team

Oakland Pole and Dance, we are always on the lookout for emerging talent. Whether you are new to the Bay Area or have been training as a student for awhile, we are looking for people who are excited about creating community, love pole and aerial dance and are passionate about building technique safely and slowly. If this sounds like you, please fill out our application for employment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Benefits of working at the San Francisco and Oakland Pole and Dance studios:

  • Employee status. Employees, not independent contractors.
  • Competitive pay. Beginner instructors start at $40/hour. Senior instructors start at $50/hour. Bonuses for sold out classes and Google or Yelp reviews that mention you.
  • Free studio access anytime. 50% off classes for instructors who teach 1-2 classes a week. Free membership for instructors who teach 3+ classes per week.
  • Business cards. Personalized to you!
  • Playtime. Monthly organized jams with the instructor team.
  • Instructor mentorship program. You are placed with a senior San Francisco or Oakland Pole and Dance instructor who will act as your mentor, including quarterly catch up dates and coffees.
  • Instructor continuing education. Quarterly we host a senior instructor to walk us through technique, form and education on a specific aerial or pole skill set.
  • Annual Holiday Party. With presents!
  • Corporate swag.
Front Desk Manager

The Front Desk Manager (FDM) is the face of a Pole & Dance studio. The FDM sits at the entrance of the studio and is the first and last interaction that students have with our business: getting students checked in, educating clients about classes and pricing options, and giving tours of the studio. Multitasking will feel essential but ability to work on one task at a time despite the urge to multitask is an essential skill set for this role. Tasks include: using MindBody for sales of classes and merchandise as well as checking students in and out of classes; maintaining an iPad for students to use for self-check in; greeting and orienting students; light cleaning and maintenance of the studio; assisting instructors with announcements and with using Sonos and appliances (lights, fans, etc.); updating social media and monitoring online reviews; ordering supplies and organizing merchandise; and answering phone calls, messages, and emails.

The FDM should embody the studio Manifesto and set the Manifesto as the expectation and tone of their studio by demonstrating our values and upholding community. This person should be highly motivated by building cohesive communities and also feel comfortable using Gmail for email, Mindbody for booking, calendaring and billing clients, and Instagram for filming Instagram stories.

FDM hours are typically between 4-9pm Monday through Friday (weekday manager) or 9am-2pm Saturday and Sunday (weekend manager). This role reports to the Studio General Manager.

The Skill Set

  • 1+ years working front desk and/or other customer service positions
  • Friendly personality – you genuinely enjoy being around people. Put another way, if you believe that “Hell is other people” then this job is not for you.
  • Problem-solving skills, patience explaining the same information over and over, and attention to detail
  • Comfortability with technology such as Google Drive, Slack, NetGym, social media
  • Experience with, or capacity to learn, MindBody (or other similar software)
  • Knowledge about dance/fitness as well as the local Adams Point community is helpful
  • Have strong sales based conversations with clients and possible clients.
  • Comfortable handing out fliers in front of the studio door and talking to strangers
  • Capable of moving large boxes and water containers.

Within 1 month, you’ll…

  • Spend 5 shifts shadowing a current Front Desk Manager
  • Work closely with the Studio General Manager onboarding
  • Read the FDM Studio Handbook
  • Become familiar with the studio: apparatuses, facilities, appliances, etc.
  • Become familiar with MindBody and sales practices
  • Get to know the instructors who work during your shifts
  • Start learning the names, pronouns, and curriculum preferences of members and regular students
  • Take a few introductory classes to get a sense of our offerings (optional)

Within 3 months, you’ll…

  • Have a strong comprehension of MindBody and be able to merge clients, bill students, figure out billing issues
  • Have proficiency in sales practices and following up with clients on package purchases
  • Be able to recognize and cater to members and regular class-package holders
  • Have a sound knowledge of the classes we offer and our staff
  • Feel confident in making suggestions about front desk workflow (and make those suggestions!)
  • Give studio and safety overview tours to new students and incoming members

Within 6 months, you’ll…

  • Train another FDM to take on this same role at another Pole & Dance studios
  • Remote hours working on building out the next iteration of the Oakland Pole & Dance FDM handbook
  • Assisting in client follow up with Studio General Manager
  • Assisting in organizing and implementing student showcases and studio events
  • Working with Contractors and directing the studio improvement projects that they work on at the discretion and direction of the Studio General Manager
Instructor

Pole & Dance Studio instructors are the heart of our studios. Incoming instructors with at least 1+ years of experience may be brought onto the team right away. Pole & Dance Studio Instructors should embody the Studio Manifesto and set the Manifesto as the expectation and tone of their studio by demonstrating our values and upholding community. This person should be highly motivated by building cohesive communities and enjoy creating connection with students inside of class and have experience using social media to promote classes online.

Instructor hours vary – classes generally run between 5-9pm on weekdays and 10am-3pm on weekends and we have 60+ classes per week. We do hold some classes outside of these hours – morning classes on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:45-9am and some afternoon classes on Fridays, but instructors should not apply if they are not available during these regular class hours. This role reports the Studio General Manager.

The Skill Set

  • 1+ years working in a teaching position.
  • Friendly personality – you genuinely enjoy being around people and are a connector of humans.
  • Patience explaining information and ability to break down tricks in tiny, bite size chunks of information
  • Comfortability with technology such as Slack and Email on a daily basis (most of our internal communication is online – which can be difficult for some who are not used to using email/tech for communicating. If online communication is not something you enjoy, this is likely not a good fit.
  • Experience with, or capacity to learn, MindBody for checking students in
  • Ability to execute tricks and transitions that you will be teaching, with technically correct form and the ability to explain the technical excellence of form (often small adjustments that have a big impact) in a clear and direct manner.

Within 1 month, you’ll…

  • Audition as an Instructor with our current Studio GM or Amy, the owner
  • Read the Instructor Studio Handbook for Pole & Dance Studios
  • Become familiar with the studio: apparatuses, facilities, appliances, etc.
  • Complete a studio Onboarding with the Studio General Manager and complete a building/studio tour to address emergency situations (blood borne pathogens, when the elevator breaks, what to do if someone falls, etc.)
  • Get to know the instructors who work during your shifts
  • Start learning the names, pronouns, and curriculum preferences of members and regular students
  • Take a few introductory classes to get a sense of our offerings (optional)

Within 3 months, you’ll…

  • Have a sound knowledge of the classes we offer and our staff
  • Compete our quarterly New Hire Onboarding (est. 3 hours) and Dinner with other new hires
  • Be invited to optional Continuing Education sessions with Lead Instructors
  • Gone out to coffee with our Studio General Manager to provide on the ground feedback about studio updates or changes you’d like to see in the Studio

Within 6 Months, You’ll….

  • Be invited to the Pole & Dance annual party
  • Within 1 Year, You’ll…
  • Have the opportunity to become a Pole & Dance “Star Instructor” in which you can mentor new instructors into the team through skill education, studio guidance and constructive teaching feedback
  • Have the opportunity to assist in training new instructors from the mentorship program
Guest Instructor

Pole & Dance Guest Instructors are folks who tend to be seasoned performers, teachers and/or celebrated aerial or flexibility artists who are passing through the Bay Area temporarily. Often these instructors are coming through SF for some time or are travelling to do our Guest Instructor program, wherein they stay at Amy’s house and teach specialty classes/sub regular classes at the studios. These instructors generally stay for 1-4 weeks as Guest Instructors, taking on regular classes and teaching regularly scheduled classes paid at Instructor rates ($40-$60 per class).

Guest Instructors Hiring Process

  1. Guest instructors apply by filling out the hiring form below. Once we receive this form, the management team will decide if the Guest Instructor is a good fit for taking on some of our regularly scheduled classes. Together, the management team will work with the Guest Instructor to determine days of stay and which classes the guest instructor will teach.
  2. From there, the Studio Manager will include the Guest Instructor in all marketing materials (IG and Newsletter) for the 7 weeks prior to Guest Instructor coming to the studio.
  3. Guest Instructor must show proof of employment eligibility and complete an onboarding session with the studio manager before teaching their first class at Pole & Dance studios.

Payment and Logistics

  • When guest instructors are brought on temporarily, they are considered independent contractors and paid as such through our payroll processing system, Zenefits.
  • All payments are issued during our normally scheduled payrolls runs, which occur twice per month on the 1st or 15th of the month or on the last business day before those dates if the 1st or 15th falls on a weekend or holiday.
  • All Guest Instructors must be legally allowed to work in the United States and must show proof of employment uploaded to Zenefits during onboarding before the Guest Instructor begins working.
  • Note, we do not pay for plane tickets or lodging for Guest Instructors. We do agree to keep a room open at Amy’s house for Guest Instructors to stay at during the course of their teaching residency at Pole & Dance studios.
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