Director of Education
Children's Theatre Company / Minneapolis, MN01.27.21
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates with a background in theatre education administration for the position of Director of Education. This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required. This position requires someone who is knowledgeable about creation of theatre-based curricula and teaching theatre to young people, who has the vision and leadership skills to manage a successful education team and program, and who has the ability to positively contribute to an anti-racist organization and dismantle structural racism in education programming. Applicants for this role should have robust communication and relationship building skills, strong project management, business development and people management skills.
CTC is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of employees. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, as well as those who are from other underrepresented communities.
Led by Artistic Director Peter C Brosius and Managing Director Kim Motes, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s leading theatre for multigenerational audiences and is one of the 20 largest producing theatres in the United States. A winner of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people. It has set standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, and innovative education and community partnerships.
DESCRIPTION OF MINNEAPOLIS AND THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA
Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area has a thriving and vibrant arts scene. The Twin Cities metro area is one of the largest theatre markets in the country, with over 200 theatres. Minnesota year in and year out ranks near the top nationwide in federal and state arts funding and has a strong history of private arts philanthropy.
The Twin Cities area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest and is annually ranked as a top area in terms of quality of life. It is home to several restaurants and chefs who are James Beard nominees or winners. The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed and best-maintained in America.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
CTC is dedicated to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CTC is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CTC prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.
The Director of Education is responsible for leading and advancing CTC’s mission to educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities through learning-based programs in schools, at the theatre, and in community settings. The Director of Education designs and communicates a vision for Education, is accountable for the financial stability of education programs, serves as the outfacing representative of CTC in education matters. This role serves as a member of the senior management team, advising the Artistic and Managing Directors on institutional and strategic planning. The position acts as a strategic partner with Development to secure funding, and collaborates cross-departmentally to provide education insight in programming, partnerships, and marketing initiatives.
Provide leadership for all Education programming by envisioning and executing arts education programming that advances CTC’s mission
- Develop a vision for Education at CTC and a theatre curriculum for the programs that Educate, Challenge and Inspire young people and their families
- Design and direct the implementation of programming in arts education, including the training and student matinee programs at the theatre, virtual education programming, professional development for teachers, parent programming, and all in-school and community-based education programming
- Design and implement, in collaboration with the Artistic and Production Departments, educational programming the connects audiences with the work on the stage
- Develop and monitor progress on departmental goals and annual plans that are in alignment with CTC’s mission and strategic organizational goals
- Champion child safety policies and protocols and uphold the highest standards of child well-being for students participating in programming
- Direct and oversee pre-professional programming for CTC students
- Create an annual departmental operating budget that supports goals and operating plans for the Education Department, including revenue and expense; accountable for achieving, monitoring and reporting on budget as required • Prepare departmental metrics to track results against goals; monitor and communicate progress
- Develop evaluative assessment surveys and engage evaluators as needed for programming
- Identify and collaborate with external partners to achieve Education goals and enhance audience engagement with CTC programming
- Collaborate with Artistic Department staff to enhance skill level training for student actors that builds readiness to be cast in CTC productions
- Collaborate with Marketing to develop annual marketing plans for Education programming
- Collaborate with Development on Education related grant proposals, including tracking and reporting grant metrics and seeking additional grant funding
- Develop and maintain relationships in the community (to include families, students, schools, teachers, and local organizations)
Lead Education staff to be a motivated, high performing team that positively contributes both to the mission and culture of CTC
- Envision, create and maintain a departmental structure that makes efficient use of CTC resources and can meet organizational and departmental goals
- Recruit, direct, and evaluate the staff of the Education Department, including clear communication of position expectations
- Provide coaching and feedback to all direct reports to enhance their professional development and job performance
- Encourage continual learning of staff and provide training and development opportunities to assure ongoing skills acquisition
- Ensure that all Education staff are well versed in CTC policies, particularly all child safety policies
- Value and respect all employees’ perspectives, cultures and work styles and promote respect and inclusion for all employees
Collaborate with all departments in the furtherance of CTC’s goal of being an anti-racist theatre that works towards Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Assist with monitoring and ensuring access, representation, participation and decision making for historically marginalized communities in all aspects of CTC’s operations, particularly within the Education Department
- Assist, as a member of the Senior Staff Team, with the creation and implementation of JEDI-related goals and initiatives • Study topics that lead to a deeper understanding of how white supremacy, racial violence, and systemic racism have shaped American society and how that shapes CTC’s workplace and the lives of CTC employees
- Encourage and empower everyone to speak out against racist workplace practices and policies
- Provide leadership with empathy for all staff
- Positively contribute to the ACT One platform, creating a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community
Other important duties
- Serve as a member of CTC’s Senior Staff Team
- Serve as staff lead to the Education and Engagement Board Committee; attend all full Board meetings • Serve as a leader to the field of Theatre Education
- Proactively contribute to CTC’s mission to educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities • Teaching and other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to create theatrically based curricula and in teaching theatre to young people • Vision and leadership skills to lead education programs and staff forward in growth of program
- Demonstrated ability in dismantling structural racism in education programming
- Ability to positively contribute to an anti-racist organization
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with schools and community organizations
- Demonstrated familiarity with digital formats for delivery of educational programming
- Strong project management and business development and budgeting skills
- The ability to multi-task, and organize multiple projects simultaneously
- Successfully manage staff of onsite and off-site personnel
- Maintain high energy in a positive, flexible environment
- Work autonomously, strong decision-making skills
- Strong skills in MS Office applications, such as Word, Excel and Publisher
The ideal candidate will have experience in theatre arts education, program development, developing curriculum, working with youth, families, and schools, experience as a teaching artist, managing a staff – recruiting, hiring & training and developing budgets and financial management. Prior experience with Tessitura is helpful, but not required.
- A commitment to ethical conduct in all respects of the work environment
- A commitment to creating a just, equitable and inclusive work environment
- A commitment to the protection of confidential information to which this position has access
The starting salary range for this full-time position is between $65,000 and $73,000 annually. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance; short-term and long-term disability and life insurance; vacation and sick leave; nine paid holidays; and a 403(b) retirement savings plan.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the position(s) to which you are applying in the subject line of the email.