Education Director

Seattle Children's Theatre / Seattle, WA

Seattle Children's Theatre is looking for someone with the administrative skill to manage complex projects and a deep commitment to theatre, education and SCT’s mission.

Position: Education Director

Department:  Education

Reports to: Artistic Director

Classification: Full-time, exempt

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About SCT:

Since its inception in 1975, the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), has served more than 4 million children for 43 seasons of creative professional theatre and arts education classes for the Puget Sound region, and is one of the most prominent theatre organizations for young audiences in the world.

Seattle Children’s Theatre Mission Statement:

To provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire and supervise Education Department Personnel, including part-time teaching artists; issue faculty work assignments and submit faculty payroll.
  • Observe teaching artists in class and provide feedback.
  • Develop an annual budget for Education Programs; Supervise monthly budgetary tracking and reporting, including current financial results and budget performance forecasting.
  • Oversee SCT’s educational programs, including Drama School, Education Outreach, Summer Season, KP Educational Theatre Program, Bringing Theatre into the Classroom and the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, Internships and Apprenticeships.
  • Oversee development of all educational curriculum at SCT.
  • Set and implement Drama School curriculum and policies in collaboration with Drama School faculty and staff; Determine what classes the Drama School offers, and in collaboration with Teaching Artists develop guidelines for Creative Drama and Core Acting classes.
  • Assist with day-to-day administrative needs of the program, including talking to parents to assist with class selection, covering first day/last day assignments; Resolve and troubleshoot student, parent and teacher problems or complaints.
  • Assist with Education Programs marketing needs; writing class description copy for Drama School catalogues and other marketing materials.
  • Oversee the summer and school year internship selection process, trainings and weekly meetings.
  • Assist and facilitate new program partnerships for Education Outreach, assist with outreach events, co-host educator preview evening, facilitate Teacher Advisory Committee.
  • Oversee, and provide support to the Education Specialist in directing and managing Bringing Theatre into the Classroom and Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support Seattle Children’s Theatre’s mission
  • Provide mentorship to Teaching Artist faculty, and arrange mentor/apprentice relationships between established Drama School faculty and aspiring teaching artists.
  • Respond to requests for information, project proposals, etc.
  • Help to develop and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperative relationships with other organizations.
  • Represent SCT Education Programs at public and private events and meetings, and act as advocate for Drama School and Education goals, as articulated in SCT’s mission statement.

Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • We are looking for someone with the administrative skill to manage complex projects and a deep commitment to theatre, education and SCT’s mission of reaching all the people in our community. Flexibility, vision, energy, a collaborative approach and patience are other important qualities for someone in this position. Theatre teaching artist experience.

Some useful specific skills and experience might include:

  • Proficiency with Excel and database programs like Tessitura.
  • Detail oriented with excellent project management and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and workgroups including outside educational institutions and youth of all ages.
  • Ability to lead through a lens of equity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity.
  • The ability to develop and assess theatre education curriculum and concepts.
  • Knowledge of developmental and education theory and the ways in which it interacts with theatre.
  • Demonstrated skills in budgeting.

Salary & Schedule:

Education Director is a full-time, exempt position. Annual salary range is $55,000. Benefits include health care, dental plan, vacation, tickets to SCT shows, and free or reduced tuition for SCT classes. Some weekend and evening hours may be necessary.

Application Procedures:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following via email to Artistic Director Courtney Sale at courtneys@sct.org.  Please include your last name and Education Director in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. Position is open until filled with a May 1, 2018 expectant start date.

  • Cover Letter
  • Diversity Statement.  We would like to know more about your experience with diversity and inclusion, race and equity, and social justice.  Please tell us about your experience engaging and working with diverse communities. (No more than 1 page)
  • Resume including at least three professional references

Seattle Children’s Theatre is committed to diversity in the workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law. We do require a full background check for all of our employees.

Additional Information:

The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.  Seattle Children’s Theatre provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.