Vice President Community Engagement and Education
PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio

The Organization

Cleveland Ohio's PlayhouseSquare is the largest performing arts complex outside New York City. More than one million people a year visit the complex of five historic theatres and five additional performance spaces. PlayhouseSquare is committed to providing quality programs that involve the community in the performing arts.

Its fast-growing Community Engagement and Education Department reaches out to Northeast Ohio with ambitious programming for audiences of all ages. Hosting more than 300 hundred events annually, it draws 250 thousand people to a broad range of programs. These events include family workshops, teen programs, professional development for educators, adult classes and residencies that connect Greater Clevelanders with local and professional touring artists at PlayhouseSquare.

The Community Engagement and Education Department's Partners in Performance (PIP) is recognized as a best practices model by the Kennedy Center, Ohio Arts Council and other organizations. Through PIP, educators receive training and materials they incorporate into their classrooms.

PlayhouseSquare's strategic plan includes four education initiatives designed to inspire connections between artists and audiences, students and teachers, children and adults, cultures and communities. These initiatives include:

  • Our Community Onstage
    A series of events to celebrate regional artistic achievement, spotlight local professional artists and companies, and develop talent in neighborhoods and communities.

  • Educators' Resources
    A comprehensive program that assists educators in integrating the performing arts into classroom work with professional development classes, workshops, events and material to more than one thousand teachers each year.

  • Presenting for Children and Families
    Offering the best in national and international touring productions for school matinees and public performances, these productions draw more than fifty thousand school children and twenty thousand families each season. The Children's Theater Series and International Children's Festival are the centerpieces of this initiative.

  • Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare
    Maximize the communication and learning opportunities with our partners at the Idea Center, home to Cleveland's public television and radio stations. Creative utilization of a premier arts education facility that showcases the performing arts, through this state-of-art technology center.

The Position

Create and articulate a philosophy that expresses PlayhouseSquare's vision, mission and goals. Develop and manage education and engagement programs for all audiences and backgrounds in learning through the performing arts.
  • Book the International Children's Festival and Children's Theater Series.
  • Direct and oversee programs that support on-stage bookings.
  • Direct and oversee a full range of balanced educational programs and partnerships throughout the community.
  • Evaluate programs, recommending creation, expansion or deletion of initiatives that consider quality, purpose, organizational mission and financial feasibility.
  • Develop and monitor departmental budgets.
  • Work in cooperation with Development for funding opportunities.
  • Work in cooperation with Marketing and Sales, along with the Sponsorship Department, to maximize opportunities to drive ticket revenue and fulfill sponsor terms.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and communication with local partnerships.
  • Represent PlayhouseSquare in the community among performing arts educators and artists.
  • Serve as the liaison on Board Education Committee.

Culture and Fit

PlayhouseSquare is a high profile organization. Its employees carry themselves with pride for their organization and distinct love for their work and dedication to both the impact they are making on their community. There is a strong sense of teamwork, openness, and collaboration.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to: Senior Vice President of Theater Operations.
Supervises: Assistant Director and oversees a department of seven.

Educational Requirements and Qualifications

A minimum of ten years in arts/education administration, a B.A. in Education, Theater or related field and experience in curriculum building for adult, secondary or primary education are required. A Master in Education, Arts Education, Arts Administration or related field would be a plus. An accomplished programmer with a track record of success in audience and program development is necessary.

Crucial Personal Attributes

Candidates must: have passion for arts education for all ages; be visionary, strategic, creative; be able to recognize opportunities and pursue them aggressively; must be able to concisely articulate the work of the department, connecting our achievements to the organization's mission; have relationship building skills for establishing and maintaining relationships with an array of outside organizations; be able to clearly and persuasively advocate for arts education to diverse constituencies; possess effective interpersonal skills, public speaking; able to travel, attend performances and post-show events and work outside of the frame of traditional office hours.

Mission and First Year Responsibilities

The new Vice President will be expected to engage colleagues and trustees within the family of PlayhouseSquare to listen and evaluate the thoughts and expectations among the resident companies and local constituencies of the organization. Developing a departmental strategic plan and engaging the team is essential early in the first year.
  • Build upon the team-oriented environment of the department.
  • Create and articulate a departmental philosophy that advances the mission and vision of PlayhouseSquare.
  • Educate the constituencies about the importance of Community Engagement & Education to the overall mission of the organization.
  • Establish a process and methodology for creating annual new education projects that deepen Community Engagement and Education's impact.

Compensation and Benefits

PlayhouseSquare has a generous compensation and benefits program commensurate with experience and level of value to the organization.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, or know someone who should be, contact:

Susan Paley Zak
Director Executive Search
216 752 1700 x 105

Dori Lieber
Director Research
216 752 1700 x 129

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