Vice President Community Engagement and Education
PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio
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:
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.
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.
Reports to: Senior Vice President of Theater Operations.
Supervises: Assistant Director and oversees a department of seven.
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.
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.
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.
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
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