Through the Court Education Initiative (CEI), Court partners with public schools on Chicago’s South Side to provide high quality theater programs to underserved youth and to provide a pipeline from the community into the theatre. The Director of Education will lead all of Court’s arts education efforts. Working in tandem with a program team, the Director of Education will be responsible for program development and administration. Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Functioning as the University’s Center for Classic Theatre, Court and its artists mount theatrical productions and audience enrichment programs in collaboration with faculty. These collaborations enable a re-examination of classic texts that pose the enduring and provocative questions that define the human experience.
- Work with the Managing Director and Executive Director to create a vision for CEI that brings Court’s mainstage program to CPS schools and South Side community centers.
- Oversee existing in-school residencies and partnerships.
- Design and implement new programs according to community need and interest.
- Develop, enhance, refine, and assess the curricular content for all CEI programs.
- With an understanding of national best practices, design and manage the evaluation rubrics for CEI programs to assess both student growth and overall program impact; synthesize findings for senior leadership and Development team.
- Produce the annual spring festival of student work.
- Partner with the national August Wilson Monologue Competition to coach high school students from Chicago’s South Side for participation in the competition.
- Hire and manage lead teaching artists, teaching artists, student interns/assistants, and other part-time education staff.
- With the Managing Director, partnering with other University of Chicago partners providing K-12 arts education programs.
- Oversee department budget.
- Work with Court’s Development department to attract funding and insure alignment between program goals and funders’ intent.
- Works well both independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to navigate shifting and competing priorities with patience and diplomacy.
- Forward-thinking team member who works to anticipate problems.
- Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative artistic environment.
- Foster partnership & collaboration.
- Celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
- Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
- Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- At least five years’ experience implementing arts education programs at the high school level.
Technical Knowledge or Skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Program evaluation skills.
- Cover Letter
- Three References Contact Information
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