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Director of Education

Court Theatre, a department of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, is seeking candidates for a Director of Education.

Department: AI Court Education
Position: Director of Education
Classification: Year-Round, Full Time, Benefits-Eligible


Through the Court Education Initiative (CEI), Court partners with public schools on Chicago’s South Side to provide high quality theater programs to South Side teens providing a pipeline from the community into the theatre. The Director of Education leads all of Court’s education efforts. Working in tandem with a program team, the Director of Education will be responsible for program development and administration. This is a full-time, salaried, position with excellent benefits. The Director of Education reports to the Director of Engagement.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Director of Engagement and Executive Director to create a vision for CEI that brings Court’s mainstage program to CPS schools and South Side community spaces. 
  • Oversees existing in-school residencies and partnerships with CPS schools, responsible for regular maintenance of compliance guidelines required by CPS to remain in good standing as a CPS vendor and in-school program provider. 
  • Designs and implements new programs according to the needs of partner schools and the needs and interests of South Side teens. 
  • Develops, enhances, refines, and assesses the curricular content for all CEI programs, aligning a clarity of purpose, mission and values with rubrics that inform what learning competencies CEI programs seek to foster through youth development and CPS student engagement.
  • With an understanding of national best practices, designs and manages methods of evaluation for CEI programs to assess both student growth and overall program impact. Synthesizes these findings in collaboration with senior leadership and Development team members for the purpose of reporting and quality control.  
  • Hires and manages the Education Programs Manager, the Education Coordinator, Teaching Artists, and student intern staff.
  • With the Director of Engagement, develops partnerships with other University of Chicago arts organizations providing K-12 arts education programs. 
  • Oversees department budget as well as the development of special project budgets as new programs develop.
  • Works with Court’s Development department to support new and ongoing fundraising efforts which support Court’s Education programs. 
  • Trains office staff on office procedures and compliance protocols. Coordinates special projects.
  • Researches and analyzes data to create reports, and may create other reports for grants and contracts.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of education outreach programs. May collaborate with teachers on implementing curriculum in the classroom.
  • Evaluates and documents performance of programs, making or recommending improvements when appropriate.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
  • Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years experience implementing arts education programs at the high school level. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Proficiency in Google Suite, with experience in developing excel spreadsheets, budget template creation and budget tracking. 
  • Program evaluation skills including the use or development of rubrics to guide learning approaches and the following methodologies of assessment; formative, summative, observational, constructed response, performance and portfolio creation. 

Preferred Competencies:

  • 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 and collaboration.
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Working Conditions:

  • Standard office conditions.
  • Theatre environment.
  • Some local travel.

Application Documents:

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Three References Contact Information (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

To Apply:
External candidates must apply online through the UChicago employment portal at:

Search University Staff Opportunities, Posting #JR18321

Internal candidates (including temporary or student employees), should apply through their personal Workday site, and not through the External Job Site.

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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About Court Theatre:

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. For more information about the theater, visit

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