Title: Education Manager
Reports to: Artistic Director
Start Date: Immediate (flexible)
About Shakespeare Dallas
Using Shakespeare’s works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas serves the Southwest region with fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Love. Family. Ambition. Betrayal. At Shakespeare Dallas we’ve been bringing timeless themes like these to life for almost 50 years. As North Texas’ leading professional theatre company performing the works of William Shakespeare, we believe that Shakespeare is for everyone. That means providing fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. For many, interacting with Shakespeare Dallas is a tradition that has crossed generations and delighted guests since our founding. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) are priorities of Shakespeare Dallas. Shakespeare Dallas strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected classification. Successful candidates will be committed to advancing Shakespeare Dallas’ DEIA commitments with a particular emphasis on education and youth engagement.
The Education Manager creates and directs the curriculum of Shakespeare on the Go! (SOTG). The Education Manager works with the Director of Educational Tours to hire and manage touring company members annually who are the backbone of the teaching artist team. In addition to this core team, the Education Manager engages additional teaching artists throughout the year to assist with Summer Camps, after school classes, workshops, and other programs. The Education Manager is responsible for creating and implementing all marketing and booking elements for SOTG programs. Develop education curriculum to support SOTG programs. Develop and maintain strategies for teacher engagement. Build strong relationships with local teachers, administrators, home school associations, and parents. Design curriculum for summer camps and staff teaching artists for these camps. Produce all school tours. Sets goals for all programming related to educational programming.
As Shakespeare Dallas rebuilds following pandemic-mandated closure, successful candidates will have a “roll up their sleeves” mentally to execute programming directly.SOTG delivers programming that is connected to Shakespeare Dallas’ contributed and earned revenues. As a result, the Education Manager is responsible for collaborating with the Artistic Director and Executive Director to ensure that curriculum and programming executed within their department delivers against engagement, mission, and financial goals.
The Education Manager monitors the success of their programming regularly through engagement and audience development targets as well as through sales and expense tracking.The Education Manager, in conjunction with the marketing team, drives sales to meet or exceed monthly goals, through booking Shakespeare on the Go touring productions at schools, and booking schools to ensure full house attendance at our 2 fall matinee performances. The Education Manager is responsible for marketing Shakespeare Dallas Summer Camps to grow attendance by advertising on DFW Child, Mom Blogs, social media channels and through partnerships with influencers. Additionally, the Education Manager serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Director’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee. As this position requires working with minors, candidates will be required to complete a criminal background check.
Required skills include:
- Passion for creating theatrical education experiences that support Shakespeare Dallas’ DEIA commitments.
- Experience as a teacher.
- Knowledge of Theater Education.
- Demonstrable abilities in stage direction and acting.
- Desire for year-over-year increased impact and improved financial performance of the Education Department.
- Knowledge and/or desire to learn more about Financial Management of a Department.
- Interest in coaching young actors and teaching artists early in their careers.
- Interest in working with classroom teachers to assess and address their curriculum needs.
- Passion for working with students of all ages K-12.
- Ability to serve as an ambassador for Shakespeare Dallas’ mission and vision locally, nationally, and internationally.
Preferred skills include:
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite including Microsoft Outlook.
- Proficiency with virtual meeting and distance learning platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom.
- Demonstrable abilities in stage direction for small touring productions.
- Demonstrable abilities in digital content creation.
- Experience managing budgets and resources.
- Understanding and consideration of access and equity in all programming.
- Knowledge of trends in education and learning.
- Knowledge of Shakespeare and other classical theater.
A successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:
- Genuine passion in cultivating and supporting a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work environment.
- Ability to keep calm under pressure and remain tactful in stressful situations.
Planning and Budgeting
- Work with Artistic Director and Executive Director to determine program ideas and needs of schools and community as balanced against financial goals.
- Work closely with the Artistic Director and Executive Director for annual budgeting and quarterly sales checks to make sure the product is aligning with customer feedback and requests.
- Drive sales to meet or exceed monthly goals through booking Shakespeare on the Go touring productions at schools, booking schools to ensure full house attendance at matinee performances, and booking summer camp attendees.
- Assist Marketing department with marketing copy for educational brochures and email campaigns that include detailed explanations of our programs and educational objectives. Programming & Artistic
- Spearhead efforts to raise the profile of SOTG through connections and conversations on a local, regional, national, and international level.
- Attend tours occasionally throughout the year to maintain quality.
- Develop and execute new programming for the education department.
- Execute established SOTG programming to maintain Shakespeare Dallas’ existing customer base.
- Direct Shakespeare Summer Camps for all age groups.
- Develop and implement curriculum for summer camps, after school classes, workshops, etc.
- Serve as a frontline teaching artist on an as needed basis.
- Invest in development of Shakespeare Dallas-teacher relationships through teacher appreciation events, coaching sessions, and other engagement opportunities.
- Lead professional development opportunities for Shakespeare Dallas’ school and teacher partners.
Personnel & Leadership
- Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Director’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee.
- Coordinate with the Director of Educational Tours in the creation and development of new SOTG programming.
- Hold auditions across the region to find the best talent to join touring companies.
- Hire and manage of touring company members and teachers for classes, camps, etc.
- Manage the SOTG calendar and coordinate schedules.§ Maintain accurate records of programs booked and invoicing and payment for SOTG programming.
- Invoice and ensure that all accounts payable items related to education are up to date.
- Provide data for monthly City of Dallas, Office of Arts and Culture reports
- Train teaching artists about SOTG program standards and strategies to ensure high quality and consistent experiences from Shakespeare Dallas representatives at all schools. Audience Engagement
- Ensure that all attendant study guides, student memberships, and evaluations are distributed to all who are served through SOTG programming.
- Create study guides for each production utilizing Common Core and STEM standards.
- Collaborate with the Marketing department to drive audience engagement.
- Work with Marketing department on content creation for website and print marketing materials for education.
- Focus on audience engagement as part of the creative process for each mainstage production through engagement activities before, during, and after productions.
- Lead or facilitate pre/post-workshops for the mainstage shows. These can include actor talk backs, question and answers, etc.
In addition to the responsibilities above, all Shakespeare Dallas staff may be asked to perform additional duties at the request of their supervisor.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a part time position with 20-30 hours available per week with compensation at $25.00 per hour. This position can expect to grow to a full time, salaried, exempt position.In addition to this salary, the Education Manager receives:
- Ten days of paid vacation, accrued seasonally.
- Six days of paid sick leave, accrued seasonally.
- Paid holiday leave.
- Free access to Shakespeare Dallas educational programming for dependents
- Complimentary tickets to all Shakespeare Dallas productions.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position, candidates should cover letters and resumes.
This application requires candidates to submit PDFs of their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. For this position, work sample submissions are optional and may include content such as: curriculum or teaching plans, project budgets, project proposals, program schedules or calendars, study guides, etc. Candidates also have the option to provide URLs to online portfolios and profiles. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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