REPORTING RELATIONSHIP The Director of Performing Arts reports directly to the Head of School of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.
POSITION OBJECTIVES The ideal applicant will have a clear, bold vision to leverage extensive experience and understanding of performing arts to nurture and sustain a college preparatory culture of academic excellence at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. The School’s Core Values and Mission are at the heart of this effort.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Department Leadership: • Serve as Performing Arts Department Chair. • Develop, submit for approval, and administer the Performing Arts department’s annual production budget (six theatre productions, two dance concerts, music concerts, Coffee House Cabaret, Tartan Jams and special events). Also manage the general and program specific budgets for performing arts classes. • Manage and mentor all Arts Adjunct faculty, such as private music teachers, including recruitment, hiring, growth and support, in cooperation with the Director of Extensions. • Develop, submit for approval and administer the performing arts calendar, working with all stakeholders to develop the school’s overall calendar. • Work with individual show directors to provide production support for all performing arts events (theatre productions, dance concerts, music concerts, special events). • Represent the Arts at various parent functions such as PTF General meetings, Arts Alliance meetings and Admission events. • Work with faculty to review, advise and approve all plays and musicals chosen for production each year. • Manage and oversee official Arts Social Media platforms. • Write Arts section of the school’s Annual Report.
Faculty Member: • From year to year the Director may direct and produce one or more of the annual Middle, Upper, and/or Lower School Theatre productions. • Teach theatre arts classes as assigned (currently one class per year). • Serve as faculty advisor for CAPPIES program. • Assist in placement of students in creative Independent Senior Projects. • Serve as mentor for certain creative Independent Senior Projects. • Select college-audition material for students; coach college auditions. • Select audition material for students for outside auditions. • Mentor student playwrights and student directors for the Upper School Studio Plays.
Administration: • Represent the Arts as a member of leadership teams, including the Principals’ Group and LEAD team. As a member of the school’s senior administration team, work with all stakeholders to ensure smooth integration of the Arts programs with the overall programs of the school. • Work closely with the Admission Office on various events, including public speaking and presentations, as well coordinate Arts showcases for various Admission events. • Work closely with the Communications Office to represent the Arts programs through writing articles, speaking or appearing in videos to promote the Arts. • In coordination with the school’s Technical Director and the Director of Facilities and Maintenance, oversee the Performing Arts Center physical plant, including PAC specific needs such as sound and lighting systems. • In coordination with the school’s Technical Director, manage the use of the off-site warehouse, including set pieces, furniture and costume collection. • In coordination with the school’s Technical Director, manage outside services vendors for performing arts events, including scenic, lighting, costume and sound designers. • Coordinate annual Upper School Arts Awards. • Facilitate communication between senior administrators and performing arts faculty as needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts or related discipline (a Master’s is a plus) and 3 – 5 years’ experience as a director and teacher of theatre arts at the leadership level as well as department chair experience are basic requirements for success in this role. Must be an experienced speaker and presenter as well, as representation of the school at major functions is a key role.
Language Skills: Exceptional communications skills, written and oral, phone etiquette, as well as strong interpersonal skills are required. The ability to successfully interface with a diverse public both in person and over the phone is essential, speaking clearly and distinctly, using correct English.
Interpersonal Skills: Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills are required, as are organizational behavioral skills. The ability to multi-task in a fast-pace environment with efficiency and effectiveness is essential to success in this position.
Reasoning Ability: Must be able to identify problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. A proven ability to make good judgment decisions in a dynamic, fast-moving environment, as well as the ability to successfully multi-task with time sensitive deadlines are essential skills required in this position. Must be able to prioritize and work well where time constraints are involved, and communicate quickly with all team members when there are overlapping deadlines.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk quickly from various points on the campus to others, and must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. of materials, carrying such materials from various points on the campus to others.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The activity level in the work environment can be very high at peak times throughout the day, and is characterized by potential interruptions due to parent and student service – including walk-ins and telephone calls. The noise level in the environment varies from usually low in the office areas to moderate and high on performance dates.
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