SPARC Theater seeks a full-time, experienced Education Director, directing the in-school education programs, workshops, and apprenticeship program. The Education Director will plan and manage all education programs, including the supervision of all staff and volunteers involved in producing the programs. The Education Director will also represent SPARC to other arts, education, and civic institutions to promote constructive working partnerships in the community. The position reports to both the Managing Director and the Artistic Director.
An ideal candidate will have 3 years of experience in arts education, be familiar with the education system, be a highly organized team player with the ability to multitask, have exemplary verbal and written communication skills, have some marketing experience, and be able to manage a changing and varied workload.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree. Degree in theater/drama, music, education or arts administration preferred.
A minimum of three years experience in arts or education fields.
Experience as a supervisor.
Strong leadership, organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills.
Computer and Google Drive proficient.
Have familiarity with theater operations, effective in working with diverse groups, experience working within budgetary constraints, and can operate in a positive and professional mode in high pressure situations.
The ability and willingness to work flexible hours as needed is also a requirement of the job.
Employee is required to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
The ability to work with age groups from second grade to college level.
Ability to lift 30 pounds, lug costumes, teaching supplies.
Access to a vehicle for dropping off supplies to the schools and errands related to basic administration (printer, post office, mailing house, etc.)
All staff contribute to cleaning and maintenance of the office & studio.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS/Education a plus:
Microsoft Office proficiency
Wordpress experience (basic level)
Experience working with Apple products
Experience in budgetary planning
Overseeing the development and execution of all educational programs and curriculum, including acting as liaison to the schools.
Ensuring the development of drama-based curriculum plans that are consistent with national and state academic standards. Development of daily lesson plans.
Building assessment tools and ensuring program targets are met. Articulate and document regularly the successes in programs.
Collaborating with other staff members to promote programming to schools, teachers, and professors through direct mail, email, website, social media, brochures, and interviews. Creating posters and fliers in CANVA.
Collaborating with other staff members in development activities.
secure funding for the department and specific education events including delivering presentations, writing program descriptions, histories, and long-range plans
actively seek out granting opportunities and contribute to applications through idea generation and writing with the grant writer
Some in-class teaching will be required.
Clerical duties include filing (hard copy and virtual), photocopying/printing, mailing, errand running, and supporting marketing and development teams with data entry and disseminating information.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Manage teaching artists, supervise professional interns, and direct education program volunteers and interns. This includes onboarding meetings and orientation trainings for new staff.
ABOUT SPARC THEATER:
SPARC Theater, formerly Livermore Shakespeare Festival, is committed to creating community through the production of high-quality theatrical experiences.
So Wise So Young is an in-school literacy program for K-12 students which enhances the current English/Language Arts curriculum. The program focuses on increasing language skills, comprehending key details in a text, improving the expression of ideas through drama, writing, and reading, developing imagination, and relating key themes in Shakespeare’s work to their own lives.
Plant Thine Honor is SPARC’s new 7th-grade program that explores Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well through the lens of the district-wide mandated Choose Love social-emotional curriculum. The activities in each lesson will revolve around the four pillars of the Choose Love curriculum: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. Students apply the coping tools learned in Choose Love to their personal lives making them more empathetic individuals with greater control of their emotions and impulses.
In addition, SPARC produces half-day high school workshops, college master classes, and after-school/summer camp theater programs entitled Some Have Greatness for grades 3rd-5th.
High School Interns gain work experience in professional theater assisting with set & stage load in and strike, in crew positions, as production assistants in rehearsal, and assisting with some marketing such as handing out flyers at Farmer’s Market or putting up posters downtown.
Apprentices commit to 30-50 hours a week with the outdoor Shakespeare in the Vineyard. Acting Apprentices perform in the “library show” that tours libraries and fairs, understudy, may perform or fill crew positions in one or both shows, and assist in other areas such as production including setting up for rehearsals and with promotional events.
SPARC Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.