Education and Community Engagement Director

About this job

The Education & Community Engagement Director is a dynamic, creative, community connector responsible for the overall leadership, management, coordination and facilitation of the Appell Center’s education and community outreach initiatives. Those initiatives were set forth in 2020 via a multi-year Education and Community Engagement Strategic Plan and further focused during a Community Listening project in 2022. The Director will be responsible for implementing that plan while also having the opportunity to inform and redirect the plan for maximum impact. The Director will serve as a member of the Appell Center’s Senior Management team.

Your responsibilities

• Implement the multi-year Education & Community Engagement plan which includes four key goal areas:

o Engaging every York County student during their K-12 education experience by expanding the school matinee program, developing in-school residencies, offering high school career days and advancing the Appell Center as a venue for students to perform and share their work at performing arts festivals.

o Creating enrichment programs open to the public that will include establishing affinity groups, planning pre- and post-show audience engagement opportunities, producing adult classes and managing a public facility tour program.

o Spearheading initiatives that intentionally intersect the arts and our diverse community through free events in public spaces outside of our facility, sensory-friendly programs and quarterly listening sessions to address topics aimed to engage the broader community.

o Fostering sustainable community partnerships by opening our doors and inviting in new partners, expanding the Community ConnecTix ticket outreach program to additional local non-profits, serving as host for local organizations to drive diverse content.

• Maintain existing and build new relationships with community stakeholders and develop programming to serve new guests.
• Recruit, retain and train teaching artist roster.
• Manage department and program budgets, delivering programs within budget and seeking opportunities for revenue generation.
• Serve as a staff member on the Partnership Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee. Lead and implement Committee initiatives and recruit community members to serve.
• Other tasks as assigned.

Job requirements

Critical Success Factors

The critical success factors listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job functions.

• An appreciation for the performing arts and the opportunities the arts provide to bring community together and leverage educational benefits.
• Experience conceiving and implementing educational and enrichment programs, preferably with performing arts disciplines.
• Proven ability to network with community resources, build relationships and create community partnerships
• Ability and desire to assess needs and opportunities, create programs that meet those needs and lead implementation.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; demonstrates sensitivity and tact in interpersonal relations.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including well-developed public speaking skills.
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as required.
• Ability to multi-task and manage a large number and variety of projects concurrently.

Behavioral characteristics of successful candidates will include:

• Initiative
• Problem-solver
• Effective communicator (internally and externally)
• Creative thinker
• Business-minded
• Detail-oriented
• Professional
• Collaborator

Education and Experience

• Minimum 5 years’ experience in a related position.
• University degree in a related field of study considered an asset, though an equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
• Experience building relationships and engaging a diverse set of communities and stakeholders, preferably in York County, PA.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, climb or balance. The employee is often required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and will occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Excellent hearing is essential.

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 job functions.

The activity level varies daily depending on a wide variety of circumstance many of which are out of the control of the employer or employee.

Office hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Director will be expected to be present at meetings, events and shows that occur outside of normal office hours.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be quite noisy.

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