Lookingglass Theatre Company (LTC)’s Director of Education is a department level position responsible for the creative and administrative leadership of education programs for young people. These Education programs are housed within LTC’s Department of Curiosity, alongside LTC’s Community Engagement programs which are separately led by LTC’s Director of Community Engagement.
Curiosity is a driving impulse behind Lookingglass’ work on stage and in our community. Guided by the Company’s mission to make theatre “exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all,” Lookingglass’ Curiosity Department cultivates creativity, expands access, and transforms classrooms and communities across the city we call home.
The cessation of many activities as a result of the pandemic has provided an opportunity to examine past practice. While we have scaled back our activities, we are committed to fulfilling our current obligations focusing on virtual residencies, Young Ensemble, and summer activities. This is also a rich moment to reimagine Lookingglass’ work in service of Chicago’s youth as we develop programming plans for the future.
· Please note that due to pandemic-related cutbacks, the Director of Education is currently the sole full-time staff member working in the education department. As the situation improves, the plan is to increase the education staffing and resources which would impact the distribution, prioritization, and oversight of responsibilities listed below. This implementation would be scaled and enacted in conversation with the Executive and Artistic Directors.
· Provide strategic leadership, vision, design, and direction for the continued development and operations of LTC education programs.
· Manage and implement all related administrative aspects of education programming, including scheduling, budget tracking and projections (income/expense), contracts, facilities coordination, payroll approval, and marketing.
· Develop and maintain Lookingglass-specific curricula in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
· Design, administer, and analyze assessment measures of the efficacy and impact of programming.
· Hire and supervise full and part-time education staff, teachers, and teaching artists as the education program is able to scale up post-pandemic.
· Participate in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice. Lookingglass recognizes that we have much to do as we work towards being anti-racist and being a more equitable institution. This work, by the Board, Ensemble, and staff, is ongoing and is publicly reflected here: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Lookingglass Theatre Company. (https://lookingglasstheatre.org/aeistatement/)
· Stay up-to-date on policy shifts locally and state-wide with regards to education standards and arts education practices, and COVID–related classroom mitigation protocols.
· Collaborate with Director of Community Engagement to align programs and priorities within the Department of Curiosity.
· Partner with the Director of Community Engagement and the co-chairs of the Board Curiosity committee to increase awareness of and build advocacy and support for Curiosity programming
· Work together with LTC Development team in raising funds in support of LTC and educational programming.
· Build connections between the Department of Curiosity, key stakeholders, and work closely with other members of the senior staff to achieve the overall goals of LTC.
· Represent LTC in the community and participate in regional education initiatives.
· Ensure that the Education environment is safe, humane, respectful, inclusive, and appropriate.
· Genuine passion for and knowledge of arts education and strong belief that everyone has the right to and capacity for creativity and artistic expression.
· Appreciation and understanding of LTC’s mission and aesthetic. Ability to articulate the vision, goals, and impact of the Education programming with stakeholders.
Experience of and enthusiasm for building programs and solving problems with creativity.
Ability to access both administrative and artistic skillsets in executing work.
Strong organizational skills and 360 degree collaboration, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
Comfort navigating large bureaucratic systems, such as Chicago Public Schools.
· Experience working in multiracial and multicultural environments. Understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and practices, application of these principles in a classroom setting, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
· Demonstrated ability to build relationships with key community partners.
Ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary. Some programs, such as Young Ensemble, occur outside of the traditional school day, though the programmatic schedule can be built by, and at the discretion of, the Director of Education.
Once in-person learning is permitted, travel to residency locations will be necessary.
· Ability to pass a background check in compliance with local and/or federal employment laws.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter/ expression of interest, resume, and three references to email@example.com with the subject of “Director of Education.”
• Health Insurance (choice of PPO or HMO; Organization covers the cost of 95% of the HMO plan. If PPO plan is elected, staff member pays the difference between the PPO plan and 95% of the HMO plan. This is reevaluated annually in June with the adoption of the health plan).
• Vision & Rx plan;
• 12 paid holidays (including Juneteenth and Election Day);
• Vacation, Personal, Sick and floating holidays, including birthday.
*Please note that at the beginning of the pandemic, all Lookingglass department heads and senior leadership took salary reductions. It is the intention that these salaries will be restored, but the timeline for that is unclear as the timeline for restoration to normal operations is ever changing. The listed rate reflects the pandemic-related reduction
Email submissions only. LTC will contact candidates of interest after January 4, 2021. Anticipated start date is February 1, 2021.
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