STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY
Manager of School Programs
For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors, stage managers and playwrights. Steppenwolf’s artistic ambitions are made possible by its incredible workforce of individuals, who help create a culture of inclusivity, collaboration and accountability. To that end, we attempt to use an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in our roles and everyday decision-making. Join us in this ongoing process, as we navigate, together, our complex world.
Steppenwolf Education celebrates the learner, maker and appreciator in each of us. We commit to breaking down barriers to ensure access and equity for all. We emphasize rigorous exploration, intentional mentorship and the cultivation of meaningful relationships in our work. We use theater to promote compassion, encourage curiosity and inspire action as we work together towards a more empathetic tomorrow. We work continuously to examine our work through an anti-racist lens, striving to ensure that not only values but actions around inclusion, diversity, equality and access exist in every aspect of our work with young people and beyond.
Steppenwolf Education’s unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. Every season Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) creates two full-scale professional productions specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and surrounding area schools and other community partners, Steppenwolf’s Education department reaches more than 15,000 participants from Chicago’s communities each year, including training burgeoning professionals through its internship, apprenticeship and fellowship programs.
The Manager of School Programs is situated in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Education Department and is responsible for managing the ongoing work of all school-related programs, including training of its teaching artists and classroom teachers and helping the Director of Education shape the growth of the program moving forward, primarily in the area of equity and access. A primary charge of this position is to ensure that more students and teachers across the Chicagoland area are provided valuable resources through Steppenwolf Education while maintaining the rigor and quality of programming Steppenwolf is known for. The Manager of School Programs will serve as a key ambassador of Steppenwolf Education to its many constituencies, including teens, educators, members of the community, as well as staff members and teaching artists.
Please note that this position:
● Reports to the Director of Education
● Requires availability for occasional nights and weekend events and training, etc.
● Will travel to local school and community partner sites
● Will operate under a hybrid work model allowing for flexibility in remote and onsite work (subject to change)
Position Overview: This role is responsible for managing the ongoing work of all school-related programs, including training of its teaching artists and classroom teachers, and helping the Director of Education shape the growth of the program moving forward, primarily in the area of equity and access. A primary charge of this position is to ensure that more students and teachers across the Chicagoland area are provided valuable resources through Steppenwolf Education while maintaining the rigor and quality of programming Steppenwolf is known for. The Manager of School Programs will serve as a key ambassador of Steppenwolf Education to its many constituencies, including teens, educators, members of the community, as well as staff members and teaching artists.
Areas of Responsibility:
Management of In-School Residency Program:
● Responsible for overseeing in-school residency program, including:
○ Bridge program
○ What If program
● Create curriculum for and execute educator teacher training in relation to both Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) shows of the season
● Design and implement lesson plans for use in the classroom
● Create curriculum with partners each once/year around touring production
● Research and develop relationships with new prospective school partners and maintain relationships with school administrators in support of existing classroom partners
Management of teaching artists:
● Hire teaching artists each season
● Evaluate and manage cohort of approximately 15 teaching artists throughout season and through formal check-ins at end of season
● Coordinate and schedule in-school residencies that span hundreds of classroom workshops with 25 classroom teacher partners and teaching artists for two Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) productions and auxiliary programming each season
● Read and respond to teaching artist lesson plans, assessment worksheets and final assessments
Annual assessment of program:
● Communicate with Development department about residency program, in particular vision and values of program
● Develop assessment tools, execution of these tools and documentation about residency program to aid Development in year-end reporting
● Assist Director of Education in key funding proposals and reports
● Attend key funder meetings
Support to other Education Programs:
● Working alongside the facilitator(s) of Teen Programs, provide support for the Young Adult Council, building connections between classroom teachers in the school residency program and youth served by teen programs
● Working alongside the Manager of Education Partnerships, create new pathways for the onboarding of new classroom teachers that come through partnership relationships
● Assist Manager of Education Partnerships in identifying key individuals and organizations whose missions align with Steppenwolf Education
● Supervise department apprentice/fellow each year, including managing the hiring process for these individuals
● Read potential plays and help with season theme language for future Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) programs
Successful candidates will have:
The ideal candidate will possess a proven dedication to the field of arts education and providing equity and access to the arts. They will be excited to execute current programming while also developing a vision for growth and change. They will desire to be part of a highly-collaborative team that works hard but also likes to laugh a lot and always puts the student experience (whoever is defined as a student in that moment) first. The following are required competencies for this position:
● Facilitation: Experience with young folks, students, teachers, school administrators, community members, etc. in a variety of educational settings
● Communication: The ability to communicate transparently and effectively across mediums with an emphasis on interpersonal communication and public speaking.
● Relationship Management: Excellent social skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful and reciprocal internal and external relationships.
● Cultural Competency: A sophisticated understanding of and dedication to a lifelong process of learning about Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Additionally, familiarity and comfort working with trauma-informed practices is desired.
● Project Management: The ability to conceive of both the strategy and operational aspects of a project or program, and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
● Relentless Curiosity: The ability to productively question the status quo and engage in solution oriented, systems-thinking.
● Resource Management: The ability to optimize human and financial resources while keeping within core values and program scope and mission.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Audrey Francis and Glenn Davis are the Artistic Directors and E. Brooke Flanagan is the Executive Director.
For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre, twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr and instagram.com/steppenwolfthtr.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company strives to create thrilling, courageous, and provocative art in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. We succeed when we disrupt your routine with experiences that spark curiosity, empathy and joy. We invite you to join our ensemble as we navigate, together, our complex world.
Steppenwolf Core Values:
Equity + Inclusion
Integrity + Curiosity
Courage + Collaboration
Accountability + Leadership
Salary range: $59,000- $70,800 with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement program.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following the link below.
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.
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