Director of Education and Engagement, Penn Live Arts

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Director of Education and Engagement, Penn Live Arts

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Posted Job Title
Director of Education and Engagement, Penn Live Arts

Job Profile Title
Director A

Job Description Summary
Reporting directly to the Penn Live Arts (PLA) Executive & Artistic Director, this individual provides strategic leadership, program direction, and operational oversight for PLA's education and engagement activities and will build the initial scope and plan for PLA's new student career support initiative. The Director of Education and Engagement oversees PLA's inclusive community outreach, K-12 education, and engagement efforts, and directs the Assistant Director of Education & Engagement in work focused on Penn curricular integration, community school outreach, and children's & family programming. Youth and student-facing programs include the PLA Director's Student Advisory Council, Student Discovery series, Philadelphia Children's Festival, and our free or low-cost educational events, serving 10,000 youth annually.

The Director of Education and Engagement will initially focus on building the career support initiative to create the first cohort of Penn student internships in 2022-2023. This program will then expand to future funding awards, and the Director will develop a five-year program plan for gradually expanding student career support in the fields of arts, culture, and entertainment. This individual will also focus on collaborating to define program objectives in support of K-12 education and community engagement. In addition, the Director will develop plans for furthering University-based engagement programs that support arts curriculum in-line with PLA's artist residencies and visiting artist programs. These programs represent PLA's efforts to further engage with the university while also maintaining inclusive community connection and positioning PLA for deeper impact on and off campus. Intrinsic to PLA's education and engagement efforts is broad inclusivity and support of dynamic programs that engage the Penn community and Philadelphians from all backgrounds. Program development will focus on further engagement with our West Philadelphia community and will support first-generation and a diverse student body interested in developing careers in the arts, culture, and entertainment fields.

Job Description


More specifically, the Director of Education and Engagement will:
  • Build on the initial research and discovery to develop and implement a multi-year program plan for student career support encompassing internship funding, funding awards, an apprenticeship program for college-level students and an eventual PLA fellowship program in arts, culture, and entertainment.
  • As part of PLA's next institutional strategic plan, develop an overall education and engagement approach, leveraging PLA's long history of working with West Philadelphia's constituents and commitment to performance programming for youth in the wider metropolitan region.
  • Oversee implementation of student programs and the annual implementation of the Philadelphia Children's Festival and youth and family programming. Achieve annual student engagement targets both at Penn and within the wider community.
  • Direct the annual program of PLA Insights events including pre/post-show discussions, masterclasses, talks, and workshops in conjunction with performance programming.
  • Create, manage, and help implement curricular-support programs with PLA artist residencies and Penn's academic units.
  • Build partnerships at Penn and in the Philadelphia community, bringing a deeply collaborative and positive attitude to PLA's stakeholder and constituent relationships.
  • Manage one full-time staff member, student interns, and work-study team members while building the initial department budget and annual work plans.
  • Manage departmental budget, expense forecasting, and reporting while working closely with the Development department on funding opportunities.
  • Work closely with production and operations staff to develop project scoping and implementation plans for all educational events including budgeting and appropriate staffing.
  • Provide guidance and expertise on best practices in arts education program development and implementation.


Bachelor's Degree, with a concentration in performing arts and/or extensive experience in performing arts and education/community program development. 5-7 years of demonstrated experience in administering an arts education program, cultural/community development program, or student services work in the context of a performing arts or other arts organization. Proven experience in successfully working with communities of culturally and artistically diverse backgrounds. Experience in and knowledge of the Higher Education system; proven experience in working with faculty, students, and administrators in developing projects and programs. Experience in production of on-stage events and artist logistics, planning and support. Experience in supervising staff, interns, and volunteers. Excellent communications and digital technology skills including writing and editing skills. Project oriented with the ability to multi-task and manage complex projects and multiple stakeholders. Ability to work weekend and evening hours, and to travel as needed . An advocate for the performing arts and arts education, with a demonstrated passion for and knowledge of a broad range of performing arts practice across genres. A collaborator, team player, and enthusiastic partner in advancing an ambitious arts agenda for multiple stakeholders.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$70-75K commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Penn Live Arts

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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