Position available: Director of Education

After two years, countless classes, several weeks of camp and untold behind-the-scenes hours, our wonderful Director of Education is stepping down. Her departure from this position does not mark a departure from White Pines and Bright Invention, however. "I'm leaving to pursue more opportunities as a performer, and so I can't give this job the full-time attention it needs," Katherine says, "but I will remain a part of Bright Invention and who knows? Maybe I'll teach a class now and then!" Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd adds "It has been a real pleasure to work with Katherine, and she has had a lasting impact on the educational programs offered by White Pines. I'm sad to see her go, but glad she will still be a part of the White Pines family, and can help with the transition to an exciting new employee!" 

So here is our job description:

White Pines Productions seeks a Director of Education to start in the fall of 2016. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented administrator and teaching artist to join in the development of one of Philadelphia's most innovative arts organizations.

ABOUT WHITE PINES

White Pines Productions, Inc. is dedicated to transforming people's lives through performance creativity. We do this by nurturing the citizen artist, who is committed to using his/her creative gifts in service to communities. Students are encouraged to take risks and meet challenges in the safe environment our teaching artists create. Classes and camps are held at the White Pines Place located in Elkins Park.

White Pines is a community-based performing arts organization, innovating around the life of the citizen artist. Our goal is to prove a value proposition: that artistic creativity is essential to the human spirit. We prove this through a diverse program stream, including studio classes, work with people with special needs, the elderly, and marginalized populations. At our center is our ensemble of improvisers Bright Invention. They allow us to be nimble, adaptive and opportunistic, as we transform lives anytime, anywhere.

White Pines: Dynamic Creativity, Growing Communities, Lasting Relationships.

WPP EDUCATION PROGRAMMING

  • Fall, Winter, Spring semesters of 6-8 week classes
  • 8 weeks of Summer Camp
  • Day of Play, Winter Break, Spring Break workshops when school districts are closed
  • Pinecone Rumpus Series: student celebration and donor develoment
  • Story Toys - improvisation for young audiences
  • Work with ensemble members of Bright Invention

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Develop and implement classes, camps, and workshops at the White Pines Place
  • Grow enrollment numbers for all classes and camps and meet enrollment goals set by Executive Director
  • Have an interest in bringing creativity to marginalized populations, for example: those with disabilities, the elderly, the economically disadvantaged.
  • Attend all staff and board meetings of White Pines Productions, and assist in the preparation of those meetings.
  • Manage staff of Bright Invention teaching artists and guest teachers
  • Issue contracts to teaching artists
  • Maintain records of teaching artists and volunteer PA and federal clearances
  • Update WPP website with class information and special events, create MailChimp e-blasts, advertise and promote educational work on social media
  • Learn our CRM software OvationTix to build classes, enroll students and create reports, maintain database on students and families
  • Build and nurture lasting relationships with WPP families
  • Be familiar with the work of Bright Invention: the White Pines Ensemble and the improvisation they practice and perform. Director of Education will have the option of joining the ensemble by invitation from the Executive Director if they desire after 3 months of employment.
  • Develop and schedule opportunities for Story Toys to be performed at local and regional schools and organizations
  • Teach 1-2 classes/semester and a week of summer camp
  • Run and schedule staff for the “Day of Play” series, our school holiday drop-in program
  • Act as an ambassador for White Pines and its mission through all our educational programs and events

POSITION DETAILS:

  • Full-time (40 hours per week) salaried position. The Director of Education is expected to be on site in Elkins Park between eight to ten hours per week, depending on teaching and event schedule. Most administrative work can be done from home.
  • Competitive salary based on experience and ability to commit to position over time - seeking a three-year commitment
  • Benefits not included
  • Reviewed twice per year by Executive Director.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • College Graduate with experience in nonprofit administration and the arts.
  • We are looking for a teaching artist or educator with enthusiasm for and skill in administration.
  • Skill with online tools, Microsoft Word and Excel, and social media.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.  
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for the mission of White Pines, and participation in or familiarity with the improvisational work of Bright Invention.

Candidates should submit cover letter and resume to education.wpp@gmail.com

Selected candidates will be interviewed in early September.