Position Description

Position Description

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

(Beverly Hills, CA)

Title: Director of Education

View Position Brochure Here

ABOUT THE WALLIS:

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind.

Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013. Hailed as “au courant” (LaLa Magazine), The Wallis was lauded by Culture Vulture, which proclaims, “If you love expecting the unexpected in the performing arts, you have to love The Wallis.” Its programming has been nominated for 48 Ovation Awards and seven L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Awards. The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered six architectural awards.

Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali (SPF:architects), the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater; an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances; and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, where learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds abound. Together, these elements embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is led by Chairman of the Board, Michael Nemeroff and Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Fine.

MISSION:

Deeply rooted in our local Beverly Hills community and influenced by cultural change, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a public-private partnership with the City of Beverly Hills, strives to be a site for the convergence of relevant, dynamic performing arts, education and civic life, strengthening our local and global community in our role as a presenter, producer, educator and community resource.

COMMUNITY CONTEXT:

The Wallis is firmly grounded in, and of service to, the dynamic, ever changing, Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles community. As a civic hub, a gathering place for the open exchange of arts, ideas, and interests, our vision for this community actively invites everyone to contribute to the rich arts ecosystem of Southern California. We are also an integral part of the local, national and international arts communities and seek to play a leadership role in the advancement of the performing arts.

Read more about The Wallis’ mission and core values here.

For additional information about The Wallis and its artistic and educational programming,

please visit: www.thewallis.org.

THE OPPORTUNITY:

The Wallis is seeking an inclusive and inspiring leader and arts educator who is passionate about the role of multi-disciplinary performing arts education and arts engagement for people of all ages and experiences, inspired by the opportunity to build upon an excellent reputation while helping to strengthen and grow programs well into the future. This will be only the second person to hold the Director of Education role since The Wallis opened in 2013.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:

Reporting to the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Education provides leadership and oversight of The Wallis’ innovative and mission-critical arts education programs. The Wallis believes everyone deserves to learn and grow through the arts. Thanks to a generous gift from Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family, The Wallis campus includes a multifaceted wing dedicated to sharing the arts with learners of all ages entitled GRoW @ The Wallis. Arts learning is integral to all that is done at The Wallis: connecting audiences with the very best in the performing arts; using the power of the arts to build community and address pressing social issues; and responding to critical needs in the greater community through arts leadership, collaboration and partnership. The Wallis’ GRoW programs serve youth, serious young artists, and older adults in its classrooms and theaters, as well as online. 

A highly visible representative of The Wallis, the Director of Education is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with various constituencies including senior leadership, staff, program participants of all ages, artists, teachers, Board members, donors, volunteers, community leaders, foundations, government, and partner agencies. This individual will exemplify and carry out The Wallis’ core values and strongly held commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at all levels of the organization.

The Director of Education oversees and supports the work of the Manager of Community Engagement and the Education Program Coordinator as well as part-time Artists-in-Residence and Teaching Artists.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

Programmatic & Departmental Leadership

·        Oversee and execute The Wallis’ comprehensive and multi-disciplinary arts education programs, ensuring successful consistent achievement of programmatic strategic goals and objectives that are fully integrated into the organization’s long-term initiatives and strategic plan.

Community Engagement

·        Act as the education department’s lead representative, both internally and externally, and ensure that the mission, vision, and core values of the education programs are consistently and superbly communicated.

·        Form relationships with the Board of Directors, their networks, city officials, community leaders, and other outside groups in an effort to build opportunities for funding, partnerships, and outreach.

·        Actively seek out opportunities for community involvement and serve as an ambassador for The Wallis; prepare and deliver presentations to inform and inspire support.

Team Development

·        Recruit, develop, empower, and motivate exceptional staff and faculty to best support the programmatic and operational goals of the education department.

Planning & Administration

·        While ensuring the achievement of the education department’s programmatic goals and financial objectives, oversee the evaluation systems in place related to these goals and objectives and report progress to the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors, and funders when required.

·        Develop short and long-term plans and budgets for education programs and their activities; monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance of these plans; generate and administer departmental budgets; track budgetary income and expenses.

·        Participate in research and long-range planning for education programs; recommend short and long-term organizational goals and objectives to the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors.

·        Work closely with the executive management team in developing and implementing the following: season planning activities, initiatives, and class curriculum; funding opportunities and outreach for education programs; marketing, branding, and communications of education programs; and other collaborative projects, (including new initiatives, project documentation, program development, future planning and grant compliance).

Thought Leadership

·        Stay informed of developments and best practices in the fields of arts education, community advocacy and public engagement, and nonprofit leadership.

·        Work closely with the Education Committee Chair and members in developing and implementing new education initiatives, programs and support; facilitate and administer the Education Committee.

·        Develop and coordinate means to seek regular input from key constituencies regarding the quality of arts learning programs and services at The Wallis.  

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED:

The Director of Education will be an engaging and transparent leader and a strategic, creative and out-of-the-box thinker who couples imagination with real-world application and the ability to implement and execute. Ideal candidates will have the ability to present, build support for, and inspire others around a vision and core values with enthusiasm and energy. As such, the Director of Education must be an experienced team builder and a compelling convener of people who can serve as a catalyst for mutually valuable relationships throughout the organization and externally. The Director of Education must be an outstanding, clear and persuasive communicator who encourages collaboration, growth, coordination, and integration between and among different interests and disciplines. The ideal candidate will be a natural relationship-builder with executive presence, practiced public speaking skills, and the ability to interact effectively and professionally at all levels. 

As the Director of Education will be responsible for overseeing multiple programs and partnerships simultaneously, ideal candidates will demonstrate aptitude in listening, organizing, structuring, gaining consensus, and moving forward on mission critical goals, objectives, and plans. The successful candidate will likely be a deliberate, yet innovative risk-taker who possesses a sense of urgency and excitement for the work. A strong work ethic and a high degree of responsiveness, flexibility, integrity, creativity, sense of humor and emotional intelligence will be highly valued. An inclusive leadership style that exemplifies collaboration, trust, and open, transparent communication between all stakeholders will be important. Above all, this individual must be deeply passionate about multi-disciplinary performing arts education and engagement and its ability to impact lives and communities.

CAREER PATH LEADING TO THIS POSITION:

Leading candidates will have experience that demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, design, plan, implement, administer and evaluate diverse and wide-reaching educational programs through the performing arts. Although the successful candidate will most likely have leadership experience in multi-disciplinary arts education or other educational enterprises within a performing arts or cultural institution, it is also possible that the individual could come from another career background and demonstrate an acumen in contemporary educational methods and philosophies, knowledge of creative program design and possess a compelling passion for arts education. A proven ability to manage people, programs and budgets is essential and expected. Exceptional communication skills, including public speaking and writing skills, and success in forming strong community partnerships are essential and expected. The successful candidate will articulate a strong commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access; will demonstrate a high level of cultural responsiveness, effectively incorporating DEIA into all aspects of their work; and will work productively across lines of difference. 

COMPENSATION:

The salary range is $125,000 to $150,000 annually. This is a full-time position with 100% paid medical benefits, including dental, vision and life insurance ($25,000) for the employee, paid vacation, personal and sick days, 401k and paid parking. Complimentary tickets are occasionally available for performances and events at The Wallis.  

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is committed to diversity and encourages applicants of any age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or gender.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

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