Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a
Director of Education & Community Engagement
Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is a classically-based professional ballet company, established in 1989, in Portland, Oregon. The company performs an annual season of programs at the Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre while participating in many community events as well as regional and national touring.
OBT has grown from being a respected regional company to one of national significance as evidenced by the invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2008, the “Ballet across America” series in 2013, Wolf Trap in 2014, and Ballet West Choreographic Festival in 2017.
In addition to the performing company, The Oregon Ballet Theatre School is recognized as one of the premiere ballet schools in the country. OBT’s mission also includes a far reaching dance education and outreach program throughout Portland and Oregon.
OBT is supported by an annual budget of more than $8 million. For more information (including a full job description) and recent news about OBT, visit our website:www.obt.org
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Director of Education & Community Engagement is directly responsible for: the overall administration and implementation of OBT’s community focused, dance based, educational programs; training and supervision of a staff of dance teaching artists; and advocacy and collaboration with the greater Portland arts education community. Education & Community Engagement (E & CE) programming occurs locally and regionally at Pre-K-12 schools and theaters, at OBT studios, and in counties across the state. Programs include, but are not limited to: ballet and creative movement residencies during the school day as well as after school, school day performances in theaters for student groups that include the creation of educationally aligned resource media and materials, and multi-media lectures or behind the scenes tours for all ages.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to impart knowledge about dance to a wide range of people in multiple settings; a high degree of knowledge in classroom management; be a flexible multi-tasker, skillful communicator, dependable self-starter; and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, and QuickBooks. A full job description can be obtained on the OBT website.
- Hold in mind and action the mission of Oregon Ballet Theatre–to Share Inspire and Connect.
- Hold in mind and action the mission of OBT’s E & CE work –to engage people of all ages to do, think, and wonder about dance, especially ballet.
- Develop and oversee OBT dance residency programs. Current programs include: In School Residencies, Workshops, OBT L.A.B., and Dance Matters; OBT After School; and Far Reach.
- Develop and oversee all aspects of the 4 show Student performance Series; school group registration, invoicing, content development with Artistic and Production departments, and production of a Study Guide resource for schools.
- Oversee all educational studio tours for school groups and greater community.
- Oversee pre-performance presentations and the donor lecture series; Performance Perspectives and Invitational Studio Rehearsals respectively.
- Attend OBT staff and Board of Trustees meetings.
- Integrate E & CE programs with all other OBT departments
- Promote and support E & CE by collaborating with OBT’s grants procurement process and other fundraising efforts.
- Develop and oversee the annual E & CE Budget in connection with the OBT’s Finance dept.
- Bachelor’s degree in Dance, Liberal Arts or related field or Professional experience equivalent
- A high level of dance training
- A seasoned understanding of the workings of a dance company
- Demonstrated experience as a teaching artist of dance either as a studio dance teacher or as a school instructor
- Demonstrated experience in administration