Curriculum and Instruction Manager
McCarter Theatre Center, located on the campus of Princeton University, is one of the nation’s most active cultural centers. Under the artistic leadership of award-winning playwright and director Emily Mann, McCarter produces a vibrant six-play Theater Series each season. McCarter is a major presenter of the performing arts, bringing the best artists from around the world to Central New Jersey, including Dianne Reeves, Esparanza Spalding, Andy Borowitz, and many more. McCarter is committed to engaging, educating and cultivating a broad range of audiences, making the arts accessible to all people, and presenting a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking programming across disciplines. Our educational programs include after school, in-school, student matinee, creative aging, community partnership, and audience engagement programs. With a dual emphasis on artistry and social-emotional skills, McCarter is deeply invested in the ways that theater education can enrich personal growth.
The Curriculum and Instruction Manager is the primary supervisor for curriculum design, implementation, and assessment of McCarter’s After School and Summer Camp programs, as well as select in-school residencies and community projects.
Principal Job Responsibilities:
• Works to ensure the artistic and educational integrity of classes and programs. Offers pedagogical support and management of teaching artists by offering mentorship and guidance as they plan, implement, assess, and refine their curricula. Designs essential course content (including script/material selection, learning goals, and program summary) for After School, Summer Camps, and select in-school residencies; works directly with teaching artists to offer support and feedback on daily lesson plans.
• Supervises the Education Associate on communication with After School/Sumer Camp families, Class administration, and annual teaching artist retreat. Oversees the work of the Education Associate and Education Apprentice to ensure that teaching artists are supported with the resources, supplies, technology, and space needed for their educational work.
• Holds primary responsibility for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and professional development for teaching artists across a variety of educational programs. Oversees content for annual teaching artist professional development retreat and summer camp staff orientation. Investigates and implements models for further teaching artist professional development when possible.
• Collaborates with the Education Projects Manager to design the rehearsal and performance schedule for After School Classes and Summer Camps.
• Supervises the Education Apprentice by offering mentorship, overseeing their schedule of responsibilities, providing guidance on tasks such as student matinee coordination and online educators’ guides, assigning office support tasks, and advocating for their educational growth and opportunity within the theatre. May offer guidance to other apprentices on projects related to pedagogy and instruction.
• Coordinates education department presence whenever an after school class is in session. The Curriculum and Instruction Manager may work a non-traditional schedule to accommodate this requirement, and is responsible for adjusting and communicating their work day as needed.
• Collaborates with producing, and engagement staff to design and facilitate select community programs and partnerships, including the Community Ensemble auditions and Lobby experience for our annual production of A Christmas Carol. As schedule and workload allows, the Curriculum and Instruction manager may assist the Artistic Engagement Manager in planning and/or executing audience engagement events meant to deepen the experience of work on our stages for McCarter audiences.
• Supervises the creation and implementation of assessment models for all education projects and programs. Oversees collection and aggregation of student reflection surveys and other program feedback/assessment tools.
• Offers support and information to the Education Administrator in their tracking and maintenance of income and expenses as needed.
• Collaborates with theatre staff on marketing and fundraising efforts for all education programs.
In addition to the duties listed above, McCarter expects the following of each employee: adheres to McCarter’s policies and procedures outlined in the McCarter Employee Handbook; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about departmental issues; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; participates in McCarter events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Requirements:
• 5 or more years’ experience with educational theatre programs as a teaching artist and/or administrator.
• Background in education (including class facilitation, lesson planning, arts integration, and implementation of core curriculum standards) and theatre (experience as a director, performer, or playwright is preferable).
• Deep knowledge of best practices of pedagogy, educational program administration, and staff management.
• Expertise and extensive practice in curriculum design, development, and assessment.
• Experience working directly with school and community partners including teachers and administrators.
• Ability to lead-teach in a classroom setting as needed.
• At least one (1) year in a supervisory role, managing other teaching artists, and mentoring interns/apprentices and/or staff.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Able to manage multiple deadlines and overlapping projects with efficiency and grace.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook. Familiarity with ArtsVision and/or Tessitura is a plus.
• Able to work a flexible schedule, including nights and occasional weekends.
• Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Final candidates must complete a background check successfully.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid vacation, sick and personal time, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a 403 (b) retirement plan.
Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to email@example.com with “Curriculum and Instruction Manager” in the subject line. Please tell us how you became aware of this opportunity. No phone calls please.