Director of Education

Director of Education
269 Sunset Park Drive
Job Overview

Position: Director of Education
Organization: NextStop Theatre Company
Location: Herndon, Virginia
Employment Type: Part Time (50%)
Compensation: Annual
Compensation Amount: $22,000-28,000
Application Deadline: Open until filled

NextStop Theatre Company is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Director of Education to serve in a part-time capacity to oversee the theater’s education initiatives. The Director of Education will be responsible for overseeing all existing youth and education programs, as well as having the opportunity to develop new programs. The ideal candidate will have a deep love and appreciation for the theater, excellent communication skills, and a proven track record of success in arts education.

NextStop Theatre is deeply committed to the never-finished work of making our organization one that is fully rooted in equity, diversity, access, and inclusion. Black, indigenous, people of color, queer, and trans individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Furthermore, we encourage all candidates who feel that they could be successful in the position, regardless of whether they meet the exact experience and skills listed, to apply. We welcome the opportunity to have a discussion with you about how you envision bringing value to our organization through this position.

While our qualifications are preferred and not required, we encourage you to apply if you feel this is a job in which you can succeed. We are looking for a team member who is skilled, but also someone who is eager and able to learn. We encourage you to tell us both about where your greatest strengths lie and the areas where you are interested in growing.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
Manage all existing educational programs, including the Summer Theater Adventures program, For-Kids-By-Kids productions, and after school residencies.
Develop and manage new programs, which may include Winter and Spring Break camps, day camps (teacher work days/student holidays), adult training classes, as well as other new opportunities as they arise
Find, hire, and manage all necessary teaching artists.
Collaborate with the Producing Artistic Director and Executive Director, as well as the Directors of Marketing and Development on the intersection of all company programs and activities.
Monitor and analyze the impact and effectiveness of educational program campaigns, using data to inform future strategies.
Collaborate with community partners and sponsors to promote the theater and education programs.
Develop and manage the education budget, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in arts education teaching and management.
Strong interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
Strong project management and organizational skills.
Ability to multi-task under pressure and prioritize multiple activities within a short timeframe.
Experience in development of teaching curriculums.
A strong understanding of the arts and entertainment industry is a plus.

Working Conditions:
Part-time hourly position working at various theater locations and remotely. This position is 50% of a full time role, approximately 80 hours per month. Weekly hours may vary based on production schedule and timelines. Employees are paid monthly.

NextStop is unable to provide health or pension benefits at this time.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their interest via whatever medium they are most comfortable expressing themselves (email, formal letter, video, etc.) and share any materials they feel best represent their work/experience. Submissions may be sent (Attention: Director of Education Application) through any of the following methods:

Direct Mail: PO Box 5006, Herndon, VA 20172
In Person: NextStop Theatre Backstage, 267 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20170. (mailbox adjacent to door)

Position will be posted until filled.

About NextStop Theatre Company:

NextStop Theatre Company, located in Herndon, Virginia, is one of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area’s fastest growing professional theater companies and the only regional theater dedicated to serving Northern Virginia’s Dulles Corridor. Building on a 25-year history as a community theater, NextStop began creating professional productions in 2013. Over the past ten years, NextStop has produced over eighty productions, built a vibrant arts education program, and served tens of thousands of local patrons and students. NextStop has now effectively emerged from the devastation caused by the pandemic and is poised for exciting opportunities to both build on our past successes and imagine brand new paths.. Over the coming years, NextStop is committed to strengthening and expanding the organization as the premiere destination for local theater in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun County.

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