Waterwell, a civic-minded theater and education company seeks an Education Associate to join the Waterwell Drama Program, the company’s growing arts education wing.
Founded in 2002, Waterwell is a non-profit, civic-minded theater and education company. Waterwell strives to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression, and responsive to the individuals attending each performance. Through entertainment and arts education, Waterwell hopes to inspire audiences and students to change their lives and the world in which they live.
Waterwell believes strongly in the power of the arts in youth development as a way to achieve its mission of inspiration and change. Since 2010, the company’s robust educational arm, the Waterwell Drama Program (WDP), has delivered top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students each year through a partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Partnerships with Manhattan Youth, the New School, and others provide rich, civically-engaged art-making experiences to dozens of additional students each year. WDP programs are for students in middle school, high school and college.
Waterwell is committed to providing a radically inclusive community of mutual respect where anti-racist and anti-oppresion principles guide our decision-making, and we are working through a process of evaluating and aligning our institutional practices with those goals. We believe that having a staff comprised of artists, teaching artists, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences is essential to fulfilling our mission. Equal employment opportunities are available to all. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national social or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, age, physical mental or sensory disability, veteran status, and family or parental status.
The Education Associate will work directly under the Director of Education to assist in running all aspects (in-school curriculum & after-school programming) of the Waterwell Drama Program (WDP) at the Professional Performing Arts School and other partner schools. As WDP grows, the goal is for this position to grow as well into the day-to-day manager of many of the current programs. The ideal candidate should possess a passion for arts education and a belief in the power of civic-minded theater and art.
- Assist the Director of Education in building the programmatic core of the WDP program, including developing and implement curriculum and hiring faculty.
- Oversee the day-to-day operation of the PPAS program, including, but not limited to, attendance, grade books, teacher coverage, and classroom supplies.
- Serve as point person for all communication between students, parents and faculty.
- Assist Director of Education in Season Planning for all Middle School & High School shows, as well of hiring of guest artists.
- Serve as Line Producer for After-School productions at PPAS and at Manhattan Youth partner schools.
- Serve as point person for communication around after school productions, including between partner schools, production teams, students, and parents.
Management of Studio Space
- Work with the PPAS Director of Production/Community Coordinator to oversee and manage classroom, rehearsal and performance spaces for all WDP programs
- Assist the Director of Education in student recruitment and planning of audition processes and new-student orientations
- Oversee the implementation of High School and Middle School auditions and callbacks for the WDP program at PPAS
Miscellaneous Programmatic Assistance
- Create and collaborate on WDP communications, including via website, e-newsletter, and social media
- Assist with grant research and writing
- For the right candidate, this position may include opportunities to teach and/or direct in the WDP program, depending on experience and interest.
JOB TYPE: Full time, 40+ hours/week, including occasional nights and weekends.
Experience & Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in the field;
- Experience working with young people, ideally in a theatrical setting;
- A self-starter with a track record of working independently and taking initiative;
- Proficiency in scheduling, data management, theatrical producing, and ability to multitask;
- Strong communication and writing skills;
- Must thrive in a collaborative small-office environment and be willing to complete a wide-range of tasks;
- Dedication to the performing arts as a means of personal and social change, a passion for Waterwell’s distinctly populist vision and values, and a desire to build on its culture of inclusiveness;
- High energy, positive attitude, assertiveness, creativity, humor and patience;
Salary of $40,000/year with paid time off and reimbursement for medical/vision/dental insurance premiums.
TARGET START DATE: August 15th
Please send your resume, cover letter, and contacts for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Education Associate” in the subject line.
Please be sure to submit all materials no later than Wednesday, July 10th.