Following a phase of rapid growth in recent years, MCC Theater seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Public Engagement & Education to lead organizational initiatives that will ensure robust community and student engagement with MCC’s productions and programs.
The ideal candidate will bring the ambition and proven track-record to develop and execute public engagement and education programming, while always strengthening the connection between a diverse constituency of students, educators, audiences, and the MCC Theater mission. This role requires a collaborative relationship-builder, a consummate advocate for youth development, and an ability to sustain and eventually grow our vision for sustained access to the arts for all the communities we serve.
The recent opening of its new home at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space gives MCC and the new Director of Public Engagement & Education an unprecedented opportunity to expand and enrich public engagement and education programming in a centralized location housing all of the theater’s activities and their participants. The Director of Public Engagement & Education is a member of MCC’s senior leadership team, reports directly to the Executive Director, and works closely with MCC’s three Artistic Directors. The role has one full-time direct report (Education Programs Coordinator), as well as a part-time fellow and a team of eight teaching artists, and coordinates the external relationships with New York City public schools and a number of cultural institutions and social service organizations.
MCC Theater is the award-winning off-Broadway company that has recently produced School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play, BLKS, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Hand to God, Alice By Heart, among many others over its 30+ years. MCC Theater recently opened and began producing in The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space on 52nd Street in January of 2019, featuring two state-of-the-art theaters, The Newman Mills Theater (245 seats) and The Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater (100+ seats, flexible configuration). MCC has an annual operating budget of $7-8 million, with more than 40% of its annual income coming from single ticket and subscription sales, and welcomes an annual audience of 75,000 through a mixture of performance and public engagement and education programs.
The Director of Public Engagement & Education will direct all community partnerships and engagement activities and MCC’s extensive education programming. In addition to leading strategy development and execution with the department, this position will ensure a consistent mission-driven focus on all engagement activities and education programs and galvanize collaborative participation of all departments toward this goal.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Safeguard and execute vision and goals for MCC’s robust education and public engagement programming, coming out of a recent strategic planning process
- Collaborate with artistic and executive directors to set annual goals and facilitate achievement of those goals
- Oversee team of teaching artists across all programs; hire and train new teaching artists; foster a community/team spirit
- Produce all culminating Youth Company productions, including UNCENSORED in the spring and FreshPlay in the summer (including hiring the creative teams and artists, booking space, creating and overseeing the calendars, and communicating with all parties)
- Provide and execute group show-going opportunities for Youth Company
- Oversee the Student Matinee program – from setting the calendar, recruiting school partners and student audiences, creating study guides, conducting post-show conversations and coordinating appropriate classroom visits
- Create, oversee, and co-facilitate MCC’s Ambassador leadership programming including planning, scheduling sessions and field trips/outings
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & AUDIENCE CULTIVATION:
- Facilitate and maintain productive relationships with community organizations and peer theaters to share resources, engage in dialogue, support the cultivation of new audiences, and create sustainable partnerships
- Collaborate with Marketing and Artistic departments on the development and execution of audience cultivation events, engaging with populations across the city to come to MCC for the first time and to keep returning
- Maintain relationships with Youth Company alumni for a robust network, particularly those pursuing careers in theater, and maximizing opportunities for them to develop their work with support from MCC
LET’S TALK SERIES:
- Oversee and expand MCC’s talkback program (which includes talkbacks with artists, Audience Conversations, expert panels) in collaboration with the artistic department and aligned with institutional and audience development goals
- Launch programming for panel and forum conversations to take place with various communities in connection to mainstage work/themes and current events
- Facilitate and seek out/train facilitators for Audience Conversations and moderated artist talkbacks
- Lead, supervise and contribute to the professional development of one full time coordinator, one part time administrative fellow, two-three interns, and teaching artist/talkback team of approximately ten people
- Oversee all departmental budgets; from development of seasonal budget in collaboration with General Manager to execution
- Collaborate with development department to steward program-specific donor relationships, including the collaborative creation of proposals for institutional funders
- Develop and maintain relationships with Board of Directors and make meeting presentations as needed
- Be a contributing member of the senior leadership team helping to set and implement strategic plans and maintain a collegial and constructive work environment
The ideal candidate will be a confident, strategic, and creative thinker with 4-5 years of arts education experience (theater strongly preferred). This should include at least 2 years of experience managing direct-reports, and/or teaching artists and consultants, and experience with the NYC DOE application and administrative processes. This individual will bring an understanding of not-for-profit structure, an ability to build internal and external stakeholder relationships to support and advocate for education and public engagement initiatives, and possess strong leadership skills and capability. Excellent writing/communication skills are required.
Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and generous paid time off. Salary range: $65,000-$75,000, based on experience.
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org with EDU SEARCH in the subject line. Cover letter should include relevant experience, how you became aware of the position, and any direct experience you have had with MCC Theater and its productions and education programs. No phone calls please.
MCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.