Director, Curriculum and Administration

Washington, DC
Aug 08, 2019
Aug 26, 2019
Full Time
About the Organization:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ("The Kennedy Center") is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

The Kennedy Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, is located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages.

Job Description:

Under the supervision and leadership of the Director, School and Community Programs, the Director, Curriculum and Administration, will provide operational leadership and collaborative oversight of the 18-member team that designs, facilitates, delivers, and evaluates local and national arts education programs in collaboration with schools and community based organizations. Programs include DC School and Community Initiatives, Changing Education through the Arts, Any Given Child, Partners in Education, and Turnaround Arts. Directs Partners in Education Program. Serves as proxy for Director, School and Community Programs, upon request to serve as liaison for arts education policy nationally and present at local and national conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities:

25% Serves as operational co-leader of the School and Community Programs cluster which includes DC School and Community Initiatives, Partners in Education, Any Given Child, Changing Education Through the Arts, and Turnaround Arts. Responsibilities include operational oversight of School and Community Programs operations, strategic planning monitoring, staff supervision and hiring, and budget co-development and monitoring. Negotiates presenter, consultant and vendor contracts.

25% Plans, directs and supervises the Effective Instruction and Practice team, including supervision of staff who support local school partnerships, professional learning and the Teaching Artist Strategy.

15% Plans, directs and supervises Partners in Education, including supervision of the Coordinator, National Partnerships whose primary responsibility is Partners in Education.

15% Collaborates across Education Division clusters, serving on project-based teams to co-lead Kennedy Center programming that integrates curricular design, K12 pedagogies, and artist/educator-led practices (e.g. Moonshot Studio curriculum design).

5% Supervises School and Community Programs interns.

5% Serves as a liaison and occasional presenter for other national organization partners, representing the Kennedy Center. Serves as advisor to the Director, School and Community Programs and Senior Vice President of Education on national arts in education issues and collaborations.

5% Oversees the development and dissemination of select resources for National Partnerships member organizations. Directs award programs for members of National Partnerships (travel and workshop reimbursement) and the National School Boards Award.

5% Contributes to new project development.

N/A Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures; Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in the arts or education.
  • Must have a minimum of 7-10 years of experience in the field of arts education and arts administration.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the performing arts and experience managing arts education programs, as well as experience in budget management and finance.
  • Should have proficient writing and editing skills, as well as excellent communication skills. Must be strong public speaker.
  • Must have strong customer service skills and a demonstrated strength in problem-solving.
  • Must be able to facilitate or lead meetings of colleagues and other professionals.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is challenging in an open cubicle environment.

Must be able to work beyond a 40-hour work week on a regular basis. Occasional weekend and evening events.

Occasional lifting and moving of materials weighing as much as 20 pounds.

Travel up to 10 days per month may be required.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan.

Additional benefits include: Commuter Programs, Education Assistance Programs, Social Activities, and other employee discounts and specials.

Similar jobs