Education Director


REPORTS TO: Managing Director

HOURS: Full-Time (Weekends and evenings necessary during peak times)

DIRECT REPORTS: All Instructors and artists for:

ACT!, APC, Summer Camp, Classes, Residencies & Classes/Workshops


Strategic & Annual Planning:

  • Partner with Managing Director to develop 3-5 year Strategic Plans for all educational programs.
  • Partner with Managing Director and Staff to develop Annual Plans for educational programming.
  • Develop an outcome based educational plan for all educational programming.

Educational and Artistic Leadership

  • Ensure the successful execution of Ashland’s mission and Educational vision through well executed educational programming.
  • Mentor and coach students, artists, staff, volunteers and parents in the inclusive environment.
  • Research and propose shows that support execution of Ashland’s educational and artistic mission.
  • Ensure educational seasons are established and contracted 12-24 months ahead of performance.
  • Research and investigate arts, arts education and non-profit arts trends to ensure Ashland’s approach is fresh and current.
  • Network and meet with other arts education organizations to maintain a deep understanding of the local arts education scene, Ashland’s peers and
  • competitors and local artists and educators to fill Ashland’s ever expanding bench.
  • Ensure all Ashland programs have educational goals

Production Management:

  • Ensure that highly qualified teaching and artistic staff are contracted 6-12 months ahead of production start.
  • Ensure all contracted staff are trained and refreshed on goals before first contact with participants.
  • In partnership with production staff, participate in audition and call back processes and lead staff to ensure that Ashland’s mission and vision is a driving force in casting decisions.
  • Periodically observe production staff during rehearsal process and provide feedback when needed to ensure an “Ashland” experience for every participant and to gather and document Mission Moments.
  • Conduct a post-show learnings meeting(s) with production staff and key Ashland staff and volunteers. Document and communicate findings and create plans to incorporate learnings for continual process improvements.

Financial Management:

  • Work with Managing Director to develop annual educational program budgets.
  • Regularly meet with Managing Director to review registrations and ticket sales for all productions and create and execute communication to ensure the successful achievement of financial goals for the same.
  • Research arts education based grants and pursue appropriate candidates with input from the Managing Director.
  • Code and approve all educational production contracts expenses and ensure they are submitted and paid in a timely manner.
  • Monitor financial health by regularly comparing budget to actual (aggregate & per program). Discuss opportunities and mitigation strategies with Managing Director and staff to ensure financial goals for the year are met.

Outreach and Community Relations:

  • Establish and deepen relationships with key donors and educational arts peers to ensure Ashland achieves its strategic and financial goals.
  • Regularly talk with donors in person and by phone deepening connections with key Ashland funders.
  • Nurture and communicate with contract staff and Families to ensure on-brand experiences for all educational programming.
  • Analyze survey results

Staff Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure all Educational positions have clearly documented expectations and program outcomes.
  • For each educational program create and archive written assessments against documented expectations to be used in improving training and to inform future contract decisions.

Board Relations:

  • Prepare a detailed Educational Director report each month and submit to the Managing Director.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Attend and participate in Board Committee Meetings, as needed or requested.

To apply: Send coverletter and resume to Elisa Olson, Managing Director at [email protected].  Please put the job title in the subject line. 

Contact information

Ashland Productions
Elisa Olson
Web site

Respond by
Tuesday, August 22
Posted August 1