Guthrie Theater seeks a full-time Education Program Manager

Education Program Manager

Reports to: Director of Education


The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization. 

Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater.  As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.


Reporting to the Director of Education, the Education Program Manager is primarily responsible for the management of the Guthrie Teaching Artists and the development and effectiveness of key programming for our K-12 student community. The Education Program Manager communicates and collaborates effectively with school and education community partners to develop, coordinate, and evaluate effective programming that achieves stated educational outcomes tied to the Guthrie Theater’s mission and strategic direction. Leveraging the artistic programming and resources of the Guthrie, the Education Program Manager also promotes the theater arts as an effective educational tool for fostering student academic and social emotional growth.  Compensation for this full-time position is $50,000 annually (exempt).

Job Highlights

Manage and support the Guthrie Education Network.

  • Supervise, support and evaluate the Guthrie Teaching Artist (GTA) Cohort.
  • Work with each GTA to develop, implement and assess their individual arts plan.

Develop and strengthen school based relationships and partnerships.

  • Strengthen, foster and manage communication with current and new school partners.
  • Work closely with Group Sales Manager and Marketing to manage communication with school partners.

Manage and support school-based educational programming.

  • Manage and support the planning, staffing and implementation of school-based educational programming.
  • Promote and encourage school participation in educational programming, such as Creative Process Residencies.
  • Articulate and evaluate programming curriculum, ensure the quality delivery.

Manage Student Matinee (SMAT) Program

  • Develop and manage support programming and educational resources enhancing the SMAT experience.
  • Work closely with the Artistic and Production team to plan and communicate a SMAT season.
  • Serve as the main liaison between the theater and teachers during each SMAT.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications Team to develop materials and systems to communicate and offer SMAT offerings.

Other duties

  • Collaborate closely with Education Team.
  • Oversee website content.
  • Attend all department meetings and teacher trainings.
  • Support and participate in Educational Special Events.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Guthrie Theater and its educational programs internally, in the community and beyond.
  • Support educational evaluation activities.
  • Support the artistic vision of the organization.
  • Support and Manage Tessiture builds with IT.
  • Other duties as needed or assigned.


  • Deep understanding of teaching, curriculum development and school systems essential.
  • Three years of experience in program or project management strongly preferred.
  • Three years of personnel management strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience in arts administration or theater preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, teaching artists, community partners, volunteers and the general public.
  • Enthusiastic about and open to an evolving department.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to use the computer and other technical resources.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on both an interpersonal and group level.
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms.
  • Experience, ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
  • Ability to exercise professional discretion and confidentiality.
  • Occasional travel necessary.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.


The Guthrie Theater is located in the historic Mill District along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As the largest city in the state, Minneapolis offers a large variety of parks, lakes, great food, festivals, malls and more.


Be a part of a leading non-profit organization that is committed to serving not only the local Twin Cities community (you betcha!) but the industry as a whole.  Did we forget to mention the sidewalks in the sky, winter makes you stronger, and top-notch employee benefits? 

Top-Notch Benefits

Competitive Benefits

Health insurance

HSA & dependent care options

Dental & vision

Flexible Spending Account

Life Insurance

Long Term Disability

Short Term Disability

Employee Assistance Program

403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service


Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

Discounted pre-tax monthly ramp parking

Discounted bike locker rental

Discounted Nice Ride annual membership

Paid Time Off

Complimentary Tickets

To Guthrie productions

Discounted Tickets

To all shows produced by the Guthrie

To some performances hosted by the Guthrie

Classes and Camps

Discounts to Guthrie classes and camps

Other Employee Perks

Wellness Program

Guthrie Store discount

Costume Rentals discount

Admission to opening night parties

Affinity Groups

Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts


A Note from Human Resources

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • References (3 total)

The Guthrie is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.  Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Monica Servi
Web site

Posted May 22