Lyric Arts Seeks Education Director

Lyric Arts Company of Anoka

Position Description:

Lyric Arts seeks an enthusiastic arts educator with strong administrative skills, who will be responsible for creating and managing programs and systems that provide outstanding arts learning programs and support the continued success of Lyric Arts’ education department. The Education Director will assist the Artistic & Executive Director in allocating resources, creating the education calendar, contracting with instructors, determining course offerings for each season, and ensuring all students participate in a safe environment that encourages artistic growth.

This is a results-oriented position with a flexible schedule (15-20 hours/week) and requires a self-starter who has a strong desire and ability to communicate and connect with teaching artists, students of all ages, and parents of young students. Education Director and AED will determine a work schedule that combines set office hours, flex office hours, and hours worked outside the office.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled administrator and educator with proven ability designing curriculum and overseeing instructors. They will be creative, with an understanding of what is exciting to the audiences we serve.

The Education Director’s responsibilities will include:


  • Evaluate program and set a course for its continued growth and development
  • Broaden and diversify participation in Lyric Arts Academy course offerings through programming and partnerships
  • Continue diversification of education opportunities to include additional opportunities for adults


  • Actively represent Lyric Arts and interact with students and families at class/camp check-in, check-out, and final presentation
  • Responsible for ensuring that all instructors are familiar with safety and emergency procedures, as well as policies set in place for student safety
  • Work with AED to develop and manage the course calendar
    • Work with General Manager to manage resource calendars for all shared facility spaces used as classrooms
    • Communicate facility constraints to AED
    • Maintain education department contact information and instructor rosters
    • Coordinate with Production Director for costume, prop, and equipment use for classes
    • Schedule and coordinate private lessons with instructors and students
  • Negotiate, hire, and contract education program personnel, in consultation with the AED
    • Actively recruit instructors and volunteers for education programming
    • Write all education contracts and track them through the bookkeeping process
    • Work with instructors to develop and revise curriculum as necessary
    • Communicate expectations, policies, and procedures to education personnel, including budget and reimbursement policies
    • Develop and maintain a policy guide for contracted and volunteer education personnel
  • Monitor and evaluate curriculum implementation and program effectiveness
  • Gather records and reports for program evaluation and assessment
  • Responsible for setting, maintaining, and communicating participant expectation policies: behavior, participation, social media, photo/video waivers
  • In conjunction with AED, help anticipate and resolve conflicts between education personnel, staff, students, and families
  • Schedule and facilitate workshop planning sessions
  • Process all workshop registrations
  • Manage education department contact database and mailing list for direct marketing campaigns
  • Support intern and volunteer recruitment and provide mentorship and supervision to interns and volunteers
  • Assist AED in creating a budget for the education department and establishing independent contractor pay scales
  • Track department budget for personnel, supplies, and materials, processing financial paperwork with bookkeeper
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with additional experience; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Financial management experience and project management preferred
  • Theater and teaching experience preferred
  • Marketing, social media, and public relations skills a plus
  • Must have the ability to collaborate with strong personalities of all types
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of employees, guests, students, and co-workers
  • Exceptional customer service, interpersonal, and business communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Ability to maintain a professional image and a friendly demeanor while interacting with the public
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends
  • Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills—ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, priorities, and responsibilities at once and adjust workload accordingly
  • Flexible, with a willingness to learn, and the ability to easily adapt to change and new responsibilities
  • Must take initiative, be self-motivated, and be an accountable, dependable performer
  • Attentive to detail, highly organized, and willing to be “hands-on” when necessary while maintaining a “big picture” focus
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, with demonstrated capability in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • May have to lift heavy items, up to 60 pounds



Contract position, pay commensurate with experience

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Contact information

Lyric Arts Company of Anoka
Laura Tahja Johnson
Web site

Respond by
Friday, June 15
Posted May 30