About Our Organization
Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.
Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019 . His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley’s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.
Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley’s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre’s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Applied Theatre at the Alley (Alley Education and Community Engagement (ECE)) is a national driving force for innovative arts education. We pioneer arts integration, cultivate the next generation of theatre artists, and foster community discourse.
The Arts Integration Specialist will work to reinvent the Alley Theatre’s high caliber, effective and creative arts integration programs, focused primarily on K-6 Grades. The Specialist will work closely with the Director of Education to develop, manage, and assess arts integration programming. This especially includes the ability to write in-classroom and virtual curriculum. This position will track scheduling details, identify and support teachers’ classroom goals, document success, and troubleshoot within the field. In addition, this position will collaborate with other ECE team members to support general department activities (such as student matinees, teacher training, and curriculum guide development) as deemed necessary by the ECE Director.
The Arts Integration Specialist is one of the lead stewards of Applied Theatre at the Alley’s mission, working closely with the ECE Director to create and execute innovative, effective, and impactful programming at the intersection of theatre and core curriculum and/or social emotional learning. Programming will vary according to the post-Covid19 growth of the department, demand, and overview of each fiscal year.
The Arts Integration Specialist is responsible for administration of all aspects of Alley Theatre Arts Integration programming for grades K-6, including:
- Strategizing and collaborating with the ECE leadership to explore programming opportunities and maximize revenue
- Building and maintaining relationships with current and potential partners through emails, calls and visits
- Working with ECE Director and Executive Manager to execute grant applications, project proposals, and district contract materials for relevant programming.
- Program management of relevant programming, including:
- Booking of virtual programming and live workshops and residencies according to capacity and income goals
- Assignment of Teaching Artists and coordination of schedules between filming and in-person classes and TAs
- Communication with teacher team to identify needs and implement program goals
- Creation and updating of curriculum and assessments if necessary
- Curriculum coaching with Teaching Artists
- Assembly and hand-off of assessment and open workshop materials when necessary to tend live programs
- Compilation, review, and distribution of assessment data
- End-of-year reporting on program statistics
- Developing, Planning, and Implementing Summer Institute(s), one-offs, and conference presentations
- Leadership of and/or participation in PLCs and other whole school or small group PD
- Managing all Teaching Artists assigned to Arts Integration programming, including:
- Create TA tools and resources such as binders and online guides under the guidance of ECE director and assistant directory.
- Evaluate and coach TAs in the classroom
- Working with ECE director to design and conduct effective training for new and existing TAs in group and individual settings
- Working alongside Executive Manager to execute specialized Letters of Agreement and compensation structures when applicable
- Engage and supervise appropriate Teaching Artists for opportunities as relevant to job responsibilities
- Collaborating with ECE Director and other Program Managers to hire new TAs based on program need and department capacity
- Additionally, the Arts Integration Specialist will:
- Assist other department staff with the planning and implementation of department programs, services and activities (conferences, matinees, workshops, trainings, etc.), when applicable
- Support marketing and documentation efforts by working with the ECE Sales & Marketing Coordinator to arrange for photos and videos, and provide/revise program text
- Work effectively as a team member to market, upsell and maximize the Alley Theatre’s presence within the community
Job Qualifications & Requirements
REQUIREMENTS (SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE):
- Bachelor’s degree in theatre, theatre education; advanced degree or comparable training preferred
- Three years’ teaching experience
- Excellent verbal and written skills (specified writing sample required)
- Experience in developing and communicating theatre curriculum (K-5 sample required)
- Experience in program administration, including sales and marketing
- Ability to lean into a flexible/learner mindset
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment.
- A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
- Detail oriented, able to prioritize efficiently and multi-task
- Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
- Ability to maintain confidential information
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Exhibits a positive attitude with good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Understanding of historical and institutional racism in the American theatre, or a commitment to learning, and to be a part of Alley Theatre’s efforts to be an anti-racist organization
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Must have access to a reliable vehicle and be willing to drive to various locations throughout the Greater Houston Area.
- Ability to lift and move 25 lbs.
- Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly.
- Typical hours are during the day, but the position requires the flexibility to be available for weekend, holidays and evening work hours as needed.
BENEFITS & PERKS
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick time
- 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
- Free and discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
- Free parking
- Discounted gym membership
- Employee wellness program & EAP
Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at HRdept@alleytheatre.org.
The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion
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