Director of Arts Education

South Shore Conservatory - HINGHAM, Massachusetts

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $70000 - $75000

About Our Organization

About Us

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is a community school for the arts on Boston's South Shore, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities. With campuses in Hingham and Duxbury, SSC’s arts-based educational programs provide a creative path for a lifetime of learning, from childhood through adulthood, through outstanding faculty and nationally-celebrated programming in music instruction, ensembles, dance, early childhood education, creative arts therapy, performance, community and school partnerships.

Job Summary


South Shore Conservatory’s Director of Arts Education will help to shape the future of South Shore Conservatory’s core instructional offerings in music and dance education lessons, classes, and ensemble programs. Reporting to the President, this intercampus position serves as a member of the Leadership Team, collaborating  across functions to advance South Shore Conservatory’s commitment to exceptional arts education. This role is critical to the organization’s growth and success, overseeing music and dance program and personnel management, development, and leadership, to ensure South Shore Conservatory’s curricular and programmatic vibrancy. 

Candidate Profile
The Director of Arts Education is a dynamic thought leader with the vision and creativity to help shape the strategic direction of South Shore Conservatory’s music and dance education program offerings. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience effectively managing people, programs, projects, and budgets in an organization that serves a diverse constituency encompassing multiple stakeholders. 


Responsibilities–Essential Functions and Skills

  • Oversee planning, implementation, administration, and evaluation of music and dance educational offerings. 

  • Develop and advance educational programming and initiatives, understanding and responding to the interests, needs, and priorities of the community.

  • Cultivate opportunities for individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to access programs, fostering a deeply inclusive and welcoming environment. 

  • Oversee curriculum development and management, with a focus on private lesson instruction, group classes, and ensemble offerings. 

  • Establish, nurture, and maintain strong partnerships with public and private schools. 

  • Track and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative program outcomes to inform future goals and opportunities.

  • Capture feedback and input on a regular basis, in order to enhance offerings and respond to the needs of faculty, students, families, and community partners. 

  • Supervise department chairs to effectively recruit, hire, manage, evaluate, develop and retain exceptional music and dance faculty. 

  • Ensure consistent communication and collaboration between music and dance programs, faculty, and registration. 

  • Provide leadership and administrative support for cross-departmental projects, events, meetings, and initiatives, such as workshops, competitions, master classes, and recitals. 

  • Manage relevant contractor/vendor relationships. 

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to maximize opportunities to promote music and dance faculty and programs. 

  • Collaborate with Development to maximize contributed revenue opportunities through institutional relations and individual donor engagement. 

  • Partner with Community Engagement and Early Childhood leadership to build strategic alignment, ensuring consistency in values, practices, processes and reporting in concert with other SSC programs.

  • Actively participate as a member of the Earned Revenue team to drive enrollment and maximize program revenue, with shared accountability for results and outcomes, reporting, analysis and problem solving.

  • Partner with Finance on arts education budget management and oversight, ensuring fiscal responsibility and sustainability. 

  • Foster meaningful connections with local, state, and national agencies and service organizations, including the National Guild for Community Arts Education. 

  • Champion South Shore Conservatory as an integral part of the greater South Shore region through advocacy and the demonstration of its community impact.


Job Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Education + Professional Experience: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with 5 or more years of administrative experience in the arts required, preferably in a non-profit performing arts or education setting. A degree in music performance, arts administration or education is preferred, with a graduate-level degree or equivalent experience a plus. A passion for arts education is essential, with demonstrated experience developing arts education programming and growing enrollment.

  • People-Centric Communication: Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Proven success working collaboratively with stakeholders such as parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community partners.

  • Strong Leadership and Management Skills: Experience leading teams to strong outcomes and collaborating effectively with peer teams throughout organizations. Experience managing individuals, with ability to build trust, make process improvements, and mentor and support growth and development.

  • Highly Effective Individual Contributor and Team Leader: An understanding of the realities of working in a small to medium size non-profit organization, able to easily toggle between individual deliverables and managing collective outcomes. Highly flexible and collaborative in working across organizational functions, understanding the interconnectedness inherent in South Shore Conservatory programs and partnerships. 

Additional Details

What Else You Should Know:
This job operates in a school-based office environment, with requirements consisting of the ability to sit at a desk, frequent walking, bending, and standing as necessary.


While the designated days and schedule of work will be primarily Monday through Friday, some weekend, evening and early morning work may be required given SSC’s events calendar.

Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities for this job. Duties may change at any time with or without notice.


SSC is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff, faculty and students, and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, BIPOC, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.



Other Information

Compensation + Benefits

$70,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

This position is eligible for South Shore Conservatory’s full benefits package, including:

  • Competitive Medical Coverage, with wellness benefits such as fitness programs, health education and coaching

  • Access to Dental Coverage

  • Access to Vision Coverage

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • 100% Employer Paid Life,  AD&D and Long Term Disability

  • 403(B) plan availability 

  • 12 paid holidays, plus paid week off the week between Christmas and New Years

  • 2 weeks of paid vacation, paid sick time, and personal time 

South Shore Conservatory requires all on-site employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated as a condition of employment; see CDC for the definition. If unable to be fully vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition, a request for reasonable accommodation can be made.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume with “Director of Arts Education” in the email subject line, to Lisa Ryan, No phone calls, please.