Director of Arts Engagement

The Old Globe - San Diego, California

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $100000

About Our Organization

The Old Globe is a major force in regional theatre in the United States and presents a wide offering of works, from new plays, to classics, to large scale musicals, to more intimately-scaled pieces. Our approach to arts engagement is transformational and is focused on meeting community needs from a place of listening and learning, leading to active participation in the lives of the people that make their community whole and vibrant. The mission of The Old Globe is to preserve, strengthen, and advance American theatre by: Creating theatrical experiences of the highest professional standards; Producing and presenting works of exceptional merit, designed to reach current and future audiences; Ensuring diversity and balance in programming; Providing an environment for the growth and education of theatre professionals, audiences, and the community at large. More information is available at The Old Globe’s website at

Job Summary

The Old Globe invites applications from dynamic and creative individuals deeply committed to a highly progressive and engaged approach to building community through the arts to serve as their Director of Arts Engagement. The Director of Arts Engagement will lead already thriving and robust community-based and educational programming and continue to foster the expansive relationship that The Old Globe has forged with the San Diego community it serves. 

Well aligned candidates will bring a rich and innovative vision for how a major theatre institution can engage in exciting, nimble, and meaningful ways with the widest community. They will possess extensive experience in developing strategic, community-based engagement programs, and will be able to develop programs that deliver model arts-engagement programming to San Diego within available resources. They will also be able to meet communities where they are and listen with a high degree of empathy, openness, and sincerity to their needs as expressed on their own terms. Empathy, compassion, extraordinary listening abilities, and an open heart are as important to the position as the highest-level artistic, managerial, organizational, leadership, and communitarian skills. A full position description may be found here:



Guided by the belief that theatre matters and a commitment to make it matter to more people, the Director of Arts Engagement is responsible to envision, create, implement, and oversee all of The Old Globe’s arts engagement programs, including highly active artist-facilitated programming in the community and on the Plaza of Balboa Park where the company is located.

The Director of Arts Engagement will:

  • Provide departmental oversight to all Arts Engagement activities through leadership, strategic vision, planning, evaluation, and departmental management of six full time managers, over two dozen teaching artists, and all independently contracted artists and presenters;
  • Work with the Arts Engagement Program Managers to conceptualize, plan, develop, and execute all arts engagement programming to deepen The Old Globe’s connection to communities that lack access to professional theater arts;
  • Collaborate with the Artistic staff to commission works from community artists and develop ideas for site-specific events that express and amplify the theater’s values;
  • Collaborate with relevant departments to create and execute programs and engagement events related to the Globe’s productions;
  • Provide artistic and producing supervision and oversight for “Globe For All” tours (the Globe’s tour of professional productions to community venues);
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Community Partner organizations, artists, and community leaders through networking and outreach;
  • Identify opportunities for enhanced community engagement and partnerships that deepen the community’s connections with The Old Globe and vice versa;
  • Foster a productive and healthy dynamic with stakeholders, including staff, board, and community partners;
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy Department to cultivate relationships and solicit funding for programs;
  • Work with Marketing/Communications Department to promote opportunities that highlight the impact of The Old Globe’s programs and to promote the Arts Engagement Department’s own work;
  • Serve on the Season Planning task force that collaborates with and advises the Artistic Director on the Globe’s annual subscription season offerings;
  • Represent The Old Globe in professional organizations in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, and nationwide.


Job Qualifications & Requirements

Since Arts Engagement is core to The Old Globe’s identity and a central expression of the company’s vision, values, and purpose, the Director of Arts Engagement is a member of the Globe’s senior leadership team and reports to the organization’s co-CEOs. As such, the position is deeply involved in major strategic initiatives and overarching institutional issues.

Among these, none more deeply connects with Arts Engagement than the Globe’s commitments to social justice. The Old Globe’s Social Justice Roadmap (READ HERE) expresses a course of action that will guide the company toward a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible future. This future is intimately tied to the communities who partner with our Arts Engagement Department, and the Director of Arts Engagement is a key leader in the Globe’s larger social justice vision.

The Old Globe also believes the Director of Arts Engagement will embody these and other traits that will add to the culture of the organization:

  • An empathetic soul, a big heart, and a warm and welcoming spirit.
  • Unimpeachable character, a role model for integrity and hard work.
  • An ability to remain calm, focused, and positive in the face of adversity and challenge.
  • The desire to lead teams through a servant leader approach, putting the good of the whole above any individual glory.
  • A great sense of humor, someone who can laugh and their own foibles and know appropriate ways to share joy and celebrate.
  • A hunger to be part of a diverse community, an eagerness to learn from others who have different life experiences.
  • Knowledge of bilingual communities, particularly English/Spanish, and urban community organizations will be helpful.

How to Apply

Jonathan West from MCA is facilitating this search. Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following items for consideration:

  • A current resumé
  • Cover letter (no more than 1 ½ pages)
  • Four professional references
  • Salary expectation

All documents should have the candidate’s name as part of the file name. Submissions should be made through Management Consultants for the Arts’ website at: