Director of Education & Community Engagement

Cincinnati Ballet - Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Category: Programs

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: August 27, 2019

About Our Organization

Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and outreach in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Job Summary

The Director of Education & Community Engagement is responsible for overseeing a department charged with delivering on Cincinnati Ballet’s mission to enrich, expand and excel in the art of dance through impactful education and community programs. Through the strong stewardship of existing programs and the development of new initiatives, the Director of Education & Community Engagement is responsible for delivering high-quality programming to the broadest possible audience. The ideal candidate is a balanced mix of teaching artist, administrator and community influencer with a particular focus on supporting underserved communities.


The Director of Education & Community Engagement is a public-facing position with a high degree of interactivity with students, families, teachers, school personnel, donors, the Board of Trustees and the public. The Director of Education & Community Engagement also interacts with all departments including: Administration, Artistic, Academy, Production, Dancers, Development, and Marketing.

Interpersonal Communication/Teamwork

Exhibits a strong capacity to work collaboratively through partnership building, student support and teacher development. Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization. Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to effective work. Must be able to express ideas clearly and compellingly both verbally and in writing.


The Director of Education & Community Engagement must be able to plan and prioritize work to meet deadlines and effectively support personnel. Punctuality is essential for fulfillment of programmatic responsibilities.


  • Oversee and ensure the quality and effectiveness of sequential, syllabus-based dance and movement programs in greater Cincinnati area schools from preschool through high school
  • Oversee and execute therapeutic dance classes for students of varying abilities in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Design and deliver quality dance performance programming in local schools and community venues
  • Develop and deploy large-scale community outreach programs via strategic partnerships
  • Oversee the CincyDance scholarship program in collaboration with Academy staff  
  • Coordinate Community Night and Sensory-Friendly performances in collaboration with Artistic and Patron Engagement staff
  • Develop age-appropriate study guides around specific repertory works
  • Advise leadership on strategies to foster and expand inclusivity in programming
  • Attract, retain and deploy talented teaching artists, instructors and performers within the organization
  • Advance strategic alliances with community partners to expand the scope and efficacy of programming
  • Track and monitor all programs to ensure outcomes are achieved and properly reported
  • Provide guidance and support to Development staff to maintain and seek additional funding for programs
  • Work with Marketing staff to develop and deploy messaging and material to bring broader awareness to education and community initiatives

Key Professional Experience

  • College degree in arts education or related field
  • Experience as an arts educator or instructor is required
  • 3 - 5 years of advancing professional experience in the field of community arts education with a proven record of coalition building
  • Entrepreneurial manager with capacity to provide vision and scope as well as operational detail
  • High level of motivation and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • A passion for serving students and families and a commitment to the values and culture of Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy + Education programs
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and attitudes and an ability to communicate with a wide spectrum of individuals
  • Strong and engaging public speaker and storyteller with excellent communication skills
  • An unwavering commitment to ensuring the protection and safety of minors
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Event, volunteer and budget management experience preferred
  • Strong competencies in all Microsoft Office programs
  • Candidate will be subject to criminal background,motor vehicle and credit checks

Expected Work Hours and Travel

  • Must be able to work a highly flexible schedule including weekends and some evenings depending on class and performance schedule. Hours change seasonally.
  • Regular travel to greater Cincinnati area schools and community partners is required. Travel outside the greater Cincinnati area to attend conferences may occur on occasion.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

How to Apply

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AAP/EEO Statement

Cincinnati Ballet provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.