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Director of Education / Associate Director of Preparatory and Community Engagement

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Job Overview

College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement Division (Prep/CE) is looking for a collaborative leader with a love of performing arts education to join the Preparatory team in the role of Director of Education /Associate Director of Preparatory and Community Engagement. As a member of the Division's senior leadership staff, the incumbent will head the Preparatory music division and oversee the theatre arts and dance divisions' programs, working in partnership with department leaders and faculty. Reporting to the Director of Preparatory & Community Engagement, they will develop and manage the performing arts lessons, classes, camps and ensembles that Preparatory provides for students in instrumental/vocal music, musical theatre, acting and dance. The Director of Education/Associate Director of Preparatory will identify unique opportunities in lifelong learning for our community that will further enhance Prep/CE's performing arts education programs.


The position's main responsibilities will be as follows: in coordination with Preparatory theatre arts and dance department directors, design curriculum, classes and programs appropriate for a comprehensive community school of arts; direct the Preparatory music department with the support of faculty leadership including scholarship and financial aid programs, curriculum development, private lesson placement, student recitals and ensemble programs in accordance with best practices; collaborate and build relationships with the College-Conservatory of Music to engage and support the larger mission of CCM; work with external partners to coordinate satellite teaching programs as appropriate; annually perform needs assessment by evaluating programs for quality, appropriateness of content and effectiveness; make recommendations for program and curriculum development and implementation; develop and implement policies and procedures for Preparatory (e.g. faculty load, onboarding and evaluations, scholarships and aid, new students, withdrawal, program development and budgeting, etc.); with the Business Office, oversee program budgets, approving and monitoring expenditures as necessary; Provide direct supervision to 3 full-time program staff members, 2 part-time area coordinators and 40 adjunct music faculty (e.g., hiring, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approval of time off, etc.); Develop and write program materials, address inquiries, provide information and maintain records; Support, attend and participate in campus activities, meetings and programs, as well as serve on various committees, and participate in evening and weekend activities; Work cooperatively and communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff and constituencies; Provide high degree customer service to the 1,000+ families in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement programs.

Essential Functions

  • Direct, plan, manage and facilitate programs.
  • Direct project teams, oversee group programs and provide instruction.
  • Perform needs assessment by evaluating programs for quality, appropriateness of content and effectiveness of materials and make recommendations.
  • Develop and write program materials, address inquiries, provide information and maintain records.
  • Oversee budget, approve and monitor expenditures and prepare financial reports.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Act as a liaison with internal departments, external entities and community organizations.
  • May provide direct supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with three (3) years of experience; -OR- Associate's degree with five (5) years of experience; -OR- seven (7) years of experience.
  • Experience must be in program development or business administration. Experience must include at least one (1) year of supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Advanced degree and knowledge of performing arts education programs and 3 years of supervisory experience in a music program or community arts school, including early childhood and senior/creative aging programming.
  • Familiarity with NASM and NASD accreditation process.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

Application Process


  • Resume or CV with minimum of two professional references
  • Cover letter including a personal statement and prior experience
  • Priority will be given to applications received by July 23. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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Director of Education / Associate Director of Preparatory and Community Engagement

Date:  Sep 3, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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