Job Posting: Half-Time Education Coordinator

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Plan-B Theatre Company seeks a half-time Education Coordinator to begin work as close to May 1, 2017 as possible.

The Education Coordinator is a Theatre Specialist that reports to the Artistic Director and is responsible for leading and advancing the Free Elementary School Tour within, but not limited to, the “Education at Plan-B” statement below, as well as some Fundraising.

The Education Coordinator will be Plan-B’s liaison with all K-6 schools and FEST producing partners.

The Education Coordinator is also responsible for developing and maintaining a proactive working relationship with the Utah State Office of Education’s (USOE) Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS).

The Education Coordinator is fully responsible for the annual Free Elementary School Tour which alternates between grades K-3 and 4-6. Duties include (but are not limited to):

– creating and maintaining annual touring schedule.
– assisting in the development of each year’s production.
– creating and circulating study guide.
– acting as company manager/stage manager on tour, which may include overnight travel.
– acting as liaison with all schools in Utah.
– traveling to schools in Utah separate from the tour as needed.
– coordinating as needed with producing partners.

Fundraising

– Assist Artistic Director with education-specific grant research and writing
– Assist Managing Director with education-specific grant reporting and management
– Assist Artistic Director with Love Utah Give Utah and #GivingTuesday

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Candidates must have:
– a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre (or equivalent experience).
– practical experience with Theatre for Young Audiences.
– practical experience in theatre education, preferably K-6 classroom experience.
– the ability to work in a self-directed manner.
– a strong commitment to arts education advocacy.
– access to a vehicle in working order and current driver’s license.
– strong writing and public speaking skills.
– proficiency—not just familiarity—in Microsoft Office (specifically Excel and Word) and social media.

Salary

$20,000/year, non-negotiable. No no fringe except accrued vacation and personal time and paid holidays.

Schedule

The Education Coordinator position requires an average of 20 hours/week from the final week of January through mid-September and a full-time commitment from mid-September through the third week of November. There will then be a paid break from the last week of November through the third week of January. Schedule negotiable except Mid-September through the third week of November.

Plan-B Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. The company employs administrative and artistic personnel without consideration of race, creed, color, (dis)ability, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. 

Qualified applicants encouraged to apply by 5pm on Friday, April 14. Please email your cover letter and resume to Jerry Rapier, Artistic Director.

EDUCATION AT PLAN-B

As we become more focused on gender parity and diversity, it is clear that we must think several generations ahead in order to continue reflecting and representing our community. The Free Elementary School Tour is the key to developing a more diverse talent pool, audience and donor base. Booking preference is given to Title I schools, many of which are minority-majority schools. By reflecting our school audience demographic, we will truly represent our evolving community.

Gender Parity

Fifty percent of our work over the past five seasons has been by female playwrights, including two of the first four Free Elementary School Tours (the next four Tour commissions are all female playwrights). We are committed to gender parity among playwrights to more truly reflect and represent Utah’s population, which is 51% female (2010 Census).

Diversity

As the only professional theatre company in Utah led by a person of color, we have made incremental strides toward increasing diversity in all facets of our work. We enjoy small and steady patronage from ethnic minorities because we place their stories center stage as frequently as we are able to authentically do so (Japanese, Zuni, Mexican and African American-themed works have been produced since 2009). Three of our Lab playwrights are persons of color. We produced Utah’s first world premiere by an Asian American playwright (2010) and Utah’s first world premiere by an African American playwright (2015). The casts of our Free Elementary School Tour are intentionally diverse. We are working toward greater diversity among our design team and Mainstage casts, but the available talent pool must be expanded. Our seven-person board of trustees also reflects Utah’s LGTBQIA, Latinx and rural communities.

Discussions about diversity—much less implementing ideas springing from those discussions—are challenging under the best of circumstances. Here in Utah this is particularly true, given our commitment to local artists and a population that is 89.2% Caucasian (2010 Census).

Free Elementary School Tour, Gender Parity & Diversity

Sharing more plays by women that feature gender-balanced and multi-ethnic casts allows more elementary students to see stories onstage that are performed by people who look and sound like them. If we authentically make the connection between what these students see and what they can do as artists, we will expand our talent pool and our audience while continually investing in, reflecting and representing our community.

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