Director of School Partnerships

Job Type

Full Time




East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th Street
United States


Our Mission: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, founded in 1968 in Richmond, California engages youth and young adults in imagining and creating new worlds for themselves and new visions for their communities through the inspiration and discipline of rigorous training in world performance traditions.

What We Do: We offer diverse youth and young adults opportunities to grow and excel as learners, creators of art, and contributors to their communities. We provide broad and strategic community-based and public school performing arts access programs; rigorous individual and ensemble training; an intensive six-year, interdisciplinary diploma program; advanced two-year internships; and commissions for new works of art. Our students, partners, and audiences deepen their experience and engagement with the life- affirming and community-building impact of music, theater, dance, and media-making from a curated selection of world cultures reflective of the community. Rooted in established principles of youth development and community development as well as best practices of the arts and culture field, the Center is a trusted and neutral anchor institution for place-based action, optimism, and collaboration among diverse members of a complex community.

Position Summary: The Director of School Partnerships (DSP) is responsible for the oversight and management of a robust arts education and performing arts access program portfolio involving local school districts and TK-12 educational entities currently serving 4,500 children and youth annually. S/he is responsible for budgeting, revenue development, quality control, and the careful deployment of department personnel, including 35 part-time professional Teaching Artists. The DSP is responsible for day to day liaison-ship with WCCUSD and other local educational and government entities and partners as well as working in collaboration with all other Center departments.

The Ideal Candidate: We seek a colleague who has a strong academic/educational and artistic/musical background with demonstrated field experience in arts education/youth development programs, able to work effectively with a diverse community of stakeholders and colleagues. The ideal candidate will be a trusted relationship builder and pro-active leader and possess a passion for youth and the role creative arts play in nurturing healthy communities.

Reporting Relationships: Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Programs, the DSP will work closely with a team of three proven colleagues and up to 35 professional artists.

Impact: The work of the DSP will support local Richmond children, youth and families to access strategic resources in the performing arts and engage their imaginations, strengthening individual and collective means to face risk factors and issues in their educational journey.

General Division of Work

  • 15% in supporting WCCUSD after-school and summer expanded learning programs
  • 5% in supporting the Preschool Arts Access program
  • 35% in supporting whole school change programs, including Kennedy Family Initiative
  • 20% in supporting the Center’s professional development program in arts integration for TK-6th grade classroom teachers
  • 25% of this role is leading the department's development work

Primary responsibilities include the following:

Program Development and Administration

  • Overall responsibility for the development of all outreach and access programs (preschool, after school and summer, in-school and professional development programs);
  • Ensure effectiveness and impact of program on students;
  • Ensure consistency of program assessment and collection and use of assessment data;
  • Cultivate partnerships with local districts, educational entities, and community partners;
  • Develop curricula and plans for program evolution, consistent with strategic priorities;
  • Center DRWW curriculum, funding and budgetary limitations and opportunities;
  • Remain abreast of trends and opportunities in youth education programs, arts education, and STEAM initiatives and explore opportunities to expand local school programs;
  • Lead evaluation and research efforts in arts education for grant applications, donors, and to support continuous program improvement;
  • Oversee departmental budget, contracting and grant management.

Leadership and Management

  • Participate in long range strategic planning for organization and financial growth;
  • Develop strategic objectives in partnership with Senior Staff and oversee the operation of long and short-term priorities;
  • Represent the Center at select public events, community gatherings, advisory teams and at conferences;
  • In partnership with other Center departments, oversee communication and outreach in the schools and community sites to ensure visibility of the Center’s programs and events;
  • Create regular reports and presentations for senior staff and the board as requested.

Staff and Faculty Management and Development

  • Manage the hiring, onboarding and orientation of Teaching Artists for the School Partnerships team.
  • Support Teaching Artists in curriculum development, positive youth development/classroom training, and building community/school partnerships as needed.
  • Supervise and direct the work of all staff focused on outreach and access program development and delivery.

Other Duties

  • As requested

Required Education and Experience

  • College degree required, advanced degree or equivalent in music (MMus, MEd) strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of five years relevant education program experience - preferably with an established arts education-based nonprofit organization.
  • Experience as a practicing artist (music, dance or theater) strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of best practices in youth development, early childhood education, adult learning, and arts integration.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills (grant/report-writing, program design / evaluation experience preferred).
  • Excellent computer skills (Macintosh), including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Google.
  • Significant program development and management experience, particularly in an educational context.
  • Understanding of barriers to access, especially for low-income, English Language learners and underrepresented demographics in the Bay Area.
  • Experience managing multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders, as well as budget development and management.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative, and be proactive with attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple program and participant needs.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds; current valid CA driver’s license and ability to drive a car if needed.
  • Sense of humor a plus.
  • Dedication to the role of the arts in social justice, youth and community development.

Work Schedule: Customary Work Hours: 40+ hours per week. Customary Work Days: Monday-Friday, evenings and weekends as required. Status: Full-time, exempt Salary and Benefits: Competitive depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Process: Applicants should email their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest to Please reference Director of School Partnerships Inquiry in the subject line. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential. East Bay Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.