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Position: Arts Education Manager

Reports To: Director of Programs

Department: Arts Education

FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt



In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third. The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for racially diverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests.

Today, Karamu is evolving to be reborn as a beating heart for the entire community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age, as it embarks on its second 100 years, retaining its historical identity as “a place of joyful gathering.” Core programs include a five performance, socially-relevant and professional quality theatre season; arts education in drama/theatre, music and dance for all ages; and community programming, such as a lecture series, and spoken word and music performances, that invites participation and engagement, reflection, and a re-commitment to cultural values.


The Arts Education Manager (AEM) provides leadership for the implementation of instructional programming in the performing and visual arts, for lifelong learners. The AEM will produce an annual instructional plan and calendar for Karamu’s arts education department, as well as implement the program calendar. Karamu’s AEM will grow education programming partnerships, be a community liaison, and collaborate on creating new opportunities for Karamu’s arts education department.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Develops and manages the budget for arts education program initiatives and maintains records to track and monitor internal and external resources.
  • Establishes cooperative relationships with other staff members to identify internal resources that can support the implementation of the plan.
  • Assists with the development of (or documentation supporting) funding proposals seeking external sources to support arts education programming.
  • Provides regular reports regarding arts education statistics, information, and updates.
  • Regularly evaluates program offerings.
  • Creates systems to support administration of the arts education department.
  • Ensures the creation of arts education materials including consultant handbooks, student handbooks, etc.
  • Provides leadership in developing a substantive program of curriculum, standards-based instruction and assessment in performing and visual arts.
  • Provides leadership on talent procurement for instructional classes, including position announcements and candidate screenings.
  • Works with Marketing Director to effectively marketing the arts education program, ensuring the website and other collateral information are up to date and accurate
  • Manage the day to day operations of the arts education program.
  • Works with production and artistic to produce demonstration of learning events.
  • Maintains an active strategy for student recruitment.
  • Manages arts education program inventory of supplies and costumes.
  • Other duties as assigned to support arts education management.


Success in this position requires:

  • Experienced program manager and team builder.
  • Exceptional oral and written communicator.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strategic and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work at the conceptual level as well as the implementation phase of programming.
  • A genuine interest in and knowledge of theatre performing and visual arts.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task.


Candidates are required to possess the following:

  • A degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a performing arts discipline or arts administration or relevant field of study.
  • Experience managing other individuals/ a team.
  • Progressive teaching experience in a performing arts discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership in arts education.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • High level of efficiency and productivity.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, families, and the community.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure and meet deadlines and goals.


Salary range: $40 – 45,000. Benefits include medical, paid time off, paid federal holidays, paid sick time, and complimentary production tickets.

TO APPLY – No Phone Calls Please.

Applicants for the position should send resume, cover letter to:

Karamu House

2355 E. 89th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106

careers@karamuhouse.org – include SUMMER ARTS in the subject line.

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