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Job Opportunities

New York City Center is looking for professional, enthusiastic, creative individuals to join our team. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Full-Time Employment

Director of Education and Community Engagement

New York City Center is seeking an energetic, creative and articulate leader, a collaborator, a consensus-builder and a shared decision-maker. The ideal candidate will have extensive administrative and educational skills, a breadth of arts/cultural knowledge, and strong relationships with educators and leaders within the New York City public school system and institutions of higher learning.

The Education and Community Engagement initiatives provide innovative, accessible programming to schools and communities across New York City that supplement the work presented on our mainstage. In an effort to connect as many students as possible to the performing arts, our education programs range from multi-week in-depth residencies in schools to full-day professional development workshops for educators, study guides, and assessment tools. Our outreach programs for all theatergoers include pre- and post-performance talks, masterclasses, and discounted student tickets to professional performances at City Center. Drawing inspiration from works on our mainstage, City Center’s in-school programs ignite an appreciation of the performing arts, create a culture of inquiry and exploration and activate the individual creative voice for over 9,000 students each year.

Reporting to the VP of Programming, the Director of Education and Community Engagement would;

  • Identify innovative ways of using the artistry on NYCC’s mainstage as an educational resource for the students and teachers of New York City public schools (grades pre-K-12), and university students
  • Develop and oversee a school/student recruitment plan
  • Facilitate partnerships with schools committed to long term residencies by working collaboratively with principals, arts liaisons and teachers
  • Pursue strategic partnerships with other NYC arts education and cultural organizations to implement interdisciplinary programming
  • Negotiate contracts for educational programming with companies performing on NYCC’s mainstage
  • Work with the VP of Programming to develop a range of new community engagement activities that enhance programming reach and increase audience awareness of City Center
  • Strategize programs that serve new and underrepresented audiences
  • Be accountable for the leadership of a department of 4 staff members and over 50 dance and musical theater teaching artists; manage interdepartmental relationships with NYCC staff and mediate interactions with the broader national and local community
  • Monitor department budget and provide information for financial reporting
  • Work with the Development staff to deepen relationships with Education Committee Members and Education Donors
  • Utilize experience directing change to conduct long-range strategic planning


  • A broad knowledge and 10+ years of experience in the field of arts education, management and administration, including supervision, knowledge of education issues, trends and strategies, budgeting and accountability for cost-effective use of resources
  • A professional (or equivalent) background and experience in dance and/or musical theater genres and a working knowledge of the history, aesthetics and critical components of these disciplines
  • An ideal candidate will have a knowledge of instruction, curriculum development and professional development in both education and the arts
  • An understanding of the New York State Standards, NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and the Common Core Standards
  • A command of program evaluation, student/learner assessment and documentation and the ability to facilitate reflection sessions and conduct field observation of programs in progress
  • Experience working with the NYC public school system and its education priorities (e.g. literacy, numeracy)
  • An acquaintance with the key players in the city’s arts and education field
  • The desire and ability to work collaboratively as a team with education staff, NYCC personnel and the professional companies that perform on the mainstage
  • Outstanding communication skills, including computer, written and interpersonal skills

Salary: Commensurate with knowledge and experience

Please submit a cover letter, resumé and two writing samples to Chelsea Goding at

Volunteer Opportunities

New York City Center welcomes a select few volunteers to assist with audience survey distribution and collection during evening and matinee performances of the annual Fall for Dance Festival, as well as to provide clerical support during business hours for special projects. For further information, please e-mail our Marketing Department.