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Director of Education & Community Engagement

POSITION: Director or Education & Community Engagement
STATUS: Full Time, Exempt
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SALARY: DOE + Benefits



Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain, and inspire.


In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.


We believe in the following core values in order to have the greatest impact through arts education and community engagement:

  • Theater arts are among the greatest joys in life, to be experienced and shared with as many people as possible, including those who do not have the means to purchase a ticket to a live professional performance.
  • Theater is a one-of-a-kind tool for learning, connecting and strengthening community and profoundly enriching the lives of children and adults.
  • We can use theater and artists to ignite positive change in Los Angeles’ most underresourced schools and communities.
  • Theater is a tool for accelerating the learning and achievement of Los Angeles’s most economically and educationally underserved youth and adults.
  • “Exposure” to theater is not nearly enough. Lasting impact is only possible through long-term, well-designed, in-depth theater arts experiences.


Geffen Playhouse seeks a Director of Education & Community Engagement. This full-time salaried position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Education Chair on the Board to advance Geffen Playhouse’s educational programming, engagement in the Greater Los Angeles community, and partnerships with local schools and organizations. The position requires a comprehensive, community-building approach to engaging diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds in theater arts and inspiring a love and appreciation of the arts in youth and adults. The Director is responsible for developing, overseeing and evaluating all Education and Community Engagement programs. Programs include the Geffen Playhouse Literacy Project, High School Partnerships Program, Lights Up Community Engagement Program, Veterans Writing Project and Theater-Making Intensive for Young Adults.


  • As team leader of the Education & Community Engagement department: oversee the staff, design, planning and implementation of all programs noted above, as well as the development and distribution of related materials for classroom use.
  • Identify opportunities for enhanced community engagement and partnerships that deepen the community’s connections with the Geffen Playhouse.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with school and community leaders to fully support and implement programs for each of our partnering organizations.
  • Work with school and community partners to accomplish mutual goals that will have the greatest impact on the community, which fully utilize our artists’ and teaching artists’ talents.
  • Possess a deep understanding of Los Angeles Communities, including Boyle Heights, Watts, and specifically LAUSD policies & procedures.
  • Have knowledge of and commitment to the workforce DEI experience.
  • Develop annual operating plans with clear action items, ownership and timelines.
  • Develop revenue and expense budgets for each Educational and Community Engagement program, monitor progress of each and adjust as necessary. Set revenue goals and creatively seek opportunities to meet those goals.
  • Work closely with the Development department to ensure that funding needs are met.
  • Work with Marketing/Communications Department to promote educational and community engagement opportunities, as well as highlight the impact of the programs.
  • Design measurement tools and collect and track participant feedback in order to assess impact and effectiveness of all programs.
  • Serve as primary contact and onsite supervisor for events, including some evenings and weekends. Maintain office hours to facilitate collaboration with other staff.
  • Recognize the strong work that has been done and continue the ongoing initiatives created by the Education Department, along with exploring a new vision for our future.
  • Assume other duties as assigned.


  • A degree in performance, arts education or arts management required. Masters level preferred.
  • Minimum of five to seven years of experience as an educator in a directly related field.
  • Artistic training and experience as an artist or performer in a directly related field.
  • Passion for education and community engagement and prioritizing the needs of students and partners.
  • Highly strategic and creative thinker with a track record of developing and executing coordinated, impactful, community-building programs.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives and anti-racist theater.
  • Minimum eight to ten years management experience with demonstrated leadership in a director position in a cultural arts institution.
  • Experience in creating and tracking budgets.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders to advance our mission and achieve goals. Positive relationship-building and customer service attitude.
  • Ensemble-minded team player with an open, collaborative work style and positive, flexible attitude.
  • Familiarity with the California State Common Core Standards.
  • Highly effective written and verbal skills.
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite.


To apply, please submit a cover letter with salary expectation and resume in .pdf or .doc format at No phone calls, please.

Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Geffen Playhouse expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Geffen Playhouse’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.