Kansas City Young Audiences is currently seeking applicants for the position of:


Director of Arts Education


Job Title: Director of Arts Education



The Director of Arts Education manages all KCYA teaching artists (TA’s); oversees arts education programming throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area including evaluation, maintenance, and quality; supervises the Arts Partners (AP) Coordinator; assists with supervision of Programs Coordinator; and assists with Community School of the Arts (CSA) planning, goal-setting, scheduling, quality control, assessment, etc. This position requires excellent communication and organizational skills; and the ability to maintain good relationships with teaching artists, school administrators, and clients. The Director of Arts Education reports directly to the Executive Director. Flexible schedule includes: typical M-F work hours; one evening (until 8:00 pm) each week; occasional Saturday mornings; some remote work possible.



  • Responsible for KCYA TA’s: recruiting, orientation, contract negotiation, management, evaluation, professional development, etc. 
  • Curate all arts education program content; quality control, assessment, reporting
  • Manage KCYA’s participation in the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program
  • Supervise AP Coordinator and assist with supervision of Programs Coordinator
  • Assist with Community School of the Arts (CSA) planning, goal-setting, scheduling, etc.
  • Assist with budgeting and fiscal management of School and Community Programs, Arts Partners (AP) and CSA
  • Coordinate and/or create Teacher Program Guides for each KCYA program
  • Assist Director of Marketing with the marketing of all programs
  • Assist with organizational initiatives related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access 
  • (DEIA); Social Emotional Learning (SEL); Trauma-informed Instruction
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director 



Minimum Qualifications: 

Experience in arts and/or education field. Excellent communication, management, and problem-solving skills. Strong organizational skills. Strong ability to manage multiple detail-orientated tasks. Creativity, adaptability, and flexibility are a must. An ability to work independently and as part of a team. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.  Ability to work in a highly-collaborative environment.  Position requires schedule flexibility to include one evening/week and some Saturdays. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

Previous management experience. Experience in a not-for-profit organization. Strong written and oral communication skills. Excels in interacting with multiple constituencies including TA’s, educators, and students. Teaching and/or directing experience preferred. 


Type: Full time


Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Medical insurance, retirement 401k, dental, and disability benefits. Paid personal days. 



Email a resume with a cover letter, a statement of salary range expectation and three professional references to employment@kcya.org.  No calls please.


Deadline: December 3, 2021

Contact: Martin English

Email: employment@kcya.org


We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.