Director of EDUCATION


FULL-Time, Exempt

The Flynn is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strive to be diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective. Our goal is to build and maintain an organization where everyone can do their best work. We believe that people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.


The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is Northern New England’s premiere performing arts center. The Flynn offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences and nurtures the creative development of performing artists. Our facilities include a 1,411-seat proscenium auditorium (Flynn Main Stage), a 180-seat black box cabaret space (Flynn Space), two education studios, a gallery with rotating exhibits of regional artists, and adjoining lobbies.

The Flynn hosts over 200 performances and over 50 camps and classes annually. Regularly scheduled performances include the Flynn season, which features world-class music, Broadway, theater, dance, and family performances on our Main Stage, with additional touring shows added throughout the year and weekday matinees presented through our Student Matinee Series, in addition to the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The Flynn also provides a performance venue for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Lyric Theatre, and other local arts organizations.

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Basic Function

As the Flynn prepares to re-engage the many communities we serve through in-person classes, summer camps, in-school programs, online workshops, and more, we are looking for a Director of Education that will lead a statewide program to increase access to the arts. The Director will be responsible for developing and managing a department that meets the diverse needs of our state by employing the arts to develop empathy, self-confidence, and collaboration skills among all of our youth—regardless of economic, geographic, or physical barriers. In addition, we plan to grow our adult programs in order to serve anyone looking to find meaningful and transformational creative outlets. The Director will work closely with the Programming and Development teams, the board, and outside Education leaders to lead a strategic planning process that ensures the growing and continued success of our educational impact.

The Director Education will manage a multi-function team including staff, teaching artists, and interns in directing the Flynn’s arts education programs for community and schools, including the Student Matinee Series. They will forge and maintain partnerships with schools, universities, and service organizations and lead the Board’s education committee.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities

  • Direct and manage the functions of the Education department and its staff; oversee the administrative and coordinating needs of the department's programs, functions, services, and activities. 
  • Evaluate current program offerings, assess community needs and interests, research curriculum requirements and opportunities, and plan and develop overall program criteria and evaluation methodologies.
  • Working with Executive Director and Board, lead a Strategic Planning process to articulate 5 year departmental goals and determine best practices and programs to achieve them
  • Build deep and lasting relationships with key state and national arts and education organizations, regional arts, education, and social service organizations, and area schools.
  • Plan and manage student matinee programs (over the last 10 years, 82% of VT have attended Flynn Programs)
  • Develop programs and strategies to address diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity through all efforts of the department
  • Evaluate and regularly update the criteria and qualifications for teaching artists as needed, and supervise their hiring and training
  • Oversee the departmental plan for a full roster of year-round classes and summer camps
  • Work with Development Department to identify potential funding sources for education programming and collaborate with other Flynn departments in preparing grant proposals and donor development.
  • Plan, request, and manage operating budgets for education department
  • Track student progress and evaluate outcomes
  • Prepare administrative financial reports related to income analysis and trends and grant tracking; provide data for board, development, and financial reports
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the education team to carry out key administrative functions related to educational programming, including budgeting, the preparation, negotiation, and execution of contracts, marketing, preparation of printed materials, and negotiation of arrangements with co-sponsors
  • Coordinate with Associate Director of Produced Events to commission and create Flynn Youth performance programs both on and off campus
  • Directly and indirectly supervise regular department staff members, as well as part-time teaching faculty
  • Serve on and lead various committees including Education Committee of the Board
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the field; attend various professional meetings and conferences

Supervision Exercised 

Education Staff

Supervision Received

Direction is received from the Executive Director.


  • Master's degree in the performing arts or arts education and/or 5 years of relevant experience
  • Leadership experience, including budget development and management including supervising and evaluating staff
  • Experience working with performers and teaching artists
  • Ability to assist in fundraising with understanding of how to manage and do reporting for grant funds.
  • Curatorial or producing skills for young audiences in putting together events or series
  • Teaching experience in or exposure to community-based arts programs, in schools and/or higher education
  • Familiarity with how performing arts support grades K - 12 curricula
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Relevant experience with technologies used for data
  • Ability to represent the Flynn to and deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations inside and outside of the Flynn.
  • Appreciation of and commitment to meeting the needs of educators and community
  • Patient, kind, and big-hearted. A sense of humor is a must
  • A strong belief that Art teaches Empathy


This general outline illustrates the type of work that characterizes the Job Classification.  It is not an all-encompassing statement of the specific duties, responsibilities and qualifications of individual positions assigned to the classification.

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