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Associate Director, Educational Initiatives - Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts

University of Denver
Colorado, Denver, USA
Closing date
Jul 15, 2021
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The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class, multi-venue performing arts center on the campus of the University of Denver. Home to the Lamont School of Music, The Newman Center hosts nearly 500 events annually. In addition to performances by Lamont students and faculty, the Newman Center is an in-demand performance venue for numerous rental clients including the Denver Post Pen and Podium Series, Friends of Chamber Music, Denver Brass, Wonderbound Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Urban League of Denver, The CELL and many others. The Newman Center also presents nationally touring performing arts groups through its acclaimed series, Newman Center Presents.

The Newman Centers education programs are currently refocused on preK-12 students and teachers through collaborative curriculum development rooted in arts integration, supplemented by student workshops and teacher professional development. Eventually, the Newman Center plans to expand its offerings.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Education is responsible for the vision and strategy for educational initiatives at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

Essential Functions

Vision and Direction

  • Set a vision for Newman Centers educational programs that aligns with the NCPA strategic plan, DUs strategic plan (IMPACT 2025), the DU Chancellors Strategic Imperatives, and DU and NCPAs mission and values.
  • Create a cohesive, focused strategy for educational programs, including an attainable, measured expansion of these programs as funds and staffing allow.
  • Align education initiatives with curatorial direction of Executive Director, including the Student Matinee Series.
  • Work collaboratively with teachers and curriculum specialists at the school and district level to ensure programs meet the needs of the end users.
  • Represent NCPA as a thought leader in arts education for the city of Denver and the state of Colorado.


  • Oversee all content creation for education initiatives.
  • Create and sustain curriculum for K-12 students that aligns with Colorado Department of Education State Standards and is rooted in social-emotional learning and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understand the major goals, challenges, and opportunities at the school and district level.
  • Ensure frequent school communication, including regular site visits to each engaged school, and cultivation of new partner schools.


  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations, foundations, and other institutions to support K-12 education, and eventually, lifelong learning.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 5-7 years of K-12 performing arts teaching experience.
  • Curriculum development experience.
  • 3 years of educational leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Arts Education, performing or visual arts discipline or related degree.
  • Experience working in an education role at a nonprofit arts organization.
  • Knowledge of national trends and best practices in arts education and arts integration.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 37.5 hours per week, some weekends and evenings required. Exact schedule to be determined with hiring manager.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 10.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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