St. Charles Community College
  • Search Committee - Director of Performing Arts
  • Cottleville, MO, USA
  • Commensurate with experience
  • Salary
  • Full-Time Staff

The theatre and music programs at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Mo., seek a dynamic, highly collaborative, entrepreneurial Director of the Performing Arts (DPA). The DPA is a newly created position designed to promote and supervise all operational aspects of the performing arts experience at SCC, positioning them under a new spotlight and into a new era. As a multi-faceted, critical-role player at SCC, the DPA will collaborate regularly with our recruitment team to attract talented students to our theatre and music programs, and with our marketing and communications department to ensure events are marketed extensively to the campus and throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The DPA will work closely with and report directly to the SCC dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences, developing and executing a strategic plan in support of the college's mission and vision. Candidates should have the ability and flexibility to imaginatively transform the future of performing arts at SCC.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops mission and goals, designs and implements strategic plan, and determines and upholds annual performance objectives for a newly created Performing Arts Center.
  • Provides leadership to a team of staff that includes a full-time theatre manager/technical director, full-time music technician, full-time box office specialist, full-time Young People's Theatre director, and project-based production staff.
  • Establishes and ensures the implementation of policies and procedures necessary to achieve exceptional operations of the facility.
  • Prepares and maintains a balanced budget. Works in partnership with the Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to develop and implement a strategic plan for the performing arts at SCC.
  • Works with Dean of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences to negotiate contracts for all team-members including: directors, designers, choreographers, music directors, and costume shop coordinator.
  • Teams with the Recruitment Coordinator and recruitment personnel to develop and implement new mechanisms for attracting talented performing arts students to our academic and continuing education programs. Partners with music and theatre faculty to select recipients of scholarship funds.
  • Works extensively and in alignment with the marketing and communications department to design comprehensive marketing plans and initiatives to promote events, performances, and the academic performing arts programs. Works with Box Office Specialist to build strategic plan to retain and build audiences and ensure an exceptional customer experience.
  • Coordinates with the Student Life Manager, Events Coordinator, and Theatre Manager to enhance the student and community experience by attracting and scheduling performance groups and events in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building spaces.
  • Interfaces with the Facilities Department to implement strategically considered building enhancements and to ensure continuous maintenance for the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building.
  • Collaborates with the SCC Foundation Office to establish a fundraising campaign for the performing arts programs.
  • Represents the SCC performing arts within the College and to the regional community.



Provide leadership to a team of staff that includes a full-time theatre manager/technical director, full-time music technician, full-time box office specialist, full-time Young People's Theatre director, and project-based production staff. 


QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Bachelor's degree in arts administration, communications, marketing, or a related field combined with five or more years of related experience is required. Master's degree in one or more of these disciplines combined with five years or more experience preferred.
  • Prior experience in an administrative role in a performing arts institution or organization.
  • Extensive experience with community relations in the performing arts.
  • Experience using social media and a variety of other marketing tools to successfully promote performing arts events.




St. Charles Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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