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START DATE – August 2019

A full-time, salaried, exempt position reporting to the LIVE ART Program Director/Senior Director of Education. The LIVE ART Program Manager serves as the administrative and communication hub of the LIVE ART program.


  1. Provide day-to-day management of the LIVE ART program, at the direction of the LIVE ART Program Director. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
    • Be present for, and provide direct supervision of, all LIVE ART classes and rehearsals.
    • Form professional relationships with faculty and parents to build community and trust among program participants.
    • Manage communication with program faculty, parents, students, and other personnel.
    • Manage a significant volume of data and documentation pertaining to the program.
    • Provide administrative support to the LIVE ART Program Director.
    • Participate in meetings of the LIVE ART lead team as needed, providing primarily administrative support.
    • Schedule and participate in student interviews for the program, in concert with the LIVE ART Special Education Director and/or the LIVE ART Program Director, and manage the selection and communications pertaining to enrollment.
    • Manage relationships and participation with program partners.
    • With the LIVE ART Program Director, plan all faculty meetings, program leadership meetings, and steering committee meetings.
    • Generate employment agreements and submit LIVE ART payroll.
    • Support the administration of educational assessment by the LIVE ART assessment specialist.
    • Maintain the contents and organization of the LIVE ART program supply room.
    • Participate in marketing activities (program content, merchandise, etc.).
  2. Manage outreach programs with LIVE ART partner organizations, currently including Faison Center and UMFS.
    • Work with partner organizations to schedule mutually conducive program sessions.
    • Schedule faculty, submit payroll, and manage attendance/substitutions.
    • Maintain communication with partner organization liaisons to ensure successful program implementation.
  3. Participate in all Education Team meetings and work collaboratively to continually improve SPARC’s educational programs.
  4. Other duties as assigned by the LIVE ART Program Director/Senior Director of Education and Executive Director.


Please note that this is a full-time exempt position, with regularly scheduled duties to include evenings and Saturdays during program cycles. Weekday office hours will be adjusted when possible to accommodate evening and weekend work schedules.



  • Student focus. Our ideal candidate has a strong student focus, putting their learning, enjoyment, and safety above all else.
  • Positive attitude. Our team succeeds when all members have a can-do spirit and are fun to be around.
  • Self-starter, self-manager. We need someone who takes initiative, anticipates needs, and gets things done on time.
  • Detail oriented. There are many moving pieces in SPARC, and we need someone who makes complex things seem simple.
  • Positive communicator. We want someone who can be counted on to focus on the positive, inspire the team, value his/her colleagues, and have enthusiasm for representing SPARC to groups large and small.
  • Trustworthy. Our team and constituents need to be able to count on the follow-through and responsiveness of the person in this role.
  • Decisive. Though senior leadership is always available to support you with sensitive problems, we need someone comfortable making decisions and judgment calls.
  • Adaptive. We need someone who is able to handle unexpected situations in stride, and who is prepared and capable to step in for a member of his/her team at a moment’s notice.
  • Committed to excellence. We give our students, families, faculty, and the community a “wow experience” with SPARC at every opportunity.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience: At least 3 years’ program management experience, preferably in performing arts education.
  • Technical: Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, and comfort with web-based applications such as SignUpGenius, Salesforce, Adobe Sign, and others.
  • Transportation: Possesses a car, valid driver’s license, and acceptable driving record.
  • Enthusiasm for details, organization, and deadlines.
  • Experience with SPARC’s LIVE ART program is a strong plus.


TO APPLY – Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to SPARC@sparcrichmond.org. No phone calls please.

START DATE – August 2019
SALARY – Competitive salary and benefits package.

The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation — is committed to the most fundamental principles of equality of opportunity and human dignity. SPARC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military or veteran status, political beliefs, or status with regard to public assistance.

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