Vice President for Learning & Community Engagement

POSITION: VP for Learning and Community Engagement
REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer
STATUS: Full-time, exempt
COMPENSATION: $50,000 – $60,000

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance encompasses the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and a wide range of learning programs for children, youth, and adults. In peak years the organization’s education programs reach almost 75,000 persons in 14 counties around the Dayton area. The annual budget is in the range of $7-8 million.
Our driving purpose is to inspire as many people as possible to fall in love with the classical performing arts. Ten years after the merger of three historic organizations, we are completing the journey of becoming a single, integrated organization working together toward that shared, driving purpose. We believe that the arts are for everyone, and we strive to put that into practice in everything we do. Our learning and community engagement programs are the centerpiece of that driving purpose because they are the places where we inspire and develop new audiences, devotees, and practitioners for classical music, opera, and ballet.

We believe that in order to serve our community well, we must reflect it well. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are central to our journey as an organization, and we seek new colleagues who, whatever their responsibilities, can help us take that journey with commitment and authenticity.


The VP for Learning and Community Engagement is responsible for creating, implementing, managing, and evaluating our educational and community engagement programs. The VP will be responsible for leading our manifold learning programs through the journey of increasing integration in service of our shared purpose. They will increase participation, audience breadth, and access for our current learning programs, and will build strategies for including program participants and audiences that have been heretofore less included and welcomed in our full range of programming. At the heart of these programs are a vibrant youth orchestra system, a ballet school, performances for students, wide-ranging educational programs in schools, a corps of dedicated teaching artists, and “Q the Music,” an after-school program in two locations inspired by the El Sistema model. Programming is assisted and supported by longstanding volunteer groups who likewise need to be part of our program of strategic integration, and artists from the Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet play key roles in delivering this programming. The VP will have primary responsibility for working with these dedicated volunteer groups. DPAA is led by a President who is deeply committed to learning and community engagement as the most important thing we do because these programs shape the future of our art forms.


  • Oversee strategy, planning, execution, and day-to-day management of all learning and community engagement programs.
  • Create a structure, environment, and culture that encompass and hold accountable all learning programs, including the youth orchestra system, ballet school, school-based programs, community-based performance experiences, and community engagement initiatives.
  • Engage with the President, Senior Staff, Artistic Directors, and education staff to develop plans for educational and community engagement initiatives.
  • Supervise an education coordinator, ballet education manager, and three youth orchestra conductors, and works with the Artistic Director of the Dayton Opera to supervise four seasonal Artists in Residence
  • Develop annual operating plans with action items, timelines, and ownership, in alignment with the DPAA’s five-year strategic framework.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local school district leadership and local arts educators from pre-school through high-school level to identify needs and effectively administer the DPAA’s programs with efficient and reliable scheduling, execution, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Sustain, nurture, and grow a network of teaching artists for all programs, including professional artists from the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Ballet, as well as other local arts educators.
  • Model, develop, and nurture a spirit of open and transparent collaboration and innovation among department staff, teaching artists, DPAA colleagues, and community partners.
  • Work closely with the development staff and the President to identify fundraising opportunities in support of learning and community engagement, and engage actively with major donors and institutional funders under the guidance of development staff.
  • Work closely with marketing staff to build a cohesive brand identity across all learning and community engagement programs that reinforce the unity of the organization, its driving purpose across all art forms, and its vision that the arts are for everyone.
  • Work with the President, COO, and ballet staff to develop the resources to expand the Dayton Ballet School to reach its participation and revenue potential and its ability to serve students of all economic backgrounds.
  • Build relationships, identify opportunities, and develop strategies for greater inclusion of communities not currently engaged with DPAA.
  • Develop revenue and expense budgets for all learning and community engagement programs, in collaboration with the COO (who is also CFO) and in line with DPAA’s fiscal sustainability principles.
  • Participate actively in the DPAA’s journey toward pervasive inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA).
  • Represent DPAA in the community as a public speaker and advocate for the Ballet, Opera, and Philharmonic and our learning programs. Identify and organize opportunities for the President to meet with or speak to leaders and audiences in support of learning programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience or education, preferably in the performing arts or arts administration.
  • Demonstrated and significant history of building, growing and effectively administering education programs in classical music, ballet, opera, or a combination of these.
  • Experience in artistic programming in a classical performing arts organization.
  • Experience as a professional musician, dancer, opera singer, or music educator.
  • Connections with educational partners in the Dayton region are desired.
  • A strong entrepreneurial drive combined with the ability to collaborate fruitfully and solve problems as a member of a team.
  • The ability to balance multiple, complex, overlapping priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience supervising staff and managing a team.
  • Outstanding and highly-developed skills in interpersonal, written, and telephone communication skills.
  • Aptitude for developing relationships and networks with individuals and organizational partners from all backgrounds.
  • Experience engaging and building relationships and networks in disadvantaged or marginalized communities.
  • Ability to communicate the DPAA’s mission, goals, and activities.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends throughout the performance season.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and education- or arts-related customer relationship management (CRM) software.


  • Significant evening or weekend functions, meetings, appointments, or performances.
  • Standing for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, telephone, and other office equipment.
  • Moving/lifting objects, boxes, and furniture as needed and allowed, not to exceed 20 lbs.

This position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Nothing in the position description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to the position at any time.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Today, the DPAA is the largest performing arts organization in the greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse, and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and its rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley.

• 403(b) with Employer Match
• Dental and Vision Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Paid Time Off


To apply, please submit a letter detailing reasons for interest in this position and addressing the specific qualifications outlined above, along with salary requirements and four professional references by email only to  [email protected].

In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, the DPAA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity. All employment decisions will be made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, marital status, political affiliation, veteran status, non-job-related handicap, or any other protected characteristic. This applies to all areas of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, and termination.