Director of Arts Education/Morrison Center

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Management, Administration and Business Operations, Academic Programs, Education and Training

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Come join Morrison Center for The Performing Arts as a full -time Director of Arts Education today!

Job Summary/Purpose:

The Director of Arts Education is responsible for the development and execution of the Morrison Center’s education and community engagement programs with a focus on K-12 school-based initiatives. As a member of the leadership team, the Director will work closely with staff across numerous departments to deliver programs as outlined in the strategic plan.

Department Overview:

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,002-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's home for the arts. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984.

Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center’s budget is supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations, grants, and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. The latest economic impact study for the Morrison Center shows the generation of $27.9M in value to the local and state economy.

Level Scope:

Manages a program and/or team typically consisting of both experienced professionals and subordinate Managers. Focuses on tactical and operational plans with short to mid term focus; significant responsibility to achieve broadly stated goals through subordinate Managers. Determines objectives, directs programs, develops strategies and policies, manages human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a high degree of autonomy. Requires broad management and leadership knowledge to lead a project or program teams in one dept/job family. Proactively assesses risk to establish systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Determines campus strategies for a program with campus wide impact.

Essential Functions:
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and leadership team, steer the Arts Education strategy and Build, Develop and implement education programs which connect audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learning opportunities about and through the performing arts.
  • Connect arts programming to arts rubrics at the State level.
  • Develop and Manage the Idaho High School Theater Awards program, a regional site of the Broadway League Jimmy Awards program for Idaho High Schools, this is a brand new program to implement in the 21-22 school year. Serve as chaperone for the students attending the program in NYC.
  • Recruit, train, and contract teaching artists for educational programming as needed.
  • Serve as a Lead Teaching Artist when appropriate.
  • Serve as The Morrison Center’s liaison to educators, and stay current on needs and trends of arts education in Idaho and the region.
  • Coordinate with all Morrison Center departments to produce arts education programming in and out of the Morrison Center building,
  • Develop sensory friendly opportunities for attendance at performances and education events.
  • Create positive relationships/ partnerships with local performing arts and other cultural organizations to create diverse and inclusive arts education programs that serve a wide audience and provide opportunities for local arts organizations and individual artists.
  • Research and prepare written information for educational materials, grant applications and final reports, sponsorship proposals, marketing materials, and other materials as necessary.
  • Track required data and ensure activities are completed on time and within budget.
  • Travel to schools and offsite partner locations throughout the state of Idaho to observe and coordinate programs, as needed.
  • Attend K-12 performing arts events at Idaho schools to build relationships and understand the needs of each school.
  • Develop programs and opportunities for college students to learn about the performing arts (internships, job shadowing, volunteering, masterclasses and workshops).
  • Assist with contract creation, management and processing.
  • Opportunity for remote or hybrid working schedule 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • A strong knowledge of the performing arts and arts education.
  • Be a Strategic and creative thinker with the ability to develop, measure, and coordinate impact.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with a strong drive for results.
  • Have project management experience.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders to advance company and departmental objectives.
  • Have good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Power-point, Outlook and Excel
  • Be able to work effectively with a variety of personalities and successfully communicate with all levels of the organization, and with the public
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, planning, organizational, and research skills. Excellent public speaking skills, time management and detail-oriented self starter.
  • Be familiar with Educational Learning Standards and understand how to access the National Core Arts Standards
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and evaluate curriculum for various programs.
  • Have a variety of teaching and/or teaching artist experience (school and community settings);
  • Be a self-starter and able to create new engagement projects as appropriate.
  • Know how to demonstrate professionalism under pressure.
  • Be familiar with managing budgets that reflect a sustainable growth mindset.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to travel out of state for conferences.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in theatre, music, education, arts management, or 5 years related field or equivalent.

Basic supervisory experience.

Working knowledge and/or experience in a K-12 school or University system, preferred. 

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $65,478.40 commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides tuition benefit, health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Resume and Cover Letter


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