JAC seeks full-time Director of Education and Outreach

Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) is seeking a full-time Director of Education and Outreach to work in a senior leadership role managing all aspects of the organization’s new and expanding youth jazz education initiatives. This new education programming is an important part of JAC’s mission of keeping jazz alive and thriving and to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz throughout Charleston.

The Director of Education and Outreach will take a lead role in designing, developing and delivering a continuum of  music education programs designed for elementary, middle school  and high school students  in the Greater Charleston area.  The program will enable students to learn how to perform music, offer an introduction to jazz, and explore Charleston’s rich cultural heritage in jazz as one of America’s most cherished art forms.

The ideal candidate will be skilled as an arts administrator, educator and relationship builder who excels in outcome based program development, implementation and assessment.  The Director of Education and Outreach will have the qualities of an education entrepreneur while also enjoying teaching and public speaking.


  • Develop an extensive portfolio of education and community engagement programs in support of  Jazz Artists of Charleston’s mission
  • Establish relationships with school administrators and educators to develop after school music programs at area schools
  • Establish relationships with parents of home school children and develop and deliver music education for home schooled students
  • Collaborate with other nonprofit organizations to serve at-risk youth with music instruction
  • Facilitate and steward collaborations with local and state level teachers, administrators, and community leaders in Charleston’s most under resourced schools
  • Deliver high quality music education that prepares students for next-level instruction and/or performance opportunities
  • Create communication and education materials for distribution to students, families, schools and partners
  • Work  with the JAC Education Committee to continually grow and improve the education offering. Facilitate committee meetings, work with committee to establish yearly goals
  • Collaborate with the JAC Director of Performances to develop youth oriented concerts, in-school performances and student concerts and ensembles
  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate the performance of all education staff, teachers, interns and volunteers and conduct annual performance reviews
  • Devise, manage, and revise the budget for all education and community engagement activities. Monitor and track progress throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to devise strategies with regard to foundation and government grants and fundraising


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts management, music education or business administration. Master’s degree is a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, collaboration and program management
  • Self starter with strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Ability to use networking and marketing skills to identify and work with school administrators and parents
  • Skilled at managing multiple priorities and people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in technology  – Microsoft Office, social media, graphic design software a plus
  • Advocate for artistic and educational excellence

Full-time, exempt position. Some evening and weekend hours are required

Salary, bonus, and paid vacation

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Best consideration by January 31, 2017
Start date on March 1, 2017

Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education, including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz, through performances, special events and educational outreach in the City of Charleston. Jazz is America’s most original art form and its most significant cultural export over the last 100 years. JAC’s programs, which include the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and the annual Charleston Jazz Festival, represent the continuation of a musical tradition begun about a century and a half ago in coastal South Carolina.

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