Position Summary: The Director of the CFTA is the foremost champion of the arts at The Hill School and leads all aspects of scheduling and managing events at the Center for The Arts. The Director interacts with internal and external partners on a regular basis to ensure all the Center’s spaces - including the theater, Boyer Art Gallery, art studios, multiple classrooms and rehearsal rooms, and lobby - are utilized in positive ways to continue to uphold the strong legacy of the arts at The Hill School.
Lead the CFTA Faculty and Staff in the scheduling and planning of Center events.
May likely serve as Department Chair for the Arts Department and collaborate with all Arts faculty to ensure the department serves the needs of the School and the student body.
Manage all aspects of any external client rental requests by setting rates, contracting for services, and executing contracts in accordance with client expectations.
Oversee facility maintenance issues including safety, custodial, utilities, and heating/cooling needs by collaborating with the School’s facilities department.
Organize and plan for operational and capital improvement expenses by collaborating with the business office.
Serve as the artistic director and producer for a minimum of two of our three major annual School theatre productions put on by The Ellis Theatre Guild. Oversee hiring of visiting artistic directors or assignment of staff directors for the remaining production if applicable.
Teach up to three sections, likely in theatre or the arts.
In addition to overseeing student productions, plan for a robust offering of smaller and ad hoc arts and theatre performances to enrich the campus arts culture. These events will include visiting artists, musical ensembles, and theatre troupes, and will require hospitality, housing, and other special needs to host these special guests.
Collaborate with the Academic Dean and members of the Calendar Committee to plan and schedule arts curriculum events.
Fulfill the usual faculty commitments as a student academic adviser and provide routine supervision of evening and weekend activities.
A broad background in the arts including a personal history of performance, direction/production, or other arts experience.
MA or MFA in Arts Administration or Theatre Management, or substantial and equivalent field experience
Five or more years’ experience as an artistic director, preferably directing at secondary schools, post-secondary schools, or in a professional setting
Prior experience teaching theatre/acting at a secondary or post-secondary school
Five or more years’ experience managing a performing arts or theater facility
Since its founding in 1851 and for 165 years, The Hill School has provided a traditional liberal arts education to its students. Although The Hill’s curriculum continues to evolve, we have never strayed very far from a proven, rigorous blend of humanities, classics and modern languages, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the arts. For our students, we have prioritized broad knowledge in ou...r steadfast belief that this comprehensive foundation best prepares students for “college, careers, and life.”
The Hill School also has begun implementing an ambitious STEM curriculum, which includes one of the most extensive secondary school engineering programs in the nation. We have bolstered our fine arts programs with courses in digital media, video production, design technology, rapid prototyping and fabrication, and design thinking. And, we are offering “pre-professional,” co-curricular programs in business and entrepreneurship.
Over the coming years, we will continue to affirm what we already do very well while honing curricular and co-curricular programs such as leadership training, service learning, experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. We will find improved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century success skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination. We are working with our Faculty and Staff to become both the most traditional and the most innovative boarding school in the country, simultaneously.
The Hill was founded as The Family Boarding School and when you visit campus, you might note that we are still a bit traditional, despite our emphasis on innovation! We follow a dress code, our students regularly sit down with faculty members for family-style meals, we gather twice a week at Chapel for thoughtful reflection; many of our students, as noted, study Latin and Greek; and we pride ourselves on a student-written Honor Code and demanding code of conduct. We enjoy historic and blossoming traditions such as 126-year-old athletics rivalries, revered a cappella vocal groups, school-wide service projects, community team-building events, small group meetings with caring faculty advisers, and a very special jump in the Dell pond after graduation!
Over the next three to five years, the Hill School is set to achieve several accomplishments sure to leave their mark on the School’s history. The School’s Advancement Office is a 25 person-strong organization driven to achieve the goals set forth in the current “Strength of All” capital campaign which is entering its second year of the five- to seven-year campaign. The capital campaign will fund many efforts, including a significant increase in our financial aid and faculty compensation endowment. The School is finalizing plans with its architectural firm and securing funding to construct the $25 million Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, and mathematics classes will be housed. We are also working to expand the seating capacity of our historic dining hall and completely renovate our food service and preparation areas used by our food service contractor, Sodexo. The School has developed property adjacent to our main campus by recently erecting beautiful new homes for our faculty in our East Faculty Village. This Faculty Housing expansion is likely to continue with additional property available for housing construction to ensure The Hill School offers the very best of this important housing benefit to our residential faculty. One of our most ambitious goals is to be a driving force in the economic revitalization of Pottstown and our immediate neighborhood and through our Hobart’s Run Community Development program and participation in Pottstown CARES, we are finding traction in ways both small and large.