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Director, Butler Community Arts School

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Director, Butler Community Arts School


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Director, Butler Community Arts School

POSITION: Director, Butler Community Arts School
EFFECTIVE DATE: beginning May 1, 2021
RANK AND SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
REPORTING: This position reports to the Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University.


  • Administration of daily operations including updating and maintaining policies, procedures, and business structure to support the School.
  • Responsibility for $500k budget, including enrollment management.
  • Establish financial parameters such as pay rates, tuition rates, payment plans, scholarship assistance, etc.
  • Responsible for long and short-term planning, development, marketing, and strategic planning.
  • Develop, nurture, and maintain community collaborations and partnerships.
  • Hire, train, and supervise Butler students to be Teaching Fellows for on- and off-campus teaching. Train and mentor in areas of professionalism, parent relations, and general teaching strategies. Match students to teachers each term.
  • Supervise the BCAS Program Coordinator and student interns.
  • Coordinate all aspects of BCAS Summer Camps, including but not limited to scheduling (in conjunction with local school district schedules), hiring camp faculty and chaperones, securing campus teaching spaces, dormitories and meals, ordering camp supplies, 24/7 oversight during each camp, etc.
  • Provide advice to prospective customers re: appropriate age and/or instrument, length of lessons, etc.
  • Research and write grants to support BCAS, and submit grant reports as required. Attend related meetings and conferences.
  • Participate and support Butler University events, initiatives, and committees.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree or M.B.A. preferred. (Arts Administration or Music Education)
  • Three-five years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated success in supervising young teachers, customer service and customer relations, grant writing, and business operations.
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents.
  • Success in working with community-based organizations with underserved populations.
  • Ability to work under pressure while meeting critical time demands; demonstrated pattern of flexibility. Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks.

APPLICATION: Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation, and a list of references. Review of applications will begin January 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply at

The Butler Community Arts School serves anyone age 5 and up through private lessons, group classes, and both day and residential summer camps. Lessons are taught by trained Butler University students (Teaching Fellows).

The Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University includes undergraduate programs in arts administration, art, dance, music, and theatre; a graduate program in music; and the Butler Community Arts School, an arts education program. Butler University is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, and Theatre.

JCA provides focused professional study and collaborative, creative experiences within the context of a strong liberal arts university. They value an inclusive and welcoming environment with a diverse range of artists, traditions, ideas, and audiences. They emphasize the development of students as artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society.

Founded in 1855 by abolitionist Ovid Butler on the principle of equal access to higher education for all races and genders, Butler University is a nationally recognized master’s comprehensive institution located in Indianapolis. The University’s six colleges offer more than 65 undergraduate areas of study, 8 pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs to a student body of approximately 4,700. The student-to-faculty ratio at Butler is 11:1 and the average undergraduate class size is 20. The University supports over 44,000 active alumni living in all 50 states and nearly 80 countries worldwide.

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. They celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. They welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.


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