Associate Vice President, Education - The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

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The Music Center (TMC) is one of the most impressive performing arts centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest. For the past five decades, the Center has provided Los Angeles County with the finest performing arts experiences, acting as both presenter and as host to four world-class organizations: LA Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and LA Master Chorale.

The Music Center is also a national leader in arts education, with outreach efforts reaching students throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Established in 1979 as The Music Center Education Division, The Music Center maintains the largest education outreach effort of any cultural institution on the West Coast. With its focus primarily on K-12 schools, The Music Center provides school assemblies; student, teacher and parent workshops; arts integration programs; and arts curriculum to students, teachers and schools throughout Los Angeles County. The Music Center also provides opportunities for students and teachers to attend performances and participate in specially created programs at The Music Center’s campus. 

The Music Center’s education programs provide performances, instruction and curriculum in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Current education programs include: 

• Music Center on Tour, professional performing artists providing in-school assemblies 

• Arts Integration Program, a teacher-focused workshop series integrating arts into the core curriculum 

• Institute for Educators, a summer intensive for classroom teachers to incorporate arts into their teaching 

• Artsource, an online curriculum resource for educators 

• Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, performances at The Music Center for 5th graders 

• Very Special Arts Festival, an arts festival held at The Music Center for students with disabilities along with their mainstream peers 

• Student Matinee Series, daytime performances for students and teachers to select dance engagements 

The Music Center’s venues are among the best known in the world and include the following:

• Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (3107 seats), the first and largest of the Center’s venues, opened in 1964. It is home to LA Opera and the Center’s own Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. For decades, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was home to the LA Philharmonic and more than 20 Academy Awards presentations.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is currently the home of LA Opera.

• Ahmanson Theatre (1,600 to 2,007 seats) opened in 1967, is home to Center Theatre Group, which produces and presents large-scale theater and musical theater productions on its stage.

• Mark Taper Forum (739 seats) is also home to Center Theatre Group; the circular building has a thrust stage offering seating on three-sides. The Mark Taper Forum underwent a $30 million renovation in 2007-08.

• Walt Disney Concert Hall (2265 seats), designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, is the newest of The Music Center’s major venues. It is home to the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale. The audience chamber is configured in a “vineyard” style, providing seating on all four sides of the stage. 

Outdoor Venues:

•Music Center Plaza (225,000 square feet) is an expansive outdoor urban venue that hosts events such as National Dance Day, LA Arts Month, festivals, live simulcasts and weekend activities for dance as well as many private and civic celebrations, special events and galas. 

• W. M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre (350 seats) is a hidden gem located on the rooftop of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and adjacent to The Blue Ribbon Garden

• Blue Ribbon Garden is the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden. Nearly an acre in size, the garden is serves as a backdrop to pre- and post-theater receptions, private events and children’s programming.

• Grand Park – “The Park for Everyone” – sits between The Music Center and City Hall, stretching over four city blocks. Although managed under the aegis of The Music Center, Grand Park currently operates with its own staff leadership, budget and programming. The Music Center anticipates signing a long-term lease on operation of Grand Park by Fall of 2016. To date, collaborations and co-presentations have been minimal, but there is great opportunity for Grand Park to become a significant portion of The Music Center’s reach into the community. 

More information on The Music Center, its programs and venues can be found on their website: 


The Music Center operates on an annual budget of over $59 million with a full-time staff of 225.  Notwithstanding this enormous team, the internal culture of The Music Center is one of service to clients and audiences as well as collegiality with each other. 

In June of 2015, Rachel Moore was tapped to become The Music Center’s President and CEO, and began her new position in October of that year. She is the former CEO of American Ballet Theatre and is the first Music Center leader who comes from the artistic producing world (vs. venue management).

The Music Center’s multiple resident companies offer extraordinary programming within their various disciplines in classical and orchestral music, opera, choral music and theater. The Music Center therefore focuses primarily on other programming disciplines and areas. Key among these is dance, and the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series is at the center of its programming efforts. Major national and international dance companies have graced the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (the primary venue used for the Glorya Kaufman series) including, The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, among many others.

Advancing the entire mission of the organization, the Music Center’s education outreach is an integral part of the Center’s past, present and future.  The commitment that the Music Center has to introducing students to the arts through innovative programming has never been stronger and is a key ingredient in an expanding vision of the Music Center’s impact as one of the nation’s most respected cultural institutions.

With Ms. Moore’s new leadership comes a broadened vision for The Music Center to take a lead in the creation of more original programming and experiences.  Those efforts, while currently in a theoretical stage of development, are an exciting evolution of The Music Center’s focus to vibrantly connect the surrounding community to great performances and experiences that help shape and define a distinctly Los Angeles character.

The institutional culture of the Music Center is firmly and actively advancing an environment of inclusion and diversity. That spirit is seen throughout all areas of operation and is a highly positive element of how the Music Center’s overall operations reflect the current world.


As a senior member of The Music Center staff reporting directly to the Vice President, Presentations and Education, the Associate Vice President of Education will lead and direct The Music Center’s renowned education department. 


The Associate Vice President of Education will provide overall direction and leadership for The Music Center’s education programs. There is a clear expectation that the Associate Vice President will evaluate all current programs for effectiveness and relevance, paying special attention to current education trends and curriculum standards. It is further expected that the Associate Vice President will lead the development of new education programs that expand from K-12 programs to opportunities for lifelong learning in the arts, integrated with The Music Center’s overall programmatic vision. 

Core Responsibilities:

• In collaboration with the Vice President, Presentations and Education, set the overall vision and direction for education at The Music Center.

• Oversee and manage all education initiatives. 

• Ensure that K-12 education programs meet California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts.

• Lead development of curriculum for teachers related to Dance at The Music Center presentations and other Music Center programming. 

• Explore and develop new education programs such as after-school and summer programs for students and arts learning opportunities for adults.

• Foster an atmosphere of inclusion and develop relationships with new educators and teaching artists.

• Develop partnerships with local and national organizations and arts education providers. 

• Build a strong narrative around the role of The Music Center as national arts education leader. 

• Increase opportunities for students and teachers to participate in programs and events on The Music Center campus.


The Music Center gives preference to candidates with demonstrable work in advancing equity, inclusion and diversity. The strongest candidates will have the following experience and capabilities:

• Extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in the field of arts education; a broad knowledge of dance, music, theater and visual arts is mandatory for success in this role.

• 10+ years of successful senior management experience in a national arts organization.

• Great track record of working as an arts educator with diverse communities.

• Extensive knowledge of arts education pedagogy. 

• Excellent social and interpersonal skills. 

• Clear track record of a collaborative management style. 

• Demonstrable budget, employee management, contract and other business skills. 

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education required; graduate degree preferred. 

The ideal candidate will also have the following characteristics:

• An active and energetic mind and demeanor.

• A positive attitude.

• A strong attention to detail.

• A compelling sense of collaborative leadership.

• A keen sense of humor.

• A strong work ethic.

• Ability to derive deep satisfaction from facilitating the best work of others.

• A desire to be part of the Los Angeles community.


The salary for this position will be competitive with other companies of comparable stature and size.  A generous benefits package includes the following:

• Health, Rx, dental and vision insurance (funded largely by TMC);

• Life, AD&D and long-term disability insurance;

• Flexible Spending Account;

• 401k (TMC contributes based on % of employee contribution);

• Paid vacation, sick time and holidays.

The Music Center hopes to make its decision by early 2017 with the successful candidate onsite as soon as possible thereafter. 
Recommendations of qualified individuals are welcome. Interested candidates are invited to send a résumé or CV, cover letter, salary history and at least three professional references to the consulting firm retained to facilitate this important search:

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.
Attn: Jonathan West

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