Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School invites applications for a full-time Performing Arts Director for the 2018-19 academic year. Located in Washington, DC, and founded in 1799, Georgetown Visitation educates young women in grades 9 – 12 in a faith-centered community focused on educational excellence and rooted in the Roman Catholic faith and Salesian tradition. The Performing Arts Director leads a thriving, dynamic, performance-oriented program encompassing choral arts, drama, school liturgy, and academics. Almost half of our students participate in the Performing Arts program during their high school careers.
Successful candidates will have a strong academic and professional background in music and performance, as well as the energy, enthusiasm, and desire to communicate and work with young women at the secondary school level and their parents. Prior experience working with young women at the secondary level is preferred, as is practical knowledge of accounting to ensure appropriate financial stewardship. This role includes the need for significant administrative responsibilities, including budget management, detailed scheduling, coordination of parent volunteers, collaboration with Communications, etc. Candidates must be willing to work closely with departmental colleagues in a collaborative, fluid setting. Organization, flexibility, accountability, and attention to detail are critical.
Chorus and Madrigals: Leadership of the Visitation Chorus and Madrigals (the auditioned choir) requires strong choral and keyboard skills, and a management style that encourages student involvement and engagement. The Director is responsible for several significant public performances each year, including school concerts and Christmas celebrations. Student vocalists serve as ambassadors for the school and both choruses are regularly invited to perform locally, nationally and internationally. In the recent past, the Visitation Chorus and Madrigals have been invited to perform at the White House, the Capitol, and the National Cathedral.
Theatre Program: The successful candidate will have highly developed and flexible management skills necessary to stage and produce an annual fall play and spring musical. The Director supervises all technical, dramatic, and logistical aspects of each production in partnership with a production crew that includes an acting coach, technical director, choreographer, and pit orchestra director. The Director must also be prepared to work closely with the school Communications office and parent volunteers.
School Liturgies: The Director will provide musical support to School Liturgies. This requires an understanding of and a familiarity with the musical aspects of the Roman Catholic Mass, the Order of Service, and the knowledge and ability to instruct and support student cantors. The Director will ensure all music supports prayer and reflection in a liturgical setting appropriate for adolescent faith development.
Instruction: The Director role affords the opportunity for individual musical instruction and teaching of APMusic Theory (an elective offering). Teaching Music Theory requires knowledge of College Board expectations and willingness to support highly motivated students in a small, nurturing and rigorous setting. (Visitation supports professional development opportunities to ensure appropriate academic training and proficiency.) All instructional opportunities are subject to student interest.
Candidates whose experiences meet some, but not all, job expectations, will be considered in the event the community will be best served by dividing these responsibilities among more than one educator.
To be considered, please email resume, cover letter - including salary requirements, and Employment Application (found on the employment page of www.visi.org) to email@example.com.
About Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Located in Washington, DC, and founded in 1799, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School educates young women in grades 9 – 12 in a faith-centered community focused on educational excellence and rooted in the Roman Catholic faith and Salesian tradition.