Artistic Director

Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati, Ohio

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Remote)
  • Fri, Jul 1, 2022
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Academic
  • $88,442
  • $105,093

Website Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) serves 35,000 students preschool to 12th grade in over 65 schools across a 91-square-mile district in Southwest Ohio. Cincinnati Public Schools is Greater Cincinnati’s largest school district.

CPS is Ohio’s fastest-growing, large-city district, with enrollment up more than 20 percent since 2012-13.

CPS offers families high-quality educational choices and a variety of academic programs.  Our innovative approach to education, an investment and caring teachers, and a vast array of collaborative partnerships have accelerated students’ achievement to highest levels in decades – ensuring that students thrive and graduate prepared to enter college, the military and the workforce.

Cincinnati Public is looking for creative, innovative, passionate, problem-solvers to join our team. We seek to have a positive impact on our children and families every day and are looking for staff members who want to not only do an excellent job with their career field but also serve as a role model for the children in CPS. We invite you to become a member of our CPS work family.

The Cincinnati Public Schools invite applications for the administrative position of Artistic Director for the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). This position reports directly to the Principal and is responsible for the internal and external Arts programs and the overall quality and effectiveness of the Arts at SCPA.  This person participates in fulfilling the mission and achieving the objectives of the school by serving as administrator of Arts activities (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Technical Theater and Writing) and as a spokesperson and advocate for the school in building strong relationships with parents, community and all stakeholders.


Training:   Bachelor’s Degree in a Performing Arts or Fine Arts area; Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or related field/or professional experience.

Experience:  Extensive professional experience as an artist along with leadership experience in the arts. Evidence of prior leadership skills and experience in working with young artists in an educational (school) setting – required.

Assists the Principal in the development and preparation of short and long-term plans, master calendars and course schedules, in student admission auditions, in the hiring of arts faculty, and in other Arts related matters relevant to overall academic calendar.  Maintain/Create production calendar which includes school events and rentals.
Assumes responsibilities for day-to-day internal and external operation and the overall quality and effectiveness of the Arts program.
Assists and/or cooperates with the administration and appropriate staff with publicity and media image, assists on problems in individual course of study, and communicates with the teaching staff.
Payroll coordination and scheduling  of all extra staffing for events (Security, Custodial, Plant operator, any other pertinent personnel).  Responsible for the preparation and management of artistic production budgets.
Ensures smooth operation of the school through regular interaction with all levels of the staff, communicating policies and other Arts related matters, supporting professional growth and development of all Arts faculty, and by promoting a positive working relationship among the Arts and academic faculty.
Encourages and guides students to maximize artistic growth and development through constructive communication with students and parents regarding student progress.
Oversees all off and on campus Arts productions, events/performances.  Submits plans for approval to the principal, coordinates plans with public relations staff, and assists faculty in the planning and preparation of productions, events/performances. Responsible for excusing students, completing paperwork, coordinating with food service and arranging transportation and funds.
Manages the Supplemental Staffing including recruitment and identification of lesson providers, assisting departments with connecting students with appropriate lesson providers, hiring of supplemental arts teachers in the classrooms  and interfacing with the SCPA fund  in regards to remuneration of private lesson teachers and classroom instructors.
Serves as spokesperson and advocate for the school in building strong relationships with parents and the community.
Serves as liaison from the school to the Cincinnati Arts and Business communities.
Participates in or with various support groups such as the Mayeron Foundation, the SCPA fund, the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), the Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC), and other system-wide professional committees; and the Network of Performing and Visual Arts School and other professional organizations.
Serve as Liaison to the Alumni Association and the PTSO.
Serve on arts partners Boards where applicable (CCO, COO, CCM).
Serves at functions outside usual school hours, and performs other associated tasks as needed or as assigned by the principal.
Manage and schedule all auditions for the student body of SCPA, including public auditions grade 4-12, Change of Major(Add or Drop), In-house 3rd grade auditions to obtain a major, Arts Exposure students, Overture Awards, Corbett Mayerson Competition, and Senior Showcase.
Schedule meetings with Parents of students with probation or removal from SCPA. Board Contract meetings, etc.
Maintain/Update Artistic Policies in the Artistic Handbook.
Update Course Progression with all Arts programming for obtaining Artistic Diplomas.


Type Contract:  Limited 260 days
SALARY RANGE:  Associate II – Per CAAS Agreement

All interested applicants should submit a resume and application online at, click on employment, then Apply Online.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Note:  A lead teacher in a position may not be appointed to an administrative position while serving as a lead teacher.  A lead teacher may apply for an administrative position if the lead teacher resigns the lead teacher position prior to submitting an application, however, selection is not guaranteed.  A consulting teacher may not be appointed to an administrative position while serving as a consulting teacher and for one full school year after serving as a consulting teacher.
Certain jobs at Cincinnati Public Schools may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation are available upon request from Talent Acquisition and Staffing.
Cincinnati Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is subject to federal regulations pertaining to employment. The district has a continuing non-discrimination policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.


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