Wolf Trap, Assistant Director, Professional Development

Posted: November 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts seeks an Assistant Director, Professional Development to work across Wolf Trap Institute programs to develop, refine, and supervise content related to best practices in Early Childhood and the integration of the performing arts in accordance with the Wolf Trap Institute model. Design, develop, and implement professional development trainings, workshops, and programs for educators, teaching artists, and staff pertinent to arts integration and Early Childhood best practices.


  • Develop and conduct professional development trainings for teachers and teaching artists; to include content development; monitoring program implementation; managing production of print and/or website based materials; and supervising trainings to ensure content quality, effectiveness, and grounding in sound research and best practices in the arts and early childhood education.
  • Monitor and provide lesson feedback to teaching artists in their classroom residencies to support effectiveness and to ensure the highest standard of professional development for educators in the classroom in accordance with the Wolf Trap model.
  • Create online learning tools and resources for teacher and teaching artist professional development oneducation.wolftrap.org.
  • Design and implement new artist trainings at the Institute’s national office and other Affiliate sites.
  • Develop and refine documents related to classroom residencies and professional development trainings.
  • Identify, recommend and create new program/content development based on current arts/early childhood education research/trends and in response to the diverse needs and interests of early childhood partners.
  • Collaborate with Wolf Trap staff to design, market, and organize programs.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Wolf Trap Teaching Artists locally and in Affiliate sites to ensure programming meets the caliber and integrity of the Wolf Trap model.
  • Oversee the Institute’s professional development team using management best practices in alignment with Wolf Trap Foundation’s goals and values.
  • Represent and promote Wolf Trap Education programs at local, national, and international conferences, meetings, and professional development trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree in elementary education, with an early childhood education emphasis preferred
  • Degree in or minimum of five years’ experience in Administration and Supervision or Arts Management
  • Extensive experience in supervising and training educators, preferably early elementary or early childhood and designing and developing professional development trainings for educators
  • Experience in developing webinars and distance learning preferred


  • Excellent presentation, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively across teams in problem solving and developing and implementing positive solutions to meet department/program goals
  • Ability to discern cutting edge trends in early childhood education and proactively devise professional development to support the caliber of the Wolf Trap Institute model and goals, including strategic plan growth and advancement
  • Proficient knowledge in and effective application of PD training and instruction in multicultural education pedagogy demonstrating inclusive, culturally responsive practice in diverse communities
  • Experience managing programs budgets with fiscal responsibility
  • Sensitivity and commitment to the mission of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts

Qualified candidates can apply online at http://www.wolftrap.org/about/employment_opportunities.aspx

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.