About The Company

Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading arts and cultural organizations, and California’s most popular theatre company. We produce award-winning theatre year-round at the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, with a subscriber base that is the largest of any non-profit theatre arts organization. Our mission is to entertain, but also to provoke and to inspire. We believe that theatre is nothing less than a cultural force that has the power to transform the lives of individuals and society at large.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports directly to:
    • Program Manager, Next Generation Initiatives


Full-Time, Non-exempt, Hourly.

Under the supervision, strategic and conceptual guidance of the Director of Education and Community Partnerships, work to ensure the successful delivery of Center Theatre Group’s (CTG) education and engagement programs, services and events.

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Associate will provide project management and support for CTG’s emerging artists and arts professionals programs, especially the Student Ambassador Program, Student Access programs including workshops and special events, and the CTG Internship Program. This is a full-time position that requires some nights and weekend hours (for a total of 40/week). Hours are not flexible.

The Program Associate will also provide administrative and project support to the Program. Responsibilities include department data management and facilitating outreach to best promote assigned department programs and increase applicant pools.

1.      Serve as Project Manager for assigned projects:

  1. In collaboration with the Program Manager, manage the development of program content:
    1. Research needs and priorities for program development.
    2. Identify program partners, solicit involvement and manage these relationships.
    3. Participate in the development of program components and materials (applications, curriculum, lesson plans, surveys, etc.).
    4. Understand goals, manage timelines and set benchmarks.
    5. Manage evaluation and documentation strategies in conjunction with the Program Manager.
  2. Coordinate marketing and communications for assigned programs:
    1. Work with Program Manager and other team members to develop marketing/outreach and communication strategies in alignment with program goals:
      1. Identify target participants for outreach and involvement.
      2. Collaborate on development of needed materials to support outreach strategies.
      3. Initiate contact with new prospects, execute and manage program outreach, employing a range of strategies to communicate to a diverse, representative, and active group of participants that meet enrollment goals.
      4. Track and analyze outreach strategies regularly. Research and recommend strategies for ongoing outreach to expand program participation.
      5. Identify creative ways to engage constituents more deeply and directly in the work of the department.
      6. Manage data collection and tracking, including Tessitura entry and statistics reporting.
  3. Successfully execute program implementation:
    1. Track and meet deadlines.
    2. Coordinate and manage all event logistics.
    3. Meet or exceed goals for enrollment and participation.
    4. Effectively implement program components.
    5. Manage contracts and vendor relations as needed.
    6. Identify challenges and develop solutions to program implementation.
    7. Coordinate and manage program documentation.
    8. Assist in and provide statistics for program evaluation.
    9. Respond to program inquires in a timely manner.
    10. Cultivate relationships with program alumni.
    11. Stay abreast of school schedules (testing, holidays, breaks, minimum days, etc.) as it relates to program planning and scheduling.
    12. Be familiar with project budgets and contracts under supervision of the Program Manager.
  4. Assigned Programs include:
    1. Student Access Programs, including but not limited to:
      1. Student Body
      2. Student Body Workshops
      3. The Student Scene
    2. Student Ambassador Program

2.      Participate as a member of the project team and manage specific assigned tasks related to program content, marketing, communications and implementation.

    1. Assigned Programs include:
      1. College & University Relations/Internship Program
      2. Career Content

3.      Provide support to Education and Community Partnerships department.

    1. Assist department staff with the planning and implementation of education and outreach activities (conferences, matinees, workshops, trainings, etc.) and special events as assigned.
    2. Assist with task assignments and mentoring of department interns, as assigned.
    3. Articulately, enthusiastically and accurately represent educational goals and content of programs and services.
    4. Provide accurate and helpful basic information on CTG in general.
    5. Assist in responding to information requests from Director or other departments. Use good judgement in redirecting inquiries to other staff/departments.

CTG provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Center Theatre Group’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Degree preferably in Arts Management/Administration, Theatre, English, Education or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Administrative experience, including data management, customer service, and collaborating with a team in a work environment.
  • Familiarity with database systems such as Tessitura is a plus.
  • Event planning and/or project management experience.
  • Outreach/marketing experience, preferably for educational programs or arts events.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Applicant should be able to craft communications quickly and with a high level of professionalism and accuracy.

Other Requirements

  • An appreciation and enthusiasm for live theatre. Direct theatre or theatre management experience (especially in Los Angeles) is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Strong interest in arts administration/management, arts education and professional development for emerging artists and arts managers. Note that this is not a teaching position. Experience with professional development groups, arts education settings and/or internship programs is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, focusing on various projects simultaneously, establishing appropriate priorities and work procedures.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Team-oriented, with ability to work closely with diverse groups of people, including teenagers, artists and colleagues in multiple departments.
  • Ability to embrace change and maintain a positive attitude.
  • All employees are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, Center Theatre Group’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Please Note

  • Candidates MUST be able to pass a background check.
  • CTG is not able to provide relocation assistance for this position.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.
  • Staff members are expected to consciously and continuously promote the mission, values, programs, and impact of the organization when presented with opportunities for participating in membership development and reaching out to personal connections on behalf of CTG.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter as PDF documents to: CTGjobs@centertheatregroup.org. Please do not send links to online materials or materials in formats other than PDFs.

Please submit a cover letter that addresses your interest in the specific job requirements and the CTG programs the Associate will be working on. Form letters or resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. We’re looking for someone who uses their application materials to tell us why s/he would be a good fit for this specific position.

Please be sure to include the position title in the subject line of your email. Due to the high volume of submissions received, emails without this information may not be considered.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews.

Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer. We support, promote and embrace a diverse workforce.