Summer Employment

Summer at Sem Creative Arts Opportunities

About Wyoming Seminary

Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and strength of character, there are abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well-developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary has always been a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 174 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

Sem is where students can study their creative craft and present it on stage, in an ensemble, on the dance floor, or in a gallery. Sem’s creative arts programs are broad and deep, with a seasoned, dedicated faculty who nurture students to develop the full range of their creative talents. Our recently completed $16.3 million Kirby Center for Creative Arts provides professional-level practice rooms, classrooms, a dance studio, as well as a 600-seat theater with technology, lighting, and acoustics that rival those found on many college campuses. Recent acts to appear on stage at Sem include the world-renowned José Limón dance company and Wynton Marsalis and his jazz quintet, among others.

Seasonal Summer Director Positions Available:

  • Summer Music Director (Symphony and Vocal)
  • Summer Dance Director
  • Summer Theater Director
  • Summer Junior Arts Director
  • Directors are responsible for all aspects of the program design and management. All positions report to the Director of Summer Programs. These positions work in unison with the Director of Creative Arts Enrollment to market program and recruit students. All positions are seasonal summer contract employment with required program design and planning before arriving on SEM’s campus in early July.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • Define and organize the program offerings
  • Organize the selection of performance literature and performance schedule
  • Ensure the artistic program standards remain in line with SEM’s mission statement
  • Schedule and coordinate all meetings, rehearsal dates and program-specific space usage along with associated building requirements. Manage all logistics involved in preparation and follow-up with meetings and rehearsals.
  • Attend and direct all program events and performances, welcome audiences, parents and guests.
  • Recruit, train and direct appropriate volunteers and staff to support programming, including but not limited to: faculty, interns, event staff, stage crews.
  • Identify and secure guest artists and clinicians of significant importance to insure a successful season
  • Work within a set budget to manage revenue and expense, insure program sustainability
  • Facilitate day-to-day program operations
  • Establish strong relationships with parents, students, staff and faculty
  • Oversee student experience and accountability
  • Work closely with Summer admission staff to foster student enrollments
  • Manage and coordinate all program specific content for marketing and promotion of programs.

  • Qualities Sought

  • Passionate and capable administrator, educator and artist.
  • Seasoned interpersonal and management skills
  • Passion, experience and temperament to design an innovative arts program
  • Exceptional written and spoken communication skills
  • Strong budget/financial management experience
  • Ability to lead, inspire and partner with a team
  • Able to handle a wide variety of conflict situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and creative
  • Strong and authentic interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor, integrity and professionalism.
  • Knowledge of and a willingness to help grow an arts referral network for student recruiting

  • Candidate Background

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Extensive experience working within Creative Arts
  • Three to five years of supervisory experience
  • Experience creating and implementing an arts education curriculum.
  • Experience working with and supporting artists, including expertise in presenting engaging visual and performing arts events

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in arts education curriculum development, program management and events production. The candidate will demonstrate a real sense of passion and responsibility for the work as well as superior interpersonal skills and excellent follow-through. The candidate must have the ability to meet deadlines and be adept at managing a multitude of details. The candidate will be a dynamic self-starter who will ensure programming excellence.

    To apply, please submit an application and resume.