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14 Mar 2020

Full-Time Director of Education & Outreach/Program Coordinator/Grant Writer

Homestake Opera House  Lead, South Dakota, United States

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Job Description

The Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) seeks a creative, highly organized and culturally competent professional to manage the ongoing development of its Education & Outreach programs their grants and coordination of other HHOH season programs.  Director of Education & Outreach/Program Coordinator/Grant Writer. The position is reporting to the Executive Director.

Mission Statement

The Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) Society will return the Opera House to productive use for the enrichment of the region through arts, culture, and educational opportunities.


Organization History

The History Homestake Opera House (HHOH) & Recreation Building was built on Main Street, Lead (pronounced “Leed”) South Dakota in 1914 by the Homestake Mining Company, owned by Phoebe Hearst. The building was a visionary gift to the citizens of Lead and boasted a library and a 1,000-seat theater, a heated indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, a social hall, and a billiards hall. Mrs. Hearst believed that “all persons should have the opportunity to better themselves and their community” through opportunities in arts, culture, and education. Because of the volume of performing arts events the theater was designated a Landmark of American Music in 1974 by the National Society of American Music. Unfortunately, a fire nearly destroyed the theater in 1984, and the building sat empty until serious efforts by the community were directed to restore the opera house to its cultural and educational hub. The HHOH Society was established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Mrs. Hearst’s legacy still guides the mission. Stage productions began again in 2006. Much progress has been made. The HHOH Society has raised and spent approximately $4 million improving and restoring the building. While these efforts continue, the HHOH Society makes use of the facility to the extent possible to generate revenue and advance its arts and culture mission by offering year-round performing arts events, movies, community events, and presentations as funding allows.


The Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) presents a high-quality and diverse season of music, dance, theatre, film along with a robust Education & Outreach program, in its performing arts facility in Lead, SD in the Heart of the Black Hills and a 10 minute drive to the famous town of Deadwood, SD.

HHOH seeks a creative, highly organized and culturally competent professional to manage the ongoing development of its Education & Outreach programs their grants and coordination of other HHOH season programs.  The position reporting to the Executive Director.

An important aspect of HHOH’s vision is fostering “enthusiastic ownership” by all – including community members that have historically been underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, citizenship status, or religious belief.

This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to remain calm under pressure. HHOH is an innovative and challenging workplace. The qualified candidate will be flexible, positive and able to contribute to a rapidly growing organization. S/he will also help build the systems required to ensure the HHOH program’s continued growth and success.


 Arts & Education

  • Coordinate all aspects of HHOH’s onsite programs for youth and families, including Education and Saturday Matinees, Summer Arts Enrichment Camps, after-school programs.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for teachers in planning field trips to HHOH – accepting and managing reservations, creating and issuing invoices, and welcoming school groups to the theatre the day of the performance
  • Administer HHOH’s annual Summer Camps, acting as the first point of contact for teaching artists, students and families
  • Develop curricular materials that align with Common Core State Standards and South Dakota’s Content Standards, as well as Social Stories for students on the autism spectrum (as needed)
  • Support the Executive Director and Programming Committee in identifying and booking appropriate artists for Education programming on the HHOH stage.
  • Coordinate all aspects of HHOH’s Artist Residency & Outreach programs
  • Attend all outreach programs, acting as an HHOH representative and liaison between artists, school staff and students.
  • Participate in process of matching artist outreach opportunities to specific schools or community venues, working closely with Lead School District’s Superintendent.
  • Support Executive Director and Programming Committee to identify and book appropriate artists for outreach opportunities
  • Serve a key role in marketing and promoting Education & Outreach programs
  • Lead communications and promotion of HHOH events to HHOH’s surrounding school districts, teachers and school administrators.
  • Collaborate with Marketing firm and Executive Director, as needed, to create and execute marketing plans and materials associated with Education & Outreach programs
  • Actively promote HHOH’s low-cost and free arts access programs, including, but not limited to: Broadway Basics, Dakota Players, Gold Camp Players Children’s Theatre.
  • Coordinate HHOH events for which the primary purpose and intention is to build awareness of Education & Outreach programs or relationships with target markets (such as Boy’s & Girls Club, Department of Social Services in Lead & Deadwood, area schools in Lawrence County, etc.)
  • Maintain strong records and systems to support continued expansion of HHOH Education & Outreach programs
    • Maintain accurate and thorough program records including, but not limited to, attendee/class lists, schedules, and descriptions.
    • Assist in quantitative and qualitative program evaluation, and the creation of goals and benchmarks for program assessment, as well as reporting mechanisms associated with their tracking
    • Assist with the creation and presentation of information and materials to Board Members and other community members as needed.


  • Write Grants and solicit sponsorship to supplement programming cost:
  • Work with Bookkeeper to gather information necessary to report to Corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Provide regular written updates (for newsletters) to Executive Director.
  • Develop and maintains a proposal calendar
  • With the Development Director develop an annual grants strategy for Education & Outreach programs
  • Steward grants through the full funding cycle, from prospect research to application, award, reporting, and close out
  • Represent HHOH to funders and the community, and you may be called upon to present to grant review committees

 Program Coordination

  • With the Executive Director and Programs Committee, coordinate the current programs of HHOH.
  • Ensure programmatic excellence, timely execution and diligent evaluation of all programs and events
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of programs; seek ways to enhance or improve delivery
  • Create systems to keep accurate program records and monitor adherence to record-keeping; reporting for grant-supported programs/events
  • Build and maintain relationships with a variety of arts and community partners
  • Develop a team of volunteers, interns, college and high school students who can assist in program execution of Front of House, Concessions and Technical Assistance of light and sound


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with focus on arts education, early childhood education or related field of study (equivalent work experience considered)
  • Minimum of 2-3 years professional work experience preferred (program coordination, arts administration, teaching, event planning, grant writing,)
  • Knowledge of South Dakota and/or national curriculum standards and current trends in education, with teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentational skills
  • Knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel


Education & Outreach Coordinator will be required to work outside of the normal workday and/or on weekends.

NOTE: Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all new employees must present acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to be employed in the United States. Additionally, all applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License.



Salary is commensurate with experience.  Please send cover letter describing qualifications, resume, three references to
Subject line: Education & Outreach Job Posting,
or mail to Homestake Opera House,
PO BOX 412, ​LEAD, SD 57754 by April 3rd.

No phone calls please.

Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Director of Education & Outreach/Program Coordinator/Grant Writer
  Homestake Opera House
   Lead, South Dakota, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts education, director, grant-writing, opera, and performing arts. States: South Dakota.

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