Employment Opportunities

Founded over 40 years ago, the Jazz Arts Group’s (JAG) mission is to advance and celebrate the art of jazz through performance and education. Since its founding, JAG has grown into a nearly $2 million a year, multifaceted organization offering performance and education to central Ohio audiences. JAG is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz.

Educational Operations Manager (full-time):

Position Summary: The Educational Operations Manager works in a highly collaborative environment as a strategic thinker, facilitator, and practitioner around a multitude of Jazz Arts Group learning initiatives. S/he manages logistical and administrative components preK-12 initiatives in schools as well as alternate and out-of-school learning experiences for preK-12 and adult audiences. S/he develops strategies for execution and sustainment of educational programming, leads scheduling, administrative execution and assessment of programs, and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in the arts community. This position is a practitioner among JAG staff, providing technical leadership for successful execution of JAG educational programming, and is an advocate for educators and musicians in the central Ohio community. This position is pivotal in tandem with visionary leadership from Director of Education & Community Engagement in advancing the educational component of JAG’s mission statement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Manages logistical components of all programs facilitated by JAG teaching artists including early childhood programs, elementary-age partnerships, middle school programs, teen initiatives, after-school learning labs, and future partnerships. Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
    • Check Requests/Purchase Orders
    • Jazz Academy space setup and coverage
    • Registration for programs
    • Assessments
    • Financial tracking
    • Scheduling programs
    • Correspondence with participants and teaching artists
    • Administration of Columbus Youth Jazz Program and PBJ & Jazz concerts
  2. Advocates for teachers within jazz community and advocates for jazz community with teachers.
  3. Works closely with the Director of Education & Community Engagement to continually develop strategies for a multitude of learner-oriented programs. Occasionally represents JAG in schools and the community during educational events/programs.
  4. Encourages and sustains an environment of reflective teaching practice. Oversees administration of program outcome development and works with Director of Education & Community Engagement to analyze results of assessments.
  5. Manages multiple administrative aspects of programming including developing calendars, budgets, curriculum, resources, and evaluation.
  6. Works with Director of Marketing & Communications, Director of Education & Community Engagement and interns to develop print and web materials and strategies for promoting educational programs.
  7. Acts as JAG representative/advocate at local, regional and national conferences and platforms. Creates professional presentations to disseminate information to a multitude of audiences.


  1. Has been the leader of a team and mentor/coach in a professional setting.
  2. Demonstrated ability to generate ideas, develop creative programs, and take risks.
  3. Exhibits passion, humility, sense of humor and love of learning.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with staff and public through public speaking and writing, especially with administrators and educators.
  5. Demonstrated planning, organizational, leadership, programming, teaching, and budgeting skills.
  6. Undergraduate arts administration, humanities, art, or music-related degree; Master’s degree in music, music education, fine arts, or arts administration preferred. Minimum of 3-5 five years of experience teaching and/or administrating in an educational environment preferred.
  7. Must be available evening and weekend hours.

Compensation: Commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience.

Application Process: Send cover letter/resume to or to Jazz Arts Group c/o Zach Compston, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Jazz Arts Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sec, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.