Head of BATS School of Improv

Bay Area Theatresports dba BATS Improv

San Francisco, CA, USA Remote / Work-at-Home /WFH

Part time

US$2-2k (monthly)

Apr 2

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Job Description: Head of BATS School of Improv

Location: Virtual transitioning to operate from Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Employment Level: Part-time, salaried

Flexibility: Some flexibility in location and hours, work includes some nights and weekends.

Start Date: ASAP

Pay: $2,000 per month based on 20 hours per week, no employer paid health benefits

To express interest please submit your resume and a cover letter telling us what unique abilities, skills and perspectives you would bring to the role to Hannah Henderson, Managing Director on hannah@improv.org by 23:59 PST on Sunday April, 18th . 

This position requires an individual who has strong organizational skills and experience developing a robust culture of teaching & learning. The selected candidate should be comfortable with identifying and pursuing creative problem solving, as well as have the ability to effectively communicate plans, needs, projects, and budgeting in a concise manner to a variety of stakeholders. We are a small core staff team that work closely to support each other’s visions, voices, and growth. The current Head of School will be helping you transition into this roll before moving into a different position at BATS Improv.

This position has specific duties that impact the entire BATS ecosystem, including working with staff and teachers on diversity-related topics. Many responsibilities are specific to the development and implementation of a healthy teaching & learning environment. In addition, the position has responsibilities of planning and coordinating the entire schedule of courses and managing the budget for this essential wing of our organization. 

Diversity is a core value at BATS Improv. We have intentionally crafted this job description to remove any barriers, and take a more holistic approach to finding the newest addition to our team. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and teachers. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are in the midst of redressing our historically exclusionary and insular hiring practices as we continue our journey to be anti-racist in an art form that is also historically white & male centered. 

Benefits of working at BATS Improv:

  • Flexible hours
  • Paid time off
  • Access to group health plan (if contracted for at least 20 hrs a week (no employer paid contribution)
  • Paid Federal Holidays
  • Mixture of in office & remote 
  • Creative environment
  • 35 year reputation & experience
  • Opportunity for growth of position as we recover from financial challenges of pandemic
  • Work with a staff from diverse backgrounds & experiences constantly learning from each other


Some of the traits you bring to the job:

  • You are flexible, resilient, innovative and willing to adapt, especially in this shifting pandemic landscape 
  • You value the importance of transparent and consistent communication
  • You balance seeking consultation and with decisive decision making 
  • You are a self-starter, ready to navigate the unique obstacles of a non-profit adapting to unique times 
  • You can lead our robust team of teachers & students through uncertainty 
  • You enjoy collaborating with colleagues and teamwork
  • You have an understanding of teaching & learning best practices 
  • You understand supervising all aspects of professional growth for teachers of various experience levels 
  • You have proven abilities in project and timeline management
  • You have a familiarity with improvisation, theater, and/or other similar performing arts 
  • You have some understanding of the unique teaching & learning needs and challenges of delivering interactive classes online
  • You possess pedagogical skills and the ability to teach others in those best practices
  • You have experience with assessment of teacher abilities & recruitment
  • You provide understanding of diverse student needs and appropriate accommodations
  • You look forward to innovating learning structure, style, and methodologies
  • You demonstrate implementation of best practices for safe space teaching & learning
  • You have demonstrated experience, training, and sensitivity with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • You have at least 5 years or demonstrated equivalent experience in Education, Teaching, Administration, for example:
  • Teaching/coaching experience in adult education
  • Leadership position involving curriculum development and/or teacher supervision
  • Leadership position in a similar educational environment

Duties Related to General Day to Day Work 20%

  • Manage course scheduling in a timely manner
  • Use of project management tools 
  • Coordinate special programming (i.e. summer school, intensives, guest artists)
  • Set tone and model inclusive behaviors
  • Delegate to and support the School Administrator
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, and major community events

Duties Related to Teaching & Learning 25 %

  • Recruit, interview, and hire strong coaches and coaches in training 
  • Develop, monitor, & identify ongoing professional development needs of coaches
  • Direct constructive & strategic teacher observation and review
  • Ongoing aggregation of teacher assessments
  • Define an equitable practice for teacher assignment, abilities, & preferences 
  • Review, assess, and develop both ongoing core curricula & speciality courses
  • Align teaching and learning practices across courses 
  • Develop scaffolded education programs in tandem with EDI initiatives



Duties Related to Student Contact & Support 25%

  • Strategies to increase participation & ways to collect student evaluation 
  • Identify & remove barriers to entry for more diverse socioeconomic student representation with help from other stakeholders
  • Manage issues of equity, inclusion, and challenges in a student-centered manner and according to new guidelines (in development)
  • Develop effective differentiation strategies to support student needs & learning
  • Monitor student placement and conduct placement auditions
  • Schedule student performances liaising with production and community coordinators
  • In collaboration with Community Coordinator, develop and supervise educational community outreach programs and the Communities of Color Scholarship,
  • Develop ways to assess student interest and needs 
  • Create opportunities for more student engagement 

Experience with and/or willingness to learn (could also become a job split)

Sales & Marketing / Business Development & Sales / Financial Management 30%

  • Tactics for increased student retention & engagement
  • Create opportunities for more student engagement
  • Monitor and manage budget, sales and revenue 
  • Leverage Communities of Color scholarship & develop ongoing tactics to bring improv education to new audiences and ensure it is more accessible to underserved minorities 
  • Business development, financial management and/or revenue generation
  • Interest in/experience of digital marketing including social media, web based and email communications 
  • Working with the MD to set and review pricing for classes and coach pay to be fiscally manageable and competitive for Bay Area

You report to: Managing Director  

Reporting to you: All school coaches 

Partnering with you: Director of Corporate Improv and Artistic Director  

Other internal supports: 

  • School Administrator
  • Community Coordinator 
  • Digital Marketing Manager 
  • EDI Task Force
  • Safe Space Committee
  • Marketing Committee 

BATS Improv is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve, including women, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and people living with disabilities. BATS Improv will provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

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