Academic Program Manager

Location: Washington, DC

Classification: Exempt - Administrative

Status: Full-time Salaried

Reports To: Artistic Director & Executive Director

Salary: Commensurate with experience; comprehensive benefits

Application Deadline: open until filled


Position Summary

The VIVA School is seeking an experienced & passionate Academic Program Manager to join its staff. The Academic Program Manager (APM) is a dedicated education professional that promotes student development in focused areas of education. Working to meet the multifaceted needs of developing young artists, the APM is responsible for the implementation and management of The VIVA School’s academic programs: the Diploma Program & the English Language Arts (ELA) Program. Through  a combination of curriculum development, administrative work, lesson planning, and group facilitation, the APM ensures that all pre-professional training students receive the focused guidance they need to experience the capacity of their talent and unique artistic potential and build the skills needed to impact a diverse, creative society. The role is integral to The VIVA School’s commitment to delivering a holistic model of training that prioritizes students of color.

The Academic Program Manager reports to the Artistic & Executive Director, functions as a liaison between academic partner (Laurel Springs School) faculty, contracted tutors, students, and families, and collaborates closely with The VIVA School’s administrative and programming staff.

Ideal Candidate

  • Resides in US

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar position preferred

  • Thorough understanding of the landscape of education both nationally and internationally

  • A commitment to learning 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain a calm and patient demeanor with all students, staff and constituents

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English & Spanish 

  • Ability to effectively engage with students ages 8-18 in an academic setting and build long-term relationships

  • Ability to diagnose and solve problems of varying complexity with a student-focused mindset

  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and perform effectively under pressure

  • Strong motivation and ability to work independently 

  • Flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Passionate about the advancement of students of color, the importance of arts and culture, and innovative approaches to education

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software and Google products

Application Process

  • Please email resume PDF Format only to

  • Subject of email: Job Post_Academic ProgramManager21_”applicant last name”

  • No phone calls, please.

About The VIVA School

The VIVA School of Dance, located in Washington, DC, is a pre-professional school that prioritizes creating opportunities for students of color to develop as skilled and confident dance artists. With a goal to diversify and increase representation in the field of dance, the school works to eliminate barriers of access to high-level dance training. All students attend on full merit scholarship. 


The VIVA School of Dance is an affiliate of CityDance, a 501c3 nonprofit dance education and performance organization serving the national capital region. CityDance is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.