Director of Programming

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About The Sheldon

The Sheldon is a non-profit organization in St. Louis, MO that presents concerts by the world’s greatest artists in its historic and acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall, high quality visual art exhibits in its adjacent Art Galleries and important education programs that change the lives of thousands of children in the St. Louis community and beyond. The Sheldon hosts over 350 events per year and welcomes over 100,000 visitors.

Built in 1912 as the Ethical Society of St. Louis, The Sheldon consists of a 700-seat concert hall, a 300-seat ballroom, a 500-seat banquet room and a 7,000 square foot art gallery. With a committed board, The Sheldon has positioned itself as a financially stable artistic gem in the heart of St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District.

The Sheldon seeks a dynamic and creative individual to be its first Director of Programming. The Director will be at the center of The Sheldon’s artistic team and will lead its efforts to create relevant, impactful programming.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Director of Programming serves as a member of The Sheldon’s senior management team, participating in overall goal setting and strategies towards the achievement of the organization’s mission. This includes the responsibility to embrace, lead and demonstrate our core values of quality, diversity, intimacy, education, collaboration and exploration.


Working collaboratively with the Artistic Team (Executive Director and Gallery Manager), create mission driven programming that inspires, challenges, surprises, delights and educates the St. Louis community. This includes participating in the selection of artists for the Sheldon’s signature concert series as well as exhibits in the Gallery space.

Imagine, develop, plan and execute innovative artistic programming that utilizes all The Sheldon’s assets. The Director will always be looking for potential synergies between the Concert Hall, Ballroom and Galleries.

Utilize our new streaming capabilities to engage audiences.

Work with the Education Director to create innovative education programs that build on our proven success.


Supervise the Programming Department which includes the Sheldon Art Galleries, Educational Programs, Volunteer program and Music for Lifelong Achievement (MFLA).

Act as a significant part of The Sheldon’s senior management team and help set short and long-term goals while remaining fiscally responsible.

Create, maintain and reconcile departmental budget.

Community Engagement

Create community partnerships that strengthen The Sheldon’s presence in the community, build our diverse audience and fulfill our mission of enriching lives through art.

Build programs and partnerships that particularly address the needs of BIPOC populations and work to dismantle systemic racism.

Create opportunities for collaboration with other cultural institutions.


Work in partnership with the Advancement Department to identify potential sponsors and donors for ongoing and/or proposed projects. This will include making solicitations to donors in person, identifying potential grant funding and pursuing sponsorships.


A bachelor’s degree or equivalent related work experience.

Previous experience working in a non-profit environment.

7 years working in field of visual or performing arts.

3 years previous management experience and leading a team.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated skills in curating either for exhibition or performance.

Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy and discretion.

Ability to work with individuals of various personality types, sensitivities and cultural backgrounds.

A valid U.S. driver’s license or state issued I.D.

Ability to work nights and weekends.

Ability to travel to industry events.

The successful candidate will have an artistic point of view of their own but will also be curious and adaptive to the changing needs of institution and the community. They will be comfortable speaking in public on behalf of The Sheldon and will be a dynamic representative for the organization.

Terms of Employment

35-hour work week plus frequent nights and weekends.  Competitive benefits package includes health insurance, retirement match and vacation.

Salary range: $70,000 to $85,000.

The Sheldon is an equal opportunity employer.  People of Color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LBGT community and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Please no telephone inquiries.

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