EDUCATION DIRECTOR

STATUS: 35 Hours a week

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: Belfast, Maine

POSITION SUMMARY:

Waterfall Arts seeks a motivated, energetic, and creative Education Director who will be responsible for a comprehensive, mission-related programming plan. This position is responsible for the development, scheduling, and implementation of programs offered through our classes, exhibitions, and events. A supporting Programs Committee of the Board will work in close coordination with the Education Director.

SUPERVISES:

  • Youth & Family Outreach Manager
  • AR Girls Teacher/Coordinator
  • Studio Monitors
  • Visual Arts and Performance Curators (contracted curator, artist or project leaders paid per project)

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Programming

  • Leads, under the direction of the ED and the Program Committee, implementation of a comprehensive, balanced, mission-driven programming plan for Waterfall Arts that enhances participation and community involvement in the arts
  • Coordinates, schedules, and implements programming plan, producing both short-term and advance (1-2 years) schedules for use in planning, fundraising, and marketing
  • Work with Marketing Manager to assembles dates, bios, artistic descriptions, and related image content as necessary to promote and market program streams
  • Takes lead with problem/conflict resolution for students, faculty, guest artists, and other program-related situations.  Consults with Executive Director as necessary during or after identifying the problem/conflict
  • Carries out evaluations of WA programming, including classes, teaching artists, exhibitions, residencies, and events
  • Works with the staff to ensure collection of accurate and comprehensive program statistics for compilation as needed for evaluations, internal and external reports, grant submissions, and analysis
  • Schedules and coordinates off-site events such as non-profit conferences, lectures, as well as events related to the WA public booth at the Belfast Art & Farmers Market, etc.
  • Handles teaching and curated exhibition contract negotiations
  • In coordination with other staff and Development Committee, ensures the promotion of the Waterfall Arts Membership Program

General

  • Develops and oversees annual budget for program area with ED
  • Acts as key staff for Program Committee: providing committee reports to the board, communicates schedules to the committee and staff, coordination of committee assignments and goals, and recruitment and maintenance of committee membership along with Committee Board Chairs
  • Shows commitment to mission, goals and organizational objectives and is able to articulate WA mission to all constituencies both verbally and in writing
  • Work closely with ED and grant writer and/or Development Manager to develop compelling proposals for current and new programming. Available to assist with grant writing or other fundraising/development efforts
  • Shares WA representation with Executive Director or Board Members as appropriate
  • Contributes to building strategic partnerships with key constituencies (e.g. environmental and land trust groups, artists, the Maine Arts Commission, the city of Belfast, artists’ networks, downtown business groups, colleges, public schools, educators, and other professional contacts)
  • Meets regularly with Executive Director

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or equivalent
  • 3+ years’ experience in program planning and development in the arts
  • Management experience
  • Media relations and communications experience
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with limited staff support
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Thrives working in a team
  • Adapts easily to a flexible work schedule that accommodates occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Self-directed, able to create a plan, prioritize initiatives and execute independently and in collaboration with others, to agreed deadlines.
  • High-energy, outgoing, can-do personality, ability to prioritize and triage real-time demands of ongoing programs.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback well
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, and professional
  • Adaptive to the changing needs of a dynamic, small office
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple projects at once;

BENEFITS:  Salary commensurate with experience ($38,220 – $41,860), benefits include pro-rated vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

SCHEDULE: This position requires a flexible schedule at times, with some night and weekend work required as needed for staffing onsite and outreach events and meetings.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Most work will be done at a computer with some background noise. Requires typing, participating in meetings. Limited public speaking will be required.

ABOUT WATERFALL ARTS: Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@waterfallarts.org. Please submit all materials as a single PDF. Position open until filled.

Waterfall Arts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences, identities, and educational backgrounds. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

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