Director of Education: Main Line Art Center

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 10:31 am.

Main Line Art Center seeks a dynamic, experienced, and compassionate Director of Education to lead our award-winning visual art education program.  The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, be self-driven, and enjoy working in a supportive, friendly, and team-oriented organization.  Applicants must have prior experience developing visual arts programming in a variety of settings with the ability to manage and coordinate a variety of individuals.  They must have a warm personality and the ability to develop relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and a range of abilities and to collaborate with arts professionals from a variety of organizations.  Having pre-established relationships in the Philadelphia area with teaching artists, arts organizations, and service providers is preferred.  This position provides an opportunity to develop the art center’s recently introduced Certificate Program, a unique and popular sequential educational program not offered at other art centers.  It also provides the opportunity to manage and grow the art center’s award-winning Accessible Art Program for children and adults with disabilities, now in its 52nd year.  As such, sensitivity and experience with special needs populations is essential. They will also have the opportunity to further develop the art center’s recently introduced Digital Media Program with forward-thinking and innovative educational practices and activities.  Because the art center creates strong ties between exhibitions, events, and education, there are tremendous opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and cross-disciplinary programming. The successful candidate will have the capacity to be a leader in the Philadelphia-area art community and to take the art center’s educational programs to new heights.  The art center offers competitive salaries and exceptional benefits, including health, dental, vision, retirement benefits, supplemental insurance opportunities, vacation and PTO benefits, complimentary membership, and complimentary art classes.  Candidates interested in joining the welcoming and talented team at Main Line Art Center should email a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to:  AMIE POTSIC, Executive Director at with DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SEARCH in the subject line.  Please send all requested materials as attachments, not in the body of the email.

Summary of Duties:

Responsible for planning, developing, and administration of classes, workshops, accessible art and community outreach programs, lectures and other programs and services to provide educational opportunities for students and community members by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

65%      Programs and management

With the Executive Director, establishes programmatic goals for each year and architecture of educational offerings based on the strategic plan.
Works with Executive Director and staff to identify opportunities for earned income.
With the Director of Finance and Operations and Executive Director establishes a pricing structure based on cost analysis and competitive research.
Creatively develops overarching educational program as well as new course offerings and educational opportunities.
Further develop the art center’s new Certificate Program and customize plan of coursework to address students’ educational priorities.
Oversees the quality and efficacy of all education programs and ensures proper evaluation and documentation are in place.
Manages hiring staff and teaching artists to develop and implement classes, community programs and other projects that adhere to the Art Center’s mission in the community.
Observes and reviews teaching artists to ensure program quality and provides in-service training for teachers as needed.
Develops and maintains community contacts and establishes a community presence that furthers the Center’s programmatic mission.
Designs curriculum and program offerings, and works with Program Manager and Teaching Artists to develop the schedule.
Works with Program Manager to coordinate, solicit, and confirm classes and times.
Works with Program Manager to obtain signed contracts and maintain Teaching Artist files and database.
Works with Program Manager to maintain communication and contact with Teaching Artists.
Oversees the Program Manager to manage program calendar/schedule, coordinate room assignments, supply requests and set-ups.
Manages contracted Camp Director to facilitate Camp and Teen Studio programs.
Provides monthly updates at Board Meetings
Serves on Program Committee and provides support for additional board committees as needed
As necessary, disciplines teachers or students, addresses complaints and resolves problems.
Plans and facilitates faculty meetings.
Supervises Program Manager and support staff.
Directs Program Manager to supervise the Ceramic Studio Technicians and Department Heads.
Assists with occasional night-time and weekend events when requested.
Directly supervises three full-time employees and 75 part-time instructors.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

20%      Accessible Art Program for artists with disabilities & Community Outreach

Oversee and coordinate all accessible art & community outreach programming including schedules, documentation and site visits.
Identifies ways to make Art Center programming more welcoming and accessible through inclusive and exclusive programs.
Establish necessary partnerships to insure success of outreach programming
Develop, implement, and maintain Accessible Art & Community Program budgets.
Develops appropriate program evaluation tools and integrates feedback into planning.
Develop new programming as necessary.
Assist Development Team in developing and researching grant proposals and identifying funding streams.
Assists Exhibition Coordinator to coordinate, inventory and install Accessible Art exhibition.

5%       Financial /Strategic planning

Prepares budget and determines allocation of funds for staff, supplies and equipment, and facilities.
Maintains program budgets and looks for cost savings.
Insures that programming is driven by the strategic plan and evaluates and makes changes on a regular basis
Works on needs assessment and plans for expansion.

3%     Marketing

Assist Communication Director to compile and edit art center emails and other promotional materials.
Develops new program and promotional ideas with Program team.

10%      General Office

Insures that proper policies and procedures are in place for Registration Staff and greater Art Center community.
Assist with customer service. (fielding phone calls, complaints, etc)

Assist with registrations during registration periods.
Other Duties As Assigned



Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in art education, fine arts, arts administration, art history or other visual arts discipline from a four-year college or university; Master’s degree encouraged; and a minimum of two years’ experience supervising artists or teaching artists at a college, art center, school, or similar artistic environment.  Previous experience in coordinating the development, production and distribution of class descriptions and brochures is essential. Experience developing programming for varied audiences, especially those with special needs is also essential. Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills are required.  Previous experience in working with Board members recommended.

Background and Skills:

Community perspective:  Knowledge of the issues, opportunities, and challenges facing the arts and arts education sector as well as those issues critical to the community the Art Center serves.

Leadership: Strong leader with vision, high energy and the ability to motivate and lead professional artists, board, staff, collaborating partners, and diverse constituencies; prominent leadership experience of sustained fundraising strategies and campaigns.

Management: Exhibits a visible, fully committed, hands-on management style. Demonstrated commitment to staff and teaching artist development. Determines new and innovative opportunities and approaches to enhance program impact and operational efficiency – both financial and administrative.  Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and on deadline.

Strong and persuasive communication skills, both verbal and written.  Clearly and effectively, and with enthusiasm, “makes the case” for the visual arts and represents the organization to the public as well as to the arts community.

Strong interpersonal skills, with an eagerness to build relationships and a careful eye to marketing and revenue generation, both earned and contributed.

Judgment: Strategic thinking, tact, discretion and experienced-based good judgment; ability to make and influence decisions; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

Art:  Visual arts experience with a variety of mediums and a deep reservoir of energy and passion for the mission of the Art Center.

Professional education and experience: Respected for academic achievements and professional training. An acute understanding of the value of art to communities and individuals alike.

Job Title: Director of Education

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