Job Classification Exempt, full-time, salaried, and benefit eligible. Authorized travel will be reimbursed at the standard IRS rate. This is an in-person, on-site position. The Warehouse Arts District Association adheres to CDC guidelines for all personnel and facility policies and practices.
Reporting Structure Position reports to the Executive Director (ED). Supervises teaching artists, guest artists, facility rental organizations and program vendors.
Overview The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) is seeking a Director of Arts Education (DirEd) to lead the vision, strategy, and execution of arts education and community programs in alignment with the organization's overall mission and the needs and interests of the diverse, local community. The DirEd will lead educational personnel and develop programs with an eye towards constantly deepening rigor, cultural responsiveness, expanding access, and maintaining a breadth of educational offerings. The DirEd will ensure the best use of the education facility on ArtsXchange campus by creating unique programs, and partnering with local organizations with aligned missions for classroom rentals. The DirEd will also ensure a culture of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA) for all WADA educational activities. The DirEd is the primary staff liaison to the WADA Education Committee, classroom rental partners and the direct supervisor for teaching artists. Under the DirEd’s leadership, WADA will continuously improve outcomes for students; job satisfaction and performance of teaching artists; financial sustainability for facility use; and engagement for students and patrons.
Essential Responsibilities Implement a vibrant vision for the education and community engagement programs and enthusiastically partner with leadership to uphold a unified WADA brand.
Create and ensure adherence to WADA specific standards of practice for teaching artists, programs, and educational activities.
Oversee planning, budgeting, implementation, and reporting of WADA education programs (including but not limited to Youth, Adult, Dance, Movement, Visual Art, Community Outreach, and Events.)
Cultivate partnerships and implement program logistics to serve diverse interests and needs as well as specialized populations or student groups.
Engage in strategic alliances with neighborhood organizations, arts and culture leaders, and education professionals in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas to strengthen WADA’s role as a leader in the field of arts education.
Recruit and retain highly qualified teaching artists for all WADA education programs. Work with ED to strategize ways to improve employee and volunteer morale and ensure position descriptions set forth high expectations around rigor and arts learning.
Create and track all budget areas relevant to program department restricted income and expenses including payroll, events, funded partnerships, subcontractors, maintenance, etc. Maintain or exceed an annual budget goals.
Generate a diversified income stream from classes, private fundraising, grants, and classroom rental contracts.
Work with ED and Grants Writer to create fundraising proposals, grant applications, and reports.
Monitor all deliverables and expenditures of any restricted program funds against grant contracts and awards to ensure compliance.
Assess key markers of quality for all programs including but not limited to: community interest alignment, EDIA, 21st Century classroom models, financial sustainability, WADA mission and membership.
Engage a broad network of peers, conduct relevant research on developments in the field, and pursue appropriate professional development opportunities to support WADA’s role as an institutional leader.
Educate all teaching artists about the importance of the WADA history, mission, and role in Midtown St. Petersburg. Ensure programs are being utilized as a tool to help drive membership and provide benefits to members.
Work cross departmentally (with ED, DirOps and Education Committee and other board committees as needed) to meet strategic and operational planning goals, enrollment and outcome benchmarks.
Schedule quarterly meetings with the Community Advisory Committee to gather feedback on program quality, assess new community needs and interests, and create responsive programming.
Meet regularly with teaching artists and community partners. Maintain communication and positive rapport throughout the year.
Work with ED and DirOps to ensure WADA policies and procedures outlined are updated as needed in the Programs Manual and Teaching Artists agreements.
Ensure employment records are up to date and properly onboard any contracted artists to maintain the WADA brand, safety for students and rigor within the classroom.
Plan interesting and in-demand guest artists opportunities to WADA and connect them to the educational goals in the strategic plan.
Process monthly payroll records for all Teaching Artists or classroom contractors and ensure accuracy against the employee’s contracted pay schedule. Reconcile all vendor contracts and invoices monthly or as they are scheduled.
Work with the Education Committee Chair to support the WADA Art Tubs program and any other educational events as part of the annual goals.
Maintain a relationship with the Pinellas County School District (PCS), neighborhood schools, and local organizations to increase reach and relevance of WADA youth programs.
Work with the Marketing Committee to develop an annual communication plan and maintain regular communication for students and partners during the year.
Required to attend weekly meetings with ED and DirOps; bi-montly board meetings and 1:1 meetings with the ED at their discretion.
Frequently visit sites to evaluate programs, support instructors, engage with students and families and facilitate guest visits for donors and partners.
Other Duties Work with the ED and DirOps to support events including Second Saturday Art Walk and other community engagement or fundraising opportunities. Ensure these events are leveraged to promote WADA programs and membership.
Represent WADA at various meetings and public forums (ex: ACE committee)
Carry out other duties as requested by the ED in support of other strategic goals, including fund development and brand awareness.
Role Requirements 3+ years of experience designing and leading education and community engagement programs or other relevant experience.
Experience building and guiding programmatic expansion and creating net income generating programs and events.
Wide and in-depth knowledge of the fields of arts education and community engagement preferably in the areas of visual art and/or dance/movement.
Experience working with diverse populations using culturally responsive content.
Some night and weekend work hours as needed for programming initiatives.
Ability to travel locally to schools and venues within the Tampa Bay area.
Skills and Experience Key traits for success in this role are an entrepreneurial mindset, tenacity, and a sense of humor.
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA) practices (including but not limited to: anti-racism, gender equality, LGBTQI+, language and country of origin diversity, land acknowledgments, physical and neurodiversity inclusion, and socio-economic justice.)
Knowledge of the internal systems of cultural, educational, and community organizations.
Understanding and interest in keeping up with current trends and best practices in the areas of education and the arts.
Experience creating pricing models and scholarships for community arts classes.
Knowledge of state, county, and city learning standards.
Excellent writing, editing, communication, and public speaking skills.
Ability to Iead, inspire, mentor, and collaborate with various stakeholders.
Identify new ideas and take them from start to finish.
Ability to develop and manage budgets.
Ability to handle numerous projects and meet all deadlines in a fast-paced, self-driven environment.
To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Allison Galloway-Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include WADA Director of Arts Education in the subject line
Application deadline is August 16th, 2021
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