Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, founded in Baltimore in 1950, is the country’s foremost arts-in-education non-profit organization. The Maryland chapter of Young Audiences (YA) provides more than 9,000 arts education opportunities to nearly 200,000 students, artists, and educators throughout the state each year. The staff, board, and teaching artists of YA work tirelessly to generate opportunities for all students to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.
The Education Director of Statewide Initiatives is a new full-time, exempt position that will report to the Chief Operating Officer. This individual will ensure that the programs and projects within their portfolio are grounded in the best practices of public education, that as programming expands it remains student-centered, and that our work is relevant to the challenges facing schools and addresses teacher needs. This position is responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with schools and other partner organizations to provide personalized and customized arts/education solutions. The Education Director of Statewide Initiatives will supervise two to four Teaching Artist Fellows.
Project and Relationship Management: 30%
Serve as the Project Manager for a portfolio of projects such as:
- Manage the planning, facilitation and evaluation of YA’s UMBC course Teaching Artist = Change Agent designed to develop the next generation of teaching artists.
- Nurture the partnership with Peabody, which includes facilitating Peabody students/ensembles to audition for the roster and apprenticing with YA artists.
- Participate in the planning of and serve as a facilitator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ 21st Century Institute, a week long teacher institute in arts integration.
- Serve as the YA liaison to Artist Allies, a group of YA Teaching Artists an observations and feedback system to foster quality among our exemplary artists and address quality concerns among our developing artists.
- Manage the planning, facilitation and evaluation of the Teaching Artists institute.
Serve as the education consultant on projects for our school district partnerships with Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County public school systems. Your role will be to attend meetings with the YA project lead and their school district partner to understand their educational goals and challenges and help the team to design customized programs to address these challenges. Examples of consultation include:
- Plan the Police Artist Community Engagement (PACE) field trips so they integrate with the curriculum, while fostering positive relationships between students and police.
- Design a teacher survey for Pre-K and K teachers participating in our Wolf Trap/Early Learning programs.
- Develop a new arts integration teacher professional development program for the Prince George’s County Public School System. Represent YA at local and statewide gatherings in education and arts education to share the effectiveness of YA’s work and engage in strategic conversations
Supervise Artist Fellows: 20%
Supervise and coordinate the work of two to four Teaching Artist Fellows who, in addition to leading YA programs in schools, also serve as an artist consultant to projects, lead professional development, and serve as an artist advisor and mentor.
Professional Development: 15%
Plan and lead teacher professional development, as well as artist professional development to help them carry out customized programs for schools and school districts.
Education Standards: 10%
Ensure our work and the programs we develop are grounded in the best practices of public education. Examples of this include:
- Support Program and School Relationship Coordinators in their effort to develop more in-depth programs with school partner.
- Serve as the content expert and effective messenger to teachers and administrators.
- Review marketing materials to ensure the language aligns with that of educators and is connected to state standards.
- Serve on the audition task force and helping to determine the artist roster.
Other Duties as assigned: 5%
The person in this position plays a key role in the organization, and requires a passion for arts education, excellent organization, collaborative planning within and across departments, and leadership ability. Driver’s license is required as the position requires travel throughout the state. The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing opportunities for youth to realize their full potential in our society and value the arts as a transformational tool in our schools and communities. The candidate must also have:
- A passion for the arts in schools, arts integration and the role of teaching artists/community artists in education.
- Degree in higher education (bachelor’s level or above) in an education-related major
- Five years as a public school teacher or leading education programs for public school students and teachers at a nonprofit
- Experience partnering with teaching artists or certified arts specialists to enhance teaching and learning.
- Experience in designing and leading teacher professional development.
- Experience in curriculum development.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders
- Knowledge of the College and Career Readiness (Common Core) Standards, National Core Arts Standards and/or Maryland Fine Arts Standards, and MSDE's Teacher Professional Development Standards.
- Proficient computer skills and ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and/or Google applications.
- Public school teaching experience in Maryland
- Supervisory experience
- Project management experience
We offer an attractive benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision health care coverage, paid sick leave, vacation time, and retirement plan options.