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Education Director

Job Title: Education Director
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Starting Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000​
Date Revised: July 23, 2021

Creative Alliance is Baltimore’s premier multi-arts venue with a mission to present and promote artists, performers, and filmmakers; engage diverse audiences; and improve the quality of life in Baltimore City through community-based arts and education programs.

As an inclusive community that works toward being an anti-racist organization, Creative Alliance encourages applicants of all ages, races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and physical abilities.

Position Overview: The Education Director is responsible for leading and implementing the education mission of the Creative Alliance. The organization is committed to providing high-quality spectacular art after school, summer, and weekend programs. Within the Creative Alliance, we pride ourselves in collaborating with local artists and students to create an innovative environment where they can create projects without limitations.

Within the education department at Creative Alliance, the Education Director hires and supervises the Education Coordinator and Out of School Time Site Managers and manages a department budget of $350,000. This position also oversees the program implementation and hiring of professional teaching artists and interns who provide the instruction within the after school and summer programs. Each education program assists children and youth to build their artistic voices and shape their intellects through both visual and performing arts. Creative Alliance’s Youth Education Programs empower young people to engage fearlessly and immerse themselves in the creative and artistic process.

We present culturally rich programs that teach youth and teens to solve problems, think critically, and to imagine solutions that create positive change in their lives and communities. With a rising demand for the Creative Alliance’s innovative arts education programs and the development of the new Creativity Center, our offerings have expanded to year-round visual and performing art workshops and classes in schools, libraries, community centers, and festivals. We reach over 4,500 youth per year in Baltimore City and beyond.

Principal Responsibilities:

Team Management: 25%

  • Manage, coach, and develop Education Coordinator, Teachers, Assistants, OST Manager, and Site Manager
  • Set and manage the Education Department budget in conjunction with the Finance & Administration Director, and the Education team
  • Oversee the interviewing, hiring, generating contracts, and supervising instructors and assistants
  • Conduct performance reviews of staff
  • Plan and lead education team meetings
  • Participate in strategic planning and leadership team meetings

Strategy & Planning: 15%

  • Develop short- and long-term vision for Education Department’s work
  • Develop year-round arts education programs and curricula for youth and families
  • Work with Evaluator consultant to develop indicators and measurement tools for the education programs
  • Evaluate programs and problem solve as necessary
  • Growing successful programs effectively
  • Leading the planning and execution of innovative new programs serving children and youth

​Program Management: 50%

  • Oversee appropriate contracts and schedules for successful partnerships
  • Assist in developing training materials and conduct trainings for teaching staff
  • Evaluate lesson plans and programs with teaching staff through on-site visits and post program teacher debriefs/evaluations
  • Administer aspects of final exhibitions/receptions and award ceremonies
  • Oversee publications (e.g. flyers, postcards, catalogues) for student and partner recruitment and documentation
  • Work with development staff and Executive Director to produce grant proposals and donor requests to obtain funds to support educational programs
  • Proactively seek funding sources and coordinate with development staff
  • Generate timely grant reports
  • Manage recruitment of students to Creative Alliance’s programs
  • Collaborate across departments on programming
  • Fulfill grant requirements, attend all mandatory meetings, and keep programs in compliance
  • Manage existing grants from MSDE, Family League of Baltimore, CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and actively pursue new sources of funding.

Partnerships: 10%

  • Initiate and maintain excellent relationships with partnering sites alongside education team staff
  • Maintain familiarity and develop relationships within Creative Alliance’s geographic footprint including with community schools
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with anchor institutions in Creative Alliance’s immediate neighborhoods and Baltimore City more broadly

Organization Participation Expectations: In addition to the job related tasks for this position, Creative Alliance expects all staff to participate in organization events and activities. Specific roles and responsibilities that individual staff may have for these events and activities will be developed in partnership with your supervisor. Organization events and activities include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Major Organization Events:
    • Art To Dine For
    • Kite Fest
    • Marquee Ball
    • Maryland Folklife Traditions
    • Great Halloween Lantern Parade
  • ​Strategic Planning
  • Board/Staff Annual Retreat(s)

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be comprehensive. Employee may perform other related functions to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Experience in K-12 education or arts education settings
  • Successful program or project management experience
  • Commitment to encouraging youth of diverse ages, ethnicities, and experiences both individually and in groups
  • At least three years of management experience
  • Ability to collaboratively build team vision
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to build strong, interpersonal relationships inside and outside of an organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the community arts field
  • Spanish fluency not required but a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but candidates with relevant arts and education experience will be considered

How To Apply: To apply, complete the application form at the link below, which consists of application questions, submission of a resume, and submission of a one (1) to three (3) page writing sample:

Salary Range
$60,000 - $70,000
Education Full-time
Employer Name:
Creative Alliance
Job Title:
Education Director
Employer Contact Information:
[email protected]
Benefit Package
Starting Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000​

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