Professional Development Coordinator, Education Department
Arts for Learning Maryland (formerly Young Audiences of Maryland) is devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs. Through Arts for Learning, professional teaching artists from all disciplines partner with educators, schools, and school districts to provide -- on average -- over 300,000 hours of learning in, through, and about the arts to more than 185,000 Maryland students annually.
Arts for Learning is a mission-driven organization that values community, innovation, and passion. The staff, board, and teaching artists have a shared commitment to advancing equity in education by working tirelessly to generate opportunities for students to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.
The Education Professional Development Coordinator is a full-time, exempt position that will report to the Education Director. The role works with school district partners, artists, and community organizations to meet their professional development programming needs. The coordinator is responsible for developing relationships with schools and other partner organizations to promote, sell, plan, and implement programs and professional development services in Education settings. This position participates in ensuring that our summer and after-school programming, SALA, SALA DC, and ASALA, is designed and implemented to the highest standards to ensure as many students as possible can benefit from the program, improve academic and social and emotional outcomes and provide life changing opportunities through the arts.
As of May 2023, this position follows a hybrid schedule for a minimum of two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays and remotely on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, except for mandatory staff meetings, training, and programs. This position also requires work on 4 in-person Saturday training sessions a year. The work schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Arts For Learning Maryland.
- Coordinate and contract teachers, teaching artists, and coaches for arts integration and embedded professional development programs, including but not limited to the Arts for Learning Days (ALDs), SALA, and ASALA
- Act as point person to track schedule changes, payment issues, supply reimbursements, and support.
- Manage scheduling, as needed, for professional development trainings
- Build relationships with schools and venues to build strong partnerships and provide high-quality programs to students and teachers.
- Give feedback to the Education Director and Director of Arts Integration to help set team goals and create and track each program area's annual budget.
- Support planning and implementation of all marketing and communications activities related to all programs and trainings.
- Facilitate the scheduling and planning process between artists, schools, and the community.
- Track and report on relevant program data.
- Represent Arts for Learning at meetings, showcases, and resource fairs throughout the year; this may include occasional evening hours when necessary.
- Support the organization’s goals related to racial equity and inclusion
- Work with the Arts for Learning staff on special projects based on organizational needs; past projects have included project management for new program innovations, participation in internal task forces and work groups, support with specific funding programs, etc.
- Assist with the preparation and delivery of staff and external professional development
- Support with program development and implementation
- Track lesson plan submission from teachers and artists
- Coordinate and/or perform classroom and site observations
The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing opportunities for youth to realize their full potential and sees the arts as a transformational tool in our schools and communities. The position requires organization, leadership, and communication skills. Experience in primary and secondary education, project management, customer relationship management, and budget coordination is preferred.
A Driver’s license and reliable transportation are required as the position will require regular travel throughout Maryland (up to 50% of the time).
The ideal candidate will also have:
- A passion for the arts, arts integration, and the role of teaching artists/community artists in education.
- A post-secondary degree or equivalent related work experience.
- Experience with meeting individual project goals in a timely manner in a quickly changing environment.
- A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- An understanding or interest in learning the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education.
- Competency or interest in learning how analyzing policies, systems, and structures through a race-equity lens results in advancing equity and minimizing biases and injustices.
- Strong customer service skills.
- Experience writing and/or managing project budgets.
- A detail-oriented approach to their work.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to navigate interpersonal relationship in a professional setting
- An ability to work across teams and with various, simultaneously occurring projects and constituencies.
- Experience or willingness to learn Data entry/computer, specifically with Google Suite, Salesforce, Asana, Microsoft Office Suite, Canva, and mail merge tool.
We offer a starting annual salary of $54,500 and an attractive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision healthcare coverage, retirement contributions, and flexible paid time off.
For consideration, please apply on our website, https://www.artsforlearningmd.org. Please do not send applications that include headshots or photos of yourself. No phone calls or recruiters, please.
Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.