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Director of School Partnerships
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Richmond, CA

Director of School Partnerships- Job Description (04/06/17)

Job Classification: Full-time; salaried; exempt; senior staff position

Reports Directly to: Deputy Director of Programs

Job Description Summary

The Director of School Partnerships is directly responsible for the strategic direction and management of a robust arts education and performing arts access program portfolio involving local school districts and TK-12 educational entities currently serving 5,000 children and youth annually. S/he is responsible for budgeting, revenue development, quality control, and the management of department personnel, including 35 part-time professional Teaching Artists. The DSP is responsible for direct liaison-ship the WCCUSD and other local educational and government entities and partners as well as working in collaboration with all other Center departments. 

General Division of Work

  • 30% of this role is supporting the departments’ Development Plan
  • 15% in supporting WCCUSD after-school and summer expanded learning programs
  • 5% in supporting the Pre-School Arts program.
  • 20% in supporting in-school programs including Artist-in-Residence programs, and the Creative Schools Initiative
  • 30% in supporting the Center’s professional development program in arts integration for TK-6th grade classroom teachers

Your primary responsibilities include the following:

Program Development and Administration 

  • Overall responsibility for the development of all outreach and access programs (preschool, after school and summer, in-school and professional development programs)
  • Ensure effectiveness and impact of program on students;
  • Ensure consistency of program assessment, and collection and use of assessment data
  • Cultivate partnerships with local districts, educational entities, and community partners
  • Develop curricula and plans for program evolution, consistent with strategic priorities as well as funding and budgetary limitations and opportunities.
  • Remain abreast of trends and opportunities in youth education programs, arts education, and STEAM initiatives and explore opportunities to expand local school programs
  • Lead evaluation and research efforts in arts education for grant applications, donors, and to support continuous program improvement
  • Oversee departmental budget, contracting and grant management 

Leadership and Management

  • Participate in long range strategic planning for organization and financial growth
  • Develop strategic objectives in partnership with Senior Staff and oversee the operationalize of long and short term priorities
  • Represent the Center at public events, community gatherings, advisory teams and at conferences
  • In partnership with other Center departments, oversee communication and outreach in the schools and community sites to ensure visibility of the Center’s programs and events
  • Create regular reports and presentations for senior staff and the board as requested. 

Staff and Faculty Management and Development 

  • Manage the hiring, onboarding and orientation of Teaching Artists for the School Partnerships team
  • Support Teaching Artists in curriculum development, positive youth development/classroom training, and building community/school partnerships as needed
  • Supervise and direct the work of all staff focused on outreach and access program development and delivery

Other Duties 

  • As requested 

Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five years relevant education program experience - preferably with an established arts education-based nonprofit organization.
  • Understanding of barriers to access, especially for low-income, English Language learners and underrepresented demographics in the Bay Area
  • Experience as a practicing artist strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of best practices in youth development, early childhood education, adult learning, and arts integration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (grant-writing experience preferred).
  • Expert computer skills (Macintosh), including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Google
  • Significant program development and management experience, particularly in an educational context.
  • Experience managing multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders, as well as budget development and management.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative, and be proactive with attention to detail.
  • College degree required, advanced degree (MFA, MEd) strongly preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple program and participant needs
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds; current valid CA driver’s license and ability to drive a car if needed
  • Sense of humor a plus
  • Dedication to the role of the arts in social justice, youth and community development.  

Salary and Benefits: DOE

To apply: Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to
Address: 339 11th Street

Deadline: 05-08-2017

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