New Art Center in Newton

61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460

Date Posted:
August 15, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Education


Job Title: Director of Education

Supervisor: Executive Director

Direct Reports: Registrar, Studio & Exhibitions Coordinator, Ceramic Studio Manager, Facilities Manager, Faculty, Summer Coordinator

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Position Summary

The New Art Center is a non-profit, community art education space which offers exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art. The Center seeks a dynamic, experienced Director of Education to oversee, implement and evaluate all programs, including studio art classes for all ages, exhibitions and associated public programs. This position will have primary operational responsibility for all New Art Center educational programming for the public. The position works with all staff and is also responsible for many aspects of the organization’s infrastructure: including operations, human resources and administration. The Director of Education is part of the senior management team, and works closely with the Executive Director on organizational development, strategic planning, outreach and finances.

Position Details

Administrative Oversight:

  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operations of a busy art school, with over 2,500 annual enrollments in two facilities and online.
  • Provide all staff (direct reports and others) with a strong, supportive, approachable presence, empowering staff, building clear goals and work plans, facilitating access to resources, accountability, and troubleshooting.
  • Manage, evaluate and hire (as needed) a faculty of 30-40 artist/teachers, studio managers, Registrar, and Facilities Manager, as well as identify, hire, train and manage temporary summer/vacation staff.
  • Manage budget for education and exhibition programs revenues and expenses.
  • Oversee annual schedule for in person and online classes, including income generating rentals and community requests.
  • Supervise the Registrar regarding registrations, class participation and cancellations.
  • Supervise the Ceramics Studio Manager and the Studio & Exhibitions Coordinator, which includes overseeing policies, studio and event operations, equipment purchase and maintenance and approval of supply purchases.
  • Work with the Office Manager regarding contracts, payroll, and timesheets.
  • Represent the organization externally as necessary.

Program Oversight:

  • Design, implement, manage & coordinate all of New Art’s education programs (online and in-person.) This includes approximately 140 classes, workshops, vacation programs (teens, children, adults) each semester, and a 10-week summer program for children and teens and school vacation programs.
  • Evaluate and supervise arts instruction for art students ranging from young children to seasoned adults.
  • Develop content for quarterly catalogues of classes offered.
  • Work with Marketing Manager to coordinate all program related printed and electronic marketing materials.
  • Oversee internal, external and online exhibition program of 8+ exhibitions per year which provides students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to exhibit.

Strategic Oversight:

  • Promote an organizational culture of reflection, curiosity, analysis, benchmarking, innovation, and open mutual feedback
  • Ensure that the classes offered are mission-driven and revise or develop new classes as needed.
  • Regularly evaluate ROI of classes and programs and revise or develop new classes as needed.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
  • Assist and participate in the development of vision, goals and objectives to outline and implement the next phase of New Art Center’s strategic plan.

Other duties as assigned.


Experience and Requirements

  • Dynamic, creative arts professional dedicated to lowering barriers to participation in the experience of art at all levels.
  • Highly organized and systems-minded, with the capacity to develop and implement efficient processes and protocols.
  • 5+ years experience with educational program development and management required; working with professional artists.
  • Experience developing children’s art curriculum and identifying artist/teachers for adult teaching programs.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, developing and implementing strategy, evaluating and supporting professional staff, providing professional growth and direction to emerging arts professionals.
  • Ability to thrive in both a fast-paced environment and/or while working remotely, to meet firm deadlines.
  • Comfortable and flexible taking on multiple responsibilities as needed, in both hands-on and supervisory capacities.
  • Experience with databases and class scheduling software.
  • Preferred candidates will have studio teaching experience, non-profit administrative experience, exhibitions experience and/or online teaching and program development experience.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task and remain focused in a busy, high energy gallery and studio environment or while working remotely.
  • Excellent written, graphic communication and database (Excel) skills required.
  • BFA in studio art or equivalent experience; extensive knowledge of art processes and materials; masters degree preferred.
How To Apply:
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Apply by:
August 15, 2020
About this Organization:

About our Organization: 

The New Art Center is a community art space which offers everyone exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art. Our organization offers a supportive culture that takes art and artists seriously. We serve over 2,500 students annually in hundreds of classes and workshops and we seek to lower barriers to participation, making the experience of art accessible to everyone through our outreach programs and scholarships. Our faculty includes some of the region’s most esteemed art educators. In two facilities that are welcoming and conveniently located, as well as through our online learning platform, we offer an inclusive, multi-generational approach to art education that has served children, teens and adults at all skill levels since 1977.

New Art recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law