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Arts Education Program Director

Organization: Idaho Commission on the Arts
Date Posted: 1/8/2019
City: Boise
Location: Idaho
Country: United States
Primary Category: Public Folklore, State Government

Description & Details

The Arts Education Program Director is supervised by the Deputy Director and the Executive Director. The Arts Education Program Director manages and administers the grant programs that relate to arts education, currently Arts Education Project grants and Quick Funds grants; develops all appropriate program resources; acts as a liaison to the Idaho State Department of Education; works to increase public awareness and interest in arts education; is responsible for tracking federal and state policy and legislative action on arts education; and writes annual grant applications and reports to the National Endowment on the Arts. The Arts Education Program Director performs other duties as requested or assigned by the supervisor. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

Example of Duties

The Arts Education Program Director is directly responsible for:

Design, implementation, and evaluation of arts education grant programs.
Tasks include:

  • Managing the Arts Education Project grant program (approximately 40-50 grants per year);
  • Co-administering the Quick Funds grant program related to arts education applications from schools, organizations, and individuals;
  • Providing technical assistance to grant applicants, including courtesy reviews of pending applications;
  • Managing Arts Education Project grant advisory panel meetings in review of grant applications;
  • Preparing advisory panel comments and funding recommendations for Commission review;
  • Distributing grant correspondence, documentation, and final reporting procedures;
  • Writing and revising Arts Education Project grant guidelines and application and evaluation forms; and
  • Making site visits to funded-activities, as needed.

Increasing access to arts education by providing timely and appropriate resources and information.
Tasks include:

  • Supervising teaching-artist selection and design and production of the Idaho Teaching Artists' Roster;
  • Developing and presenting workshops on grants and grant writing to individuals and organizations; and
  • Developing methods of training and orientation for participating sites, teaching artists, and consultants.

Encouraging cooperation and collaboration among individuals and organizations concerned with quality arts education.
Tasks include:

  • Developing partnerships with arts education offices of state arts agencies to share resources;
  • Playing an active role with the Idaho State Department of Education in professional development for teachers, resulting in expanded arts educational opportunities for Idaho students;
  • Encouraging arts organizations to work with schools to develop and implement substantive arts education programs for teachers and students;
  • Collaborating with the agency's Folk and Traditional Arts Director to deliver the Hello Neighbor pilot folk arts program in Idaho schools;
  • Managing the Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest; and
  • Developing and/or supporting appropriate arts education conferences and symposia.

Designing and implementing methods of dissemination of information positioning the arts as basic and essential to quality education.
Tasks include:

  • Coordinating with agency staff to administer, monitor, and update the Making Learning Visible online arts education grant reporting and dissemination platform;
  • Supporting and participating in activities that advance advocacy and awareness of arts education;
  • Working with arts education program grantees to effectively publicize their projects;
  • Recognizing outstanding projects or programs that demonstrate innovation and achievement in arts education;
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for information about programs, services, and issues in arts education; and
  • Utilizing available media resources to disseminate information on arts education and agency arts education programs.

Supervision of the arts education program budget, grant writing, and contracting.
Tasks include:

  • Coordinating with senior staff, writing annual arts education program grant applications and reports to the National Endowment for the Arts;
  • Preparing the arts education program budget for incorporation into the agency budget;
  • Reviewing arts education grant application guidelines, forms, and contracts for compliance with agency, state, and federal requirements; and
  • Overseeing the services of contracted personnel in agency arts education programs.  

Representing the arts education program at all Commission meetings.
Tasks include:

  • Preparing materials and information for discussion or action at commission meetings. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in arts education or arts management from an accredited university.  
  • At least three years' experience in arts education in school or community settings. 
  • Experience and technical competence in digital media and communications. 

Supplemental Information

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter by January 31, 2019 detailing qualifications and experience by email or mail to: 

Idaho Commission on the Arts
Attn: Stuart Weiser 
PO Box 83720 
Boise, ID  83720-0008 

For more information on the Idaho Commission on the Arts, please visit our website at:
Idaho Commission on the Arts

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