Summary: The Director is responsible for the development, execution and oversight of the daily operations, long-term vision and goals, and tactical strategies for the Education & Community Engagement (ECE) programs of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC). The Director cultivates and maintains relationships in Sonoma County and beyond to further the arts integration and community engagement work of the Center. They serve as a champion for the Center and ECE with the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff as well as out in the community. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the LBC’s education programming, outreach services and engagement activities, and public use spaces are meeting the needs of our diverse community.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: - Manage and oversee the on-going operation, improvement, and future growth of an education and community engagement program that: 1) involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in learning about and through the arts; 2) demonstrates the Center’s commitment to and regional leadership role in arts education; and 3) reflects the LBC’s long-term strategic vision. - Provide responsive and nimble leadership to ensure that programs align with community-identified priorities—such as A Portrait of Sonoma, Upstream Investments, and Cradle to Career—which address critical equity issues regarding quality of life, education, income and health. - Play a leadership role in nurturing new partnerships and managing on-going relationships between the Center, community organizations and educational groups—such as Sonoma County Latino Leaders: Los Cien, Creative Sonoma, the Center’s Latino Advisory Council (LAC), resident performing arts companies, and Arts Education Alliance—to inform, extend and deepen the impact of the LBC’s programs. - Research and apply arts integration best practices; regularly evaluate the efficacy of the department’s various programs; and advocate for changes and programmatic growth when organizationally and strategically beneficial. - Create and administer measurable and meaningful program evaluations and assessments, and provide relevant data analysis. - Oversee and manage on-going relationships with teaching artists, schools, school districts, and other educators. Director of Education and Community Engagement Job Description July 2018 - Manage the Education & Community Engagement staff as well as related volunteers and contract labor; follow and fairly apply all employment and safety policies, and provide informational and inspirational leadership. - Develop, oversee, and manage execution of detailed budgets; and reduce risk exposure through meticulous contract negotiations and attentive revenue and expense management. -Work closely with fundraising staff—with and through clear communication of priorities, goals and data; cross-departmental meetings and learning opportunities; donor communications and events; and public speaking opportunities—to help secure support for programs. In addition, partner on grant proposals and provide necessary data for reports. - Work closely with the marketing, communications, and patron services staff members to coordinate efforts in sales, promotion, and press relations for education and community engagement programs and activities. - Maintain close and supportive working relationships with other department heads, Board and Honorary Board members, and advisory council and committee members. Attend regularly scheduled Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meetings, monthly Board meetings, and other education and community engagement-related committee meetings. - Other duties may be assigned by the President & CEO as needed.
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Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Education or a related field (e.g., Arts Education, Music Education) required; an advanced business or academic degree is preferred; plus at least 5 years’ related experience with a similar program. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered, if all other requirements are met.
Critical Skills: - Strong knowledge of Arts Integration and Common Core; working knowledge of California’s Academic Content Standards; knowledge of the state and local education systems as they relate to the services the Center provides; and knowledge of arts and/or education funding environment. - Familiarity with a variety of art forms from a range of cultures and traditions. - Multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity; direct experience with Hispanic and Latino communities and institutions, and fluency in Spanish, are strongly preferred. - Exceptional organizational and time management skills, along with a tenacious attention to detail, to: 1) manage complex strategic plans and programs; and 2) work effectively even while juggling multiple projects and under strict deadlines. - Ability to study, evaluate and analyze Arts & Education trends, and to interpret data and make informed recommendations. - Outstanding interpersonal skills; ability to communicate ideas clearly, confidently and concisely, in both written and oral presentations, to a wide spectrum of constituencies; and comfortable editing the work of others as needed. - Strong executive and business skills: negotiating, project management, budgeting, and risk/benefit analysis. - Competence with Microsoft Office suite and other programs as needed (i.e. Access, Artifax, and Tessitura). - Ability and willingness to travel frequently by personal vehicle locally, and occasionally by car or air to regional or national meetings and events.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and events center, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, is home to world-class performances, nationally-recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular civic events. The Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Each year, together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 35,000 children and adults; and hosts nearly 1,000 community events. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.