Executive Director, Institute for Teaching & Learning
Idyllwild Arts Foundation was founded in 1946. The arts institution started as a Summer Program for learners of all ages. In 1986, Idyllwild Arts Academy was founded as an independent, residential arts high school, located in Idyllwild, California. The Academy serves 300 students from approximately 35 countries and provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum.
In 2021, the Board of Trustees adopted a new Strategic Impact Plan and articulated the vision for Idyllwild Arts to become the most dynamic arts community in the nation. Included in the plan is to launch three new entities of Idyllwild Arts Foundation: The Center for Creativity & Social Entrepreneurship, The Institute for Teaching & Learning, and The Native American Arts Center.
Idyllwild is a small town located at over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of California's San Jacinto Mountains. Even though it seems far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the town and campus frequently hosts music festivals, prominent speakers and artists, and community events. The campus is only two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego.
OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director
Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Institute for Teaching & Learning
REPORTS TO: President
STATUS: Full Time - Exempt
Idyllwild Arts Foundation (IAF) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to adapt and implement plans for the Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL).
The ITL is a professional development center dedicated to envisioning and realizing the future of arts education pedagogy to serve the needs of 21st century learners. Additionally, the ITL will build upon the school's world-renowned Summer Program by offering year-round programming, both in-person and online.
The ITL will serve the Idyllwild Arts Foundation as well as the larger field through the dissemination of research and best practices. The ITL will also provide a field-building platform for disseminating findings and research to other institutions, teachers, and artists from around the country. The ITL will enable instructors to explore best practices from a variety of pedagogical models; combine strategies to form innovative new models; and design curricula that will nurture and prepare engaged citizen-artists for college and careers in creative disciplines.
In addition, the work of the ITL will partner with other leaders across fields, host conferences and events that gather individuals and organizations invested in arts education, and engage in outreach efforts to establish online and satellite micro-campuses that serve a range of adults from diverse backgrounds.
The ED will exemplify IAF's core values, advance the school's Strategic Impact Plan, create and oversee an emerging annual budget, and ensure that IAF achieves its short and long term revenue goals. The ED reports directly to the President of Idyllwild Arts Foundation.
Essential duties include but are not limited to the following:
Create online and in-person arts programming for adult learners and educators.
Engage professionals to provide high quality programming for all learners.
Build a strong virtual and in-person workplace culture that fosters retention, builds accountability and trust, and inspires professional learning.
Establish a vision for the staffing model and work streams, and implement this over time, to increase efficiencies..
Oversee and update ITL policies and procedures as needed.
Guide the delivery of high-quality programming to meet and exceed key impact measures inclusive of expanding IAF's reach, nationally and internationally.
Collaborate with members of the Advancement team to grow the fundraising portfolio by:
Ensuring grant/gift deliverables are on-time and high-quality, resulting in strong donation renewals and upgrades;
Leading the implementation of a development plan that secures renewal, lapsed, and new individual and foundation contributions;
Participating in strategic prospect research, pitch creation, proposal writing, and relationship-building.
Grow earned income by effectively compelling K-12 leaders-school-level administrators -to invest in ITL programming.
Build strategic partnerships across the country and raise IAF's visibility.
Supervise the development and implementation of operations-based financial modeling and lead accountability efforts by:
Operating within the departmental budget.
Adhering to accounting policies and procedures
Providing timely and accurate information, including analyzing and reporting on business results, variances, and performance trends.
5-7 years of relevant professional experience in arts education or related industry
Knowledge of middle and high school program delivery, and key educational technology.
Significant experience delivering arts programs with a proven track record of programmatic growth, preferably in the K-12 educational market.
Proven leadership, communication, and team building skills; highly developed ability to prepare written communications and proposals.
A team player who can work well across the organization on complex issues.
Obtain and maintain a valid California Driver License, pass a criminal history background check as required by California Education Code Section 44237, and pass a TB test.
This is a full-time position with a flexible, virtually based structure in Southern California.
The position may require some travel regionally, nationally and internationally.
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent may be required to:
Regularly remain sedentary for long periods of time in meetings and while processing information and paper work both manually and on a computer;
Reach with hands and arms and use of hands to finger, type, and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse;
Converse in clear English both written and orally, over a telephone, teleconferencing and in person.;
Make public presentations;
Occasionally, incumbent may be required to lift up to 25 pounds;
Traverse uneven terrain and climb stairs while moving about campus;
Bend and stoop;
Conduct tours and show visitors campus facilities;
Provide their own transportation for campus and regional events;
Work varying hours, including days, nights, and weekends and some holidays.
Reasonable accommodation will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Idyllwild Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild Arts is a co-ed boarding and day school for 275 students in grades 9-12. The Summer Program, founded in 1950, is an eight-week program that brings more than nearly 2,000 children, teens, and adults to Idyllwild each summer. The Academy was established in1986 to extend the Summer Program's commitment to the arts through the only boarding high school for the arts on the west coast. The school has developed into an exceptional high school for pre-professional training in the arts combined with high academic standards and a residential life curriculum.Idyllwild graduates attend the top colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, and the very best conservatories and art schools, such as Julliard, Curtis, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Many have established celebrated careers as artists. The arts disciplines include dance, music, visual arts, theatre, moving pictures and creative writing. Students may major in any one discipline or combine their interests in an interdisciplinary arts major.