American Craft Council Search for New Director of Education

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The American Craft Council (ACC) is the leading nationwide arts nonprofit cultivating a culture of making. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. The ACC recognizes and values the profound impact craft has on individuals and communities. Today, the ACC efforts span the nation, supporting professional makers through unique craft shows and educational resources. The ACC engages artists, the public, and scholars through a one-of-a-kind reference library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Their national awards honor long-time master artisans and spotlight emerging and traditional rare-craft artists.The ACC also promotes the handmade through their resource-rich website, award-winning magazine American Craft, and through social media platforms.

The ACC moved to Minneapolis, MN in 2010, and they have reinvigorated and expanded their programs to benefit and grow the craft community.

The ACC is seeking a new Director of Education - a key position in the organization. Below are the job details:

Position: Director of Education

Reports to: Executive Director of the American Craft Council

Summary: The director of education is responsible for creating a roster of thought-provoking, strategic, and engaging educational programming that will position the American Craft Council as a leader in the field, attract a growing audience, and facilitate meaningful conversation about craft.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. In accordance with the Council’s strategic plan, develop and execute a roster of programs that will:• Strengthen economic opportunities within the craft field, including development of professional development programs for established and emerging artists• Promote and advocate for craft as an important cultural resource• Provide thought leadership and cultivate critical thinking about contemporary craft2. Oversee the budget for the education department and work with the development department to make recommendations for potential sources of programmatic support for all educational programs. Working closely with the development team, assist in authoring grants and presentations to foundations, individuals, and organizations that may give financial support for education programs.3. Promote the programs of the Council in collaboration with the marketing department. Working with the marketing and communications director, identify and execute promotional campaigns for outreach for programs to a wide audience, including development of promotional materials in both print and online formats.4. Identify and develop beneficial programmatic partnerships with other individuals, organizations, and institutions that will strengthen the Council’s ability to fulfill its mission to champion craft. Develop and manage key relationships with local and national craft education, craft media, and other arts organizations. Continue local and national educational initiatives, including Library Salon Series, Crafted Conversations Series, Craft Cage Match, media-specific organization conference speaker partnerships, and others.5. Manage and develop artist training initiatives, including web coursework, in partnership with MICA and other constituent partners. Oversee School-to-Market program with partner school faculty and students as part of ACC show initiative.6. Supervise and manage the library as a key component of the Council’s education program. Position the library as a premier source for information about contemporary craft and expand access to library materials through digitization. Supervise and manage the librarian and part-time librarian, developing and recommending library policies to ensure smooth operation of all library functions.7. Lead strategy, planning, and implementation of ACC national conference program, beginning in 2016 and continuing every three years.8. Contribute to scholarly discourse on the field of craft through posts on ACC website, articles for American Craft magazine, Emerging Voices Awards publication, ACC podcast, and with outside partners as appropriate.9. Oversee the roster of ACC award programs including the ACC Awards (Gold Medal, College of Fellows, Award of Distinction and Award of Philanthropy), the Emerging Voices Awards, the Rare Craft Fellowship Award in Association with The Balvenie, and the American Craft Show Awards of Excellence.10. Supervise and manage the education coordinator, education and library interns, and project-specific contractors to ensure successful execution of programs and complete after action reviews of work.11. Act as an ambassador for the American Craft Council and its programs, promoting the Council as a leader in the field.

Additional Responsibilities:• Work collaboratively with other senior staff and the executive director to develop education policies and procedures for the Council.• Work with committees of the Council’s board, particularly the Education Committee and Awards Committee to determine strategies for education programming and awards presentation.• Maintain all records of programmatic and partnership activities.• Perform other tasks as assigned or necessary.

Position Requirements:• Seven years professional educational program development in the art/craft field• Organized self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills• Well-developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work closely with trustees, ACC members, colleagues, and outside constituents• Proficient computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications• Proven track record of successful development of arts educational programs on a local and national level• Experience in shaping and maintaining national partnerships with cultural institutions, membership organizations and colleges/universities• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred• Salary commensurate with experience.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Lindsay Noble at  employment@craftcouncil.org.

Please submit your application by February 26, 2106.

Arts Program Job Opportunity from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The M-NCPPC Prince George’s Parks and Rec Arts and Cultural Heritage Division has a job opening for a person to coordinate performing arts programs around the county – More info below:

The posting is open until Oct. 29, 2015.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking an Arts Specialist who will work in Community Arts Services to develop and implement multi-disciplinary arts programs which targets a general and diverse population, as well as providing professional development and opportunities for local artists. The incumbent will oversee the programs for traditional theatre and exhibition settings and non-traditional settings, such as community centers and parks.

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:

 

The Arts Specialist is responsible for providing performing arts programs for a county-wide audience of all ages consistent with the objectives of the Division’s Community Arts Unit.  Duties for this position include supervising summer day camps at two sites; managing teen arts events and programming at various sites; planning music, dance and theater performances and programs for indoor and outdoor facilities; being a liaison to community center staff to coordinate programs and resources as needed, collect and review program data, and other duties as assigned.  This position plans and supports events, classes, festivals, and programs throughout Prince George’s County in collaboration with colleagues, artist groups, community partners, and arts organizations.  Successful candidates will have experience in youth development, budget management, quality customer service, staff supervision, event planning, program management, and a background in an arts discipline: music, theater, visual arts or dance.

MORE ABOUT THE POSITION:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mncppc/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1228309&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E-1%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cstring%3E0%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND_KEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E

TO APPLY:

Click on the “Apply” link at the top of the page on the above link, or go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1228309/arts-specialist-11579-grade-h/agency/mncppc/apply.

An online account is required to apply.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS:

http://arts.pgparks.com/Community_Arts_Services/About_Us.htm

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https://twitter.com/artspgparks

 

Washington Glass Seeks Studio Coordinator

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Studio Coordinator Position Open

The Washington Glass School has an immediate opening for a Studio Coordinator in its Mount Rainier, MD location. Founded 8 years ago, this is one of the busiest studios on the east coast. We are not only an educational venue, but we are the home of many successful independent artists as well. We also work heavily with large scale public art projects.



The successful candidate will have many of the following traits:

  • Extremely organized and punctual
  • Ability to move from one project to the next very quickly
  • Be a self starter and able to work independently
  • Skills in sculpting clay would be helpful…..as well as skills in computer work, administrative paper work, warm glass, shipping and delivery
  • Comfortable with people and able to possibly teach classes in future.

Duties will include:

  • Daily studio clean-ups
  • Working with plaster, lost wax, warm glass
  • Installing sculptural work
  • Assisting/coordination or taking over some classes

  • Coordinating kiln use and kiln schedules
  • Review studio material use

  • 100 things that might come up….and do.

What we offer:

  • To learn numerous methods of relating to glass and sculpture (all classes are free to you)
  • Free studio space to work on your warm glass
  • $10 an hour to start
  • The ability to see how a very successful sculpture studio operates.
  • Many gallery and show opportunities.
  • The ability to become part of a much larger community
  • Mentoring for your career as an artist.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their sculpture or glass career……and to join one of the most successful teams in the region. Please email Tim Tate at TimTateGlass@aol.com .



Washington Glass School

3700 Otis St.

Mt. Rainier, Md. 20712

202-744-8222