- Director of Education The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
*Director of Education*
The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Responsible for development and management of all national and regional
YoungArts education programs.
Essential Job Functions:
**Serve as the primary contact and project manager for all education
materials developed for the organization.
**Oversee the development, implementation and management of the YoungArts
MASTERCLASS Study Guide initiative, including content of print and digital
media, national distribution, professional development, evaluation and
short and long term planning for growth and expanded use.
**Support Regional Program development, elevation and expansion, including
YoungArts Miami, YoungArts New York, and other Regional Programs across the
country as they are developed through educational programming and
interfacing with school systems and the arts education community in those
**Create, implement and evaluate the educational aspects of regional
programming in conjunction with Programs staff including programming for
high school students and teachers that promotes registration with YoungArts
and participation in pre-application activities.
**Develop and oversee master class/workshop series for students and
teachers that promote ³excellence in the arts.²
**Articulate and connect YoungArts¹ mission to local, regional and national
education and community-based programs.
**Work in tandem with the External Relations and Development departments to
garner support and recognition for programs, as needed, including, but not
limited to, development of educational collateral and collaborative work on
grant applications, reporting and fulfillment.
**Sustain and expand YoungArts¹ varied audiences that include students,
teachers, and school administrators.
**Create and manage education events throughout the country in YoungArts¹
key markets that promote YoungArts programming and application to the
**Serve as a liaison to key educational, community-based organizations and
**Develop and manage networks for communication and collaboration with
educators and school systems.
**Coordinate school bus-ins, field trips and/or school based audience
participation/recruitment for YoungArts performances and special events.
**Monitor, manage and expand the education database, including schools that
send applicants and colleges and universities that will be receiving
applicants and winners. Work in tandem with the External Relations
department to ensure that this database is current for promotional mailings
and communications pieces.
**Oversee the development and implementation of curricular materials based
on the national standards for arts education related to regional and
national programming including distribution of materials and teacher
training, as needed.
**Develop offerings that highlight and utilize YoungArts alumni to promote
and expand educational programming.
**Manage the in-school presentation program for promotion and recruitment
**Develop and manage, in collaboration with the External Relations
department, online tutorials and presentations for students and teacher
that emulate the in-school presentation program of schools and
organizations that do not receive visits.
**Oversee budgets for education programming.
YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in
the Arts (NFAA), founded in 1981 by businessman and visionary, the late Ted
Arison, and his wife Lin. The organization¹s mission is to identify the
next generation of emerging artists in the visual, literary and performing
arts, to provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of
the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in
During YoungArts Week, held in Miami each January for 150 young artists
selected through a nationwide search of thousands of applicants through an
intensive adjudication process, the YoungArts national finalists experience
life-changing workshops and master classes with such renowned master
teachers as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martin Scorsese and Quincy Jones, as well
as major performance and exhibition opportunities, networking and access to
YoungArts is expanding these kinds of experiences across the country,
beginning in New York and Los Angeles. Additionally, at the request of The
Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of
the United States, NFAA serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the
U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest honor given to high
school seniors for artistic, academic and extracurricular achievement.
The YoungArts program has honored over 16,000 young artists with more than
$6 million in monetary awards and nearly $84 million in college scholarship
opportunities. Alumni go on to become leading professionals in their
fields. Alumni include Emmy-nominated actress Vanessa Williams, four-time
Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, star of HBO¹s Entourage Adrian Grenier,
Warner Bros. recording artist Josh Groban, Executive Director of the
American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore, actress Kerry Washington and
internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.
Some of YoungArts’ work is featured in its Emmy-nominated HBO series
entitled MASTERCLASS, which is based on renowned masters working with
YoungArts alumni to teach guiding principles. The first HBO season of
MASTERCLASS featured artists including Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry,
Michael Tilson Thomas, Liv Ullmann, Bill T. Jones, Julian Schnabel and
Edward Albee. Season two filming is currently underway with another
exciting season of prominent masters.
YoungArts is in the final stages of its project working with Columbia
University¹s Teachers College to develop a Study Guide based on the
YoungArts MASTERCLASS series to help increase arts education and awareness
for use in schools across the country.
For more information, please visit www.youngarts.org.
minutes, spectacularly informative video created by Academy Award winning
directors for our 30th anniversary this year)
http://youngarts.org/us-presidential-scholar-watch (2011 U.S. Presidential
Scholars performance at the Kennedy Center, June 20, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSntgK0ruDA (link that shows a short snippet
of the premiere season of HBO’s MASTERCLASS)
Position requires a four-year degree, Master¹s degree preferred, in a
related discipline along with not less than eight (8) years senior
programmatic experience including arts administration, budget oversight and
staff supervision. Position also requires:
**Proven track record of developing, initiating, directing and coordinating
multiple cultural and artistic programs simultaneously including artistic
workshops, performances, and events.
**Practical experience in an artistic field (performing, literary or visual
**Practical knowledge and experience in the fields of arts education and
**Knowledge of local, regional and national arts education communities.
**Knowledge and experience working with large school districts and
**Experience in managing and motivating staff and independent consultants
in departmental and cross-functional efforts.
**Knowledge of national arts and audience trends.
**Excellent verbal and written, research organizational and presentation
**Ability to interact successfully with Board members, donors, corporate
partners and other key audiences.
**Available to travel nationally to develop and manage Regional Programs.
**Proficiency with Microsoft office suite applications and database programs
Position also requires the following abilities:
**Extraordinary leadership ability;
**Detail-oriented work skills, including prioritization of multiple
projects and deadlines, and time management skills;
**Creative energy and drive;
**Appreciation for the fine arts;
**Strong financial acumen;
**Confidence and flexibility; and,
**Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
**Walk, bend, lift (up to 25 pounds) including files, office supplies and
**Finger dexterity to pick up paper and use computer keyboard;
**Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and
analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal;
extensive reading; and,
**Ability to hear in normal tones including telephone and face-to-face
We offer an extraordinary compensation and benefits package including
generous paid time off (vacation, holiday, personal and sick), 100% paid
medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and a 100% matched
401(k) plan (available after one year of service).
Please send resume along with three references and salary requirements to: