Family Programming and Outreach Coordinator [Palo Alto Art Center]

*Palo Alto Art Center, Family Programming and Outreach Coordinator*

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*About the Palo Alto Art Center*

The Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place where
the community engages with art. The Center¹s mission is to foster creative
process and thought by forging a greater appreciation and understanding of
the visual arts through exhibitions, studio experiences, and related
educational programs. The Art Center believes that this is best achieved by
connecting the experience of viewing art with a direct involvement in
making art. The Art Center serves approximately 70,000 people every year
through a diverse range of programs.

This is an exciting time for the Palo Alto Art Center as we are currently
closed for a substantial transformation of our facilities and we are
scheduled to reopen in fall 2012. While closed, the Art Center has
continued to offer art-viewing and art-making experiences to the community
through our *On the Road *program, the Art Truck, and studio arts classes
for adults and children.

The role of the Family Programming and Outreach Coordinator is to plan and
carry out all family events, including family days and off-site outreach
events, and provide support in the planning of other special events at the
Art Center.  The Coordinator will also assist with the Art Center¹s school
tour program, Project LOOK!, by leading tours and related art projects one
day a week.

Primary responsibilities include:
·      Managing special events, including:
o      Organizing and overseeing three to four large-scale family days per
year
o      Organizing and overseeing all off-site events for children and
families relating to the On the Road program, including designing art
projects, hiring artists, and spearheading all publicity efforts
o      Supporting the planning and implementation of events for the Art
Center¹s reopening and other special events that may arise
·      Leading Project LOOK! tours and related art projects one day a week

*Skills:*
– Excellent oral communication skills**
– Flexibility, ability to self-start, and a passion for the arts and/or
creative endeavors**
– Time management, prioritization and organization skills**
– Ability to work independently**
– Computer skills in word processing, data entry, email and internet
research

*Potential Candidates Must Have:*
– Experience working with children, including developing and teaching
art activities**
– Skills in organizing events, including hiring staff, managing
marketing and publicity strategies, and overseeing event coordination **
– Bachelor¹s Degree in fine arts, humanities, or education; master¹s in
fine arts, education, or museum studies is preferred
– Valid driver¹s license
– Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

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*Work Hours and Schedule:*
This position is part-time, 20-25 hours per week; hours will vary. Some
Saturday, Sundays and evenings are required.

*Compensation: *$19.40 hr.* This is a 1-year temporary position.*
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*To apply: * Please fill out an application through the City of Palo Alto¹s
website: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/paloaltoca/default.cfm

*Deadline:* May 15, 2012

For additional questions, please email ariel.berson@cityofpaloalto.org.

Children’s Fine Art Program Coordinator [Palo Alto Art Center]

Palo Alto Art Center, Children¹s Fine Art Program Coordinator
(Theater/Arts Professional I)
About the Palo Alto Art Center

The Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place
where the community engages with art. The Center¹s mission is to foster
creative process and thought by forging a greater appreciation and
understanding of the visual arts through exhibitions, studio
experiences, and related educational programs. The Art Center believes
that this is best achieved by connecting the experience of viewing art
with a direct involvement in making art. The Art Center serves
approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of
programs.

Currently, the Palo Alto Art Center is undergoing a substantial $7.9
million transformation of its facilities, expected to be complete in
fall 2012. During the transformation, local residents are participating
in the Art Center¹s innovative On the Road programs, which bring the
Center¹s popular and acclaimed ³see and make² approach to the arts
directly into the community.

Children¹s Fine Art

Children¹s Fine Art is the Palo Alto Art Center¹s afterschool and summer
studio art program for children ages 18 months to 18 years, serving
approximately 1500 children each year. Classes are offered in all media,
including ceramics, drawing, and painting, as well as in specialized
arts, such as tinkering, fashion design, and Japanese brush painting.

The Children¹s Fine Art Coordinator oversees the day to day running of
the program‹supporting art instructors, communicating with participating
families, and fulfilling various administrative tasks‹to ensure high
quality art education experiences.  He/she also works to improve the
quality of the program by being responsible for publicizing classes and
workshops and evaluating the programs ongoing needs.

Under limited supervision, performs highly specialized jobs in support
of performing and visual arts.  Examples would include exhibit design
and installation, graphic design, theater scene, costume and lighting
design and direction, studio supervision, etc.

Responsibilities

Communicate with art instructors and parents on all levels of program
Support art instructors in all areas of the program
Oversee all administrative aspects of the program
Administer art instructor contracts and pay instructors
Create and implement publicity plan for program
Create and implement research and evaluation plan for program
Assist with hiring of artists and interns
Work collaboratively with the Education team to plan and implement
programming that is consistent with the mission of the department
Work with Director of Education to determine schedule and location of
classes and to write class descriptions for Enjoy! Catalogue
Purchase art supplies and maintain art studios when necessary
Additional duties as needed

Skills:

Excellent oral communication skills
Flexibility, ability to self-start, and a passion for the arts and/or
creative endeavors
Time management, prioritization and organization skills
Ability to work independently
Computer skills in word processing, data entry, email and internet
research

Potential Candidates Must Have:

Experience working with children, including developing and teaching art
activities
Skills in organizing and implementing arts education programs, including
hiring staff, managing marketing and publicity strategies, and
developing curriculum
Bachelor¹s Degree in fine arts, humanities, or education; master¹s in
fine arts, art education, non-profit administration, or museum studies
is preferred
Valid driver¹s license
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

To Apply:

Please submit applications on the City of Palo Alto website:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/paloaltoca/default.cfm

Additional information: (650) 329-2176; ariel.berson@cityofpaloalto.org

Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2011

Work Hours and Schedule:

This p
osition is part-time, 20-25 hours per week; hours will vary. SCompensation:
$19.40-$20.53 hr.

Curator Position/Producer, Arts [Palo Alto Art Center]

Curator Position/Producer, Arts

The Palo Alto Art Center seeks a dynamic, visionary, and energetic arts professional to serve as Curator (Producer Arts or Science Programs) during a pivotal point in our organizations history. Since 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center has provided quality arts experiences to more than 70,000 people annually. With a closure for a much-needed renovation planned for spring 2011 and a subsequent reopening in a transformed facility, the Art Center is faced with a unique opportunity to expand and enrich our programs and outreach to new audiences.

The Palo Art Center provides opportunities for the artist in everyone and our nationally recognized exhibition program is intended to connect people to art, making art accessible to broad audiences. The mission of the Center is to foster creative process and thought by forging a greater appreciation and understanding of the arts through exhibitions, studio experiences, and related educational programming. We believe our mission is best achieved by connecting the experience of viewing art to the experience of making art. The Curator plays an essential role in generating exhibitions that inspire audiences to observe, to discuss, to learn, and to create. The resulting exhibitions form the basis of our successful education programs, such as Project LOOK!

Reporting to the Art Center Director, the Curator will be responsible for developing innovative and diverse thematic and solo exhibitions that will engage existing and target audiences. Secondary duties include the development of promotional and interpretive materials and public programs. The Curator also provides leadership for the exhibitions team, including a Curatorial Assistant, Registrar, and Preparator, along with an installation crew. The Curator promotes and raises support for exhibition programs with the Art Center Director and Art Center Foundation staff and board, by participating in the development of grants and the cultivation of donors. This position maintains active relationships with artists, community members, lenders, donors, and professional colleagues. The Curator is also responsible for managing the exhibitions program budget.

The ideal candidate will possess a significant breadth of knowledge and experience in the field of contemporary art. Background in a broad range of artistic practices, including work in diverse media (particularly media represented in the Art Centers studio program), historical periods, and cultural traditions, is preferred. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing quality exhibitions and public programs. Strong writing and gallery presentation skills are also essential, as this position must communicate about art to volunteers, donors, staff, and community members. Excellent organization and project management skills are preferred. This position also requires the ability to successfully collaborate with other program staff, artists, lenders, volunteers, and community members.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in art, art history, museum studies, or related discipline and at least two years of professional experience.

Writing Sample Required:
Provide two writing samples: a) an example of a writing for a publication and b) an example of a writing for an interpretive text or label.  Please submit your writing samples to
sharon.humphrey@cityofpaloalto.org before the posting closing date.

Supplemental questions:
Considering the demographics of the Palo Alto area, propose an exhibition and related programs that you believe would be successful in engaging our audiences.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Work in an office environment in a publicly accessible building, answering of phones and sustained posture in a seated position for prolonged periods of time, ability to do some heavy lifting.

Special Requirements:
Possession of a drivers license

Work Hours and Schedule:
Full time, non-exempt position
This is a Service Employee International Union (SEIU) position with full benefits

Compensation:
$29.75-$36.53 hourly

Application procedure:
Apply online at the City of Palo Alto website:
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/hrd/employment/
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of online applications.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.