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

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.


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


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

Potential Candidates Must Have:

Experience working with children, including developing and teaching art
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:

Additional information: (650) 329-2176;

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.