Manager of School and Community Programs

Department: Learning and Engagement

Supervisor: Director of Learning and Engagement

The Manager of School and Community Programs serves a key role in the Learning and Engagement Department to provide experiences that support creativity and arts education while building and sustaining relationships with Birmingham’s many diverse communities. The Manager oversees two core initiatives: the Artists in Schools and the Artists in Communities programs. As part of the Artists in Schools program, the Manager directs, develops, and implements programs related to K-12 education, including in-school and afterschool enrichment programming, teacher workshops, and the creation of educational materials. These experiences support social and emotional learning as well as academic performance. Within the Artists in Communities program, the Manager creates youth and adult programming for partners, including libraries, community centers, and neighborhood associations in the Birmingham and surrounding area, to support well-being and connection to the arts. To aid this role in centering arts education and community investment, the Manager oversees a corps of Teaching Artists, which connects working artists to classrooms and community organizations in Birmingham to support community needs and its members.

School and Community Program Responsibilities

  • Creates and evaluates experiential programming for schools and communities driven by partner needs and feedback, particularly for key partners such as Birmingham City Schools and Jefferson County Schools; enrichment program providers such as Better Basics, Girls Inc, and the Boys and Girls Club; and civic and cultural organizations such as Birmingham Public Libraries and neighborhood community centers
  • Produces interpretative material tailored to needs of partner audiences, such as lesson plans that correlate to the curriculum and school learning objectives, based on input from educators and curriculum and instructional specialists. These resources are available both as part of a program and can be distributed widely to our network of educators
  • Partners with Associate Director of Learning and Engagement on developing online learning content for teachers and students
  • Advises the Manager of Gallery Learning on developing tours and training tailored to school-aged audiences and teacher feedback
  • Develops, plans, and implements teacher workshops and professional development opportunities on exhibitions and the collection
  • Serves as a Museum ambassador to all school systems in the Birmingham area, identifying opportunities to build awareness of the Museum as an educational resource
  • Attends community meetings, such as Neighborhood Association meetings, to ensure the Museum is seen as a community resource that provides programming to best serve its communities as well as encourages engagement with the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, on-site programs, and Bart’s Art Venture interactive youth gallery
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Public Programs and Partnerships on neighborhood events on site at the Museum
    Oversees the recruitment, training, scheduling, and evaluation of a team of Teaching Artists to facilitate art and arts integration lessons based on the permanent collection and special exhibitions as part of the Artists in Schools and Artists in Communities programs
  • Provides on-going support for Teaching Artists
  • Recruits and trains additional volunteers as needed
  • Develops activities to be featured at select community festivals during the year
  • Manages the Sharon and Grady Burrow Education Gallery and its exhibition schedule
  • Manages, maintains, and updates the department’s Culture Case program, ensuring interpretative material is current and engaging
  • Participates as an active member of the Learning and Engagement Department team related to ways in which work through hiring Teaching Artists, in interpretation, and through teaching is aligned with the Museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access

Administrative and cross-departmental responsibilities

  • Produces and manages budgets for programs
  • Maintains inventory and orders materials and supplies as needed for programs
  • Partners with the Director of Communications to develop brochures, advertisements, press coverage, and other promotional materials
  • Works in alliance with the Advancement department to develop materials, such as project narratives, budgets, and reporting, to secure and manage grants
  • Collaborates with the Curatorial department on opportunities for school and community engagement in exhibitions, permanent collection, and in curatorial experiences
  • Ability to work Museum events on weekends and after hours as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Deep knowledge of art education and community engagement practices and techniques
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
  • Excellent ability to speak with a variety of audiences in a clear, concise, and organized manner in order to effectively convey information
  • Strong project and time management skills, including meeting benchmarks for both self and individuals under supervision
  • Excellent writing and editing skills to synthesize complex information, particularly for a school-aged audience
    Demonstrated experience in teaching on diverse cultures and perspectives and embeds DEAI practices into all aspects of work
  • Ability to take a novel approach to work tasks or problems, including thinking outside of organizational norms in order to generate unique or original ideas and/or solutions
  • Ability to interact comfortably with others and develop and maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues and visitors
  • Respects people of all backgrounds. Treats everyone in a fair and consistent manner, including creating an environment that values and includes perspectives from differing backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets
  • Ability to work without close supervision and ensure that work tasks are completed on time and with high quality. Includes being able to perform work tasks responsibly and reliably without significant amounts of direction and guidance
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends to meet education department initiatives

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art education, art history, studio art, education, museum studies, or related field
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience in a school, cultural organization, or community setting
    Supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of art education practices and experience in developing art-centered lessons

An offer of employment is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the successful passage of a background check. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Names, addresses, and phone number of three professional references
  • No phone calls or emails, please
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