- 22 April 2021
- Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman
DIRECTOR OF ARTS ENGAGEMENT AND LEARNING
Kennedy Heights Arts Center seeks an innovative leader to manage its community and school partnerships, and public engagement initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have a collaborative spirit, experience working in the arts and with diverse communities, knowledge of arts integration practices, a demonstrated commitment to social justice, and a passion for community building.
Founded in 2004 by local residents, Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s mission is to enhance the life of our surrounding neighborhoods through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. We create social change through the practice of community-engaged art, employing art as a vehicle for human interaction. KHAC is a member of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network, a cohort of arts and cultural organizations across the globe working to become more inclusive, equitable, and relevant to their communities. 100% of our programs are accessible to everyone regardless of income.
Full-time, exempt position with salary of $38,000 – 45,000, plus benefits.
• Woodford Arts & Culture Academy: In partnership with the staff of Woodford Academy, a Cincinnati Public School in Kennedy Heights serving grades preK-6, enhance student success through a standards-based curriculum enriched by the powerful and expressive force of the arts.
• Youth Jazz Cincinnati: In partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, support the coordination and implementation of a free, after-school program providing intensive jazz music education and performing opportunities for students in grades 4-8.
• Teen Artists for Change (TAC): Facilitate club for students in grades 7-9 empowering youth to use their creative skills to make an impact on the world around them. Provide training and support for Teen Mentors, 10th-12th grade student leaders who co-lead TAC projects.
• Neighborhood Initiatives and Community Events: Collaborate with KHAC team members, artists and community residents to organize arts and cultural events that bring together diverse residents and enliven neighborhoods, such as: summer Play in the Park series in Kennedy Park, annual Winterfest celebration, Black History Month collaboration with Juneteenth Cincinnati, and Jazz in the Heights.
Program Development and Management
• Develop, implement and provide oversight of artist residencies in visual art, dance, music and theatre; fine art field studies; community art projects; and other cultural programming for students, ages 5-18
• Hire and supervise contractual teaching artists to lead residencies, projects and workshops
• In collaboration with university faculty and other arts education specialists, coordinate professional development training and coaching for Woodford teachers in arts integration, an approach to teaching in which content standards are taught and assessed through the arts
• Manage a wide range of arts events in collaboration with local artists, arts organizations and community partners
• Foster positive artistic and educational experiences via developmentally and culturally appropriate and innovative methods
• Partner with public schools and nonprofit organizations to provide arts and cultural programs that extend the reach and benefits of the arts to underserved populations
• Collaborate with artists to co-create public art projects with community members, which strengthens bonds between diverse residents
• Serve on KHAC’s OF/BY/FOR ALL team, comprised of staff, board and community members, working to build authentic partnerships, listen and learn from new voices, and improve institutional programs and policies to put equity in action across our organization
• Build and maintain relationships with diverse community stakeholders and provide organizational leadership for engaging stakeholders in dialogue that informs and advances our work
Communications and Storytelling
• Create messaging for community events and initiatives across multiple platforms and methods including social media, blog, traditional media, and grassroots approaches to heighten awareness and promote community engagement
• Use photography, video and written narratives to share captivating stories highlighting the talents of local residents and demonstrating the impact of KHAC programming
• Design and manage specific communication and outreach tools to encourage diverse participation in programs and events
Program Evaluation and Administration
• Establish and maintain a system for evaluating program effectiveness to measure and demonstrate community impact
• Assist with grant writing to obtain program funding and submit reports to funders
• Establish performance standards and tracking mechanisms to assure that contractual service objectives are attained, performance targets are met, and spending aligns with budget
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent higher education and professional experience
• Minimum 5 years professional experience in community-based arts setting; manager or director-level experience preferred
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
• Ability to work cooperatively with diverse colleagues and community members
• Experience and strength in developing productive partnerships with community residents, leaders and organizations
• A strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); proficiency with photography and basic graphic design skills a plus
• Some evening and weekend hours required. Reliable transportation and schedule flexibility is a must.
To Apply: Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Ellen Muse-Lindeman. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.