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Education Director

Education Director

Founded in 1977 UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest with 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studio space. Our mission is to foster experimentation and advance the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium.

Our state-of-the-art studios serve over 12,000 professional artists and students annually seeking to learn about the possibilities of the material. Classes are offered to students at all skill levels and as young as age 11 in a variety of techniques, including glassblowing, kiln work, flame work, mosaics, and neon. Over 3000 students a year study and work with faculty that includes world-renowned artists and designers.

The Education Director is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization’s educational programming. The Education Director will maintain an active and successful program of faculty, student and community engagement; and organize a wide range of learning opportunities across all audience types. The ideal Education Director will be highly organized problem solver, with excellent communication and relationship building skills, a deep commitment to and experience with engaging diverse communities, experience working in an arts education space, and passionate about glass as a creative medium.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the education program strategy and implementation.
  • Manage, evaluate, mentor, and advise the education department staff as well as the local and visiting teachers.
  • Develop the curriculum, schedule and instructor list of all adult, youth, and school programs for the Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall seasons in collaboration with the education department staff.
  • Develop and monitor education program budgets in cooperation with the Education Coordinator and the Registrar.
  • Work with the Development staff and provide them with information and evidence of the impact that supports the organization’s fundraising initiatives.
  • Measure program effectiveness and impact, and evaluate areas for improvement based on data and feedback.
  • Maintain existing, and pursue new partnerships with universities, cultural organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Assist the Executive Director with the organization’s Public program offerings, as needed.
  • Maintain a visible presence in the local, state and national professional contemporary art, glass, and education communities.

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of leadership experience in the field of arts education, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Ability and experience to lead a department and manage complex budgets, assignments, and staff.
  • Commitment to making art accessible by way of new and innovative strategies.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate across the organization.
  • Highly organized, imaginative, and flexible leader who is mission-driven, able to problem solve with excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to keep multiple projects moving forward and juggling a variety of tasks on any given day is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art, art history, artists in the field, as well as glass techniques and materials.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter, as a single PDF, to jobs@urbanglass.org and state “Education Director_Your Name” in the subject line.

People of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people are always strongly encouraged to apply.