Director of Studio Education – Richmond Art Center – Richmond, CA

The Richmond Art Center is searching for a talented, dedicated and creative person to fill the role of our Studio Education Director. Do you know someone who would be a good fit for this position? Please help us spread the word.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Studio Education Director is responsible for the development and administration of the educational resources, personnel and faculty involved in the Richmond Art Center’s on-site art education and studio program for children and adults. Supervises the Education Coordinator and the Ceramics Technician, interns and volunteers to carry out the goals of the Education program as well as evaluating course offerings and instructors. Responsible for implementing and evaluating policies and procedures regarding the Education program. The Studio Education Director must achieve approved programmatic goals from idea to reality. A key member in developing and implementing the organizations’ strategic plan and vision.

Program Management and Studio Development

Develop, plan and schedule the quarterly program of studio classes, workshops and studio events for children and adults.
Recruit and contract with faculty to fulfill the goals and objectives of the studio program in compliance with Art Center policies.
Oversee the timely reports on registration, cancellation of classes, faculty payroll and upcoming season for web updates and Activenet.
Maintain the studio spaces and equipment. As needed, provide reports on the condition of studios and equipment repair and/or purchases.
Support the Exhibition Program schedule through complementary workshops and lectures/events.
Support the Art in the Community program through program collaboration and studio facility use.
Coordinate with the Art in the Community Programs Director in the scheduling and sharing of faculty and material resources.
Maintain contacts and familiarity with the programs and policies of other community art education programs in the area.
Perform regular evaluation and analysis through tracking student enrollment and surveys of students and instructors annually or as needed.

Administrative Management

Participate as part of the senior management team with the Exhibitions Director, Art in the Community Programs Director and Executive Director on integrating Art Center programs, strategic planning and decision making on a variety of intradepartmental issues, and the development and implementation of organization-wide procedures .
Hire and supervise the Education Coordinator and the Ceramic Technician.
Prepare and monitor the annual studio program budgets with the Executive Director and the Finance Director.
Monitor fees, grant income, and expenditures with the Director of Finance.
Oversee timely and accurate payroll schedule for faculty and contractors to the Director of Finance.
Provide programmatic and financial analysis on the studio program to the Executive Director and the Education Committee. Provide quarterly activity reports and proposals to the Executive Director and the Education Committee.
Oversee studio equipment maintenance, usage and safety procedures.
Develop team building activities with the faculty and monitors.

Public Relations and Publicity

Work with the Communications Director in developing and executing the marketing plan for the Studio Education program, including press releases, print and media advertising, social media, web updates, class schedule production and distribution.
Work with Communications Director to develop visual documentation and public relations materials.
Work with Communications Director on Art Center representation at community events and festivals.


Assist the Development Assistant and the Executive Director in preparing reports for awarded grants and program copy and budgets for grant applications and funding proposals as needed.
Work with the Executive Director and the Development Assistant to identify funding sources and contribute to the preparation of grants and sponsorship requests including program narratives, timelines, budget information, evaluation and outcome strategies.
Maintain records and documentation required by funding sources.
Arrange solicitation of memberships and donations for each class/workshop per quarter.


Bachelors degree in art, education or other related discipline; graduate level degree preferred.
4+ years of experience working in a leadership position related to program development in visual arts, education or museums, preferably managing a studio art program and faculty.
Previous experience in a supervisory or management role; demonstrated ability to manage and effectively coach and train others.
Demonstrated ability to initiative and manage projects and meet program related goals and objectives.
Outgoing relationship builder who can connect with diverse group of artists, community members, volunteers, students and staff. Familiarity with local community organizations preferred.
Strong communicator with a proactive approach to problem solving and the ability to mediate conflicts, solve problems and bring creative solutions to challenging situations.
Broad knowledge of visual art making, including all media taught at the Art Center to ensure technical and artistic enhancement.
Highly organized, detailed-oriented, flexible, patient and positive.
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
High level of computer literacy and comfort learning new software as needed.
Spanish bilingual candidates a plus.

How to Apply

Email resume and a cover letter introducing yourself and highlighting your relevant qualifications for this position and how it supports your career goals.
Email names and contact information for three professional references.
Please attach MS Word documents.
Send all materials to

Deadline to submit application
Monday, March 23, 2015