New Art Center in Newton

61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460

Date Posted:
January 24, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Education


Position Summary

The New Art Center is a non-profit, community art education space which offers exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art.The Center seeks a dynamic, experienced Director of Education to oversee, implement and evaluate all programs, including studio art classes for all ages, exhibitions and associated public programs. This position will have primary operational responsibility for all New Art Center educational programming for the public. The position works with all staff and is also responsible for many aspects of the organization's infrastructure: including operations, human resources and administration. The Director of Education is part of the senior management team, and works closely with the Executive Director on organizational development, strategic planning, outreach and finances. 

Supervisor: Executive Director. Direct Reports: Registrar, Studio & Exhibitions Coordinator, Ceramic Studio Manager, Facilities Manager, Faculty, Summer Coordinator. FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Position Details:

Administrative Oversight:

Ensure smooth day-to-day operations of a busy art school, with over 2,500 enrollments in two facilities each year.

Provide all staff (direct reports and others) with a strong, supportive, approachable presence, empowering staff building, clear goals and work plans, access to resources, accountability, and troubleshooting.

Management, evaluation and hiring as needed of a faculty of 30-40 artists/teachers, as well as identify, hire, train and manage temporary summer/vacation staff.

Manage budget for education and exhibition programs revenues and expenses.

Oversee schedule for building use, including income-generating rentals and community requests.

Supervise the Registrar regarding registrations, class participation and cancellations.

Supervise the Ceramics Studio Manager and the Studio & Exhibitions Coordinator, which includes overseeing policies, studio and event operations, equipment purchase and maintenance and approval of supply purchases.

Work with the Office Manager regarding contracts, payroll, and timesheets.

Represent the organization externally as necessary.

Program Oversight:

Design, implement, manage and coordinate all of New Art’s education programs. This includes approximately 140 classes, workshops, vacation programs (teens, children, adults) each semester, and a 10-week summer program for children and teens and school vacation program

Evaluate and supervise arts instruction for art students ranging from young children to seasoned adults

Develop 4 catalogues of classes offered which includes preparing the content.

Work with Marketing Manager to coordinate all program related printed and electronic marketing materials.

Oversee internal and external exhibition program of 8+ exhibitions per year which provides students, staff, faculty and volunteers the opportunity to exhibit.

Strategic Oversight:

Promote an organizational culture of reflection, curiosity, analysis, benchmarking, innovation, and open mutual feedback

Ensure that the classes offered are mission-driven and revise or develop new classes as needed.

Regularly evaluate ROI of classes and programs and revise or develop new classes as needed.

Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.

Assist and participate in the development of vision, goals and objectives to outline and implement the next phase of New Art Center’s strategic plan.

Other duties as assigned.


Experience and Requirements

Dynamic, creative arts professional dedicated to lowering barriers to participation in the experience of art at all levels.

Highly organized and systems-minded, with the capacity to develop and implement efficient processes and protocols.

5+ years experience with educational program development and management required; working with professional artists.

Experience developing children’s art curriculum and identifying artist/teachers for adult teaching programs.

Experience developing and managing budgets, developing and implementing strategy, evaluating and supporting professional staff, providing professional growth and direction to emerging arts professionals.

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and is comfortable and flexible taking on multiple responsibilities as needed, in both hands-on and supervisory capacities.

Experience with databases and class scheduling software.

Preferred candidates will have teaching experience, non-profit administrative experience, and/or exhibitions experience.

Exceptional ability to multi-task, meet strict deadlines and remain focused in a busy, high energy gallery and studio environment.

Excellent written, graphic communication and database (Excel) skills required.

BFA in studio art or equivalent experience; extensive knowledge of art processes and materials; masters degree preferred.

How To Apply:

Contact Information

Please forward your letter of interest and resume to

Apply by:
February 23, 2020
$62 - $64K
About this Organization:

About our Organization: 

The New Art Center is a community art space which offers everyone exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art. Our organization offers a supportive culture that takes art and artists seriously. We serve over 2,500 students annually in hundreds of classes and workshops and we seek to lower barriers to participation, making the experience of art accessible to everyone through our inclusive outreach programs and scholarships. Our faculty includes some of the region’s most esteemed art educators. In two facilities that are welcoming and conveniently located, as well as through our online learning platform, we offer an inclusive, multi-generational approach to art education that has served children, teens and adults at all skill levels since 1977.

Mission – The New Art Center is a community art education space which offers everyone, at all levels of ability, exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art.

Vision – We envision the New Art Center as a highly visible, bold, anti-racist, inclusive leader in art education and community building that serves the greater Boston community with programs and opportunities both in our facility and beyond our walls.

Values – The New Art Center is based on the belief that the practice of looking at, thinking about and making art helps human beings solve problems, learn from their environment, build durable communities and live meaningful lives. We work towards a future in which all people can incorporate the experience of art into their daily lives.

New Art recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law