Senior Director, Faculty and Creative Practice


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Position: Senior Director, Faculty and Creative Practice

Department: Arts Education

Reports To: Vice President of Arts Education

Status: Exempt / Full-Time

Supervises: Associate Director of Professional Learning and Training and Program Directors

Position Summary:

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Arts Education Department is seeking a Senior Director of Faculty and Creative Practice. The position is responsible for the artistic expression across department programs and, through that lens, develop pedagogy, curricula, training and initiatives that align with the department’s vision and guiding principles. The goal is to strengthen the community of artists, teachers, students, families and community members to establish a creative hub that promotes innovation and art making. The position will research the intersection of artistic practice, the classroom and the community, specifically in jazz, theater, hip hop arts and culture, arts integration and early childhood for PreK - high school. The Senior Director of Faculty and Creative Practice will possess and cultivate a faculty who develop a deep understanding of community-embedded art initiatives, collaborative cultural approaches and inclusive arts education practices. In direct support of the Vice President and in collaboration with the other department Directors and Faculty Leads, the Senior Director of Faculty and Creative Practice will develop a participatory community for creative artistic and educational practice placing NJPAC and the Arts Education Department at the center of innovation, leadership and excellence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Subject to the policies and management directions established by the Vice President for Arts Education, the duties of the Senior Director of Faculty and Creative Practice shall include but are not limited to:

Program Development (40%)

  • In collaboration with the Vice President, develop a creative and educational research agenda, including general operating plans and annual goals, objectives and priorities for faculty leads and the breadth of the department programs

  • Lead the design and development of creative engagement, arts educational and learning opportunities for programs and training that:

    • Align with the Department's Mission, Strategic Plan and broader organizational priorities

    • Leverage the assets of the Department

    • Create visibility for Arts Education through innovative art-making and educational approaches

    • Incorporate instructional best practices to achieve optimal learning outcomes for various stakeholders, including children, students, teachers and community members

    • Are feasible within organizational constraints and goals

    • Reflect and enhance performing arts genres and the diversity and breadth of contemporary issues

    • Educate, inspire and engage a broad range of students, faculty and audiences through a variety of program offerings, formats and platforms

    • Drive participation, strengthen faculty and student experience, and deepen connections to the varied communities of Newark in particular

  • Think holistically about department programs and creative initiatives to make informed choices about program creation and enhancements

  • Spearhead creative initiatives to engage diverse communities

  • Establish an arts education faculty community that cultivates creative artistic practices and/or scholarship that reflect inclusive excellence in the approaches to creative research and arts education

Program Management (40%)

  • Cultivating a faculty community that sustains high retention and possesses a deep understanding of NJPAC teaching philosophy, excellent teaching practices, creative thinking and artistry, and strong collegiality

  • Responsible for maintaining a full and diverse roster of faculty

  • Work with Human Resources to recruit, hire and onboard necessary faculty

  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager of Professional Development and Training, design and execute necessary training for the faculty to ensure knowledge of contemporary artistic approaches and sound pedagogical practices, including anti-racist, trauma-informed and culturally responsive approaches

  • Further develop, build and manage partnerships with external stakeholders—cultural institutions, educational professionals, community groups and leaders, and government agencies 

  • Monitor and measure the success and impact of programs and faculty teaching and artistic works

  • Develop marketing strategies for programs in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff so programs achieve maximum reach and educational impact

  • Ensure marketing  materials accurately reflect the creative and educational goals of the programs

Financial Management (20%)

  • Create annual program budgets that align with department goals, priorities and strategic plans

  • Responsible for maintaining program expenses, ensuring accuracy and alignment with assigned budgets

  • Approve payroll hours and track vendor contract invoicing and payments

  • Work with the Development team to apply for funding opportunities from individual, government, foundation and corporate sources

  • Manage donor visits and provide necessary reports for funders

Qualifications and Special Requirements

  • Possess an active creative practice grounded in innovative performance, deep community engagement or creative placekeeping

  • Strong understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion implementation including anti-racist practices

  • Demonstrated dedication to the sustainability of art and culture in our society, as well as committed to social justice

  • A broad and deep understanding of creative and innovative practice in performing arts presentation, production and/or arts education

  • Demonstrated ability to create educational programs and pedagogy grounded in a creative work and process

  • A significant interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge and appreciation of various forms of the performing and experimental arts

  • A track record of performing and/or presenting in conventional and non-traditional forums

  • Extensive experience in supervising staff and faculty including conducting evaluations and annual reviews

  • The capability to attract, mentor and support exceptional faculty and students is essential

  • Knowledge of the current trends and transformations in the artistic professional landscape and educational industries

  • Superb organizational and communication skills, detail-oriented and flexible

  • A love of teaching and learning and a strong belief that successful artists must have strong skills in entrepreneurship and management

Required Experience, Skills and Education

  • 10+ years teaching experience (art teacher/teaching artist experience preferred) and the ability to build upon the department programs and the creative strengths of the faculty as well as assist in curriculum development, design and revision

  • Masters or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or be able to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in a comparably rigorous, culturally or artistically-specific manner

  • A robust creative research portfolio and a fully developed perspective and practice regarding teaching and creating

  • At least six (6) years experience in a leadership and administrative capacity responsible for producing, presenting, managing staff, and budgeting arts training projects and performing arts events for an arts center or presenting organization

  • Bi-lingual preferred, Spanish a plus

  • Able to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends as needed

  • Strong computer skills and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and PowerPoint software required, experience with Salesforce, ArtsVision or databases is a plus

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

NJPAC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated (including booster vaccination) for COVID-19 prior to starting work, unless precluded from doing so by applicable law. Proof of vaccination is required prior to the applicant’s first day of work.

The CDC currently defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after the second dose for Pfizer and Moderna and two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Location - Hybrid work environment, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102