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Assistant Director of Learning
The National Guild for Community Arts Education


The National Guild for Community Arts Education (“Guild”) seeks a visionary and highly organized professional to provide leadership, management, and day-to-day oversight of the Guild’s national conference, online learning, and member networks. The Guild is looking for someone who is a life-long learner, possesses a keen intellect and tenacious spirit, and shares our belief in the transformational power of creativity, equity, leadership, and community. The Assistant Director of Learning (“Assistant Director”) will have an opportunity to work with a creative staff and to collaborate with arts education leaders across the country to advance community arts education regionally and nationally.

Organizational Overview Founded in 1937, the National Guild strives to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. The Guild serves a national network of neighborhood schools of the arts, arts and cultural centers, arts education divisions of universities, theater and dance companies, museums, and more. Our members serve 2.5 million students each year, employ 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional 8 million people through performances and exhibits. The Guild has an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million.

The Guild is dedicated to building a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to working in and supporting multicultural communities across the country. We strongly encourage applicants from LGBTQ and underrepresented communities to apply.

Position Description The Assistant Director of Learning (“Assistant Director”) is a salaried, exempt position reporting to, and partnering with, the Director of Learning and Leadership Development to ensure the Guild’s training and networking activities align with the organization’s mission and strategic priorities to enhance the effectiveness of leaders and organizations within the community arts education field.

As an integral member of the Guild’s five-member program team, the Assistant Director of Learning plays an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the overall advancement of the Guild’s key initiatives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

National Conference

  • Manage program planning, event organizing, and logistics for the Conference for Community Arts Education, a four-day convening for 700+ delegates across the country
  • Develop strategy for local and regional engagement and lead planning meetings
  • Identify and negotiate appropriate arrangements and contracts with hotel and vendors
  • Collaborate with program team to develop a vision for Conference programming that aligns with Member Network activities and the Guild’s online learning
  • Oversee and manage Networking activities at the conference
  • Prepare interim and follow-up reports (e.g., evaluations, registration)

Member Networks and Chapters

  • Lead strategy to develop the Guild’s Chapters (Northeast and New York Metro) and Member Networks in alignment with the Guild’s mission and programmatic vision
  • Design policies and procedures for recruiting, retaining, and supporting Chapter leadership and Network leadership; identify and onboard network leadership
  • Provide lead content development and production support for Chapter and Member Network events
  • Assign and manage staff liaisons to Chapters and Member Networks
  • Develop tools, resources, and digital platforms for Networks and Chapters that ensure effective program delivery and increase member engagement and peer-to-peer exchange

Guild Online Learning

  • Design and implement a series of year-round virtual trainings and dialogues that advance the Guild’s key initiatives, build on topics and relationships informed by the national conference, and align with the goals and activities of the Guild’s Member Networks.
  • Manage production of online learning series including identifying and contracting speakers
  • Ensure the quality of learning series events and plan and/or troubleshoot to meet yearly revenue goals
  • Work with the Information Resources Manager and Communications Manager to ensure series content and key takeaways are leveraged on the Guild website and in appropriate communications

Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Director of Learning and Leadership Development. Some travel required, including for the annual conference and regional trainings.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, professional development, event production, and arts education
  • Ability to design and facilitate training experiences for adult learners required, preferably in the areas of arts, culture, and education
  • Effective program development and project management skills, including ability to be flexible, manage multiple projects with superior attention to detail, and prioritize competing and shifting demands/needs of stakeholders in a highly collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate persuasive arguments in writing and orally to motivate and influence people, and to exercise sound professional judgement in all interactions
  • Ability to effectively and productively contribute to a coherent organizational culture as well as to a collaborative leadership team focused on deepening programmatic impact
  • Consistently strong track-record of reliably creating effective and accurate deliverables/work products in timely fashion to meet deadlines
  • Ability to leverage a data-driven approach to effectively problem-solve across multiple programs

Salary and Benefits Competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience: salary range $63,000 – $70,000.

To Apply

To be considered for the position, please email the items below in one PDF-formatted file with your name as the filename to Please include “Assistant Director of Learning” as the email subject.

  1. A résumé no longer than two pages outlining your educational and professional experience.
  2. A substantive cover letter no longer than two pages including the following information: your interest in the position and the organization, and why you are excited to support the mission of the Guild. Please also be sure to include:
  • Where you found the position listed;
  • The date you are available to start; and
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered nor will submissions sent via postal mail or fax. No calls please. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our website,, and our conference website,, prior to submitting materials for consideration.

The National Guild is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law.

Date posted:

May 28th, 2019

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Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable