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Director of Education
Marquis Studios

Website: http://marquisstudios.org/

ABOUT MARQUIS STUDIOS  

Founded in 1977, our staff of 75 experienced Teaching Artists provides a full spectrum of arts experiences in over 170  schools in all 5 boroughs of NYC. Marquis Studios directly serves 40,000 children each year. These programs are  designed to integrate arts activities with instruction in academic core subjects by making use of state and city standards.  Our planning process is individualized for each residency, in-school or remotely, with the Teaching Artists and classroom  Teachers meeting to discuss the educational goals of each class before the lesson plan is created. Not just a one-time  program, Marquis Studios involves the entire school community through professional development for school staff and  family workshops to create sustainable arts integration. 

JOB SUMMARY 

The Director of Education is responsible for the management, evaluation and quality of all Marquis Studios teaching  procedures and educational materials. The Director of Education works closely with the Director of Programming to  oversee a roster of 75 Teaching Artists (TA’s). The primary objective of the Director of Education is to maintain the  organization’s standard of excellence, while ensuring that the TA’s are fully supported, trained, and supervised. 

The Director of Education works with the Teaching Artists to develop enriching curriculums, addresses all TA curriculum  concerns, including questions around age appropriate and engaging projects for youth and alignment with educational  standards and best practices. They also support TA’s with the creation of collaborative and safe classroom environments  within partnering schools and organizations.  

The Director of Education is responsible for facilitating regular program visits (in-person or virtually) with TA’s, actively  engaging, and participating in the classroom activities and providing constructive feedback to the Teaching Artist. These  visits are one of many components of program evaluation that the Director of Education oversees to assess impact and  success. The Director of Education provides leadership for the development and implementation of In-person and remote  arts programming, as well as conducting periodic assessments of the current menu of programs. 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES  

Curriculum and Instruction  

  • Support Teaching Artists in creating online learning content. 
  • Review and approve residency unit plans to ensure alignment with New York State and City Education  Department standards and Best Practices for Marquis Studios Online Learning. 
  • Responsible for developing new residency programming in conjunction with select staff members and Teaching  Artists. 

Professional Development 

  • Knowledge of evolving New York State Education Department standards and requirements for designing  appropriate professional training programs and assessing training needs. 
  • Ensure that Teaching Artists are given access to excellent professional development in both skills-based and  pedagogy-based subjects as they relate to arts education 
  • Keeping Teaching Artists informed of professional development opportunities in the NYC arts education  community.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Programming to plan, lead and implement diverse and creative professional  development activities at twice-annual PD’s (Bear Mountain).  
  • Design and execute Marquis Studios’ monthly in-house professional development workshops/trainings in  collaboration with Teaching Artists. 
  • Oversee, manage, and facilitate the annual Teaching Artist Training Program (TATI), a six-week training for arts  educators working with students with special needs. 

Program Quality Management 

  • Responsible for maintaining the quality of Marquis Studios residencies and keeping staff updated on trends in the  arts education field. 
  • Evaluate remote learning content for quality and alignment to Marquis Studios Best Practices. Work with other members of the Instructional Design Team to evaluate current remote learning practices and  potential areas for growth. 
  • Observe live remote teaching sessions and frequent site visits to partner schools to conduct participatory  observations and document culminating events in support of Teaching Artist development and determine areas of  need. 
  • Responsible for developing, disseminating, tracking, and reviewing mid-residency and post residency teaching  artist evaluation surveys. 
  • Addressing TA curriculum concerns and challenges around student behavior and classroom management, Main  Contact for TA mandated reporting and maintaining student safety protocol.  
  • Managing the Inclusion Program and any special programs (short-term or temporary grant-funded projects) at select  schools.  
  • Attending select residency planning meetings as agreed upon with the Director of Programming 

Operational Support & Other  

  • Creating content for annual pARTnership™ newsletters. 
  • Collaborating with the Director of Development on grant reporting for pARTnership™ schools and contributing to  program reports in fulfillment of grant requirements.  
  • Recruiting & Interviewing Teaching Artists (TA’s) in collaboration with the Director of Programming. Liaison with The Arts and Education Roundtable, TAP, the Marquis Studios Teaching Artist Advisory Board Other responsibilities as specified to assist Marquis Studios in achieving its overall organization objectives. 

IDEAL QUALITIES & SKILLSET 

  • Experience working with diverse learning populations and serving/advocating for students with disabilities.  Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities. 
  • Great Inter-personal, collaboration and teambuilding skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and a keen eye for details. 
  • Willingness to learn new tools and programs for online learning. Experience with Google Classroom, Pear Deck  and/or Screencastify is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with best practices in the field of online learning and experience creating online learning content.  Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS) is a plus. 

CORE COMPETENCIES & QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BFA) or equivalent experience. Graduate degree a plus. 
  • At least 5 years of experience working in an Arts Education setting  
  • Comprehensive experience in a supervisory role. Experience working with and leading a team of arts educators in  the NYC Arts Education community plus. 
  • Knowledge of New York City educational standards and demonstrated experience of current best practices in the  field of Arts Education.  
  • Strong facilitation and communication skills (both written and verbal). 
  • NYS Mandated Reporter or willingness to complete training program. 
  • Ability to travel to multiple schools throughout NYC and pass a DOE Fingerprinting background check. Demonstrated competency standard office technology (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, Salesforce, etc.) Available to work occasional weekends and evenings. 
  • A positive outlook and a sense of humor!

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience 

BENEFITS: Marquis Studios offers generous benefits, including health insurance, personal days, and vacation time as  well as ample professional development opportunities, and a flexible working schedule. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE & START DATE: Friday, November 6th, 2020. Interviewing priority will be given to  candidates who apply by Friday, October 23rd. IMMEDIATE START.  

Inquiries: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Jobs@marquisstudios.org with the subject line  “Director of Education”. No calls, please.  

Marquis Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race,  ethnicity, national origin, class, marital status, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All  applicants are welcome.

Date posted:

October 9

Expire date

October 23

Contact email:

Jobs@marquisstudios.org
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