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We’re Hiring: Studio Art Director

Position: Studio Art Director

Schedule: Monday through Friday with weekends and evenings as needed

Supervisor: Executive Director

Essential Duties:

The Studio Art Director is the member of the Education team responsible for developing and administering the educational resources, programs, support staff and Teaching Artists involved in the Richmond Art Center’s onsite studio programs for children and adults. Over the course of a session planned and implemented four times a year, the Studio Director oversees classes taught by 35-40 teaching artists, supervises the Studio Program Coordinator and Ceramics Manager, and interacts with the interns and volunteers who support the studio art program. Under guidance from the Executive Director, the Studio Art Director evaluates the return on financial investment of programs, classes, workshops, events, and studio rentals.  He/she implements program policies, procedures and strategic goals, and gathers feedback from teaching artists, students and the community at large, to maintain a harmonious and collaborative workplace culture.


Program Management and Development:

  • Plan, schedule, implement and report on the studio (onsite) program classes, workshops, studio rentals and seasonal family events.
  • Track, analyze and report on programmatic and financial metrics for the Studio program
  • In collaboration with the Operations Manager, report on the safety and physical condition of studios, and instructional equipment
  • In collaboration with the Communications Manager, oversee the design, production and distribution of Studio program promotional materials, including the quarterly class catalogue
  • Support the Art in the Community program through collaboration and the sharing of resources.
  • Seek approved partnership opportunities with other arts and community organizations.
  • With Director of Development assist with grant writing to underwrite acquisition of equipment and specific studio programs for youth and adults.
  • With the Education Committee, develop and update the Studio program manual and metrics for programmatic and instructor performance evaluation
  • With the Human Resource Manager and Studio Education Coordinator, recruit, hire and train teaching artists, provide feedback on their performance as instructors, and organize professional development and community-building activities.
  • Administer the scholarship program.
  • Works closely with the Studio Art Coordinator on day to day tasks, seasonal events, art tour program, and studio needs.

Administrative Management:

  • As a senior manager, contribute to center-wide strategic planning, decision-making and implementation of policy and procedures.
  • Collect and organize payroll data for the Finance Director, following a timely payroll schedule.
  • Supervise the Studio Art Coordinator and the Ceramics Manager, Teaching Artists, studio monitors, and volunteers
  • Along with Studio Art Coordinator and Ceramics Manager, be a presence for the Studio community in the education office on a daily basis. Take turns covering office as support for evening & weekend programming, and events.
  • Hold Annual Reviews for the Studio Art Coordinator and the Ceramics Manager
  • Prepare and monitor the Studio program budget, in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Collect data to provide quarterly activity reports to the Education Committee.
  • With the Communications Manager, develop and implement the Studio program marketing plan
  • Attend and take part in major opening receptions, and select donor cultivation or fundraising events.
  • With the Development Director, assist with related grant-writing and donor cultivation activities and maintain the required documentation.
  • With the Exhibitions Director, design and schedule related lectures and events and educational material/activities.
  • With the Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in the recruitment/training of volunteers, and coordinate the support of Art Center’s events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fine arts or related field
  • Experience in teaching studio art and/or managing art classes/programs
  • Collaborative Teamwork: the ability to inspire and motivate people to be effective in their roles
  • Emotional intelligence: compassionate and energized by face-to-face contact with others
  • Excellent communication skills and work ethic.
  • Familiarity with registration database system.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter and independently motivated.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize data, schedules, tasks and projects.
  • Experience managing programs or coordinating events in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Must be able to regularly lift 25 lbs and climb an 8-ft. ladder.
  • Must own a working, reliable vehicle and hold a current, valid CA driver’s license.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Be available to work on weekends, as needed

About the Richmond Art Center: 

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The largest Art Center in the East Bay, the 1951 vintage modern facility is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 14 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 425-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art in the Community program offers after school art experiences to schools and various community centers, engaging nearly 1700 underserved student age children. The Art Center has over 600 members, 100 volunteers, 11 full-time and four part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1.3 million.  

To apply, please submit the following materials via email:
Resume and a cover letter introducing yourself, stating how your work experience qualifies you for this position, how this opportunity supports your career goals, and specifying experience you have had in a role that cultivates a positive and collaborative workplace culture. Also include the names and contact information for three professional references. Open until filled.

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Compensation & Benefits:  $52,000 to $54,000 per annum
DOE, includes prorated vacation, sick, and holidays

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and respects differences. 


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