Coordinator of Youth and Community Engagement (Regular/Full-time)

Job Division: High Museum of Art

Department: Education
Reports To: Manager of Family Programs
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Coordinator of Youth and Community Engagement is a creative leader in the Education Department. S/he will envision and implement an array of exciting experiences for young people that make the Museum a safe, welcoming and inspiring destination. The Coordinator develops, delivers and evaluates a rich menu of out of school and weekend programs that inspire young people to build their art skills, find personal meaning in art, respect and appreciate world cultures, and make new-found connections with the High and their peers.

While changing conditions may alter the amount of time spent on any area, the following is a general breakdown of programmatic responsibilities:
School break camps: 40%
Teen Team and other teen programs: 35%
Classes and Arty Parties: 15%
Community programs: 10%

WORK SCHEDULE:
• Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
o *alternative weekend and evening hours required for program implementation including Second Fridays (1 – 9 p.m.) and Second Sundays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• *Additionally, schedule will flex, on average, twice per month to accommodate evening and weekend programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Youth Program Development: Works with the Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement and the Manager of Family Programs to research, envision, and implement a creative slate of programs that encourage active dialogue, self-expression, and relate to the High’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Collaborate with staff across the Museum to advocate for young people and to provide a welcoming, comfortable, and inspiring environment for youth to visit independently, with peers, and with family members. Work closely with Marketing, Membership, and other departments across the Museum to advance youth programming at the High.
• Program Implementation: Coordinates with teams across the Museum as well as the Woodruff Arts Center to ensure proper set-up, planning, and safety of guests. Able to facilitate classroom art making and in-gallery experiences for a variety of ages.
• Supervision: Train and oversee professional teaching artists, teaching assistants, and volunteers who will facilitate and assist with Teen Team, school break camps, summer art camps, and a schedule of weekend/afterschool classes that will serve youth. Work with teaching artists to develop and approve curriculum and lesson plans for all camps and classes.
• Community Partnerships: Connect and partner with existing youth-serving organizations, civic agencies and Atlanta artists (visual, performance, and musical) to collaborate on programming such as Teen Nights, Teen Convene, workshops, and camps.
• Fiscal Accountability: Inform and maintain youth and community budget. Track and pay invoices and operate within overall budget guidelines. Hire contractors and teaching artists according to allotted budget. Forecast projected revenue and expenses for individual programs and overall budget.
• Evaluation: Evaluate impact of programs through attendance, informal surveys, meetings with external contractors, and formal evaluations when needed.
• Grant Information and Reporting: Maintain records and provide goals, outcomes, pedagogical strategy and other information as requested for grant applications and reports.
• Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:
• B.A. or B.F.A. in Art History, Studio Art, or Humanities required.
• M.A. in Art Education, Museum Education, Art History or M.F.A. in Studio Art preferred.
• Creative educator with a passion for youth education and demonstrated ability to formulate and implement programmatic vision when working with youth/teens in an art museum, classroom, or cultural setting.
• Strong organizational, program coordination, and project management experience.
• Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently and at a high level of productivity in a very busy office.
• Must be able to work with a variety of contractors, artists, and staff.
• Ability to network, identify and cultivate program partners and resources in the community.
• Proven track record with youth program development.

Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of current learning theories in creative youth development; object-based teaching methods; and visitor research for museum audiences.
• Excellent writing, oral communication, interpersonal skills, and ability to work with people of a wide variety of ages, abilities, and backgrounds
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail needed.
• Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently and at a high level of productivity in a very busy office.
• Creative thinker and problem solver.
• Proficient using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.