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• Education Curriculum Manager

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Title: Education Curriculum Manager (January 2015) FSLA: Exempt

Department: Education

Title of Immediate Supervisor: Director of Education

Summary of position:

Washington Performing Arts seeks an experienced arts educator to work within the Education Department to advance its commitment to high quality arts education programming. This key position requires expertise in arts-related curriculum design, instruction, and evaluation to develop engaging curricula, instructional best practices, effective professional development, and program assessments for Washington Performing Arts education programs, including Embassy Adoption Program, teaching artist programs, and summer camps.

The Education Curriculum Manager will work under the direction of and report to the Director of Education, will work closely with other internal departments and staff, including the Mars Urban Arts Curator, External Relations (marketing and communications), Development, Programming/Production. The Curriculum Manager will maintain effective and on-going internal and external relationships (including DCPS staff and faculty, teaching artists, community partners, volunteers, and general public); will serve as liaison and primary point-of-contact for curriculum-based work for the Education Department.

Logistical and administrative support within the Education Department includes but is not limited to:
  • Program-based curriculum development
  • Program implementation
  • Program documentation
  • Program assessment (including developing and implementing evaluation tools)
  • On-site program management
  • Management of Washington Performing Arts Education interns’ tasks and activities
  • Soliciting and managing volunteers
  • Statistical tracking and reporting
  • Manage all aspects of planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP). This program matches 5th and 6th grade DCPS classes in schools across the city with embassies representing countries from around the world. Students within the program learn about their “adopted” country through teaching artist, featured performances, multidisciplinary study, classroom visits, and field trips. The program includes embassy-to-school visits and performances throughout the year, end-of-year presentations at embassies, a Mini United Nations.
The Curriculum Manager will administer the following EAP responsibilities:
  • Development of arts-related curriculum documents for embassy staff, teachers, and partners
  • Development and maintenance of the Culture Box Library.
  • Research and connect EAP to additional cultural opportunities related to adopted countries, including Washington Performing Arts events, other partners, and resources throughout the District.
  • Coordination and training of Women’s Committee and other volunteers to ensure all tasks are completed in a highly effective and timely manner.
  • Development of evaluation and assessment tools for the Embassy Adoption Program.
  • Arrange bus and metro transportation and provide other logistical and education support for school visits to embassies and EAP-related field trips.
The Curriculum Manager will work in concert with the DCPS Embassy Adoption Program Coordinator in:
  • Recruitment of key program participants (schools, embassies, and volunteers)
  • Design, preparation, and implementation of workshops for teachers, embassy staff, and other program participants, including training materials.
  • Planning and implementation of the full day Mini United Nations program with delegates from each participating EAP school.
  • Planning and implementation of the annual Diplomatic Tea.
  • Overseeing and providing guidance for classroom visits by embassy staff, particularly for new schools and embassies.
  • Providing logistical and education support for school visits to embassies.
  • Dissemination of products of the school year program, including reports on school activities, lesson plans, and student work, and collect materials at the end of the year.
  • Preparation of an end-of-year evaluation and report.
  • Identification of additional resources to enhance the program each year.
  • Other duties as identified or determined by the EAP strategic plan.
  • Manage Washington Performing Arts teaching artist activities and programs:
    • Identify and train teaching artists/ensembles to work within Washington Performing Arts programs, including Concerts in Schools, In-School Artist Residencies, Capital Arts Partnerships, Enriching Experiences for Seniors, Embassy Adoption Program, etc.
    • Conduct formal observations each season of Washington Performing Arts teaching artists/ensembles as they deliver their programs in the schools and community settings.
    • Provide written feedback to artists to aid them in improving the delivery and the educational quality of their programs.
    • Assess the professional development needs of the Washington Performing Arts teaching artists and, working with the Director Education, coordinate and deliver at least two professional development sessions a year intended to help the artists improve their school programs both artistically and educationally.
  • Manage the development and delivery of program assessment and evaluations for education and community programs as part of an intra-departmental team, including survey data entry/input and assist with other data reporting.
  • Collaborate with Education staff to ensure continuity and relevance of curricula and activities across programs and time.
  • Oversee the writing, revising, and editing of any performance study guides, preparatory materials for artists, and other materials.
  • Collaborate with Programming, Marketing/Communications, Development, Operations and other staff as needed in support of education and community work.
  • Assist with other Education activities as needed in support of Departmental goals.
  • Candidates should have a solid background in both education and the arts with experience in delivering professional development training for performing artists. Bachelors’ Degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university. Certified arts educators preferred.
  • Experience in program evaluation and documentation. Excellent presentation and writing skills are also required.
  • Must have excellent organizing and intrapersonal skills, and ability to manage volunteers.
  • Self-motivated and mature individual, ability to handle challenging situations and personalities. Skilled in managing cultural sensitivities among diverse groups. Must be self-directed to manage and complete multiple tasks on varying projects with tight deadlines; works well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills and telephone skills must be able to communicate detailed information in writing and by voice, clearly, succinctly and accurately; tact and diplomacy; approachable.
  • Proficient in technology and technology-based communications, as well as full proficiency in computer use: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, is required.
  • The ability to learn other web-based data management software (e.g. Tessitura, Survey Monkey, etc).
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Washington Performing Arts provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities and are dedicated to non-discrimination. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or expression, or veteran status.


Please send resume and cover letter to Michelle Hoffmann, Director of Education, at mhoffmann@washingtonperformingarts.org.

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