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Art Center Program Director

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Art
Job Title: Art Center Program Director
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February 15th, 2018
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The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. It cultivates welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship and community. Its offerings satisfy the human desires to create, engage in self-expression and learn by doing, and its vision builds upon the school's historic role in shaping education in fine and applied arts. We believe everyone deserves access to excellent art education and the opportunity to make things by hand.

More than 3,500 students learn from us each year. Our In-House Program is our ongoing series of course offerings for all ages in our schoolhouse, annex and ancillary spaces. We focus on manual arts, including woodworking/furniture, sewing/fashion/fiber arts, drawing/painting, book arts/mixed media.  Other programs include School & Community Partnerships, through which we offer classes to children in Boston’s schools and community centers, and Teen Bridge, which teaches and supports a select group of teens in visual/ manual arts.

We seek a highly motivated individual who will steer and supervise the Eliot School’s In-House Program, with a focus on curating, managing and marketing classes and events and supervising faculty, aides and related staff and freelancers.

The In-House Program Director is a new position, combining elements of what used to be separate jobs. This position combines creativity and strong organizational skills: strategy and logistics, shaping the program, curating classes and events, scheduling and record keeping, marketing and communication.

The In-House Program Director reports to the school’s Director and works closely with the Registrar, the Facilities Coordinator and the Program Committee of the board. S/he supervises other staff, freelancers and volunteers as needed. This position offers a flexible schedule, with some evening and weekend hours depending on events, at 32 to 40 hours/week.


  • Serve as supervisor of the In-House Program, including all courses, events and personnel.
  • Work with the Director, Program Committee and other staff to strategize and shape ongoing programming strategy.
  • Curate, schedule, plan and manage classes offered at the Eliot schoolhouse, annex and ancillary sites. Solicit, review, shape and select course proposals.
  • Plan and coordinate occasional events including Eliot School Faculty Showcase at JP Open Studios, faculty exhibitions, holiday family events, artists’ talks and demos, in collaboration with freelancers and other staff.
  • Develop and produce course catalog/schedule.
  • Act as primary liaison with all In-House faculty and aides. Supervise logistics that allow classes to run smoothly.
  • Coordinate and supervise marketing of In-House classes and events.
  • Obtain and assess registration data and program feedback/evaluations. Track and share issues and trends with the Director and the Program Committee.
  • Participate in school staff meetings and school-wide events.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • At least five years experience in non-profit arts programming and/or management.
  • Knowledge of Boston based artists/artisans and some knowledge of practicing artists/artisans outside of Boston. Comfort with research and outreach to new contacts.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent skills in project management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Must be accurate, detail oriented, comfortable with technology and able to adapt to new software and systems, able to meet deadlines, able to respond to market forces and to imagine new directions.
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem solving, and a sense of humor are welcome.
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.

The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience, based on $50–60,000 full-time equivalent. Health insurance (partial). Option to construct a flexible schedule.

To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Director: anorman@eliotschool.org with “In-House Program Director application” in the subject line. We hope for an April start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as February 15, 2018. Please no phone calls.

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