Creative Classroom Program Director


We need new solutions to the challenges in our lives and our world.  COMPAS uses the arts to unleash the creativity within all of us, so we can create better lives and better communities

The Creative Classroom Program Director provides program leadership and hands-on management of COMPAS Creative Classroom Arts Programs (schools, summer enrichment programs, etc.) as well as educator training and creating the annual COMPAS anthology.  The Director works in partnership with and reports directly to the Executive Director and collaborates with the Director of Strategic Development and the Program team:  the Arts Innovation Director, the Artful Aging Manager and the Arts Program and Marketing Associate. 

Key Area:  Leads Program Strategy and Marketing

  • Designs, markets and builds school/educational institutions residency arts programs
  • Provides general program philosophy, and “big picture” priorities
  • Designs and plans future (2-3 years) program strategies 
  • Identifies community, institutional, partner and site needs to enhance an effective program
  • Leads and manages program implementation including: sustaining school and teacher relationships, travel arrangements, scheduling, payment, and publication entries
  • Leads annual COMPAS Anthology production creation and celebration
  • Serves as the primary liaison between COMPAS staff, artists and teachers/administrators
  • Promotes program and collaborates on marketing and communication strategies.  Partners with appropriate staff on marketing and communication strategies for program expansion
  • Facilitates educator/administrator training sessions in conjunction with the Arts Innovation Director. 

Key Area:  Enhances and maintains a broad and responsive teaching artist roster

  • Manages the process for adding to the artist roster and ensured diversity of artists and art forms.  Continuously on the lookout for additional artists as community and site needs change
  • Recruits and integrates new artists; manages and supports artists; gathers and updates artists profiles, maximizes the art experience of site managers and participants; encourages artists; recognizes and communicates positive situations and problem-solves situations as required.  
  • Collaborates and implements with Arts Innovation Director, artist training plan and evaluation plan.  Assists in the evaluation of the effectiveness of evaluation and training plans  

Key Area:  Manages program infrastructure

  • Designs and manages program budget.  Ensures program and revenue goals are met 
  • Analyzes evaluation data, and reviews program artists’ evaluations.  Uses to maximize program quality and site participants’ experience
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates staff including interns and volunteers
  • Works with development staff to secure funding.  Provides accurate and timely reporting data on program results and issues
  • Represents COMPAS with local, regional and national peers and educational partners
  • Collaborates with executive director, board members, volunteers and key constituents on program engagement advisory committee as it’s created and evolves

Other programs or duties as assigned

Required Skills and Background

Bachelor’s degree with 4-5 years of arts education program management experience, or experience as a teaching artist and arts administration or teaching experience in combination to total 4-5 years.  Master’s degree with 3-4 years of management experience preferred.  Preference will be given to current and former COMPAS Teaching Artists that meet the required qualifications.  Demonstrated skills as an “organized go-getter”, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities, meeting program and revenue goals is required.  Outstanding problem solving skills and can-do attitude required.  Ability to think creatively and make and sustain incremental or program-wide change. Ability to work effectively with and recruit educational partners, artists, staff and volunteers and to woo community support for ideas and projects.  Ability to be self-led and work independently with a natural curiosity and a desire to improve upon the past.  Data analysis and report writing skills required.  Must have own transportation with ability to travel to events, sites and meetings.  Proficient in MS Office programs:  specifically Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  CRM database proficiency preferred. 

Other Information: 

This is an exempt 80% position, at least 4 days a week. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship. COMPAS is an equal opportunity employer. COMPAS’ regular office hours are 830 AM to 430 PM Monday-Friday, and the position would require some morning and evening hours, as well as occasional weekend hours especially related to meetings, events, and meeting deadlines. COMPAS compensation package includes salary, paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, health insurance stipend, employee dental insurance, optional pre-tax employee contribution to a flexible spending account and opportunities for professional development.  Final applicant acceptance is subject to passing a criminal background check. 

How to apply:

This is a confidential application process.  Send a PDF resume, letter of interest, and salary expectations (range is $44K to $49K) to Dawne Brown White @ [email protected]  (preferred) or mail to Dawne Brown White, COMPAS, Inc. 75 5th Street West, #304 Landmark Center, Saint Paul, MN 55102.  Application deadline is March 15, 2016.  Start date expected:  June 1, 2016.  Note:  All applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will be scheduled prior to the deadline if candidates are appropriate. Questions?  Phone calls are welcome (651-292-3261).  

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Feb 16th 2016

Opportunity Closes

Tuesday, Mar 15th 2016, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists