Job: Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator


Northfield Arts Guild

Job purpose

The Education & Outreach Assistant is a Part-Time (20hrs/wk) position that assists and manages important Guild education programs and initiatives with an emphasis on providing meaningful community engagement and assisting in the management of our overall education program.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities listed below are meant to give a general overview of the primary task areas this role fulfills in the organization. However, as is the nature of working in a small non-profit, all staff are expected to be flexible and assist when necessary with operations outside of their normal scope of work.

Outreach & Community Partnership Coordination (45%)

  • Create, facilitate and sustain one-time and ongoing arts making experiences and residencies for Northfield area youth and adults in a variety of community settings, including but not limited to: library, senior centers, schools, community events, assisted living facilities, group homes, low-income housing, day cares, parks, etc.
  • Help deepen engagement with current and new community education partners through regular and ongoing communication and attending community meetings. These include Northfield Community Services, FiftyNorth, Northfield Retirement Community, Greenvale Park Community School, etc.
  • Work with other staff members to initiate and coordinate programs that involve community partners
  • Design and coordinate art making for Guild programs Inspiration Station (free mobile art making station that travels through Northfield) and Open Art (free drop-in arts making on site), and at annual Guild events including Imagination Celebration, Riverfront Fine Arts Festival, Winter Walk, etc
  • Assist in the coordination of Read Together, Create Together program, bringing arts-based pre-K literacy training to area in-home day cares, and act as teaching artist, if needed

Education Administration (45%)

  • Enter all class information into Altru database and keep the website up to date with class information
  • Generate and assist with distributing marketing materials for classes, including but not limited to targeted emails, flyers, posters, education brochure (3x/year), etc. with direction from supervisor
  • Communicate with class registrants, parents, and families prior to and during the class period(s) regarding expectations, paperwork, questions or concerns, etc.
  • Assist in managing scholarships and register students for classes, as needed
  • Order materials for studios and instructors
  • Maintain organization of Guild studio spaces on a regular basis
  • Interface with the larger community at community events, such as youth fairs, volunteer fairs at area colleges, etc. to promote the Guild’s education programming

Other administration (10%)

  • Submit monthly activity reports to Education & Volunteer Manager and Executive Director
  • Attend regular staff meetings, education volunteer committee meetings, and other meetings as necessary
  • With all staff, contribute shifts staffing the Guild Gift Shop desk, assisting in customer service, as needed



  • Essential: High School diploma with experience in visual arts and arts education/education
  • Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree with experience in visual arts, arts education, education or equivalent experience


  • Essential: One or more years experience in arts education and/or arts management
  • Desirable: Experience in arts & community engagement, including working with youth

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience as a visual artist and/or instructor, especially with people of different ages and abilities
  • Experience in a non-profit organization
  • A flexible and friendly communication style
  • Willingness to integrate into and serve the Northfield community
  • Proven ability to work with and appreciate volunteers, the backbone of our non-profit organization.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to focus on the “big picture” of the entire organization while being detail oriented for individual programs/projects
  • Action oriented team player
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Passion for creating vibrant artistic communities
  • Contribute to and encourage a collaborative and positive work and audience environment
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint), online ticketing platforms, and social media platforms

Commitment & Compensation

This is a paid, 12-month long commitment, with potential for renewal, requiring 20 hours per week in the office/managing off-site education activities. Work takes place mostly during the work day with occasional evening and Saturday hours

A vehicle is required to travel between the Guild office (304 Division Street) and off-site arts engagement locations and for meetings with collaborating organizations.

Physical requirements

This job will require extended periods of time working at a desk as well as time managing on and off-site arts engagement activities that includes transporting equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please send the following in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 22, 2019 to [email protected]

Northfield Arts Guild
304 Division St.
Northfield, MN 55057

No phone calls please.

The Northfield Arts Guild is an EOE.

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Nov 22nd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Nov 22nd 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists