Job: Education Coordinator


Northern Clay


Updated September 2019

Job Title: Education Coordinator
Reports To: Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services
Job Share: Works closely with the Studio Manager
Hours: Full-time, exempt salaried position; work on occasional evenings and weekends is required.

The Education Coordinator position is responsible for collective development and onsite management of educational programs, classes and workshops for adults and youth, and for administering evaluation for such programs, as well as and hiring and managing teaching artists affiliated with such programs. The Education Coordinator will operate and support NCC’s MN NICE program and NICE2, which are in their sixth and third years, respectively. This position works closely with NCC’s Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services and NCC’s Studio Manager to advance NCC’s educational programs, to maintain education facilities, and to provide special education convenings, trainings and professional development opportunities to NCC’s student learners. This position supports the Director of Learning/Artist Services with the oversight of NCC’s overarching building and equipment needs; the management of contractors for specific technical and mechanical services; and the budgeting for equipment, supplies and facility maintenance.

Special Education (averages 9 hours/week)

  • Work with NCC’s Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services, and Community Engagement Manager to design and develop special education convenings, collaborations, and partnerships of the Center, conducted both internally and externally.
  • Develop and coordinate (in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services, and Director of Galleries and Events) visiting artist and other special workshops in conjunction with the adult education program and exhibitions.
  • In collaboration with Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services, and Director of Galleries and Events, develop the annual roster of American Pottery Festival workshops and lectures. Serve as primary contact person to all presenting APF artists; manage all communications with said artists; draft and collect signed contracts; gather supplies requests.
  • Serve as NCC point person for, providing administrative support to the MN New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE & NICE2): process contracts and payments, coordinate visiting artist opportunities and field trips. Promote and process applications—from advertising to review and correspondence. Maintain student files and payments in coordination with Business Manager.


Education Program (averages 21 hours/week)

  • In collaboration with Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist
  • Services, develop recommendations for and oversee actual long-term strategic plans for education programs for NCC, in consultation with NCC’s director and Board of Directors.
  • Develop annual goals for onsite classes and workshops. Provide financial and participation reports to Deputy Director of Operations & Director of Learning/Artist Services on a quarterly basis.
  • Design, develop, and supervise the operations of regular education programs of the Clay Center, including quarterly adult and children’s classes, regularly scheduled topical workshops, and summer camps.
  • Coordinate and plan (in collaboration with appropriate staff members) schedules and budgets for all education support functions, including: classes and workshop budgets, MN NICE, special education convenings with guest artists, and major equipment additions such as kilns, wheels, etc.
  • Design and publicize schedule of adult and child quarterly classes and workshops, including summer Clay Camps. Manage all day to day aspects of onsite educational programming.
  • Recruit, train, pay, evaluate teaching artists for adult and children’s onsite classes, workshops and camps.
  • Work with technical staff to develop and enforce procedures for student and studio artist access.
  • Coordinate with other NCC program staff on special events and use of classroom space; maintain schedule for classrooms in coordination with Community Engagement Manager.
  • Develop and manage (in collaboration with Studio Manager) all aspects of NCC educational and studio internships, including soliciting and hiring interns and evaluating performance.

Facilities (averages 2 hours/week)

  • Anticipate and oversee repairs and maintenance to major equipment and facilities in the education program area, including electrical, plumbing, structural, etc., with advisement from Deputy Director/Director of Learning and Engagement.

Marketing and Promotion (averages 8 hours/week)

  • In collaboration with the education team and Marketing and Technology Manager, develop advertising budgets for and provide marketing and public relations services to the education program.
  • In coordination with Marketing and Technology Manager, perform bi-monthly, monthly, and annual update to the Center’s membership databases and prepare and distribute solicitations and reminders to existing and expired members.
  • Prepare information and create web images for education, camp, and [email protected] programs for upload to web site.
  • With assistance from the Program Associate, monitor class and camp registrations to identify and strategically market available spaces through eblasts and social media.
  • In collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager and Program Associate, utilize contacts within partner organizations and educator resources to distribute clay camp, educational, and American Pottery Festival promotional materials.
  • Manage offsite access to and recording and publishing of relevant artist talks and demonstrations, as identified by education team and Marketing and Technology Manager.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

This is a permanent, full-time salaried exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and qualifications, performance, and NCC budget. Benefits include vacation and safe/sick time, and a benefits allowance, along with a 403(b).

Applicants should have a strong knowledge of and experience in arts education, experience with managing the teaching of art and craft, and a background in ceramic arts. Applicants must have at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in ceramics. A minimum of three years of management and administrative experience is required, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency with Macintosh- based programs (Microsoft Office) is required; proficiency with databases, online sales, and point of sale software is preferred. Applicants must have demonstrated excellent people, time management, and customer service skills. Applicants must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. This position requires a flexible schedule.

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should send the following materials to Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp, Deputy Director, Director of Learning and Artist Services, at
[email protected]; or 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406:

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Resume (4 page max)
  • Names and contact information for three references

*Note: if emailing application, send all materials as a single PDF.

Applications due by Friday, October 18, by 5 pm.

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Sep 13th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Oct 18th 2019, 5:00pm

Application Location

MN Artists