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Employment Opportunities

Director of Education and Programming

Reports To: Executive Director

Summary:


Direct and coordinate a rich and broad-based education program that supports exhibitions and collections and is presented in a variety of formats. Develop and present programs that enhance and broaden the relevance of the arts in the community and expand audiences. Oversee the education programs provided through the art school for adult and children classes, the State Services program which includes the ArtMobile and children’s theatre on tour reaching communities across Arkansas, volunteer and docent program and the library.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manages three subordinate supervisors who supervise two full time employees and approximately 50 part-time employees in the Museum School, Youth Programs, and State Services department.    
  • Directly supervises part-time librarian and full-time volunteer coordinator.
  • Provide direct management of the Arts Center’s volunteer docent program, including maintaining policies and practices, recruitment and interviewing, training
    and ongoing education.
  • Plan, implement, and supervise school-based partnerships within the central Arkansas region, including developing relationships with schools and teachers, cross curricular programming for in-house and classroom settings, and continuing education workshops and programs for area art teachers.
  • Research and develop partnerships with local and regional arts/educational institutions to enhance AAC mission and to broaden and grow audiences.
  • Provide direct oversight for planning, production, and evaluation of the Arts Center’s educational events associated with exhibitions and collections, including lectures, symposia, and family programs with an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Assist the curatorial staff in preparing and presenting materials for exhibitions, including brochures, interpretive wall texts, resource areas, and interactive educational spaces.
  • Plan, implement, and supervise a program of school tours for all grade levels that connects to curriculum requirements in Arkansas Public Schools.
  • Prepare and oversee annual budget, analyzing and evaluating revenue producing activities, and implementing strategies for multi-year budget activities.
  • Work with Marketing Department in development and executive of comprehensive marketing plans and programs, both short and long range, to support revenue objectives of the program and to maintain the program calendar.
  • Work with State Services, Museum School and Youth and Family in development of educational materials that support their programs and improve audience experience.
  • Work with Youth and Family staff and Children’s Theater staff to develop and expand quality youth programs K-12.
  • Collaborate with Development Department to seek sustaining and new support for programs, including grant research, donor cultivation, and grant writing.
  • Represent the AAC to donors, community groups, organizations, and others to increase awareness of the AAC as an educational resource.
  • Active member of the senior management team.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

  • Proven and demonstrable record of leadership with experience in the supervision and management of staff and volunteer docents.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in art education, museum studies, art history, education or a related field. 
  • Minimum of five years of art museum education experience is necessary with demonstrated success in developing school partnerships, designing and implementing innovative interpretive programs for learners of all ages. 
  • Familiarity with K-12 education and education standards.
  • Strong interpersonal relations skills.
  • Understanding of the mission and purpose of arts education within communities.
  • Knowledge of budgets and financial reports.
  • Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with donors, volunteers/docents, and staff.
  • Ability to adapt and respond to various situations with tact and poise.
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Excellent computer skills and writing ability.
  • Comfortable working in a highly collaborative team environment.

Closing Date: September 28, 2015

Procedure for Application:

Applicants should submit resumes and a one-page narrative describing their interest in the position and the experience that relates to the responsibilities described above to Denise Woods, Human Resources Manager at personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.


VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE (full time)

The ideal candidate will possess an energetic, positive, and outgoing personality that will present a great first impression to all visitors at the Arkansas Arts Center.  This full-time Visitor Services Representative will work Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Center, located in the atrium. The representative must be willing to work alternate, part time, or special event shifts, including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and/or after regular business hours as needed.

Responsibilities include: Membership sales; ticket sales using Patron Edge software; prepare, balance and process end of day reports; maintain and stock front desk with informational brochures; provide program and exhibition information to visitors; direct guests and patrons on the phone and in person; receive goods and mail upon delivery; and maintain professional working relationship with all staff, Board of Trustees, members, volunteers, and the community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience: Excellent computer skills and customer service experience are mandatory. Experience handling cash is required, along with good interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of visitors, staff, and Board of Trustees. Front-line hospitality experience preferred.  A background in art, art history, or theatre is helpful. Bilingual in both English and Spanish a plus.

Please submit cover letter and resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.


Visitor Services Representative (part time)

Are you looking for supplemental income? Good at multi-tasking and providing superior hospitality while assisting visitors? If so, then we have the job for you! The Arkansas Arts Center seeks energetic, outgoing candidates to fill two positions for the Visitor Services Department. Representatives will work in the box office and Visitor Services Center. Visitor Services Representatives serve as one of the primary communication channels between the institution, its members, and the general public. Weekend, holiday, and occasional evening shifts are required.

Responsibilities include: Performing all ticketing functions for the Children’s Theatre, educational programming, and special events. Promoting upcoming events and exhibitions. Communicating the benefits of AAC membership and encourage participation. Maintaining accurate visitor information and sales records utilizing computerized ticketing system. Ensuring that phone messages are returned promptly. Preparing accurate, required end-of-day paperwork.


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience: Applicants should be reliable, flexible and personable; possess strong communication and interpersonal skills; exhibit professional manner; be responsible and trustworthy; and be able to work as a team player. Excellent computer skills and experience handling money are mandatory. Front-line hospitality experience preferred. A background in art, art history, or theatre is helpful.

Please submit cover letter and resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.


Assistant Preparator

Reports To: Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Craft

Summary:

Working in close collaboration with the Exhibition Designer, Head Preparator, Curators, and related Exhibitions staff, the Assistant Preparator assists with the handling, packing, matting, framing, installing and de-installing of all traveling and permanent collection exhibitions, according to museum best-practices. The Assistant Preparator also is principally responsible for the lighting of traveling and permanent collection exhibitions. In close collaboration with the Registrar for Collections and the Head Preparator, the Assistant Preparator assists with the handling, packing, displaying and storing of permanent collection artworks according to museum best practices, including the design and production of long-term display and storage solutions for the museum’s permanent collection; performs general maintenance to permanent collection objects while on display; ensures safe working environment and cleanliness of preparatory room, loading docks, and areas in which artwork is processed, moved or stored; performs other duties, as requested.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; proficiency with use of computers and software, especially Microsoft Office program suite, Google SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; knowledge of museum collections management databases, preferably EmbARK. Education and/or experience in lighting design preferred.

Closing Date: September 28, 2015

Procedure for Application:


Applicants should submit resumes and a one-page narrative describing their interest in the position and the experience that relates to the responsibilities described above to Denise Woods, Human Resources Manager at personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.

Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

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