Implementation Director, Turnaround Arts

The implementation director for Turnaround Arts works closely with the national director as the educational lead to develop and execute strategic goals, oversee programming in schools, and lead outreach to the educational community on a national scale. As such, this person will oversee regular management systems of the implementation and operations teams and systems. This person will serve as part of the leadership team of Turnaround Arts and play a collaborative role with other Kennedy Center programs.

Key projects will include new site strategy, selection, and onboarding; program budget oversight; developing national and local program sustainability; proliferating messaging to the national education community with support from the media team; presenting at conferences and other venues on Turnaround Arts; developing and managing national education partnerships; and overseeing the national evaluation. Management duties include working closely with two regional implementation managers and outside consultants on support for local program partners and schools, documentation, developing local partnerships, refining program components, and trainings for sites.

Duties and Responsibility:

20% Develop and maintain national program evaluation and oversee documentation and data systems

20% Educational and academic partnerships and networking, presenting and messaging to educational community

15% Supervise systems and operations in the national office

25% Oversee implementation in schools, including playing an oversight role in trainings, site support, and program development

20% Collaboration and consultation with Kennedy Center entities, and core Turnaround Arts leadership team, on sustainability, strategy and shared goals

Education/Experience:

  • At least 5 years successful experience running an organization, including advocating to the educational community and general public
  • Experience of successful and efficient management of five or more staff
  • At least 10 years varied and overall successful experience working in schools and education leadership, preferably in or with schools undergoing reform efforts.
  • Both teaching and administration experience preferred.
  • Possess a graduate degree in arts, administration, business and/or education.
  • Public speaking experience, high visibility settings preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of educational and arts-based research methods, data collection systems and approaches
  • Knowledge of non-profit management
  • Knowledge of current academic and field approaches to school reform, connections to prominent institutions preferred
  • Knowledge of impact of arts in schools, and arts integration methods. Personal conviction and experience in the arts as a formative influence on success preferred.
  • Knowledge of how schools work - common constraints, systems, challenges, pressures
  • Entrepreneurial skills a plus
  • Excellent public speaking and storytelling skills
  • Collaborative, cooperative, and warm leadership style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent technical, organizational, communication, and research skills
  • Published articles or op-eds
  • Pronounced ability to synthesize, plan, and articulate broader thinking with work on the ground.

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