General Purpose: The Director of Youth Programs provides strategic and logistical leadership and direction for all programs serving young students (grades K-12) through MICA’s Open Studies academic unit. These programs currently include: Young People’s Studios, MICA’s art and design curriculum focused on K-12 learners (Fall/ Spring classes + Summer Art Camp), Pre College programming, MICA’s intensive college-level art and design curriculum focused on gifted high school students, and the Baltimore Art Access Program (BAAP) a program designed to widen the pathway toward higher education for Baltimore’s underserved high school youth of diverse backgrounds with aspirations to attend a four-year undergraduate program in art and design. The Director will also manage and implement any new or special initiatives related to k-12 audiences. The Director will work with Open Studies and MICA staff and faculty to ensure the overall quality of programming.
Summary of Essential Functions: • Responsible for strategic planning, management of, and assessment of all youth focused programming for the Open Studies unit of Academic Affairs • Responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of all new youth programming
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Plan and execute strategies to meet the aims of MICA’s K-12 curriculum and programs • Maintain program quality and effectiveness while establishing new best practice models that enhance existing and support new programming • Research possible new areas of youth programming • Identify long-term aims and interests for MICA’s K-12 programming and the means of achieving these aims and interests. • Supervise all program coordinators (Young People’s Studios, Pre-College, Baltimore Arts Access Project), staff, and faculty • Attend/schedule/lead meetings where appropriate • Work with all program coordinators, staff, and faculty to establish and enforce program policies, rules and regulations. • Liaise with other MICA departments including Art Education, Special Events, Admissions, Campus Safety, and Operations • Work with MICA Open Studies Associate Dean and Budget and Contracts Manager to help develop, implement and monitor program budgets • Prepare, distribute and analyze performance reports and faculty/program evaluations • Maintain quality, safety, efficiency and high service levels • Perform other related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Knowledge of trends within the field of art and design and the education of k-12 students • Knowledge of higher education policies, systems, and management • Knowledge of curriculum development • Knowledge of student and customer service practices • Knowledge of budgetary and personnel management • Interpersonal both in writing and speaking; strong planning and problem solving skills; proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and databases • Organization and leadership skills • Ability to think innovatively about academic programming • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with limited time constraints • Ability to work well in a diverse environment with students, faculty and staff. • Ability to prioritize and maintain strict deadlines
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree • Proven experience in K-12, higher education administration or arts administration
Preferred Qualifications: • Master’s degree in the art/design education or art/design fields • Experience as an academic programmer within the k-12 art/design education fields or in higher education
Reporting to this Position: • Term contract faculty • Term contract staff
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.