Education Programs Manager

Extended Deadline: May 22, 2022

Projected start date: June 13, 2022 (with paid training starting as early as June 1, 2022).

The Education Programs Manager oversees Root Division’s education programming in the areas of youth education, adult education, and related outreach and support. Root Division staff and core of volunteers operate as a team, interacting with each other often, in order to provide a unified schedule of creative learning experiences for artists and the greater community. This position offers an exciting opportunity for someone motivated to work and learn in a unique and dynamic non-profit arts environment*.

* Due to COVID-19 related adjustments, some staff is continuing to work remotely. It is possible for this role to be done partially remotely but work onsite is expected and increasing as the space and classes reopen to in-person audiences.


  • Coordinate, develop, and manage all of Root Division’s Education programs year round
  • Schedule a stimulating roster of classes, workshops, and professional development offerings including team building and corporate class offerings
  • Recruit and interview artists to teach in the Adult Education program
  • Oversee and work in collaboration with the Youth Education Coordinator to:
    • Recruit and interview artists, volunteers, and Education Interns to teach in the Youth Education program
    • Lead program orientation and policies, contracting/compliance, curriculum design, and documentation guidelines
    • Maintain organization and accessibility of supplies/equipment for classes
    • Act as liaison between school partners and Teaching Artists; Help plan and oversee Teaching Artist Fellowships
    • Develop, coordinate, and market student exhibitions and Family Arts Workshops, including New Growth
    • Work with Art Programs Manager to manage and schedule exhibitions for Youth Education Gallery
    • Plan and facilitate all-ages Creative Station activities at Second Saturdays
    • Develop and maintain archive of previous lesson plans, classes, instructors, students, surveys, and images
  • Support Teaching Artists by providing training in classroom management and curriculum design, monthly evaluations, and classroom observations
  • Generate and track class enrollment and budget reports/summaries for each semester
  • Manage Education program budgets, expenses, and invoices
  • Work with Executive Director, board, and other staff to develop educational programming
  • Participate in professional development and related trainings as needed


  • Serve as an advocate of Root Division’s mission by acting as an ambassador to artists, curators, supporters, donors, and sponsors; Coordinate visits/ tours for constituents
  • Form and maintain partnerships with peer organizations, artists, volunteers, and related database of contacts
  • Assist in development of overall marketing strategy for exhibitions and events
  • Support fundraising efforts related to exhibition and arts programming
  • Help coordinate major fundraising events (Taste/ Art Auction) through committee participation; Offer support for any additional events/ fundraising activities related to exhibitions programming
  • Support coordination of thriving Studios Program via participation in Artist Selection Committee & All Artist Meetings
  • Work with staff and board in contributing input/ feedback for organizational strategic planning
  • Miscellaneous administrative, facilities, and program support including gallery and artist support



  • Bachelor’s degree in arts education, fine arts, arts administration, or art history (or equivalent)
  • Proven skills in program management/ coordination
  • 2 years experience in facilitating educational programming in a professional setting
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs and interests of students, artists, educators, and a diverse audience


  • Master’s degree in arts education, fine arts, arts administration, or art history (or equivalent)
  • Experience working in impacted and marginalized communities
  • Experience managing and training educators and volunteers
  • Strong writing ability and computer skills, including experience using Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Demonstrated outreach experience and/or creative problem solving skills


  • Valid CA Driver’s License and access to vehicle for performing program related errands
  • Grant writing / fundraising experience

Other Considerations

  • Has a strong interest in learning and being productive; Works well in managing schedules and timelines.
  • Shows personal initiative and ability to work as a member of a team in a creative, fast-paced environment
  • Has a strong proven record for the ability to meet deadlines, being organized, and being detail-oriented
  • Has an overall enthusiasm for Root Division’s mission and the ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including students, artists, curators, visitors, neighbors, and supporters of the organization.


This is a FULL TIME exempt position, which includes M-FR as well as occasional evenings and weekends, including 2nd Saturdays and fundraising/ special events. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes base salary (range: $58K-$64K), paid time off, paid holidays & office closures (15+ days), health plan coverage/ related HSA contribution, and access to free art classes and professional development activities. Opportunities for additional commission income are also available. 

Root Division is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity on our staff team, governing groups, and artist community. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

** We encourage you to visit our upcoming New Growth exhibition & event (May 14, 1–4 pm), especially if you are new to Root Division and our programming.

Applications received by Sunday, May 15, 2022 will be given priority consideration. 

Projected start date: June 13, 2022 (with paid training starting as early as June 1, 2022).


Please send an email to Michelle Mansour, Executive Director to with the following:

  • Subject: Attn: Education Programs Manager Search—Your Last Name
  • Contact Info: Name, Email, Address, Phone, and website (if applicable)
  • Clear and concise 1-page cover letter attached as PDF
  • Recent CV/ Resume attached as PDF
  • Optional: Small sample portfolio of any  visual arts curriculum/ education related work (PDF or link)
  • 3 References: Contact Name, Title, Phone, Email
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