Manager of Early Childhood Programs

Studio in a School NYC, LLC (Studio) seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, empathetic, and collaborative arts educator with a specialization in early childhood education to join our program team as the Manager of Early Childhood Programs (the Manager). Collaborating with the Director of Early Childhood Programs, the Manager will assist in managing existing programs and large-scale professional development, support classroom-based instruction delivered by artist instructors, and contribute to the program design, implementation, improvements, and new initiatives.

The Manager will report to the Director of Early Childhood Programs. This position is an exempt, full-time position, and supervises one Program Coordinator and a team of Artist Instructors.

About Studio in a School Association
Studio in a School Association is comprised of two LLCs: Studio in a School NYC and Studio Institute. Studio NYC engages over 30,000 public school students in all five boroughs each year and aims to ensure that New York City public school students receive standards-based, quality instruction in the visual arts regardless of socio-economic status. Studio Institute provides programs and creates new partnerships with communities and cultural organizations nationwide. Studio Institute is currently working with partners in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and Providence.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Realize the mission of Studio in a School NYC, which includes classroom-based art instruction, professional development of artists and educators, and events or workshops for parents.
• Collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Programs in the design and content of the Early Childhood programs and large-scale professional development.
• Provide feedback and support in implementing new initiatives in Early Childhood.
• Collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Programs in selecting, training, assigning, and supervising professional artists with the goal of providing the highest quality visual arts experiences to children ages 2-5 throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Provide feedback to artists and sometimes teachers.
• Supervise and delegate the logistics and administrative tasks within Early Childhood.
• Organize and respond to the outreach requests and inquiries of Early Childhood programs.
• Observe and evaluate programs and sites, and provide support to artists, teachers and administrators as requested, to ensure fidelity to program models.
• Collaborate on the design, implementation, and analysis of results of authentic program assessments, using results as a tool for program improvement. Conduct post-residency surveys and report outcomes.
• Plan and implement artist and teacher development activities to address areas of need.
• Collaborate in writing, editing, and updating curricula and other materials.
• Report regularly on program progress vis a vis both programmatic and financial targets.
• Collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Programs in managing contracts, budgets, documentation, and scheduling of the EC programs.
• Spend one to three days per week in the field at program sites.
• Write reports on programs for internal and external use. Support the Development Team with proposals and reports.
• Attend networking/community events, as necessary.
• Actively participate in Studio’s performance evaluation system.
• Other duties and ad-hoc projects as assigned.

Desired Skills and Background

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Arts Administration or related field, Master’s degree preferred.
• Experience in classroom teaching in Pre-K to 2nd grade, teaching children ages 2-5 in a museum setting or an art education organization required.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in:
o Child development, curriculum development, Pre-K to 2nd grade.
o Visual art education.
o Teaching Professional development for classroom teachers and artist instructors, and disposition for working with adults.
o Outcomes-based program design, management, and reporting.
• Familiarity with teaching students with disabilities and/or English Language Learners is a plus.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management. Strong business acumen.
• High proficiency in using Microsoft Suites including Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Personal Qualities and Habits of Work
• Commitment to the mission of Studio in a School NYC.
• Understand current educational issues and follow industry trends.
• Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Adaptive and thoughtful in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to delegate and prioritize departmental objectives and goals.
• Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities and manage projects simultaneously, oversee and track work details, and respond flexibly to changes.
• Strong problem-solving and strategic-thinking skills, ethical decision-making, and sound discretionary judgment.
• Strong work ethic with an appreciation for deadlines. Adherence to project plans and following through.
• Skilled in providing direct feedback to artists and teachers as needed, organized, and planned.
• Able to complete NYC Department of Education Fingerprint and Background Check Clearance upon employment.

We are currently working on a hybrid schedule. The Manager of Early Childhood Programs will be asked to work at least 2 days per week in our office at 75 West End Avenue, New York, NY, or in the field, though this schedule may shift and evolve.

Generous paid time off, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Commuter Benefits, 403b Retirement Plan, AFLAC supplemental benefits, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Vaccination and Masking Policies
Studio in a School NYC, LLC recommends that all new hires be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 prior to the start date. It is optional for employees to wear a mask in our office when the NYC COVID-19 Community Risk Level is “moderate” or “low” based on the CDC website. However, mask-wearing in our office is still required when the NYC COVID-19 Community Risk Level is “high” based on the CDC website.

The annual salary for this full-time position is $70,000-$78,000. We welcome an open discussion with interested candidates about the full compensation package.

To apply:
Email your resume and cover letter to Write “Manager of Early Childhood Programs” in the subject line. No applications will be accepted without a cover letter. No phone calls, please.

If much of this job description describes you, please apply for this role. Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet all the qualifications. We recognize this and encourage those with relevant skills and experience to apply.

Studio in a School is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Studio in a School are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, employment status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.