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Arts in Education Program Manager

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Arts in Education Program Manager


$57,000.00 – $63,000.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Arts Commission
Job Number

7/14/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The salary reflects the 3% general raise increase effective July 1, 2019.

Who we are looking for
We are looking for an Arts in Education (AIE) Program Manager. This full time position requires deep experience, a high level of proficiency, a team-playing attitude, and enthusiasm for the job in support of the mission of ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission).

“The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state.”

What you will be doing
ArtsWA has a long-standing commitment to the importance of learning in and through the arts. A primary goal in our strategic plan is to strengthen arts education as part of and fundamental to K-12 basic education. To that end, your role will be to manage and oversee all agency Arts in Education (AIE) grant programs, projects and initiatives. In addition, you will need to stay connected to national policies and practices in arts education, representing ArtsWA on statewide efforts as they arise, and supporting agency-wide efforts including strategic planning and legislative work as directed. You will provide statewide leadership and serve as agency liaison for collaborative arts education efforts with statewide, regional, and national organizations and partners. Examples may include National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiatives, statewide research, participation in National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) events and other national peer groups, and service on external committees. You will maintain a close working relationship with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Arts office, and ArtsEd Washington.

Why YOU would be interested in this position:
This position has a deep impact on the arts education field within Washington State. Working as our Arts in Education program manager, you will have an opportunity to develop, grow, and be involved in programs and policies that support students with different backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles. You will support teaching artists, educators, and communities in the creation of learning environments that build interest and engagement in learning through arts applications, and examine how the arts help students develop skills like creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. If this is your passion, we encourage you to apply.

Your duties will include the management and oversight of the agency’s Arts in Education (AIE) Department. This will include:

Management and oversight of all AIE grant programs, projects and AIE initiatives.
Management and oversight of AIE programs and projects managed by other AIE project and support staff.

In addition, this position will;Establish, convene, and manage grant and other panels as needed annually. Determine grant amounts per guidelines and panel recommendations, subject to review by the Executive Director and approval by the ArtsWA Board.
Hire, supervise and coordinate with the new Arts Integration Early Learning Project Manager to be hired in FY 2020. This person will, with your oversight, work with partners to develop, manage and evolve an Early Learning / Arts Integration Program designed as an effective professional development tool for early learning educators and providers across the state.
Prepare constituent reporting, and reports for the Executive Director and the Board as required.
Coordinate and guide grant and programmatic evaluation efforts
Manage and develop the ArtsWA Roster of Teaching Artists,
Manage the state’s Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) in coordination with key partners,
Oversee the state’s Poetry Out Loud program,
Create and manage constituent and grantee professional development and support.
Manage program funds in excess of $500,000 drawn from state and federal sources. Develop and manage related project budgets.
Develop and implement related policies and procedures.


A Bachelor’s degree in arts education or arts administration, or closely allied field
At least three (3) years professional experience in arts administration, grant-making or related experience.
At least two (2) years of arts education experience, either as an educator or an administrator.
Valid Driver’s license free from serious traffic violations.
NOTE:  Related experience managing an arts education program may substitute for education.

PREFERRED:A Master’s degree in arts or arts education, or closely allied field.
Proficiency and experience with MS Office programs.
A level of comfort with online grant systems.
Understanding of K-12 public schools and relevant Washington State education policies.
Strong administrative and management skills: budget, statistics, communications, and evaluation.
Creative thinking.
Ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Supplemental Information

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY:The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the “duties summary” section of your application in, completeness of the application material submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire.
A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding work experience must be reflected in the “duties summary” section of the application.
By submitting materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

The State of Washington celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or


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