AEAF Education Specialist
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking an Education Specialist funded by the Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF) to support RACC’s responsibilities in coordinating services to school districts funded by AEAF and to assist in communicating a community vision for equitable education through the arts.
Status: Regular, Full-time (40 hours/week); Non-exempt
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Flexibility may also be required to accommodate some early morning and evening committee meetings and events.)
Supervisor: Arts Education Liaison
Compensation: $21-$25 per hour + benefits
Benefits: Medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability and life insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) retirement plan.
RACC's Mission, Core Values, and Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:
RACC’s mission is to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right, a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences, and a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture and that celebrates and supports its artists and arts and cultural organizations. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work and visit. RACC strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture. We value a diverse workforce, built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility, and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All staff members are expected to contribute to RACC’s mission and support RACC’s core values in guiding their decisions and actions.
The Education Specialist supports RACC’s responsibilities in coordinating services to school districts funded by the Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF or arts tax) and assists in communicating a community vision for equitable education through the arts. This position plays a vital role in sharing the impact of arts education through the documentation of services, advocacy, and convenings.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Support all AEAF-associated programming with planning and communications, including but not limited to community events and professional development for arts teachers.
o Monitor school district annual reporting on a K-5 arts education framework and compliance with mutually agreed-upon indicators of high-quality arts education.
o Ensure professional learning for arts teachers by coordinating and communicating such opportunities to AEAF funded teachers.
o Support school districts in developing a sequential K-12 arts education plan to ensure equity and continued access to the arts for all students.
- Oversee systems to collect, manage and report data on arts education services.
o Develop and maintain an annual data collection process.
o Serve as primary local administrator of Portland metro artlook® Map, a three year national pilot project in partnership with the Kennedy Center.
Maintain project timeline and ensure its effective implementation.
Provide ongoing, consistent and timely communications with local and national partners.
Participate in the Kennedy Center’s artlook® Community of Practice.
- Convene AEAF-funded school districts, arts teachers, and arts organization partners.
o Schedule and facilitate quarterly meetings with school district leadership.
o Coordinate an annual meeting with superintendents, RACC executive director, City Arts Commissioner and City Arts Manager.
o Collaborate with arts teacher representatives from each school district to support communications with arts teachers and professional development opportunities.
o Organize professional development for arts organizations to better meet the needs of schools.
o Facilitate networking opportunities among arts organizations and between organizations and schools.
- Support RACC’s arts and culture advocacy efforts.
o Collect stories and document AEAF arts education programming through videography, photography, audio recording, and other documentation methods.
o Provide source material to RACC communications manager to build content and features on RACC’s website, for press releases, newsletters and other publications related to AEAF.
o Assist with the development of AEAF-related arts education collateral materials and presentations for both internal purposes and public events.
o Participate in and support conversations regarding arts education at the local, state and national level (e.g. local involvement in National Arts Education Week).
- Attend meetings of the AEAF Citizen’s Oversight Committee, providing reports and data on AEAF-funded education services as needed.
- Attend and support meetings of RACC’s Arts Education Committee related to AEAF.
- Maintain records of AEAF-funded education expenses.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
- Four years of pertinent work or education experience, preferably in a public school setting.
- Ability to communicate effectively with others in writing, orally, and through the use of computer technology.
- An understanding of current trends and issues in public education particularly as they relate to race and social justice.
- Experience in developing agendas, presentations and/or convenings for small and large groups including content development and meeting format appropriate for the audience.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work quickly and accurately to coordinate workloads and multiple, simultaneous deadlines.
- Experience with data collection, management and reporting.
- Cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, representatives of other organizations, and the public.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
- Experience in graphic design, video and audio documentation and editing.
Physical Parameters/Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Routinely use computers, desk phones, photocopiers, and monitors, including computer screens, TVs, and projectors.
- Engage in regular communication in-person, by phone, and through electronic media.
- Occasionally lift or move up to 10 pounds.
- Work is generally performed while sitting or standing in an office environment of open cubicles.
About the Regional Arts & Culture Council
RACC advocates for public and private investments in the arts, provides grants for artists and arts organizations, manages public art, raises money through workplace giving, conducts arts education in public schools, and provides community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources. RACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Read more about our work online at racc.org.
About the Arts Education and Access Fund
In November of 2012, 62% of Portland voters approved what is known as the Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF) or “arts tax.” Thanks to the arts tax, every elementary school in Portland now has at least one art, music or dance teacher on staff—91 teachers in all six school districts (Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Portland Public, Reynolds and Riverdale). The AEAF funds one arts specialist for every 500 students.
- To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, using only one of the following methods: 1) Online at https://racc.org/joblisting-aeaf or 2) by postal mail to RACC, Attn: AEAF Education Specialist, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209.
- The offer of employment for this position will be contingent upon the results of a criminal background check.