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Job Opening: Arts in Education Coordinator

BACKGROUND: The Greenville Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Greenville, Mississippi. The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs, which teaches arts-integration method in our local schools.

The Greenville Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. GAC actively seeks candidates from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization.

For complete description of the position and information on how to apply please click here.

OPEN POSITION:                    ARTS IN EDUCATION COORDINATOR
REPORTS TO:                           Executive Director
LOCATION:                                E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, Greenville, MS

APPLICATION DEADLINE:          5/31/2013 (Start date 7/1/2013 or to be negotiated)

APPLICATION PROCESS: Carefully review the attached job description and qualification for this position. Typically, we only consider candidates who meet or exceed the qualifications outlined. Email submissions are preferable; however we do accept resumes via post and fax. When emailing resumes, please save your document as a PDF, Microsoft Word Document or in text format. The Greenville Arts Council thoughtfully reviews every resume submitted. Unfortunately due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we only contact applicants who we plan to interview. If we contact you for an interview, please be prepared to provide us with your full employment history and to undergo a thorough background and professional reference check. If we do not contact you, you were not considered for the position. You will know the position has been filled when we have updated our website www.greenville-arts-council.com.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Coordinator of Arts in Education oversees all curriculum development and professional development with the Greenville Arts Partnership (GAP). The job responsibilities stem from the educational portion of the mission of the Greenville Arts Council (to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists). The Coordinator of Arts in Education develops and implements arts integration-related professional development for teachers and works directly with students and other groups through arts experiences. This also includes overseeing all arts experience taking place in the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center; summer art camp, fall and spring classes, and workshops. The Coordinator of Arts in Education reports to the Executive Director and works directly with the Education AmeriCorps *VISTA. This is a full time position.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.