ARTS employs a variety of passionate artists and arts administrators that continually support our mission through their endeavors.  If you’re interested in joining the ARTS team, please consider applying for a position listed below.

ARTS Education Director

Are you passionate about the power of art to change the lives of youth? Are you an effective communicator and a strong people manager with an entrepreneurial mindset? Do you thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced environment?

ARTS is looking for a passionate nonprofit professional to join our leadership team as the ARTS Education Director. This position will lead the design, implementation, evaluation and management of the Arts Education and Social Change Program within four ARTS departments: Performing Arts, Media Arts, Fine Arts and Maker. Additionally, the position will oversee the Student Services Department to ensure students receive wrap-around services including mental health & wellness support, leadership development, and college & career development.

Location: ARTS Center in National City

Department: ARTS Education

Reports to: CEO

FLSA Status: Full Time/Exempt

ABOUT ARTS: ARTS mission is to ignite the power of creativity in youth, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and providing them with the skills needed to become compassionate catalysts for positive change in themselves, their community and the world.

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for leading the design, implementation, evaluation and management of the Arts Education and Social Change Program within four departments: Performing Arts, Media Arts, Fine Arts and Maker. Additionally, the position oversees the Student Services Department, and ensures students receive wrap-around services to support mental health & wellness, leadership development, and college & careers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty fully, with or without accommodation.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The following duties and responsibilities are those considered to be essential, but do not represent all job functions that may be required to be performed by this position.  Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed. Occasional evening or weekend work is required as a condition of employment.

  • Serve on the Senior Leadership Team, along with the CEO, Managing Director, Resource Development Director, Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods Director (CVNI) and ARTS Enterprise Director, to develop and execute on organizational strategies.
  • Supervise 2-3 direct reports, including the Student Services Manager and ARTS Education Manager and Coordinator; and provide direction and feedback as needed to the 12-person ARTS Education team (Teaching Artists and Department Leads).
  • Serve as the coach to a collaborative ARTS Education team and use engaged leadership principals to co-create the vision of the Program.
  • Support fund-raising efforts by participating in tours and presentations on ARTS Education.
  • Lead design and implementation of the new 2020 Strategic Plan for Arts Education programming, monitor progress and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Ensure program activities adhere with Arts Education Standards and 21 Century skills.
  • Create new student, staff and program evaluation metrics; monitor implementation, analyze data; and use results to showcase strengths of the Program and identify areas for improvement.
  • Lead the design and co-creation of the Social Change Curriculum.
  • Liaise with other Directors to ensure the ARTS Education component is fully integrated into the ARTS Center Model, and youth and earned revenue opportunities are maximized.
  • Oversee Student Services and ensure students are provided with mental health & wellness support, leadership development, and college & career counseling.
  • Create and oversee an approximately $300,000 ARTS Education budget; monitor cash flow projections within departments; and manage program funds according to established accounting policies.
  • Collaborate with the Grants Manager on grant strategies, program content and reporting.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to recruit, hire, orient, train, create professional development plans and if necessary, terminate ARTS Education staff.
  • Ensure Salesforce program data software is running efficiently; work with software programmers to design changes; and support the Manager in implementing changes and training staff.
  • Ensure all program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization, especially as pertain to risk management.
  • Oversee all contracts and ensure deliverables are met on time and within budget.
  • Assess and analyze new and existing partnerships for strategic alignment; steward relationships; and maximize earned revenue opportunities.
  • Represent ARTS in the community with special events, donor tours, and promotional activities relevant to ARTS Education.
  • Communicate with students and other stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input for program improvements.

Education & Experience


  • BA Degree in the arts, arts administration, arts education or closely related field required; masters degree strongly preferred
  • Additionally, a minimum of 5 years of management-level work experience
  • Additionally, a minimum of 5 years of youth arts programming and/or arts administration, specifically program design and evaluation
  • Additionally, a minimum of 5 years of youth development/Creative Youth Development programming for youth, ages 11 – 22


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish; conversational skills strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to ARTS mission and values
  • General knowledge of nonprofit organizational practices
  • Collaborative leadership style and facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; experience in effectively communicating to senior management or other outside partners
  • Strong analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to problem-solve and bring about desired outcomes
  • Advanced Microsoft Office computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • General knowledge of creating, implementing, managing and analyzing evaluation systems
  • Attention to detail and strong project management skills
  • Comfortable learning new technology
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative and fast pace environment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Requirements

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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Work in an office adjacent to a fast paced, working art studio setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but it is in close proximity to student activity area where noise levels can be medium to high.
  • Sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, and use hands, arms, and legs for dexterity and balance. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Required to operate office equipment and machines, and recognize and abate safety hazards within the workplace.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, and balance objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of people from divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and origins.

Background Check, Licensing and Certification Requirements

Must have reliable transportation and possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license, a satisfactory driving record, including proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage and insurability under the Agency’s insurance carrier standards.

Additionally, must pass a criminal background check and provide current tuberculosis (TB) clearance test results.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter for this position to jobs@areasontosurvive.org. No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters, please.

ARTS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


ARTS relies on the generosity of individuals from all over San Diego County to fulfill our mission to enhance the lives of children and youth facing adversities through the creative arts. Your love, dedication and creativity brings transformational healing to these children. ARTS is comprised of individuals from all walks of life who possess a great variety of skills. Artistic ability or background is encouraged but not required for all positions.

To apply for a volunteer position, please complete a volunteer application and attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations. During the orientation, you will receive instructions for additional requirements and training.