Posted: Dec 4, 2017

Manager, Professional Development

Department:              Arts Education

Reports To:               Director, Curriculum and Professional Development

Status:                       Exempt Full-Time

Position Summary:

The Manager, Professional Development position is responsible for the implementation and management of the professional development components of a variety of arts education programs including, but not limited to, National Partnership Programs (Kennedy Center, Disney, Wolf Trap), NJPAC District-wide programs such as Recorder Arts for Musical Pathways (R.A.M.P.), workshops presentations at conferences, conventions, and community centers (NJEA, NJAEYC, NJ school systems), and all related activities in conjunction with the Curriculum and Evaluation team. The Manager, Professional Development must be familiar with the seven throughline arts disciplines offered at NJPAC: devised theater, modern and tap dance, jazz music, poetry, film, musical theater, and hip hop. NJPAC professional development programs are developed for school and community-based educators and administrators of New Jersey, as well as NJPAC teaching artist faculty. NJPAC’s professional development offerings vary in structure and include workshops, conferences, and residency programs. The Manager, Professional Development facilitates all activities that are essential to the successful implementation of these programs both on-site at NJPAC and off-site in schools and community-based organizations across the state of New Jersey.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Subject to the policies and management directions established by the Vice President for Arts Education, the duties of the Manager, Professional Development shall include but are not limited to:

Program Implementation and Management – 45%

  • Work with artists, district liaisons, schools, and/or community-based organizations to facilitate scheduling and logistics in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate and attend planning meetings, site visits, workshops, etc. related to professional development activities at various locations throughout NJ.
  • Ensure that professional development experiences are following NJPAC Arts Education guidelines and/or national partnership standards if applicable.
  • Create a collaborative environment between the administrators, teachers, teaching artists and/or workshop leaders within the professional development activities.
  • Alongside the Director, Curriculum and Professional Development and NJPAC Faculty, develop curriculum and accompanying materials for a catalogue of professional development program offerings that are teacher-friendly and in alignment with NJ Student Learning Standards.
  • Conduct post-program meetings as needed to gather evaluation data about the professional development experience.
  • Maintain a digital archive of all Arts Education Department professional development activities.
  • Collaborate with the Director, Curriculum and Professional Development and Arts Education Manager of Sales and Partnerships to assist in effectively promoting and selling Professional Development Programs.

Professional Development Coordination and Administration – 35%

  • Coordinate assigned professional development experiences from pre-planning to post-program evaluation.
  • Maintain professional development calendar information and all necessary records of faculty and presenter scheduling to support verification of payroll hours.
  • Create and distribute appropriate materials for professional development programs.
  • Distribute, collect, and track pre and post program evaluations, attendance sheets, and surveys from assigned professional development programs.
  • Collect and report necessary statistical information for assigned programs.
  • Assist with management of assigned Professional Development budgets.
  • Collaborate with Coordinator, Faculty Evaluation & Training to ensure accurate reporting of information for active NJPAC faculty and professional development presenters.
  • Work with Arts Education Curriculum and Evaluation team to develop, implement, and modify Curriculum and Evaluation processes and practices as needed.

Faculty Management – 20%

  • Alongside the Director, Curriculum and Professional Development, identify, develop and manage a roster of artists and workshop leaders to serve as presenters for NJPAC arts education professional development activities. 
  • Negotiate and contract artists and workshop leaders.  Work successfully with artists, artists’ management companies and agents to process contracts and facilitate scheduling.
  • Ensure all faculty and presenters are set up for success by providing necessary materials, logistical information, and communicating goals of professional development activities.
  • Follow up with teaching artists on presentation plans, workshop materials, and space requests, and provide them with feedback and support as necessary.
  • Gather publicity materials from presenters, artists, companies and other individuals who may be participating in NJPAC arts education professional development, including press kits, photographs, program descriptions, biographies, video and audio tapes, and other related materials.



Qualifications and Special Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts or arts-related field required. Knowledge of dance, theater, music and/or early learning preferred.
  • Masters Degree preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Three (3) to Five (5) years of experience with implementation of performing arts programs and/or events for an arts center, presenting organization, or school.
  • Reliable transportation (i.e. car) for daily travel throughout New Jersey is required.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required.
  • Experience as a classroom teacher, teaching artist, and/or instructional coach strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the field of arts education related to the schools and communities of New Jersey preferred.
  • Must be comfortable and familiar with urban education and/or have experience working in urban school settings.
  • Must demonstrate a passion for learning; a commitment to inspire the adults who influence young people through Arts Education; and a commitment to address the ethnic diversity of New Jersey’s population.
  • Must be detail orientated, organized, and flexible.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must have ability to multi-task, collaborate with other staff members, and work well in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Sense of humor, ability to take initiative, and a positive attitude a plus.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.
  • Willingness to take on additional responsibilities as requested.

No phone calls please.  Please e-mail résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected] (be sure to note the job title in the subject line of your e-mail). Resumes without salary requirements will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in working for NJPAC. Once submitted, your résumé will be reviewed, and if your background fits our needs, someone from our office will contact you for an interview. 

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer