Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy

By mmason730 | December 04, 2013

Job Title:                   Executive Director, Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy

Reports To:              Headmaster

Terms:                      Managerial, Tier D, School Based

Location:                  Boston Arts Academy

Boston Arts Academy (BAA), a public high school for the visual and performing arts, is starting its 16th year in September 2014 with 420 students in Grades 9- 12. It is a joint project of the Pro Arts Consortium, Inc., (comprising of Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural College, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) and the Boston Public Schools.  Boston Arts Academy is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation.  Boston Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.

The Center for Arts in Education (Center) at Boston Arts Academy is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader and administrator with extensive fundraising, program development, and program implementation experience to fill the position of Executive Director.

The Center is an internationally recognized provider of innovative and tailored arts-based programs and resources for schools and educators based on the proven efficacy of Boston Arts Academy (BAA). The Center demonstrates, develops, and implements effective programs for students and educators in order to accomplish one or more of the following:

  1. Increase access to arts-based education for students throughout the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and beyond;
  2. Disseminate effective arts-based curricula;
  3. Provide high-quality arts-based professional development for educators; and
  4. Establish financial sustainability and create a small but viable revenue stream to BAA through the Center’s programs and activities.

The Center believes that placing a high value on creativity and personalized learning translates into committed students who are invested in their own success. BAA has created a successful model for urban public schools through its inventive approach to leadership, community building, curriculum design, and student support.

Through a holistic, process-based approach to school transformation, the Center shares BAA’s successful practices with other school communities. We invite educators into the BAA “laboratory” through school visits, and our Center Institute professional development sessions to observe our model in action and converse with faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, we offer coaching and consulting services for educators interested in engaging in conversations and asking hard questions about how to change schools and transform education for their students and communities.

The Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education will:

1.     Magnify and disseminate  BAA’s work through conferences and strategic partnership cultivation

2.     Serve as the external face for the Center’s advocacy efforts

3.     Engage in fundraising for Boston Arts Academy BAA and Center needs

4.     Create, oversee, and manage new partnerships

5.     Manage research on the efficacy of Boston Arts Academy’s  work; promote research findings, as well as publication work by     the Center Fellows and BAA, to external audiences

6.     Supervise Center staff and oversee all Center programs, including  Alumni Creative Corps (ACC), and Summer Programming at Boston Arts Academy

7.     Interface with National Coordinator of National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program NATF 

8.     Work with school administration to identify BAA teachers to serve as Center fellows


  1. Experience in fundraising and grant writing
  2. Experience as an artist or in arts-based education
  3. Ability to work effectively and comfortably in a team-oriented, fast-paced atmosphere.
  4. Strong communication, interpersonal and teaming skills.
  5. Bachelor’s Degree
  6. Current authorization to work in the United States – Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment
  7. City of Boston Residency


1. Master’s Degree

2. Bilingual

School-based managerial employees will work 223 days between July 1st and June 30th each year.  The 223 day work-year will include the 180 days in which school is in session, and the additional days will be determined by the employee and the Head of School

School-based managerial employees are not eligible for vacation time or compensatory time.  In the event of school cancellation due to snow or inclement weather, school-based managerial employees need not report to work.


To apply, please send a cover letter, application, resume and list of references to:

Bob Kollar

Boston Arts Academy

174 Ipswich Street

Boston, MA 02215