Position Description: Studio School Coordinator
Job Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Education
Work Schedule: M-F, some evenings and weekends
The Figge Art Museum has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, creative, and collaborative Studio School Coordinator to join a dynamic team of museum professionals and provide leadership to advance the educational efforts and strategy of the Figge.
Reporting to the Director of Education, this position will be responsible for overseeing the management of studio classes and programs. This involves research and planning, data entry, content creation, web uploading, budget oversight, assessment reporting, and general collaboration. The Studio School Coordinator will partner with museum colleagues across departments, as well as community organizations and area school districts.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This demanding and rewarding position is responsible for:
- Developing, scheduling, implementing, and evaluating all studio classes
- Working annually with the Director of Education to develop the Studio School budget (expenses and revenue), managing it throughout the year, and providing quarterly reports
- Overseeing current instructors, graduate assistants, and studio interns, and recruiting prospective instructors
- Collaborating with area non-profit organizations and school districts
- Implementing policies and procedures for the studio spaces, including policies for instructors, classroom maintenance, and rental protocols
- Purchasing supplies and keeping studios stocked with supplies for classes and programs, as well as for ongoing museum needs, in collaboration with the Studio School Assistant/Clay Tech
- Managing all aspects of class registration, which includes but is not limited to inputting class information, keeping registration records, creating and distributing rosters, uploading web content, and communicating with students about class registration needs, class details or general questions
- Processing class payments in the museum’s database and working with the business office to handle payments by cash, check, card, and gift card
- Producing content on the studio classes and programs and working closely with the Marketing Department to publicize content
- Managing contracts and evaluating studio instructors
- Generating monthly instructor payroll and share it with the business office
- Keeping the studios and Family Activity Center in clean and working order
- Preparing studios for classes in collaboration with the Studio School Assistant/Clay Tech
- Assisting with Family Activity Center supply upkeep, as needed
- Developing hands-on art projects related to special exhibitions and permanent collections that engage visitors of all ages
- Developing, scheduling, and implementing classes and workshops that are responsive to audience needs, including on-site programs that engage student and professional artists
- Generating quarterly calls for class proposals from studio instructors
- Meeting regularly with studio instructors to inform them of changes in policy and promote collaboration between studio instructors and the Figge
- Developing and facilitating special programs for business and community partners, including professional development sessions
- Organizing and facilitating annual Portfolio Day, Figge Factory, and Brand Boeshaar high school programs
- Assisting with general departmental programs and needs
- Creating and overseeing surveys to gather information about the success of studio classes, and sending surveys to all students enrolled in Figge classes
- Other duties as assigned
- The ideal candidate will have a B.A. or B.F.A. degree or higher with an emphasis on studio art, art history, or museum studies, and will have demonstrated managerial experience. Willing to work with candidates with expansive work experience in place of degree. Experience in non-profit work is ideal but not necessary.
- Ability to understand and follow strict museum guidelines and procedures, including ongoing updates to health protocols, such as the need to be compliant with national guidelines like masking or vaccines
- Broad understanding of art media and process
- Demonstrated managerial experience and ability to keep within a budget
- Ability to lead studio instructors with minimal supervision
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues within the Education Department and across the museum
- Ability to prioritize, delegate, and complete projects in a timely manner while meeting deadlines
- Ability to work nights and weekends on a regular basis
- Ability to work indoors in office and studio environments, as well as outdoors on occasion
- Ability to do physical activities, such as moving tables and chairs, preparing art materials, sitting or standing for 3 hours at a time, reaching, and lifting
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, as this position requires a considerable amount of time communicating by phone, email, and in person with instructors and class participants
- Teaching experience with varied age groups in a school or studio setting is preferred
- Favorable background check
The Figge Art Museum brings art and people together and enriches our community with the experience of art through education, collections, exhibitions, and preservation. Located on the Mississippi River in Downtown Davenport, the Figge is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its 110,000 square foot landmark glass building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections and combines collection and exhibition galleries, education studios, an auditorium, a café, and a bustling lobby. The Figge presents over 20 rotating exhibitions of historical and contemporary art each year as well as art classes, educational programs, special events, and outreach sessions that inspire and attract regional, national, and international audiences of all ages.
The Figge offers a competitive package of salary, benefits, and paid holidays and vacation, and the opportunity to work with a dynamic team at one of the leading cultural institutions in the Quad Cities.
The Figge is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. We aim to attract and retain talented people from all backgrounds. We are committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and safe environment and value varied ideas, perspectives, insights, skills, and experiences within our workplace.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to email@example.com. Please indicate “Studio School Coordinator” in the subject line. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applications will be kept confidential.