Director, Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement (K-12)

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Do you want to help increase access to art for K-12? Pratt is seeking a Director to join the K-12 Center to continue it’s critical mission of increasing the availability of Art and Design to our K-12 students. The Center’s Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision / direction for the Center, in alignment with its stated mission and its priorities of community engagement; K-12 education in art, architecture and design; and research in relevant fields. The Director provides leadership for the Center’s ongoing programs and program development; manages its day to operations, including supervision of a small staff; and represents the Center to its many constituents, nurturing partnerships both internal and external, and fund-raising in support of the Center’s work.

The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.


Develop strategic direction for the Center, in alignment with the mission of the Center and with the Institute’s strategic plan.
Provide leadership and support for faculty, staff and community partners in the delivery of current K-12 programs and the development of new ones as appropriate
Develop a research agenda for the Center, based on the Center’s mission, programs, and overall direction
Fund-raise in support of the Center, working in collaboration with the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships, and with Institutional Advancement, as appropriate
Manage the Center’s day-to-day operations, including:Supervising a small staff
Developing and managing the Center’s budget
Ensuring effective administration of current programs, with attention to both policy and process including (but not limited to) hiring and supervision of program faculty and teaching assistants, student enrollment, and program marketing
Evaluating effectiveness of individual programs and the Center as a whole, collecting robust data and developing success measures that include (but are not limited to) the following: student learning outcomes; faculty, student and community partner satisfaction
Reporting on current programs to funders and to the Institute, etc.

Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated ability to lead and succeed in an environment that is committed to, and strengthened by, the diversity of its members and the communities it represents
Knowledge of current research and best practices in community engagement in higher education, in art and design education (K-12), and in relevant research fields, along with a pragmatic sense of how to use this knowledge to shape a strong program
Deep understanding of how to foster student success
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement complex projects, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously (including timelines, staffing, budgets, and workflow)
Demonstrated ability to supervise a small staff, with attention to their professional development, and to work collaboratively with partners across different areas and communities
Strong advocacy skills
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated fund-raising ability
A nimble, collegial work style


Qualifications and experience:
An MA, MFA or equivalent required in Art and Design Education (K-12) or a related field; doctorate strongly preferred.
5+ relevant experience required, with demonstrated leadership experience, as well as experience teaching art or design K-12; experience working in higher education strongly preferred.
A track record of research activity strongly preferred

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit:
a letter of interest
A statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt.
Names and contact information for 5 references

All materials must be submitted via our internal application portal at

For best consideration, all materials should be submitted by January 10, 2020

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We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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