APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1st, 2018
SPARK!, the Missoula chapter of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative since 2013, recognizes the arts are essential. All K-12 students in Missoula County Public Schools must have equal access to diverse arts learning opportunities that inspire curiosity, communication, and creativity. SPARK!’s vision for Missoula County Public Schools, in a collective impact partnership with the City of Missoula, The University of Montana and the Missoula arts community, is to ensure a high quality arts education to every K-12 student.
The Director will be an adaptive and innovative leader who can facilitate the collective success of SPARK! The Director must be comfortable working behind the scenes to promote the work of partner agencies while also serving as a public ambassador for the initiative. More specifically, working with SPARK!’s Governing Board, the Director will drive SPARK!’s internal and external functions, including strategy, communications, fundraising, community engagement, budget overview and data functions. Familiarity with Word, Excel and QuickBooks recommended. The Director should be able to write grant applications and see to their implementation.
Guide Vision & Strategy
· Provide visionary, adaptive leadership, modeling the guiding values of SPARK! at all times and fostering a culture that reflects them.
· Facilitate the work of SPARK! volunteers serving on various committees.
Support Community Partnerships
· Provide direction, support and technical assistance to partners in aligning their work to the shared agenda.
· Work with arts organizations and artists to facilitate and coordinate programs for MCPS, including contracts with artists and organizations.
· Cultivate community collaborations pertaining to arts enhancement activities
· Work with Arts Missoula, MCPS Fine Arts staff, and the UM College of Visual & Performing Arts to provide support and coordination of logistics to ensure effective facilitation of all meetings.
· Provide regular reports to the Governing Board. Currently the board meets four times per year.
- Facilitate Major working committees – Programming, Communications, Advancement and Data Evaluation – as well as maintain the Initiative’s relationship with the Kennedy Center and Any Given Child Site Coordinators.
· Co-facilitate and design professional development in collaboration with UM Arts/Creative Pulse, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and MCPS administration through SHAPE grant.
· Facilitate and implement professional development for classroom teachers, teaching artists and community collaborators.
· Implement credentialing plan for presenters, schools, and attendees.
· Aid in expansion of arts integration program through development and promotion of professional development services.
Establish Shared Measurements
· Work with the Governing Board to develop a strategic plan for K-12 arts development in MCPS to implement the SPARK! mission.
· Oversee the development and implementation of a shared measurement system that will track common outcomes and indicators across the initiative and use results to inform learning and continuous improvement.
· Ensure arts integration alignment to MCPS curriculum and standards.
· Ensure all partners are aware of targets and indicators.
· Gather data to assess the results of program implementation to ensure the return of investment made by Missoula partners.
Build Public Will & Mobilize Funding
· Communicate the objectives of SPARK! to the community and potential partners utilizing traditional and social media, print collateral and other methods.
· Communicate with the public and partners through speaking engagements and public appearances.
· Create or manage creation of annual reports of SPARK! progress.
· Help guide Communications Committee to implement strategic marketing plan for the Initiative.
· Maintain online presence for the Initiative including general website upkeep and social media presence
· Help identify and recruit additional cross-sector stakeholders and contributors to participate in the SPARK! work.
· Secure all grant funding and see to its implementation.
The Director will report to the Chairman of the SPARK! Governing Board. The Director will be responsible for all other duties as assigned by the Governing Board.
The Director must be committed to the mission and overarching goals of SPARK! Additionally, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
· A working knowledge of the issues surrounding arts education
· The executive presence to inspire confidence and passion in both internal and external audiences
· Advanced strategy and planning skills, including an ability to think strategically on both organizational and systemic levels over multi-year horizons
· Strong data acumen and ability to oversee complex shared-measurement systems
· Strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences
· Experience with complex project management and stakeholder management
· Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, a cross-sector range of stakeholders in the local or regional area, including senior executives
· A track record of leading, inspiring, and developing high performance teams
· Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
· At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in arts, business, education, policy, or related field.
· 5 years of relevant work experience
· Experience with fundraising
Requited Materials for Application
· Cover letter
· Three professional letters of Reference
Competitive Salary, with health and retirement benefits available
TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://anygivenchildmissoula.submittable.com/submit/105919/spark-director
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1st, 2018