Director of Education (Marwen)

Reports to: Deputy Director
Manages: Assistant Director of Education, Manager of Teaching and Learning Programs, Senior Manager of Studio Programs, Assistant Manager of Data and Registration, and Coordinator of Student and Family Engagement Programs
The Director of Education (DoE) is a visionary leader, strong manager and critical contributor of the senior management team. Working closely with the Deputy Director, the DoE sets a strategic vision across all program areas (studio; teaching and learning; college, career and alumni; and student and family engagement). The DoE engages all education staff to design, implement, and assess impact of programs.
As a thought leader with comprehensive experience in education, youth development and/or artistic practice, the DoE works to ensure programs are of the highest caliber, align with youth development and education best practices, and are connected to contemporary arts practice. This also includes acknowledging students’ social and emotional needs, having a racial equity lens, and embodying Marwen’s
values (creativity, empathy, agency, reciprocity, inclusion, collaboration, and reflection). As a problem solver with experience developing and managing complex systems, the DoE works to ensure programs operate efficiently, with fidelity to resources, and are centered on student needs. As a mentor to the education department, the DoE fosters an environment for both professional development and personal growth. As a key spokesperson of Marwen programs, the DoE works collaboratively with all staff to ensure programmatic integrity and cultivates essential external relationships necessary for strategic programmatic evolution while honoring Marwen’s foundation of best practices.
Senior Management:
  • Work with Director team to shape strategic vision and support the implementation of organizational goals outlined in the logic model and strategic plan
  • Serve as ambassador and spokesperson for Marwen programs, both internally with all staff and Board, and externally across the arts, education, and youth development fields
  • Facilitate quarterly meetings with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and education leadership staff to chart progress of strategic program goals and outcomes
  • Maintain ongoing and open communication with Deputy Director, through consistent meetings
Education Leadership:
  • Shape vision for relevant and inspiring creative youth development and arts education programming
  • Build and sustain an efficient, collaborative and cohesive team, and enable interconnectivity across all program areas
  • Embody and cultivate a culture of respect across Marwen programs, while guiding education staff, student, and family expectations to ensure safety and well being of students
  • Work with staff to deepen and refine the Marwen curriculum to reflect the high caliber arts education, contemporary artmaking, and youth development
  • Oversee programs (studio; teaching and learning; college, career and alumni; and student and family engagement) to yield comprehensive breadth and depth of experience for Marwen students
  • Shape vision for and guide professional development opportunities that align with organizational vision and team needs
  • Shape vision for student, family, and teaching artist advisory boards
  • Support Assistant Director of Education to oversee the evolution of College, Career, and Alumni programs and systems to better track impact of Marwen on and manage relationships with alumni
  • Support the Senior Manager of Studio Programs to oversee development of studio curricula, recruitment and assessment of teaching artists and studio facilitators, curation of courses and workshops, and management of day-to-day studio operations
  • Support Manager of Teaching and Learning Programs to oversee the development of teaching artists, implementation of assessment strategies, and analysis of information to identify and improve outcomes for Marwen students
  • Support the Student and Family Engagement Team to oversee student enrollment procedures and systems, guide data-informed learning and reflection, inform outreach strategies, and cultivate partnerships with supportive services to meet the needs of students and families
  • Establish and nurture relationships with other arts and youth-centered organizations,interconnected community organizations, the Chicago Public School district and Department of Arts Education, higher education institutions, and artist communities that support and align with Marwen programs, students, families, teaching artists, and alumni
  • Work with the communications staff to guide and inform communications strategies for Marwen’s online presence, social media platforms, printed materials, special events, and other internal/external communications as needed
  • Guide and inform opportunities to leverage Marwen’s facility and programs to host or convene stakeholders to advance Marwen’s mission, presence in the field, and strategic vision
  • Support board engagement, as directed by Deputy Director, including leading program components of board and committee meetings and promoting attendance at open programs
  • Work closely with the Development Department to identify and pursue funding opportunities that align with program vision and goals including reviewing proposals, monitoring grant compliance, and participating in meetings and site visits
  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining key donor and funder relationships
  • Support the earned income initiatives with a focus on Marwen’s programmatic integrity
  • Work closely with Director of Finance and Administration to compile and oversee budgets, oversee personnel management, and implement broader organizational goals and board policies
  • Work closely with the facilities team and studio program staff to ensure safe, clean, and well-maintained studios and public spaces.
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Extensive (at least four years) experience in visionary leadership of youth programs and building relationships with students and families, specifically with those from under-resourced communities
  • Extensive experience developing and overseeing complex program budgets, with keen financial acumen and foresight
  • Comprehensive understanding of the local arts, education, and youth development landscape
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of youth development and education best practices
  • Comprehensive understanding of data-informed decision making and establishing a data-informed culture across youth programs
  • Comprehensive understanding of introducing and sustaining an equity and inclusion lens across programs, with a focus on promoting conscious community building and addressing implicit bias
  • Proven ability to lead, mentor, and motivate a team, while fostering enthusiasm for professional development and creativity towards implementing new ideas
  • Demonstrated ability to manage individuals and teams, with a focus on delegating roles, managing expectations, delivering constructive feedback, and implementing problem solving tools
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and nurture internal and external partnerships to enhance program outcomes and impact
  • Knowledge of Spanish a plus, but not required
  • Master’s degree preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evening hours and Saturdays
  • Ability to prioritize tasks efficiently, with a strong attention to details, time management, multi-layered procedures, and complex systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with priority on strong interpersonal skills (with youth and adults) with a proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships
  • Possess a commitment to leadership driven by compassion, respect, and belief in the enormous potential of all young people
  • Possess cultural competency and respectful dedication to working with the students, families and community members aligned with Marwen’s mission
To Apply: 
Marwen is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination. EEO is the Law.
Please email a letter of interest and resume, with “Director of Education” in the subject line, to
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Akilah Halley
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