10/27/10

A cool JOB OPPORTUNITY in the Boston area

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ARTS:

Dear Colleagues, Funders and Partners of the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative:

We are delighted to share with you details of an exciting new position within the Boston Public Schools: Executive Director for the Arts. Please circulate the attached posting within your networks and encourage strong candidates to apply! Please excuse any duplicate messages/postings.

The BPS seeks an Executive Director for the Arts to provide internal and external district-wide leadership for Pre-K-12 arts programs, in keeping with the goals of both the Acceleration Agenda and the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative to provide access, increase equity and ensure quality arts learning experiences for all BPS students. This position is charged with linking the district with the larger arts community, expanding school-based arts programming, and creating stronger connections across schools (art specialists, teachers, and school leaders) to share best practices. The Executive Director is responsible for building stronger systems, improving coordination between and among schools and external partners, and raising the visibility of the BPS commitment to the arts as part of an excellent education for all BPS students. The Executive Director provides overall strategic leadership for Pre-K-12 arts programs and oversees all functions of the BPS Arts Department, working with a team that includes the Senior Program Director for the Arts, an Arts Technician, and an Instrument Specialist, and also working collaboratively with other BPS departments. The Executive Director for the Arts will report directly to the Chief Academic Officer and work closely with the Superintendent as well as external partners and leaders of the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative.

We believe that this new position will help to meet one of the central goals of the Arts Expansion Initiative: to build district capacity to expand and sustain high quality arts instruction across the district and to strengthen and coordinate partnerships between BPS and Boston arts, cultural and higher education institutions in support of high-quality arts education for all students.

We are eager to cast a broad net in our search for the candidate with strong organizational, strategic and leadership skills to advance the Superintendent’s agenda to expand access, equity and quality of arts learning opportunities for BPS students.

Interested candidates can apply directly via the Boston Public Schools/City of Boston web site: Click on “Careers” and then “Apply for Job” to search listings. The listing is also posted on www.bridgestar.org. Candidates seeking more information may also contact Laura Perille, as one of the Co-Chairs of the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative Working Committee at perille@edvestors.org or 617-585-5741. Thank you for helping us with this outreach effort!

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