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Arts Education Manager

Job details

Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC)
1 Oct 2018
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Education & Development



If you have a background in arts education, together with experience in management and event organisation, this rare opportunity at Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC), may suit you.

CEAC offers an extensive arts education programme to the public and to schools visiting the site.  CEAC also holds a number of annual events with an educational focus, including its Summer School and its Kids Arts Festival.

The Arts Education Manager leads a small team, and manages contracts with artists who tutor the centre’s programmes.  The successful applicant will have a background teaching within the arts, proven management skills, including staff and budget management, and knowledge of the broader arts environment.   Proven experience in successful event  management is also a distinct advantage. This role requires someone who is a highly effective listener and communicator, able to build and sustain relationships with diverse individuals and organisations.


32 hours per week

Reports to Director, Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC)

Purpose of Position:  To develop, lead and manage all aspects of CEAC’s arts education programme, including art workshops and schools programme and education focused annual events.



1. Lead and manage Art Classes and Workshops Programme:

1.1 Lead and manage art classes and workshops programme for adults, youth and children based on data, research, and sound judgment.

KPI: Classes are popular, well attended, and few classes are cancelled.


1.2 Liaise closely with Art Class Administrator regarding class descriptions, enrolments and tutor contracts.

KPI: The administrator has the information to implement the classes and an efficient system is in place to ensure the classes are well administered.


1.3 Liaise closely with Marketing Manager to develop effective marketing and communication strategies.

KPI: Clear reasoned marketing strategies attract interest and enrolments in classes.


1.4 Build and maintain relationships with a wide range of artists suitable as tutors.

KPI:  A wide pool of quality artist tutors want to work at CEAC. 


1.5 Be aware of arts education opportunities offered by comparative organisations (such as Studio One, Te Uru, Uxbridge, The Lakehouse) and how CEAC’s programme differentiates itself and complements opportunities available.  Ideally network with other providers.

KPI:  Knowledgeable about what other similar providers offer and positive relationships built with the arts education sector.


2. Lead and Manage Arts Education for Schools Programme

2.1 Provide leadership to ensure the programme is of a high quality, aligns with the NZ curriculum and provides support to classroom learning.

KPI: Courses receive 85% positive feedback and meet Auckland Council targets and expectations of the WACDT Board.


2.2 Maintain overview of the quality of delivery, keep Director informed and signal possible issues that may hinder attendance, quality of delivery.

KPI: Issues hampering quality, attendance or delivery are addressed at the earliest opportunity, through observation and checking schools’ feedback.


2.3 Support Education team to build productive relationships with schools, artists, and partner arts organisations (e.g. Pacifica Centre) to deliver the programme.

KPI: Education team is supported to build effective relationships with schools, artist tutors and partner arts organizations.


2.4 Maintain overview of information, marketing and communications material sent to schools to engage teachers.  Ensure curriculum objectives are being addressed and writing style is appropriate.

KPI: Communications with schools are professional, clear, inspiring, easily understood, grammatically correct and underpinned by NZ curriculum objectives.


2.5 Source and secure funding support and partnership opportunities for the programme.


Increase Low Decile access to the Arts Education for Schools programme.


3. Manage Alt Arts Programme

3.1 Provide leadership to ensure the programme is of a high quality, aligns with the AE programmes’ objectives, and deliver positive outcomes for participants.

KPI: 85% positive feedback from AE providers and West Auckland Alternative Education Consortium. Meets funders’ requirements and expectations of the WACDT Board.


3.2 Monitor the programme to ensure it delivers quality outcomes.

KPI: Issues hampering quality, attendance or delivery are addressed at the earliest opportunity, with the AE providers and WAAEC.


3.3 Manage the programme budget and secure funding annually for the Alt Arts programme to continue.

KPI: Sufficient funding secured, operates within budget available and accountability reports to funders completed on time as per funding contracts.


4. Lead or contribute to events.

4.1 Annual Summer School:  With other CEAC staff, coordinate the delivery of Summer School programme and courses (as per classes and workshops role above).

KPI: The summer School attracts wide interest, healthy enrolments; there is a minimum of course cancellation and the event receives 95% positive feedback.


4.2 Kids Arts Festival:  Lead, manage and coordinate this event working with CEAC team and external support as necessary.  Contribute to the securing of funding for this event.

KPI: The event reaches its target attendance (3,000 – 4,000 people including adults), is well run and receives 95% positive feedback.


4.3 Other CEAC events:  Lead or contribute to other CEAC events, such as the annual Open Arts Day, Vibe Youth Festival, and other education focused events as agreed.

KPI: The events achieve their goals, events receive 95% positive feedback and the agreed Arts Education Manager contributions, are achieved.


5. Maintain management overview:

5.1 Support teamwork in Education Team that is collaborative and recognizes individual strengths, encourages high performance and supports the positive wellbeing of its team members.

KPI: The team environment is positive, team members work well together, achieve quality results and stress is minimised.


5.2 Maintain budget overview of arts education programmes.

KPI: Expenditure does not exceed income unless by prior agreement with the CEAC Director.


5.3: Secure funding for programmes and events as necessary.

KPI: Sufficient funding is secured to enable objectives to be met.


5.4 Build mutually beneficial partnerships with other organisations to support and enhance CEAC’seducation programmes (e.g. MOTAT partnership.)

KPI: Mutually advantageous educational partnerships are built and sustained, any misunderstandings are addressed in a timely manner, and positive feedback is received from partners and participants.


5.5 Maintain links with CEAC staff in different programme areas (exhibitions, events, youth arts, venue hire etc) to ensure education programmes capitalise on and complement  other CEAC programme areas. 

KPI: Healthy relationships are maintained with other CEAC staff and departments, reflecting positively on CEAC as ‘one organisation’.


Key Relationships:

  • Director
  • Education team members
  • CEAC staff team
  • Tenants, tutors and volunteers
  • Schools and other arts education providers
  • Key partner organisations (eg. MOTAT)
  • Wider arts community


Key Competencies:

  • A teaching qualification and/or proven teaching experience is essential.
  • Experience in the arts and familiarity with the arts sector and networks.
  • Proven leadership and the ability to represent CEAC’s education programme.
  • Experience with managing staff.
  • Proven ability to build and sustain effective professional relationships with widely diverse individuals, groups and organisations.
  • Good listening, and a high level of oral and written communication skills.
  • Team oriented and the ability to facilitate the best from a high functioning team.
  • Highly motivated, professional and able to take initiative.
  • Well organised, an effective planner who achieves positive results with minimum stress.
  • A capable problem solver.
  • Experience at budget management.
  • Ability to offer and receive constructive feedback that is useful and productive.
  • A level of computer literacy and familiarity with Word, Excel and Outlook programmes.
How to apply

If you have the background and skills we are seeking and want to work with a creative team in a stimulating and varied arts environment, please make an application by 9am on 1 October 2018. Call (09)838 4455 ext.200 or email info@ceac.org.nz  for further information.

To be considered for this position, applications must include a current CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match the requirements of the position.  Applications to info@ceac.org.nz

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Corban Estate Arts Centre

10 Sep 2018

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