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Deadline: June 27, 2021

Manager of Adult Engagement

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Facilities Manager

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The Eliot School staff and board have made explicit commitments to three strategic imperatives: racial equity, artistic excellence, and financial sustainability. All positions support these aims.

More than half of our students are young people of color in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Our staff and board that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are actively taking a thought-leadership role to interrogate racial inequity driven by foundational, structural, and historical issues in the fields of craft and art education. As part of this, we co-lead the national Racial Equity in Craft Peer Learning Group. We believe that imagination and art-making can support questioning, engagement, and recognition of one’s power to shape one’s world. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we remain committed to our mission – the mandate to serve all.


Manager of Adult Engagement (full-time)

We seek a highly motivated, collaborative, and well-rounded individual who will develop and manage programmatic engagement with adults in Boston and beyond, in support of our mission, vision, and strategic goals.

As we emerge from the pandemic, this person will rebuild tuition-based classes and events for adults, resuming programming in-person and building new programming online. They will also research and develop partnerships for adult engagement in/from community settings over a multi-year period. In the process, we aim to improve things we have missed and develop new approaches to more fully align with our mission, vision, values, and strategic direction.

This position combines creativity, relationship-building, and strong organizational skills: strategy, logistics, curating classes and events, scheduling, record-keeping. It involves research and development of new forms of community-based adult engagement. This is a new position, combining part of a previous position responsible for both youth and adult in-person classes with new threads online and in community settings. (Youth engagement is now managed by a separate but related team.)

The person in this position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Registrar team, the Facilities team, and the Program Council (containing members of the Board and Advisory Council). They supervise other staff, freelancers, and volunteers as needed. The job involves close communication and synergy with a Core Leadership team including Executive Director, Director of Development & Communications, and with the Manager of Youth Programs.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work collaboratively with staff and leadership to shape ongoing program strategy.
  • Manage adult programs, including all classes, events, partnerships, and other forms of engagement, including:
  • Plan, schedule, and manage logistics that allow all adult programs to run smoothly.
  • Curate programming & engagement in support of strategic objectives.
  • Develop and sustain positive, effective relationships with teachers/artists/artisans.
  • Supervise staff, teachers, aides, and volunteers involved in adult engagement/ programming.
  • Develop and sustain positive, effective relationships with partners in support of engagement throughout Boston.
  • Collaborate with the Development & Communications team to assess market forces and opportunities, and to support promotion for adult programs and engagement.
  • Work with Core Leadership and Development & Communications team to assess and advance program-related funding opportunities.
  • Deploy effective evaluation tools for adult programming. Monitor and assess registration and participant data and program feedback/evaluations. Track and share issues and trends with the Core Leadership group and the Program Council.
  • Participate in school staff meetings, school-wide events, with occasional attendance at board and other organizational meetings.
  • Serve as a positive ambassador for the Eliot School, and uphold the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

We hope for a combination of the following. Candidates need not fulfill every item, but we will weigh all these factors in our hiring decision.

Experience

  • Exemplary track record with at least 5 years’ experience managing nonprofit arts and/or community engagement, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience as an inclusive leader who has managed high performing, diverse teams, including remote employees.
  • Demonstrated ability building thoughtful relationships with communities as a basis for engagement.
  • Knowledge of, and experience researching and building relationships with practicing artists/artisans/educators.
  • Demonstrated experience navigating racial equity transformation in organizations or community efforts. Experience building programs guided by commitment to racial equity.
  • Experience supporting organizations’ financial sustainability by meeting goals for earned and contributed revenue related to programs and engagement.
Attributes
  • Flexibility and experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while exercising effective judgment in challenging situations and remaining calm under pressure.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence, humility, cultural competence, feedback skills, and the ability to sustain trusted relationships with a wide array of people.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • The highest ethical standards and discretion.
  • Strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.

Additional Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent skills in project management.
  • Accurate, detail-oriented, able to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Comfortable with technology, able to adapt to new software and systems.
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem solving are welcome.
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Mandarin, etc.

The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with experience, $58–68,000 full-time. Health insurance (partial); employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave. This full-time position offers the option to construct a flexible schedule and hybrid in-person/WFH. It requires some evening and weekend hours depending on programs.

TO APPLY:

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Executive Director: with “Adult Program Manager application” in the subject line. We hope for a July start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as June 27, 2021. Please no phone calls.

 


Facilities Manager (part-time to full-time if combined with teaching)

We seek a highly motivated, collaborative, and well-rounded individual who will develop and manage the Eliot School’s facilities, tools, and equipment, in support of our mission, vision, and strategic goals.

The Facilities Coordinator manages and stewards the Eliot School’s physical plant. They oversee maintenance and improvements to the Eliot School’s facilities, grounds, tools and equipment, streamline and manage the physical functioning of the school. They support programming by managing prep and production of materials, supervising materials storage, understanding faculty and student needs. They promote and sustain a culture of ‘radical welcoming’ throughout the school and its functions, supporting an environment that is welcoming to all.

This position combines creativity, relationship-building, and strong organizational skills, and ability to juggle various facilities and programming needs. It involves clear communication with program and other personnel.

The person in this position reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Shop Assistant, Custodian and other part-time workers, contractors including yard workers, repair people, trades people, and people working and volunteering on construction and improvement projects. Along with the Executive Director, they communicate closely with the Board’s Facilities Council and occasional ad hoc councils or committees.

This job offers a flexible schedule, with some evening and weekend hours depending on classes and events, and some ability to respond to (rare) emergencies as needed. Tasks may fluctuate by season. If combined with teaching, the job can average as much as 32 hours/week. Without teaching, it averages approximately 16–20 hours/week. This balance can be negotiated during the hiring process.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Keep the Eliot School’s facilities and grounds, wood shop, classrooms, tools, and equipment safe, clean, tidy, accessible, and in good working order for classes, programs, and daily use. When needed, arrange for outside contractors, take bids, and supervise their work. Communicate with teachers and staff re: facilities, machine maintenance, supplies, and other classroom needs.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and leadership to shape ongoing facilities strategy.
  • Propose and manage annual budgets and maintain cost information within the scope of this responsibility. Consult with Executive Director on problems that exceed the budget or call for consultation, and, if necessary, with relevant committees of the Board.
  • Maintain an updated roster of vendors, contractors, repair and maintenance people.
  • Develop and sustain positive, effective relationships with staff, faculty, students, vendors, and others.
  • Present opinions about solutions to programmatic needs that interact with the school’s physical plans. Communicate closely with the Executive Director and relevant Board committees to determine larger/longer scale plans.
  • Collaborate with staff in reviewing and adjusting woodworking curriculum and classes.
  • Keep track of inventory of tools and supplies. Order as needed. Supervise deliveries, storage and distribution to teachers. Keep tools and supplies accessible and secure, organized and labeled for ease of use.
  • Coordinate preparation of lumber, tools, and related materials for programs as needed.
  • Manage storage areas and propose solutions to storage issues.
  • Keep grounds neat, safe, tidy, and well cared for. Keep all walkways and sidewalks safe for pedestrians. Supervise and manage snow clearance, lawn and tree care.
  • Manage trash and recycling pick-up and storage.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

We hope for a combination of the following. Candidates need not fulfill every item, but we will weigh all these factors in our hiring decision.

Experience

  • Exemplary track record with at least 3 years’ experience managing wood shop and physical facilities. Working knowledge of woodworking machines and tools, building infrastructure and systems.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in project management.
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology, and ability to adapt to new software and systems.
  • Demonstrated experience navigating racial equity transformation in organizations or community efforts. Experience supporting programs guided by commitment to racial equity.

Attributes

  • Flexibility and experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while exercising effective judgment in challenging situations and remaining calm under pressure.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence, humility, cultural competence, feedback skills, and the ability to sustain trusted relationships with a wide array of people.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide variety of people.
  • The highest ethical standards and discretion.
  • Strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Mandarin, etc.

The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with experience, $50–60,000 if full-time. Health insurance (partial) if 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave. This position offers the option to construct a flexible schedule. It may require some evening and weekend hours depending on (optional/negotiable) teaching schedule.

TO APPLY:

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Director: with “Facilities Coordinator application” in the subject line. We hope for a July start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as June 27, 2021. Please no phone calls.