Director of Education and Public Programming

Company Name: 

San Diego Art Institute


1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Jacqueline A. Silverman




Job Description: 

The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is seeking an experienced and creative Director of Education & Public Programs to design, develop, and sustain programs for K-12 and college level students, teachers, artists, and other adults that will link San Diego Art Institute with regional education and community needs.


SDAI is a contemporary art center located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. We showcase work from the Southern California/Baja Norte region and, in so doing, stimulate new experiences by connecting audience with artist and contemporary art-of-the-moment. Current programs focus on rotating six exhibitions annually, an active artist-in-residence program, and a robust program of lectures, workshops, performances, and social events per year, as well as youth arts education and community outreach.



Main Duties & Responsibilities

Identifies, designs, and implements curricular connections between SDAI mission/exhibitions and regional education/ community needs. This includes public programs, workshops, lectures, and classes for youths and adults.


Develops and implements summer and school break camps for youth.


Develops exhibit-related programs to connect the institution’s diverse audiences to artists and artworks at SDAI and off-site. 


Curates workshops and classes for emerging artists and curators.


Recruits, trains, and supervises teaching artists to implement curriculum in Title I schools, community outreach programs, camps, and teen intensives.


Cultivates strategic partnerships with San Diego education, arts and culture, and social service organizations and institutions.


Develops, implements and manages a new docent program to support main exhibitions.


Identifies education grants and supports grant application writing and reporting.


Develops and implements evaluation metrics to measure, interpret, and analyze outcomes of programs.



  • Bachelor's degree with related work experience.
  • A minimum of three years’ arts education programming experience, including supervising teaching artists and interns.
  • Knowledge of the regional contemporary arts and education environment with direct involvement in curriculum creation.
  • Excellent project management skills, including meticulous attention to detail and ability to keep to tight deadlines while covering a wide-range of activities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively in written and verbal format, and to build and maintain relationships.
  • Excellent computer and social media skills, including proficiency in Mac platforms, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Excel, Google apps, FaceBook and Instagram.
  • A collaborative and innovative approach.
  • Passion, drive, commitment and integrity.
  • An interest in and commitment to the mission of SDAI.



Reports to the Executive Director. Works in coordination with all SDAI department directors and managers. Supervises teaching artists, program speakers and presenters, and docents.



This is a full time non-exempt position requiring weekday as well as occasional weekend and evening attendance. Salary is $37,000 to $45,000/year, depending on experience. SDAI offers a full benefits package including PTO and medical insurance.



The San Diego Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee is expected to perform. Opportunities for advancement are provided after fulfillment of three-month probationary period.



Submit resume and a cover letter addressing how you meet the above qualifications via e-mail to by midnight PST, December 22, 2017 and include the position title in the subject line. Please note we will contact you only if we would like to schedule an interview. No phone calls please. Thank you for your interest.