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Director of Education – Job Description


Director of Education – Job Description

Director of Education – Job Description

LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional visual arts experiences for our diverse community. We are growth-oriented and passionate about what we do.

The Director of Programs works cooperatively with a small, dedicated team of arts professionals and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Director of Programs is responsible for all aspects of the educational activities of LUX Center for the Arts.

They supervise and direct the work of a team comprised of a full-time Education and Gallery Assistant, Artists-in-Residence, art teachers, student interns, and event volunteers to ensure all programs run smoothly and the goals of the organization are met. Challenges to be met are strategic planning, meeting annual budget requirements, and assuring that education programs exceed our customer’s expectations.

This position is a fulltime (40+ hours per week), exempt position. The work week is Tuesday-Saturday in fall, winter, and spring. Due to camp programming in summer the schedule for this position switches to Monday-Friday in summer. Occasional evenings and weekends are required. Some flexibility is negotiable.

Principal Duties

  • 70% Plan, organize, and evaluate all educational programming including youth and adult classes and workshops, private lessons, and the outreach programs.
    • 25% Adult Classes
    • 25% Youth Classes & Camps
    • 20% Outreach
  • 20% Plan, organize, and evaluate all community events including Summerfest, Winterfest, Día de los Muertos, and other one-time events such as Mayfest and Street Art Family Festival.
  • 10% Recruit, select, and manage the Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship programs.

Job Requirements
The successful candidate is highly organized, a problem solver, and is self-directed. The ideal candidate has:

  • has a four-year degree in art education, fine arts or a related field, or equivalent experience;
  • has management experience and/or supervisory experience;
  • has teaching or education related experience;
  • is consumer-focused and an entrepreneurial thinker;
  • communicates well orally and in writing;
  • is computer literate;
  • adept at Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Illustrator, and InDesign helpful;
  • is familiar with ceramics, fibers, jewelry fabrication, printing, glass, painting, drawing, printmaking processes and equipment, or possesses the enthusiasm and willingness to learn them;
  • has a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, and evaluate all educational programming including youth and adult classes and workshops, private lessons, continuing education classes for K-12 teachers, and the outreach program.
  • Hire, train, manage, and schedule art instructors for education programs; collect information needed for background checks and prepare contracts.
  • Establish and maintain communications with community groups to form partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Assist the Executive Director by providing statistical information for grant proposals and reports.
  • Coordinate teachers for Doane College classes held at the LUX.
  • In partnership with the Programs Coordinator, Ceramics Center Manager, and instructors, ensure art supplies are prepared for upcoming programs and purchase equipment, materials, and supplies for education programs per budget and as needed.
  • In partnership with the Programs Coordinator, maintain records of class, outreach, and event attendance.
  • In partnership with the Programs Coordinator, manage the Art Scholar merit-based scholarship program.
  • In partnership with the Programs Coordinator, recruit, train, and schedule student interns.
  • Assist the Gallery Director with annual art auction event operations.

​Artist-in-Residence Program

  • Advertise Artist-in-Residence program.
  • With the Executive Director, recruit and choose candidates for the Artist-in-Residence Program.
  • Manage Artist-in-Residence program.
  • Assign teaching responsibilities to Artists-in-Residence.
  • Assign studio maintenance responsibilities to Artists-in-Residence per their contracts.

Marketing Responsibilities

  • Create detailed class schedules/descriptions of program for publication four times per year.
  • Work with Community Involvement Manager to prepare advertising for classes.
  • Write articles for newsletters and collect student success stories.
  • Provide detailed schedules and descriptions of programs for Communications Director to promote via social media and mailings; and for Program & Gallery Assistant to upload to website.
  • Coordinate with Southeast Community College Continuing Education program to advertise most ongoing adult classes.

Committee and Community Responsibilities

  • Serve on the board’s Education Committee and other committees as assigned.
  • Collaborate with other community organizations and businesses as appropriate or as directed.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $40,000 to $42,000 depending on experience
  • $200/month stipend to pay for your own insurance
  • Company match (3%) in Simple IRA plan after conditions are met
  • Two-weeks paid vacation accrued during the first year; increases over time
  • Paid sick/family leave accrued;
  • Nine paid holidays
  • Discounts on classes for partners/dependents


  • The LUX prioritizes the inclusion of traditionally marginalized people in the leadership and staffing of the LUX.
  • LUX engages regularly in conversations about how prejudices manifests in our policies, practices, relationships, exhibitions, programs, and culture ​and works to alleviate any harm caused by prejudice and bigotry and create an atmosphere that prevents harm from being done in the first place.
  • LUX does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, financial status, or marital status in its programs, activities, and employment.

To apply for this job:
Make sure you meet all of the job requirements, and then:
1.     Compose a cover letter indicating why you are the right candidate for this job.  Include your ideas for the education programs.
2.     List in your letter your desired salary.
3.     Extra consideration will be given to those who research our organization.  
4.     Send a current resume.
5.     Send a list of three professional references with contact information.

Send packet to: with Director of Education search in the subject line
or mail to:

LUX Center for the Arts
Attn: Director of Education search
2601 N. 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68504

NOTE!  Interviews will commence as qualified candidates apply.  There is no deadline, so if you are interested, send in a packet immediately.   


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