Education Director

Resume posted by JPolillo in Education.
Desired salary: $50,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract
Location: Delaware United States


My mission is to share my enthusiasm and conviction for the arts in innovative and collaborative ways. I believe that the arts are fundamental to the holistic individual and society. The arts can be a powerful vehicle to uplift, unite, create change, and heal. I relish in any opportunity to ignite the creative spark, and help people to recognize and utilize the motivating and restorative power of the arts. Professionally, through my dedication to Transformational pedagogies, I aim to engage all of my students with their various learning styles through creating dynamic experiences for active learning to develop transferable 21st Century knowledge and skills.


2002-2007       BFA, University of Pennsylvania

1997-2001       Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1995-1997       University of the Arts



Director of Education, The Delaware Contemporary (DCCA), Wilmington, DE  2015-2018

  • Develop and manage annual Education Department budget and cash flow, daily maintenance of more than a dozen individual program budgets, including all necessary purchasing/receiving, and tracking of expenses for grant reports
  • Design and maintain over 20 programs per year for ages Three – Adults including a Community-based Artist in Residence, Family Programs, Classes and Workshops, Make & Mingle Series, Lecture Series, Professional Development for Artists, Annual Educator Forum, Innovative registration and grant-based Summer Camps, Afterschool High School Arts Clubs, Curriculum-Aligned Arts-Integrated Outreach Programs for title-one K-12 schools, and the Volunteer Museum Tour Guide Program
  • Hire and Supervise a staff of approximately 30 including an Associate, a Clay Workshop Supervisor, roster of teaching artists, guides, interns, and volunteers
  • Assist Development Department in writing and reporting for national, state, corporate, and foundation grants
  • Manage all daily departmental responsibilities including but not limited to program on and off-site scheduling, teaching artist support and lesson plan review, photo/video documentation, registration, evaluations, ordering and receiving, and mailing lists.
  • Collaborate with all department heads to develop cohesive and dynamic programs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners
  • Lead the Education Committee

Teaching Artist, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE  2010-2015

  • Lead teacher for Summer Camp 2011-2014
  • Lead teacher for Creative Arts Club 2013-2016                                       
  • Contemporary Connections Program Resident Artist 2010-2015
  • Assistant to the lead teacher for Summer Camp 2010                              
  • Teacher for Family Programming                                                                      
  • Development of lesson plans utilizing a wide variety of media
  • Leading instruction for full-day camps comprised of up to 24 children of various ages and abilities
  • Purchasing supplies and maintaining accurate inventory
  • Instructed inter-curricular art/science project based lessons through the Contemporary Connections Program
  • Supervising and instructing assistants and volunteers
  • Maintaining a well-managed classroom
  • Installing and showcasing student work for exhibit

Teaching Artist, Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE                                     2010-2015

  • Lead teacher for Camp Imagine 2012
  • Teacher for Youth and Adult Classes
  • The development of a variety of programs and implementation of hands-on instruction
  • Instructing students of various ages and abilities
  • Responsible for maintaining a budget purchasing and accurately tracking inventory
  • Managing and maintaining the classroom structure

Adjunct Professor, Cecil County Community College, Elkton, MD               2010-2015

  • The development of syllabi and lesson plans
  • Purchase supplies and budget and inventory maintenance
  • Increased student registration from minimum to maximum capacity
  • Instruction of Life Long Learning courses at the college level including:   
  • Basic Drawing, Intro to Watercolor – Still life, Exploratory Art, Basic Acrylics

Artist in Residence, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA         2012, 2013

  • Delphi Art Futures A.I.R Program
  • Developing collaborative art projects to be created by high school students
  • Planning lessons in conjunction with the classroom art teacher that are consistent with curriculum goals
  • Participation in a Juried Student art Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Preparing Materials list, and Ordering and Budgeting for Supplies


Instructor, Montgomery County Youth Center, Norristown, PA           2002-2005

  • Instructed classes of up to 12 juvenile offenders in a maximum security facility while maintaining a secured and safe environment
  • Recorded an accurate count of supply inventory for security purposes
  • Contributed to each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) as well as coordinated with case workers and other instructors
  • Originated engaging lesson plans with an emphasis on self-expression and the use of art as a therapeutic tool.
  • Introduced a wide variety of media with an emphasis on Art History


  • Artist in Residence, Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino, SI, Italy                   2016, 2017
  • Teaching Artist, Ursuline Academy Summer Camp, Wilm., DE               2014,2015
  • Teaching Artist, Pegasus Artworks of the Boys and Girls Club of DE   2010-2012
  • Teaching Artist, Cape May Community Arts Center, Cape May, NJ     2006-2007
  • Co-Owner, The Gleaner’s Café Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                       2003-2006
  • Exhibition Coordinator and Installer, Taco House, Phila.,PA                  1997-2002
  • Instructor, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts                                 2001-2002 Museum Education Department, Phila., PA
  • Internship with Artist, Osvaldo Romberg, Phila., PA                                2001-2002
  • Glassblowing Instructor, University of the Arts                                          1997-1998 Continuing Education Department, Phila., PA