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1 Nov 2022


Director, School of the Arts

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library  San Diego, California, United States

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Job Description

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library seeks a Director, School of the Arts to oversee, manage, and help grow the studio art schools in La Jolla, Logan Heights, and online.
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music and arts library resources, studio art classes, and year-round exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and other public programs to San Diego communities.

This position offers an opportunity to join the organization at an exciting moment of growth under new leadership.

The mission of the School of the Arts of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is to provide fine arts education for all ages, to maintain a curriculum that provides a serious and sophisticated art experience, to maintain a faculty of superior quality, and to present a well rounded, all-inclusive art curriculum.


Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Maintain and manage all aspects of the studio art schools in La Jolla, Logan Heights, and online
  • Act as the public face of the art school, liaising with students, publics, faculty, and Athenaeum staff
  • Track, manage, and balance a programmatic budget
  • Organize, prepare, and publish a quarterly school newsletter, with input from faculty and staff
  • Work closely with Athenaeum staff to fill classes, coordinate member outreach, keep class offerings up to date on website, enroll students in classes, and generally oversee communications related to the School
  • Participate in outreach programs (eg, First Friday Art Walk in La Jolla, Barrio Art Crawl in Logan Heights)
  • Manage the School of the Arts Faculty, including recruiting a diverse workforce and overseeing HR processes including hiring, hours, payroll, and evaluations
  • Provide training and support for instructional technology for online courses
  • Maintain detailed records of enrollments, credits, refunds, and scholarships
  • Maintain two working art studios, including keeping all equipment and supplies functioning and in stock
  • Oversee an Administrative Associate
  • Broaden course offerings to include more options for working professionals, children, and families
  • Assist with School of the Arts faculty and student exhibitions
  • Partake in general Athenaeum activities



  • Strong background in studio art
  • Ability to craft a curriculum that fits diverse audience needs
  • Desire to engage with faculty, staff, Athenaeum members, and students of all skill levels
  • Strong people management skills
  • At least 2 years working in an administrative role
  • Willingness to experiment and think outside the box in how the School offers courses, communicates about them, and recruits students
  • Willingness to participate in a strategic plan process to shape how the School fits into the Athenaeum’s broader goals to grow audiences and serve as a community resource


Director, School of the Arts is a non-exempt, 25 hours per week position and reports to the Executive Director.
Pay range is $26-28/hour, commensurate with experience.
Benefits include a paid parking space in La Jolla, a family membership to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 2 weeks of paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, paid sick leave, and a $200/month health care stipend after 3 months.


Starting date: As soon as possible.


To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Christie Mitchell, Executive Director to


The Athenaeum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.


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Director, School of the Arts
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
 San Diego, California, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, library, management, non-profit, and school. States: California.

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