The Arts Learning Specialist is responsible for a variety of administrative tasks related to the Mesa Arts Center’s (MAC) education and engagement programs. Responsibilities range from project coordination, program evaluation / data mapping, event production, and grant management that support our Performing Live for Students program, in school & out of school time residencies, youth arts festivals, summers art intensives and community events. In addition, this position will work within our engagement framework to continue to build, maintain, and strengthen our engagement partnerships in Mesa and the broader community.

This position will work with the Engagement manager to hire, train, supervise, and evaluate temporary contracted staff. In addition this position will work in partnership with the broader engagement departments (Studios & Event Management) to train/supervise volunteers; manages the planning, delivery, and evaluation of arts engagement programming in collaboration with outside agencies such as Mesa Public Schools (MPS) and other community partners; develops, manages, and meets program expenditure and revenue goals; works closely with the Engagement Manager to appropriately publicize the program; plans and presents educational activities at MAC festivals and community events; and organizes and coordinates matinee audiences as part of the National Geographic Live! series.  Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent judgment.

Distinguishing Features: This class is distinguished from the Program Assistant class by the more advanced technical and complex nature of the work performed; independent discretion in regard to a program, process, or technical functional area; and supervisory responsibilities (by assignment). Minimal supervision is received from an administrative or professional staff person, unit director, or department manager. Employees in this class may be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays for special events (by assignment). This class is FLSA nonexempt.

This is a position of the City of Mesa, all application should look to apply for this position under the Senior Program Assistant opening on the City of Mesa Jobs page.

In addition: another opening in arts and culture is anticipated soon, acting as a Volunteer and HR Liaison, people interested in that position will want to apply now to be on the list for consideration.

Specific Skill Sets:
Arts Integration
Knowledge of Arizona State Standards, National Arts Standards
Knowledge of student assessment and program evaluation
Research techniques in arts integration
Arts Disciplines (performance, visual, writing)
Knowledge of Literacy Threads as applied in K-12 learning settings
Software applications – Word, spreadsheet, data management systems, Survey Monkey, MailChimp, website management software, marketing tools, etc.

Ability to:
Compile large sets of data for grant/board/student impact reporting
maintain complex databases of student assessment/program evaluation
interpret and make decisions independently without specific instruction
communicate effectively to a variety of program stakeholders, verbally and in writing.
represent Mesa Arts Center to public and private partners and participants in programs.


  • Key contact in the development of significant public contacts engaging partnerships with but not limited to: School Districts (Curriculum Directors, Superintendents), Schools (Principals, Assistant Principals, Educators, Teacher Aides, Parents, Students K-12th grade) Out of School Time Organizations (Coordinators, Government Officials, K-12th grade) Teaching Artists (specific arts integration specialists)
  • Independent decision-making in the selection of partners to deliver programming within the allotted budget.
  • Sets up meetings with various partners, outside agencies and city employees.
  • Actively pursues interdepartmental partnerships (libraries, neighborhood services, arts culture).


  • Administration, oversight, implementation of Project Lit program including review of all curriculum, training of program staff in explanation/interpretation of arts integration in literacy through the arts, creation/implementation/analysis of evaluation and assessment of student learning.
  • Possess specific technical knowledge of Arizona State Standards, specifically aligned to arts integration practices in literacy development (reading, writing, speaking & 21st Century Learning Skills & cultural, social and emotional literacy standards) and how they apply to successful long term arts integration programs.
  • Supervision of teaching artist and program staff, including contracting, payment and management of project lit budget.
  • Trains staff and teaching artists of Project Lit program in implementation/delivery/review of programming.


  • Liaison between inter-departmental programs to provide integration of key programming in Performing Live Spoken Word programming and connections to literacy integration, including but not limited to the creation of specific programming and artist bookings for Spoken Word performances and events (Word Play Café, Soul Justice Project, All City Slam – Youth Poetry Festival, Unity Day, Word UP programming, as examples).


  • Attends/presents/communicates/markets Project Lit program with the public, city employees, contractors, vendors, partners, intergovernmental agencies.
  • Prepares performance appraisals of Project Lit teaching artists.
  • Prepares manuals/procedures/policy for Project Lit programming/implementation/delivery


Organization/Company: Mesa Arts Center
Location: Mesa, AZ
Deadline: November 15, 2018
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