The NAEA Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Special Initiatives works closely with the Executive Director and NAEA leadership team to spearhead the association’s equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) efforts as well as special initiatives, including but not limited to policy and advocacy work streams. This position will lead ED&I programming and work directly with the NAEA ED&I Commission on related strategy, education, and professional development. The position also leads the association’s advocacy, policy, and related fundraising/grant initiatives aligned with the NAEA 2021-2025 Strategic Vision.
Provide overall leadership and guidance on the development and implementation of ED&I strategies and work streams.
Steward the implementation of the recommendations of the Taskforce for ED&I as well as ED&I goals and objectives within the Strategic Vision.
In partnership with the Executive Director, set the annual agenda for ED&I initiatives.
Serve as the staff liaison to oversee, support, and facilitate the work of the ED&I Commission, Research Commission, and related programs.
Provide leadership, guidance, and support to state leaders in their ED&I efforts.
Represent NAEA at local, regional, and national arts, cultural, and arts education policy and advocacy related convenings and conversations.
Provide regular ongoing updates related to ED&I, policy, and advocacy efforts to leadership and membership.
Monitoring legislation: drafting periodic updates on federal legislation pertinent to visual arts education for NAEA website and Board of Directors
Manage related budgets, staff, consultants, and/or partnerships.
Maintain knowledge on current and emerging developments/trends for assigned area(s) of responsibility.
Serve as a change agent, consultant, thought-leader, influencer, and diversity and inclusion related issues that impact the visual arts education community.
Facilitate opportunities for volunteer leader and staff training, collaborate with Executive Director to enhance recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention of diverse staff and volunteer leaders.
Collaborate with the communications team to create communications that increase diversity and inclusion awareness within the visual arts education field.
Identify, develop & foster relationships with relevant external organizations, thought leaders, partners & vendors.
Develop tracking strategies to monitor and evaluate the impact and ROI of initiatives; develop reports on program effectiveness and make recommendations for program enhancement and improvement.
Lead strategic, innovative initiatives that institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of organization operations.
Graduate level or equivalent experience.
Minimum 5 years association, nonprofit, arts, and/or education experience, including several years in supervisory and/or leadership role/s working with volunteer leaders.
Demonstrated leadership in equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
Experience leading policy, advocacy, and educational initiatives at a sizeable or national scale.
Proven program/project/resource development and management.
Bridge builder, able to work across communities and sectors for partnerships and collaborations (internal and external).
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills.
Knowledge and general understanding of the field of education and/or arts education, as well as non-profit associations.
Expert in diversity and inclusion knowledge, terminology, and practices.
Develops and implements actions to improve and sustain teammates’ commitment and contributes to setting the tone for the organization’s culture.
Committed to continuous improvement: identifies and implements actions to improve existing processes, practices, and behaviors to achieve organizational objectives.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Art Education Association
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is a nonprofit, 501c3 membership organization and is the leading professional organization exclusive to visual arts educators. NAEA's mission is to advance visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as well as more than 59,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.NAEA's Vision Statement: Students of all ages benefit from comprehensive, balanced, and sequential learning in the visual arts, led and taught by qualified teachers who are certified in art education. Art educators meet ethical and rigorous standards of excellence in preservice preparation, ongoing professional development, pedagogy, and inquiry in the field. School-based visual arts instruction surpasses national, state, and local standards and is enhanced through access to art museums and other community resources. The power of the visual arts to enrich human experience and society is recognized and celebrated throughout the world.