Education Director
Healing Arts Initiative (HAI) - Long Island City, NY

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Healing Arts Initiative (formerly Hospital Audiences, Inc), is seeking a passionate and creative leader to serve as Director of Education. A 45 year old arts and education non-profit, HAI provides a variety of arts services to schools and youth organizations and looks to bring-on a Director with arts or education background and a strong management and finance background.

Organization Background:

Formed in 1968, HAI is a multifaceted arts agency dedicated to enriching the lives of culturally underserved New Yorkers through engagement with art. Nationally recognized for its pioneering work in arts education and healthcare, HAI programs touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year. HAI has a long history of working with disengaged youth from urban public schools and currently operates a handful of after-school programs, in-school performance and workshop programs and artist residencies.

Located in Long Island City, Queens, HAI has a full-time staff of 20 and part-time staff of 12. We work with hundreds of performing artists and teaching artists all across New York to provide on-site art classes, workshops, and trainings in our office/gallery/studio, but most of our services are provided off-site in schools, mental health facilities, hospitals, hospice centers, and after-school programs.

For more than four decades, HAI has been primarily supported through government contracts and foundations. However, in an attempt to lessen HAI's dependence on government funding, to expand its reach, and to develop ways of sustaining services through new revenue streams, the agency has begun to advance various cultural fee-for-service programs that are gaining steam.


HAI is seeking a Director of Education to oversee its portfolio of government-funded youth development and cultural access programs and to lead an ambitious fundraising campaign to expand and diversify department funding.

While the Director of Education will be fully responsible for managing HAI's existing programs, the most important requirement of the position is to modify and expand service offerings to meet the evolving needs of education clients and to thereby position the agency to expand either its private funder contributions and/or its earned income. HAI is aggressively pursuing a long-term plan to diversify funding by selling arts programs to a widening pool of public and private youth service organizations. An appetite for creative and entrepreneurial methods of building business partnerships is therefore essential for success in this position.

HAI operates a number of arts-based after-school programs in public schools and community centers. The agency also sponsors a number of in-school participatory arts workshops throughout the City which promote arts education and cultural access. . HAI programs are funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Applicants should have some experience working with these agencies and have competence in overseeing budgeting, contract compliance, reporting and project management.


-Identifying, approaching and engaging new private foundation and corporate donors to help fund department programs;
-Selling arts-related services to new and existing clients, including public and private schools, after-school providers, community centers, clubs and supportive day and residential programs for special needs youth;
-Overseeing all contracts, especially government ones, spanning proposal submission to contract negotiation and execution, budgeting, outcomes measurement and reporting, compliance and quality control;
-Recruiting and supervising staff and teaching artists and recruiting new talent to satisfy staff and artist needs;
-Support the senior team, including the Director of Marketing, Director of Access, the CFO and the Executive Director, by offering constructive feedback, brainstorming new programs and services while enforcing agency-wide policies, procedures and compliance requirements


-Minimum of 10 years experience working in the education sector with some working knowledge of arts programming as both an instructional medium and as a tool for achieving academic and life skills learning.
-Candidates must have had full responsibility for development and fundraising, contract compliance, grants management, staff supervision, and outcomes tracking and reporting. Strong practical experience with forecasting, budgeting and financial reporting is also required.
-A proven track-record of program development, execution and sales/marketing where the applicant has had revenue responsibility is a "must".
-Established relationships with private foundations and corporate philanthropies are a plus.

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