Implementation Manager, Turnaround Arts

Washington DC
Jul 30, 2018
Sep 12, 2018
Full Time

The Kennedy Center is searching for an exceptional individual to provide support to the Turnaround Arts program as an Implementation Manager.

The Turnaround Arts program uses arts education as a tool in school reform for the nation's most underserved public schools, grades PK-8. Through ambitious and strategic arts investments - aimed at impacting every hallway, every classroom, every staff member, and every student in the school - Turnaround Arts fuels whole-school transformation. The program provides tangible arts education resources to each local program partner and school, including arts supplies, musical instruments, school musicals, teacher trainings, and more. Through our framework for school improvement, ongoing coaching, and a focus on the connections between broader school goals and strategic use of the arts, Turnaround Arts schools are making enormous gains after years of struggling.

The objective of the Implementation Manager is to:

  • Provide support to the national network of Turnaround Arts local programs through direct coaching, regular site visits, phone calls, and other technical assistance opportunities.
  • Cultivate a strong national network through strategic coordination of internal and external communication systems.
  • Manage an annual training for new local programs, and co-plan and develop other national trainings for local program teams, including the annual Summer Leadership Retreat.
  • Provide support for a national cohort of early childhood education teachers.
  • Manage regular communication and collaboration with related partners, including professional development strategy and special projects.

This position reports directly to the Implementation Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

30% Ongoing Direct Support of Turnaround Arts Local Programs

  • Guide and facilitate a group (between six and eight) of local programs through:
    • Direct coaching, including goal setting and progress monitoring, for local program directors and implementation coordinators, as appropriate
    • Conduct regular site visits
    • Facilitate regular support calls (monthly for local program directors and implementation coordinators) that include goal setting, problem-solving, sharing feedback, action planning, etc., as well as individual support calls as needed
    • Review and synthesize all deliverables from local programs including block fund applications, school profiles, pillars assessments, strategic arts plans, bi-annual reports, and more
  • Regular trend analysis with implementation team to inform coaching, targeted professional development, and responsive national tools and resources
  • Oversee application and approval process for all block funds
  • Streamline updates and resources for local programs into twice-monthly memos

30% Network Development

  • Facilitate regular working groups and paired consultancy calls with local program teams
  • Oversee the onboarding and training of new schools and local programs
  • Provide significant, ongoing support for the Summer Leadership Retreat including consultation on theme and goals, external presenter session management, session planning facilitation, as well as significant logistical support
  • Create content and lead the training of new local program staff at the New Site Training
  • Provide significant, ongoing support for the annual Local Program Training, including identifying local program needs, crafting the agenda, and developing, planning, and facilitating sessions

15% Oversee National Professional Development Support

  • Gather feedback on and refine national whole school strategy implementation model
  • Work directly with whole school strategy trainers, including model modification and ongoing implementation support
  • Source new eligible trainers for whole school strategies
  • Monitor trainer and school-based implementation of whole school strategies

15% Program Development and Refinement

  • Facilitate gathering of feedback from local programs through regular surveys, calls, etc., in order to refine and improve program elements
  • Oversee most school and local program-facing tools and processes, including but not limited to in-kind partner resources, as well as professional development models and resources
  • Provide significant support for national evaluation measures, including consultation on the Turnaround Arts logic model, national program evaluation, and other evaluation projects through consistent communication with Kennedy Center Research & Evaluation team and external evaluator
  • Offer consultation on Turnaround Arts toolkit development

10% Early Childhood Education Strategy

  • Provide ongoing early childhood education (ECE) teacher support, including site visits, professional development opportunities, networking and goal setting calls, etc.
  • Facilitate resource sharing amongst ECE teachers, including website content development, monthly memos, group calls, etc.


  1. Five years' experience working in schools as a teacher or administrator. Broad knowledge of educational pedagogy and arts integration is required.

  2. A graduate degree in the arts, education, or administration or equivalent experience is preferred.

  3. Experience coaching teachers and providing professional development is preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

  1. Strong interpersonal skills - Collaborative and friendly, contributes his or her strengths to projects

  2. Organized and resourceful - Problem solves independently, not easily overwhelmed with multiple tasks

  3. Able to prioritize and multi-task - Responds to a full docket with efficiency and expediency

  4. Responsive to feedback - Seeks feedback and applies immediately, takes suggestions with good intent

  5. Communicative - Able to communicate openly and freely with supervisors and colleagues, in-person and remote

  6. Independent - Able to solve problems alone and manage own projects and workload

  7. Writing and editing - Must have proficient writing and editing skills to compose and edit written documents and public correspondence; advanced writing skills including grammatical precision and business writing are preferred

  8. Excellent computer skills - Must be computer literate with typing speed of at least 50 word per minute; advanced Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook skills are preferred; advanced Excel and Google Drive skills are essential

  9. Knowledgeable and passionate - About the arts and their potential for learning and instruction, as well as early childhood development, reform approaches, and pedagogy

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

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