Director of Artistic Programs and Education

Self Help Graphics & Art

Los Angeles, CA

Director of Artistic Programs and Education 

Reports to Executive Director

Full time, Exempt                                    

Direct Reports: Supervises 2 to 3 individuals 

Benefits Included                                    



The Director of Creative Programs and Art Education oversees the full suite of Self Help Graphics & Art programming, including the Professional Printmaking Program, Exhibition Print Program, Artists in Residence, youth programming, public programming, exhibitions and all program-related partnerships. Working in collaboration with the staff and Artist Roundtable, the Director of Programs implements an artistic vision for the organization that supports Self Help Graphics’ renowned printmaking studio and our legacy of community-engaged practice with opportunities to connect with the broader contemporary art world. The Director envisions and implements an annual series of anchor programming as well as creates a schedule of public workshops and happenings. 





-       Create annual schedule of artists to be engaged in the Professional Printmaking Program, including a wide swath of artists at various points in their career, diverse geographic background and age. 

-       Work collaboratively with Artist Roundtable on annual schedule of regular workshops and art education programming. 

-       Revisit and re-envision Artist in Residence program structure to enable increased accessibility and reciprocal benefits for artistic community and SHG. 

-       Receive and review proposals from Artist Roundtable to be considered in annual programing and exhibition schedule. 

-       Manage contracts for the print studio, including master printers, assistants, apprentices and artists invited to print in the studio. Hire artists as appropriate depending on the needs of projects or partnerships.

-       Manage the training, preparation and expectations for teaching artists in the Barrio Mobile Art Studio program and in the general workshop artist cohort. Work closely with Program Manager to ensure artists and clients are properly supported. 

-       Manage and curate exhibition calendar, including annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition and partnership exhibitions. 

-       Oversee the Exhibition Print Program with support from Program Manager and create opportunities for SHG work to be exhibited and collected in national and international institutions. 

-       Support Program Manager’s oversight of art services, including t-shirt printing and other special projects outside of the Barrio Mobile Art Studio.

-       Develop and implement strategy for youth programs, including SOY Artista and other workshops in the annual schedule.


Community Partnerships

-       In partnership with Executive Director, liaise with the Building Healthy Communities - Boyle Heights collaborative, including work in the Health Happens in Neighborhoods workgroup and the Eastside LEADS collaborative and oversee any related programmatic work. 

-       Cultivate and create relationships with mission-aligned artistic and non-artistic organizations locally and regionally to best support SHG programming and encourage the leveraging of resources. 

-       Director of Programs is the creative external face of the organization and should leverage public opportunities to share about SHG’s work to national, regional and local audiences via conferences and public speaking opportunities. 



-       The Director of Programs creates and manages individual program budgets and works with Executive Director to monitor expenditures and maintain excellent fiduciary oversight. 

-       Work with Development Associate as needed on special commission projects to provide artistic oversight and recommendations. 

-       Work with Development Associate as needed to ensure grant-related narratives best reflect our programming and goals. 

-       Work with PR and Communications consultant as necessary to field program-related media inquiries and foment scholarship of SHG and its artistic community through interviews and/or initiate own writing projects for publication in print or digital arts and community-focused outlets. 

-       Ensures compliance with SHGpolicies and procedures, grants and contracts

-       Performs supervisory duties including training, new methods and safety; interviews applicants for employment; reviews progress of assignments; conducts performance appraisals and recommends salary increases; resolves discipline problems and recommends termination as necessary; and develops higher levels of expertise in staff members by encouraging further education, participation in seminars and providing learning opportunities


And other duties as assigned. 


Position Requirements

These specifications are general guidelines based upon the minimum ordinarily considered essential to satisfactory performance in this position. Individual skills and abilities may result in some deviation from these guidelines.  


-       Is a strong and clear communicator (wrriten and oral communication), works well within a team and seeks to be part of the professional growth of those around them. 

-       Has a minimum of five years experience in program management with increasing responsibilities and direct reports.

-       Understands the balance of SHG as a community-based gem and our role as a bridge for artists into various sectors. 

-       Is concerned with arts and cultural equity and social justice at the local, regional and national levels.  

-       Is an artist or is familiar with printmaking and other art forms, including art handling, exhibiting and storage. 

-       Has a deep knowledge of the robust cultural and artistic networks in the Eastside and LA city/county in general. 

-       Has experience with arts education curriculum-building and knowledge of LAUSD and state of California visual arts standards and Common Core. 

-       demonstrated leadership and team building skills 

-       demonstrated conflict resolution/problem-solving skills

-       ability to work independently and make mature business decisions

-       The incumbent must be able to perform this job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others .  




The working environment for this position is an open office, gallery and art studio.  It may include some minor annoyances such as noise, odors and drafts. The incumbent is in a non-confined, office-type and art studio environment in which he or she is generally free to move about at will. He/she is expected to travel within the community on a periodic basis using his/her own vehicle and/or public transportation. 

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