Program Director

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Special Qualifications

The core of our mission at Northwind Art is to honor, respect and nurture the creative in all people. We deeply believe that art promotes the well-being of individuals, community, and the world. We join together with the creative spirit across the world in standing up for racial equality, justice and the right for peace and safety for all.

In keeping with Northwind Art’s commitment to promote well-being, grow artists, art excellence and a vibrant regional arts economy, our Program Director will possess the willingness join in our mission and to use their expertise to support and advance the three pillars of our organization: Education, Exhibits and Artist Advancement. 

Program Director Summary

As part of the leadership team, our Program Director will implement the strategic vision of Northwind Art and is responsible for all aspects of our educational programs which are at the heart of our organization’s success. The Program Director will lead program development with strategic innovation and vision, including ongoing evaluation and responsiveness for program enhancements to ensure smooth processes, maximum profit, cohesive teamwork, and program excellence. In addition, this position will help to diversify funding streams; raise the organization’s profile and reputation; and help enhance the learning culture of Northwind Art. The Program Director will provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to program staff and volunteers. 

Our Program Director is a full-time, exempt position that requires a flexible and adaptable schedule to support our programming, some evenings or weekends maybe required. Full-time positions qualify for health insurance benefits and a generous paid time off plan. We are working remotely during COVID.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the leadership team, play a key role in the overall development, planning and management of Northwind Art across all pillars
  • Develop curriculum content strategy, initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of the organization 
  • Participate in the annual budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility
  • Develop and maintain understanding of program audiences including students (local, regional and national), teachers and community at large to inform program direction
  • Research, plan, develop, and implement all educational programs ensuring an excellent experience for our students and instructors, and remain responsive to the current needs of program participants
  • Manage education programs budget and revenue expectations while deploying resources efficiently and effectively to achieve program goals
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and standards of effective delivery of in-person and online learning; Determine individual program fees, budgets and instructor remuneration; Identify minimum and maximum program enrollment numbers and class cancellations policies
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of online educational programs and the processes necessary to support new and existing programs including information systems, instructional technologies, the library, registration, and student support services
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor program accomplishment(s) and determine the need for improvements 
  • Spearhead training for instructors in the use of online learning technologies, methods, and procedures
  • Support a high-performing learning culture among program staff in alignment with our core values
  • Work closely with Communications Director to market programs and ensure success, including  bi-weekly e-newsletter, rack brochures, teacher videos, etc.
  • Stay current on art education best practices, online technology, and related research in the field
  • Build a strong team through open communication and by collaborating on decision-making; bring out the best in faculty, staff, volunteers and teammates by fostering excellence, encouraging growth and development; coach, provide feedback and resolve problems 
  • Recruit, hire, train and develop, supervise, provide performance feedback, and be a motivating mentor to staff and volunteers
  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies 
  • Keep management informed with detailed and accurate reports 
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to identify and implement student scholarship program 
  • Maintain and grow relationships with local and regional organizations including partnerships withing the Fort Worden campus
  • Raise the organization’s profile through industry networking including conferences and events, and exploring opportunities for programmatic growth through collaboration
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, act as a spokesperson with colleagues in arts education sector, funders, vendors, community partners, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to lead and motivate others and show concern for people and our community
  • Strategic and analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities
  • A “self-starter” with the ability to multitask
  • Warm, friendly and positive attitude with a demonstrated presence 
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics 
  • Outstanding knowledge of data analysis, reporting and budgeting 
  • Show an appreciation for the arts, be imaginative, creative, positive, and well organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent written skills – ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to effectively present information to a wide range of people, from managers, board members, instructors, students to the general public
  • Demonstrated organizational excellence in handling, directing, and prioritizing multiple assignments/projects and maintaining records and attention to detail
  • Cultural competency and passion for promoting a sense of belonging across diversity of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, learning differences, and spiritual beliefs
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and ability to travel 

EEO Statement

Northwind Arts is an equal opportunity employer without discrimination because of age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or presence of a disability. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Northwind Arts will make reasonable accommodation of working conditions or methods to perform the duties of the position.


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