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Early Childhood Education Arts Program Coordinator

Rainey Institute is seeking a Full Time Year Round Early Childhood Arts Program Coordinator The Early
Childhood Arts Program Coordinator at is equal parts artist and educator. The Early Childhood Arts Program
Coordinator oversees our preschool, after school, saturday, and summer arts programming for infants,
toddlers, preschoolers and school agers through 8 years of age. This role is part administrative and part
teaching. Administratively this role supports the development of early childhood arts curriculum and ensures
the day-to-day programming runs efficiently and effectively. They also plan and establish a safe environment
for all students while providing instruction in group settings to children that encourages and inspires them on
the path to visual and performing arts and personal growth.

Rainey Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization who develops positive growth for over 2500 Greater Cleveland youth through education and engagement in visual and performing arts. Rainey Institute has changed countless lives through education and engagement in performing and visual arts. We recognize potential in all its forms and embrace children with no arts background just as readily as those with perfect pitch. Rainey Institute has served as a community anchor in Cleveland’s historic Hough neighborhood for more than a century. To learn more about Rainey Institute, please visit

Additional Early childhood Arts Program Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Support the development of early childhood arts programming curriculum.
  • Supervise day-to-day early childhood programming to ensure high quality programming.
  • Create and execute/teach lesson plans that align with departmental and program goals and objectives
    ensuring developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Establish a safe environment for students using principles of child development including social and
    emotional learning strategies to manage classroom environment and support student growth.
  • Engage in ongoing reflection and evaluation of lesson plans, instructional methods, student
    progression, and student behavior, among other topics with department managers and other faculty
    that may take the form of written reports, surveys, video, individual conferences, group discussions,
    one-on-one, etc.
  • Coordinate scheduling for all early childhood programming including the preschool arts program, Art
    Adventure After School program, Arts In Me Saturday programming, and Summer Camp.
  • Identify potential community partners and manage the relationships and partnership with current
  • Collaborate with Program Managers and Teaching Faculty in Art, Drama, Music, and Dance
    programming to develop early childhood programming.
  • Monitor student progress through formal and informal assessment methods, reflect on assessment,
    and make necessary modifications to the program.
  • Support Program Managers and Teaching Faculty with curricula design and lesson planning for early
    childhood classes.
  • Purchase and manage supplies and materials and track program budgets to ensure spending is within
  • Research potential funders and support the grant writing process for early childhood programming.
    Collaborate with Program Managers and Teaching Faculty in designing and presenting early childhood
    arts programs, community events, festivals, and outreach programs that travel into schools and
  • Communicate positively with parents, students, staff and teachers on a regular basis and manage
    issues and concerns related to students and class programs.
  • Commit to ongoing professional development and personal practice of their craft through seeking out
    opportunities to perform and attending professional development sessions provided by or at the
    expense of Rainey Institute.
  • Participate in the planning, organization, execution, and evaluation of a number of special events that
    occur through the program, including performances, exhibits, masterclasses, talkbacks, field trips, and
    open houses, orientations, and other special events that promote deep learning and exploration.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in Education Fusion meetings.
  • Maintain a clean and organized classroom, teaching and storage space while also ensuring supplies, materials, and equipment are kept in pristine condition.

The ideal candidate will have an Associates or Bachelor Degree in arts education preferred and/or proven record of outstanding artistry or musicianship, strong knowledge of early childhood pedagogy and teaching methods, at least 3 years proven success in designing and teaching / implementing art classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-agers through 8 years of age. They are also a highly detail-oriented, motivated self-starter, with excellent organizational and communication skills and are growth-oriented with a passion for excellence.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education ( No Phone Calls.

Rainey Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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