Director, School for Continuing and Professional Studies

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), a national leader in visual arts education, is seeking applications for the full-time position of Director, School for Continuing and Professional Studies. KCAI offers an exceptional benefits package to full-time employees including 100% employer paid insurance and a 5% retirement match for eligible participants.

This position oversees all functions of the Kansas City Art Institute School for Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS). This includes responsibility for CPS programs, staffing, curricular development and oversight, strategic planning, community outreach, and budgeting. The director reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.   
Essential Responsibilities
  • Oversee all programmatic decisions related to all continuing and professional studies programs at the college. These include, but are not limited to: youth studies, high school, adult, and intersession courses, a high school residency program, an educators’ residency program, and youth summer camps.
  • Develop and update program curricula as needed, with the assistance of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Responsible for growing enrollment and revenue for the department to support the college.
  • Research and development of new programs.
  • Responsible for program coordination, including scheduling, hiring, and program evaluation.
  • Provide academic advising for certificate program students.
  • Lead staff and CPS programming meetings.
  • Work with KCAI’s Human Resources Office to generate part-time faculty contracts for CPS department on a monthly basis. 
  • Develop community relationships and represent CPS in a positive manner.
  • Maintain a relationship with the Professional Development Network of Greater Kansas City and area school districts.
  • Manage the CPS budget. 
  • Serve on KCAI committees as needed and as designated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. (examples may include MFA planning committee, Community and Business Partnership Committee)
  • Responsible for submission of required accreditation paperwork for CPS programs.
  • Work with appropriate staff and departments to develop and maintain policies, procedures, and best practices for CPS. 
Requirements of the position
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to use latest computer equipment and programs being used by the division. Including, but not limited to:

-Microsoft office suite products, including Word, Excel, and Power Point.

-Advanced Excel knowledge including charts, and budget spreadsheets

-Familiar with gmail

  • Must have strong leadership and collaborative team-oriented skills, with the ability to lead and develop employees as well as programs.
  • Experience delivering high quality, innovative education programs for a variety of ages and backgrounds.
  • Successful relationship-building with boards, community partners, employees and customers.
  • Strong understanding of budget management and resource allocation including, fundraising and revenue-generation efforts.
  • Sound understanding of marketing best practices.
  • Experience developing policies and procedures for employees, instructors, community partners, and operations.
  • At least five years of experience in strategic planning, management and administration, preferably in museum educational programs, higher education, or community arts education.
  • Must be motivated to help set and reach individual, departmental, and overall enrollment and revenue goals.
  • Possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to monitor own work and work of those supervised, for accuracy and thoroughness. 
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle. 
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities and use time efficiently, including responding to emails and requests in a timely manner.
  • Ability to shift priorities as requited
  • Ability to work a minimum of 37.5 hours a week.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and transfer short distances.
  • Possess manual dexterity sufficient to operate telephones, computers, and phone equipment.
  • Ability to speak and communicate clearly in order to accurately convey information in person or by phone.
  • Ability to hear normal audio levels of speaking whether in person or over the phone.
  • Vision correctable to 20/40.
About KCAI: The Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls nearly 700 undergraduate students regionally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, please visit
Applications deadline and procedures: Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014. 
Apply by email to:
Attach to the email in PDF format only:
Letter of application
Curriculum vitae
Statement regarding your approach to developing arts education programs for a diverse audience
List of 3 professional references we may contact
Complete application submissions will be acknowledged by return email.
Questions may be directed to:
Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.