Professional Development Institute Manager

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) seeks an experienced manager to coordinate the planning and implementation of the 2014 Professional Development Institute (PDI) event. 

About the PDI

The PDI is a leadership development event for arts education managers from the nation's 50 state arts agencies. Each year these managers convene at the PDI to deepen their knowledge of effective arts education principles, practices and policies and to exchange ideas and information. The PDI is a long-standing cooperative program of NASAA and the Arts Education office of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The agenda is developed by the Arts Education Working Group (a national steering committee), the NEA, the site host and NASAA. The 2014 PDI will take place November 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is expected to involve about 60 participants.

About This Position

The Professional Development Institute manager holds primary responsibility for staffing the PDI and helping NASAA, the NEA and state arts agencies attain their goals for this event. Duties include a mixture of project management, communications and logistics activities:

  • Serve as a liaison among project partners
  • Provide administrative support for steering committee activities
  • Recruit and engage speakers
  • Secure meeting venues
  • Disseminate information about the event
  • Manage logistics, in advance and on site
  • Track expenses and manage budgets
  • Compile event proceedings
  • Complete follow-up reporting

An additional important function of this position is to facilitate the peer-to-peer networking of state arts agency arts education managers. Related duties include:

  • Maintain current contact information on all network members
  • Monitor and contribute postings to the peer group's listserv
  • Facilitate orientations and self-assessments for new managers
  • Coordinate mentorships for new managers

See a detailed list of job roles and responsibilities.


  • 3+ years of experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder projects
  • 2+ years of experience managing logistics for meetings and events
  • Knowledge of arts education (specific knowledge of state-level arts education policies and networks highly desirable)
  • Proven abilities to manage collaborations and facilitate group processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent organizational abilities, including keen attention to detail
  • Ability to manage budgets and maximize the use of finite resources
  • Mastery of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Familiarity with on-line group productivity tools (such as Doodle scheduling, Google Docs and Google Hangout) 
  • Bachelor's or master's degree


Candidates must be able to start no later than June 1, 2014—ideally earlier. Travel to New Orleans is necessary for a June 4-6 site visit and the November 11-13 PDI event.

This job requires an average of 25-30 hours per week, with the flexibility to devote more hours during peak times. Candidates must be available to work full time during the site visit and the PDI meeting. 

Telecommuting is a possibility for candidates with a high level of prior experience and preexisting knowledge of this field.


Compensation depends on experience and qualifications. Employment terms (exempt hire or contract) are flexible. Benefits are available for an exempt hire. The period of employment for this position is from time of hire through January 1, 2015, with a possibility for renewal or upgrade to full time if funds become available.

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest and a resume to with the subject line "PDI Manager Search." Applications will be accepted through April 27 or until the position is filled.

No phone calls.

NASAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posing date: March 2014

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