Job Openings

Job title Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Reports to Education & Volunteer Manager / Executive Director

Job purpose

The Education & Outreach Assistant is a Part-Time (20hrs/wk) position that assists and manages important Guild education programs and initiatives with an emphasis on providing meaningful community engagement and assisting in the management of our overall education program.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities listed below are meant to give a general overview of the primary task areas this role fulfills in the organization. However, as is the nature of working in a small non-profit, all staff are expected to be flexible and assist when necessary with operations outside of their normal scope of work.

Outreach & Community Partnership Coordination (45%)

  • Create, facilitate and sustain one-time and ongoing arts making experiences and residencies for Northfield area youth and adults in a variety of community settings, including but not limited to: library, senior centers, schools, community events, assisted living facilities, group homes, low-income housing, day cares, parks, etc.
  • Help deepen engagement with current and new community education partners through regular and ongoing communication and attending community meetings. These include Northfield Community Services, FiftyNorth, Northfield Retirement Community, Greenvale Park Community School, etc.
  • Work with other staff members to initiate and coordinate programs that involve community partners
  • Design and coordinate art making for Guild programs Inspiration Station (free mobile art making station that travels through Northfield) and Open Art (free drop-in arts making on site), and at annual Guild events including Imagination Celebration, Riverfront Fine Arts Festival, Winter Walk, etc
  • Assist in the coordination of Read Together, Create Together program, bringing arts-based pre-K literacy training to area in-home day cares, and act as teaching artist, if needed

Education Administration (45%)

  • Enter all class information into Altru database and keep the website up to date with class information
  • Generate and assist with distributing marketing materials for classes, including but not limited to targeted emails, flyers, posters, education brochure (3x/year), etc. with direction from supervisor
  • Communicate with class registrants, parents, and families prior to and during the class period(s) regarding expectations, paperwork, questions or concerns, etc.
  • Assist in managing scholarships and register students for classes, as needed
  • Order materials for studios and instructors
  • Maintain organization of Guild studio spaces on a regular basis
  • Interface with the larger community at community events, such as youth fairs, volunteer fairs at area colleges, etc. to promote the Guild’s education programming

Other administration (10%)

  • Submit monthly activity reports to Education & Volunteer Manager and Executive Director
  • Attend regular staff meetings, education volunteer committee meetings, and other meetings as necessary
  • With all staff, contribute shifts staffing the Guild Gift Shop desk, assisting in customer service, as needed


High School diploma with experience in visual arts and arts education/education

Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree with experience in visual arts, arts education, education or equivalent experience

One or more years experience in arts education and/or arts management

Desirable: Experience in arts & community engagement, including working with youth

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience as a visual artist and/or instructor, especially with people of different ages and abilities
  • Experience in a non-profit organization
  • A flexible and friendly communication style
  • Willingness to integrate into and serve the Northfield community
  • Proven ability to work with and appreciate volunteers, the backbone of our non-profit organization.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to focus on the “big picture” of the entire organization while being detail oriented for individual programs/projects
  • Action oriented team player
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Passion for creating vibrant artistic communities
  • Contribute to and encourage a collaborative and positive work and audience environment
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint), online ticketing platforms, and social media platforms

Commitment & Compensation

This is a paid, 12-month long commitment, with potential for renewal, requiring 20 hours per week in the office/managing off-site education activities. Work takes place mostly during the work day with occasional evening and Saturday hours

A vehicle is required to travel between the Guild office (304 Division Street) and off-site arts engagement locations and for meetings with collaborating organizations.

Physical requirements

This job will require extended periods of time working at a desk as well as time managing on and off-site arts engagement activities that includes transporting equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please send the following in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 22, 2019 to

Northfield Arts Guild
304 Division St.
Northfield, MN 55057

No phone calls please.

The Northfield Arts Guild is an EOE.

The Guild Theater is seeking a Director and Music Director for our Billy Elliot

With music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall and based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical opens in July 2020. A joyous, exciting and feel-good celebration of dreams come true, this astonishing musical has the heart, humor and passion to stay with you forever.

“Best musical of the decade!” –Time Magazine
“extraordinarily uplifting” -Time Out New York

A high quality community theater organization, the Guild Theater provides stipends for directors and music directors. We are located in Northfield, which is about 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work, including the directing, casting and production of our plays. We aim for our arts programming to reflect our community and the world at large, and therefore strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We strive for a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and treats everyone with fairness and respect.

Applications for directing and music directing must be submitted by Sunday, December 1, 2019. Applications may be dropped off or sent to: Performing Arts Manager, Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street S, Northfield, MN 55057. You may also e-mail your application to Performing Arts Manager, Jared Zeigler at Questions may be directed there as well.

When applying, specify why you are interested in directing or music directing Billy Elliot, and what makes you particularly qualified to do so. Please include a resume of experience in support of your project and your initial thoughts about staging the play. Keep in mind that the Guild Theater’s stage is intimate and our budgets are moderate, opening the potential for fabulous creativity.

Work Study / Internships

The Guild hosts two work study students a year in arts administration and gallery installation.  We work with St. Olaf and Carleton College work study programs. We also work with the Piper Center for select internships.

Class Instructors Wanted!

Interested in teaching a class at the Northfield Arts Guild? If you are an experienced art educator and are interested in offering classes or workshops at the Guild, we’d love to hear from you. Our classes are grouped around fall semester, winter/spring semester and summer terms. Classes can range from one-day workshops to full term-long classes.

Class proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

We’ve made it fast and simple for you:

  •  Read the class Policies and Guidelinesform.
  • Download a copy of the Class proposal form.
  • Please fill out the form completely, including your needed materials and/or price for supplies you provide.
  • Mail or email a copy of your proposal to us, or drop it by our office.
  • We would also like to get electronic pictures of your work for our catalog and flyers.
  • We’ll contact you to invite you to come in and meet us and learn more about our programs.

We’re looking forward to offering YOUR great class or workshop at the Guild!