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Connected Arts Networks National Content Manager

The Connected Arts Networks (CAN) National Content Manager at NAEA is responsible for developing content in the subject matter as well managing resources and professional development learning opportunities for NAEA’s work with the CAN grant. Reporting to the CAN Project Director, this role will support the management and implementation of the multi-year, multi-partnership CAN grant focused on advancing professional learning communities (PLCs), teacher leadership, social and emotional learning (SEL), and diversity, equity & inclusion (ED&I) in and through the arts.  

The project will require knowledge, expertise, and experience in the following: 

  • Visual Arts Education, Visual Arts Teacher Education or a related field (curriculum, standards, and pedagogy) 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
  • Social-Emotional Learning 
  • Adult Learning/Professional Development 
  • Project Management 

Occasional evening and/or weekend work is required to support virtual meetings and professional learning events for teachers across multiple time zones. Periodic travel to selected grant-related project events including but not limited to the annual NAEA National Convention and annual CAN Retreat.

This position reports to NAEA’s CAN Project Director and is grant-funded through December 2026. 

 (Est. 16 - 20 hours / week)


NAEA Professional Learning Community (PLC) with Teacher Leaders 

  • Lead NAEA Implementation Team of 17 Teacher Leaders and facilitate monthly PLC meetings  
  • Create agendas, slide decks, assignments, modules, and reflection prompts in the shared Learning Management System for each meeting  
  • Manage and support the development of customized professional learning for visual/media arts educators at diverse grade levels and across art education content areas, and track teacher progress  
  • Conduct regular one-on-one check-ins with Teacher Leaders, coaching them in inquiry-based action research on how to implement ED&I and SEL practices in the art classroom  
  • Manage the development of resources and support their implementation by visual arts educators across NAEA’s membership 

Recruitment of Teacher Participants  

  • Review applications from prospective Teacher Participants and support the selection of 150 arts educators who will participate in future CAN PLCs (with support from CAN Project Director and Teacher Leaders) 
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Teacher Leaders on the development and implementation of their PLCs  
  • Implement virtual classroom observations (Intervisitations) so Teacher Leaders can learn from each other  

CAN Partners  

  • Serve on the CAN Project Planning Team (PPT) with National Content Managers in theatre, dance and music and CAN NYC representatives, representing NAEA and visual/media arts 
  • Collaborate with the PPT to shape discussion on trends and priorities related to ED&I and SEL in arts education, the National Core Arts Standards, teacher leadership, and teacher education and research 
  • Lead content creation for visual/media arts, working with the PPT to research, develop, write and edit diverse education resources for teachers focused on PLCs, ED&I, SEL, and leadership  
  • Act as direct liaison between national CAN partners and the NAEA Implementation Team  

Grant Management  

  • Work with the NAEA CAN Project Director to plan and coordinate the creation of toolbox items and resources  
  • Support team strategies and planning to meet all national/state/local grant project objectives 
  • Identify, collect, analyze, and interpret data as appropriate to inform and evaluate the progress of the project (ex: teacher hours, journal, assignments, etc.) 
  • Document PLC accomplishments, challenges, and annual adjustments to support grant reporting  
  • Disseminate CAN resources through presentations at conferences  



  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Minimum of 5 years as a PreK-12 visual arts educator in a public school setting, media arts understanding a plus  
  • Proven experience with national visual arts education initiatives 
  • Demonstrated skills in standards-based arts education curriculum and instruction 
  • Demonstrated skills in leading teacher groups 
  • Experience with professional learning communities and/or action research  
  • Experience facilitating remote meetings and using virtual learning management systems   
  • Experienced leader in equity, diversity and inclusion and culturally responsive education 
  • Demonstrated experience integrating social-emotional learning into the visual arts classroom 
  • Experience with formative assessment and learning targets in the arts classroom 
  • Strong collaboration, communication and presentation skills  
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills  
  • A desire to create a shared space for visual arts educators to learn from each other 
  • Availability to prioritize and attend July Summer Institutes and evening and/or weekend meetings  
  • Ability to prioritize CAN meetings as necessary 

NAEA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome.

For more information about CAN, check out our website: https://www.arteducators.org/community/connected-arts-networks-can [1]

  1. https://www.arteducators.org/community/connected-arts-networks-can

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