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Director of Fine Arts

Mr. Levin works with the fine arts teachers, principals, administrators, the board of trustees and our community in the coordination, development, and improvement of the district’s fine arts K-12  programs. The position of Director of Fine Arts for Victoria encompasses areas of administration, budget, personnel and curriculum.

Mr. Levin is the Director of Fine arts for Victoria ISD where he supervises elementary art and music as well as 6-12 grade, band, orchestra, choir, theatre, dance, visual arts, mariachi, and guitar. Before coming to Victoria, he was Director of Bands and the Fine Arts Department Chair at Lamar Consolidated High School, the Assistant Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department chair at George Bush HS in Fort Bend ISD, the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department chair at Estacado High School in Lubbock, TX, and the Director of Bands at Crosbyton CISD in Crosbyton, TX.

Under his direction, the Lamar Band was named a finalist at the UIL Area Marching Contest and was twice named an area finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition. The Mighty Mustang Band has performed at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Orchestra Hall in Chicago, IL. In 2018, the Lamar Consolidated High School Band was the largest program in Lamar CISD at nearly 300 students and the 6-12 grade “Blue Track” band program had grown to almost 800 students. Under his direction, the Estacado band tripled in size during his five-year tenure. On January 1, 2003, the Matador Band was selected as one of twenty bands from across the country to perform at the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in 2004, his band represented Texas at the International Lion’s Club convention in Detroit, Michigan. While at Crosbyton CISD, he earned the first Sweepstakes Award in the 90-year history of the school and the concert band was selected as a state finalist in the Outstanding Performance Series, finishing ninth.

Mr. Levin is a graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership program at the University of Houston. He has received his Bachelor of Music degree (‘98) and Masters in Education Administration (’00). While at Texas Tech, Mr. Levin played tuba in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and was a member of the Court Jesters. He participated in the national music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

He is also active in the community as a member of the Lions Club, the Katy Masonic Lodge, and the West Houston Shrine Club, where he served as the club’s president in 2008 and 2016. In addition, he is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Administrators Conference and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Mr. Levin is married to his wife Stacey, they have two daughters named Hayley and Addison, and son named Parker.

Responsibilities for Mr. Levin as Director of Fine Arts:

Instructional Leadership

  1. Design and implement a long-range plan for the district fine arts programs.
  2. Monitor the quality and implementation of all fine arts programs, and make recommendations for adjustments as needed.
  3. Stay abreast of K-12 fine arts developments at the local, state, and national level.
  4. Seek support and coordination of fine arts programs with community groups, community organizations, parents and patrons.
  5. Participate in community activities, which foster rapport and mutual respect between the district, community and parents of fine arts students.
  6. Research grant possibilities in fine arts areas.
  7. Analyze current program and practices, keeping district staff well informed and make responsible recommendations to the principals and upper administration.
  8. Provide leadership for program development, assessment and resource selection for the fine arts including University Scholastic League (UIL) and other special activities.
  9. Assess, plan, research and coordinate the development of curriculum documents and materials in assigned subject matter field(s).
  10. Provide leadership for the design, support and implementation of quality professional development programs in the fine arts.
  11. Disseminate current research on best practices in the fine arts.
  12. Visit classrooms to observe teacher performance and provide documentation for T-TESS.
  13. Supervise and evaluate campus-level fine art directors in each of the fine arts.
  14. Meet on a regular basis with all fine arts teachers.
  15. Coordinate and review selection of instructional materials for the District in assigned subject matter field(s).
  16. Plan, coordinate and conduct district-wide events and activities related to the Fine Arts.
  17. Provide regular updates of programs activities and services to appropriate audiences.
  18. Solicit and develop robust partnership with the Fine Arts Community in Victoria.
  19. Coordinate, plan and conduct staff development and in-service in assigned subject matter field.

Administrative Leadership

  1. Provide oversight of the Fine Arts Department and assume responsibility for all instructional programs of fine arts for grades K-12.
  2. Assist Human Resources and principals in the interview process and selection of qualified teachers.
  3. Make sound recommendations relative to fine arts teacher placement, transfer, retention and dismissal.
  4. Participate in the development and management of budgets to support and maintain a quality district fine arts program.
  5. Prioritize Fiscal/Facilities needs of the fine arts faculty.
  6. Maintain audible files and date on fine arts programs and expenditures and control budgets.
  7. Provide for effective communication with staff, district employees, media, community and the board.
  8. Develop planning activities and implement programs collaboratively with staff to ensure attainment of department mission and overall improvement efforts.
  9. Responsible for scheduling performances/events with VISD campuses, administration and all outside district events.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Secondary evaluator for all Fine Arts Teachers.
Primary Evaluator for District Fine Arts Secretary & Victoria Fine Arts Center Building Manager
 

Contact Information:
jason.levin@visd.net

Office phone: 361-788-9335


Victoria Fine Arts Center 1002 Sam Houston Drive Victoria Texas, 77901 - Office is in the Victoria Fine Arts Center (not the Administration Building).