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Working at the intersection of creativity and care.

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Who would be a great fit at ARTS?

ARTS programs are rooted in the principles of Creative Youth Development (CYD). The ARTS team is focused on designing youth-centered programs that address the following themes and questions:

  • CREATE: What can I do? The focus is on young people developing their cognitive, creative, and artistic skills in integrated, affirming ways that cultivate flourishing and healing. 
  • CONNECT: Who am I and where do I belong? The focus is on young people exploring and building a strong sense of self in relationship to others, and making connections to civic engagement opportunities that center issues of equity and justice. 
  • CATALYZE: How can I contribute? The focus is on youth voice, narrative, and power as the foundation for catalyzing change in their lives and the communities where they live and go to school. 

ARTS Program Coordinator

Working at the Intersection of Creativity and Care

Position Overview
Compensation: $18-20/hour
Status/Schedule: Non-Exempt, Full-Time. Not to exceed 40 hours/week. Evening and weekend availability is required.
Location: remote work sites and in-person at ARTS Center (National City, CA).
Reports to: Creative Youth Development (CYD) Manager
Direct reports: none.

Anticipated start date: January 11, 2021

This application will be open until the position is filled.

Position Description & Responsibilities
ARTS’ mission is to lift young people to become confident, compassionate, and courageous community builders through the transformative power of creativity.

To that end, the ARTS Program Coordinator is a key member of the ARTS team, moving our organizational mission and culture forward, and working to deepen the quality of our programming. 

ARTS programs are rooted in the principles of Creative Youth Development (CYD). For the youth we serve, these programs should address the following themes and questions: 

  • CREATE: What can I do? The focus is on young people developing their cognitive, creative, and artistic skills in integrated, affirming ways that cultivate flourishing and healing. 
  • CONNECT: Who am I and where do I belong? The focus is on young people exploring and building a strong sense of self in relationship to others, and making connections to civic engagement opportunities that center issues of equity and justice. 
  • CATALYZE: How can I contribute? The focus is on youth voice, narrative, and power as the foundation for catalyzing change in their lives and the communities where they live and go to school. 

The ARTS Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for ensuring the success of in-person and virtual programming. ARTS is seeking a candidate who is equally committed to both organizational performance and a culture of creativity and care. 

Our ideal candidate has 2+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas; program design and development, working with youth, project management, measurement and evaluation of nonprofit programs; background as a practitioner or teaching artist (TA) in the creative arts is a plus.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be a champion for youth across South County communities of San Diego by coordinating high quality ARTS programs including, but not limited to: ARTS @ Home, San Diego Promise Neighborhood and ARTS 4 Justice.
  • Collaborate with the ARTS team to coordinate program announcement/marketing; student recruitment and enrollment process; orientation; attendance tracking; and student exhibitions/performances.
  • Set up the physical or virtual classroom, materials and attendance tracking system for Teaching Artists (TAs) for classes & workshops (e.g. virtual folders in Google Drive, virtual class environment via Zoom). Contribute to the continuous improvement of these systems.
  • Coordinate with TAs to order/arrange the materials/supplies for all programs. Compile materials and supplies for “ARTS Care Kits”, and ensure distribution to all youth enrolled in programs.
  • Coordinate and host successful virtual or live exhibitions, in coordination with Communications Design Specialist, interns, volunteers, and TA’s. Ensure that documentation of student work, and archiving of student work, is part of the program design for each class.
  • Maintain secure databases / tracking systems for program-related information. 
  • Support ARTS in identifying good candidates for student internships, fellowships, and other youth leadership roles.
  • Support evaluation of programs (with CYD manager). Contribute to the content of evaluations, and focus on distribution, and collection of evaluation materials (surveys, Google Forms, data for grant reports, etc.) to youth, families, TA’s, assistant teaching artists, and interns. In collaboration with ARTS team members, prepare final reports and documentation for ARTS programs.
  • Participate in strategic planning, in collaboration with the ARTS team, to develop goals/objectives for the future of ARTS educational programs in alignment with ARTS mission and goals.
  • Prepare TA contract for each program, and ensure the contract is signed before commencing programs.
  • Support TAs on program design, instruction, and coordination efforts, island organize planning meetings throughout the year where TA’s build a network of support, engage in curriculum/program design that aligns with above mentioned CYD themes and essential questions. 
  • Support CYD Manager to recruit and retain quality TA’s to teach programs; ensure TAs are qualified professionals, aligned with ARTS programming goals, are culturally competent, and are a good fit with work culture and mission. 
  • Work with CYD Manager to ensure TA’s have completed required background check and health requirements, and other necessary work documents are renewed every year.
  • Provide logistical support to TA’s, including but not limited to walk through of facilities (physical or virtual), TA handbook, Community of Care Network, organizational culture, organizational goals, classroom management, attendance, working with ATA’s and interns, etc.
  • Support CYD Manager with San Diego Promise Neighborhood data collection and data entry into Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database, Google Forms, Google Sheets and Excel. 
  • Work with CYD Manager and Community ARTS Coordinator to design, lead and recommend facilitators for professional development for TA’s and interns in: curriculum development, classroom management, the Pomegranate method, social emotional development, National Core Arts Standards, UN Sustainability Goals, Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM careers, online learning, etc. 
  • Serve as primary liaison for the organization in understanding and meeting the needs of youth and families involved in ARTS programs. 
  • Work with CYD Manager and Community ARTS Coordinator to design, lead and recommend facilitators for professional development for TA’s and interns in: curriculum development, classroom management, the Pomegranate method, social emotional development, National Core Arts Standards, UN Sustainability Goals, Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM careers, online learning, etc. 
  • Support placement of ARTS interns and volunteers in education programs, and provide some guidance on how they can best support ARTS programs. Supervise interns and volunteers in education programs.
  • General administration (email, communication, data entry, team meetings, etc.) and collaborative work with the ARTS team to successfully implement quality ARTS education programs.

Attributes & Work Style:

  • Passionate: Dedicated to our mission and culture.
  • Independent: A self-starter with a strong professional presence who can support ARTS by means of strategic and hands-on leadership.
  • Planning and Process Management: Exceptional mind for optimizing workflow and managing people, systems, procedures, and programs.
  • Servant-leader: A dedicated manager who is self-motivated and can take charge, build consensus, work cross-functionally and affect change; must impart credibility, trust, integrity and enthusiasm; someone who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing others.
  • Culturally Adept: Familiarity with South Bay community organizations, schools and districts, and the like. Cultural competency and ability to work with a diverse population.  
  • Teambuilding: Constantly works to build and manage strong teams, collaborating with colleagues at every step.
  • Growth Mindset: a love of learning, imagining new ways of doing things that is not always conventional.
  • Communication: Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with the presence to serve as an effective spokesperson for ARTS in all administrative capacities; able to effectively relate to staff, interns, and our wider community.
  • Flexible: Ability to embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis; possesses excellent change management skills.
  • Technologically Savvy: Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Slack.

Education
Post-secondary education in a related field or commensurate experience.  

Qualifications

  • A passion for the arts and arts education.
  • Ability to type 30 wpm with a focus on accuracy. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with confidentiality, discretion and tact.
  • Work well under pressure and meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of the South Bay community and culture.
  • Ability to initiate, organize and implement. 
  • Ability to work with a close-knit team
  • Cultural competency and ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Bilingual in Spanish Required.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a Live Scan fingerprinting security clearance with the DOJ and FBI.
  • Software: Zoom, Microsoft Office (Word & Excel), Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Meet, Forms, etc), Dropbox, Slack and Asana, or willing to learn.

Physical Demands

  • Able to sit for prolonged periods of time at meetings, desk, computer.
  • Able to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours.  
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone.  
  • Able to lift and transport up to 25 pounds. 

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time unless restricted by a negotiated contract.

At-Will Employment Status.

HOW TO APPLY
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Send resume and 1-page letter of interest to:
Natalia Rogers
Creative Youth Development Manager
A Reason To Survive | ARTS
opportunities@areasontosurvive.org 

Volunteer Registration Forms

To apply for a volunteer position, please complete and return a volunteer application, review and sign the ARTS volunteer policies and procedures, and attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations. During the orientation, you will receive instructions for additional requirements and training.

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For questions regarding work opportunities, please contact Natalia at opportunities@areasontosurvive.org.

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