Program Director- ASES

Why Work at Arts Corps?

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps’ mission is to unlock the creative power of youth through arts education and community collaboration. Arts Corps is a multidisciplinary organization in Seattle that provides free arts learning opportunities to young people from kindergarten through high school. Our programs encompass school-based programs, out-of-school time classes and teen leadership programs with an emphasis on serving young people from marginalized communities. Through these programs and local and national leadership, Arts Corps addresses a critical opportunity gap in a region where race is the greatest determining factor in access to arts education.

Arts Corps classes are proven to build persistence and other “21st century” skills and creative habits such as imagining possibilities, thinking critically and exercising discipline ; skills that build a foundation to help young people reach their full potential in school and in life. Students who are highly involved in our after school programs attend school more often and perform better in school than their peers not involved in Arts Corps programs. In 2012, Arts Corps received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, which recognizes exemplary arts and humanities education programs across the nation.

Arts Corps has grown significantly over the past several years, and our new program director will have the opportunity to make a profound impact on young people and on the trajectory of this dynamic organization.

Arts Corps is committed to the personal and professional growth of its employees. We work hard to build a supportive, respectful and celebratory community among our staff, board and volunteers, and we have a remarkable retention rate of staff. We look forward to finding the next member of our extended Arts Corps family.

Job Summary: The program director will work closely with the executive director, community partners and program staff to build a strong arts education program and lasting partnerships to serve youth with the highest need. The program director will play a key organizational leadership role, building coalitions with community organizations, providing effective and supportive leadership to program staff, providing budget and management oversight, and acting as a spokesperson for Arts Corps.

Key responsibilities:

Provide strategic leadership

  • Influence the overall strategic direction of Arts Corps as a member of the leadership team
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to establish program goals in alignment with strategic direction
  • Oversee development of annual programming in collaboration with education director and program managers and utilizing feedback from prior year’s program evaluation
  • Provide leadership and analysis in the area of race and social justice to support programming decisions and organizational growth
  • Work with program management and executive director to review and revise policies and procedures as needed to meet goals and objectives
  • Monitor program expenditures within approved budget
  • Contribute to grant narratives, reporting and other fundraising activities as appropriate

Develop and sustain high-impact partnerships for program delivery

  • Develop and maintain program partnerships that align with program and strategic goals and meet optimal partnership criteria
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with strategic leadership of program partner sites, including key players of umbrella organizations
  • Oversee and participate in orientations and quarterly check-ins with program partners and teaching artists
  • Gain a narrative sense of funding streams and budgetary constraints of partner sites and strategize on sustainable funding
  • Provide support to the ongoing development of specific strategies to assess program partner feedback and survey partners on annual basis
  • Develop and manage partner contracts and approve partner invoices

Supervise and cultivate a high functioning program team

  • Establish and maintain routine program management meetings, staff check-ins, communications protocol and operating procedures to ensure smooth operation of program
  • Establish clear roles and responsibilities for program managers
  • Troubleshoot, problem-solve and support staff as needed to achieve program goals
  • Support program managers in their direct supervision of AmeriCorps members
  • Collaborate with development director to engage program staff in culture of fundraising

Contribute to collaborative learning networks and collective impact efforts

  • Seek out and represent on coalitions that align with Arts Corps’ mission and social justice goals
  • Represent Arts Corps at community events
  • Attend and present at local and national conferences and workshops

Skills and Attributes:

  • A team player capable of guiding and implementing program development in partnership with the executive director, education director, program managers, teaching artists, partners and other key staff and volunteers
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously; flexibility and excellent time management skills
  • A strong communicator who is able to articulate effectively Arts Corps’ mission, programs and accomplishments to program partners as well as to other Arts Corps stakeholders and the community as a whole
  • A commitment to social justice, and a willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue and growth around issues of race and other oppressions
  • Strong interpersonal skills that ensure an open, honest and collaborative atmosphere; ability to work well in a lively and open office
  • A strategic and creative thinker with a commitment to ongoing personal growth and professional development
    • A genuine interest and passion for the mission of Arts Corps and a working knowledge/background in arts education, youth development and social justice work

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in liberal arts, fine arts, public administration or a related field
  • 5+ years experience in program management in the area of youth development, education or arts education
  • At least 3 years previous supervisory experience
  • At least 3 year experience creating and sustaining large-scale partnerships
  • Experience creating and managing budgets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Technical savvy with databases, word, excel and powerpoint

Compensation: 32 hours/week; 11 month seasonal position; salary range: $40K to $45K depending on experience; generous benefits package includes medical, dental and vision insurance, 13 paid holidays and 10 days of paid time off annually.

How to apply

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to and write “Program Director” in the subject line. Position is open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by October 27, 2013

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Seattle, Washington
Arts Corps

4408 Delridge Way SW, Suite 110, Seattle, Washington, 98106, United States