Youth Education Manager
Position Description and Qualifications
About the Organization: EPACENTER increases opportunities for East Palo Alto youth to amplify their talents, realize their potential, and impact their world through art and design. As a creative youth development organization, EPACENTER engages youth, ages 12-25, in a range of creative programs to develop their intrinsic voices, and the creative, critical thinking and socio-emotional skills they need to succeed. EPACENTER offers free, culturally-responsive instruction in the digital, visual, literary and performing arts during the school day, after-school and during the summer, engages youth in organizational decision-making and key leadership roles, and links youth to meaningful summer employment opportunities, college and careers. EPACENTER also furthers community development in East Palo Alto (EPA) by engaging in creative placemaking, and by partnering with local community organizations to expand each organizations capacity. The organization is currently in its operational start-up phase and is creating a new curriculum of classes in partnership with local youth-serving organizations while building a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that will open in East Palo Alto in 2020, which will serve up to 1500 youth per year.
Position Overview: Reporting to the Director of Arts Education, the Youth Education Manager will manage a roster of year-round arts education classes for youth, supervise a team of artist educators and assist in developing the strategic direction of the start-up phase of EPACENTER programs in East Palo Alto. This position works closely with senior leadership, project advisors and community leaders (both youth and adult) on the development of proof-of-concept program activities, delivery systems and partnerships to ensure the successful execution of the organizations mission and vision within a creative youth development model. The Youth Programs Manager directly supervises contractual/short-term teaching faculty, coordinates logistics for art classes and special events. This position, which is benefits eligible, requires working some evenings and weekends.
Responsibilities: The Youth Education Manager provides administrative support for all youth arts education classes in the digital, literary, visual and performing arts. The position also assists the Director of Arts Education in the planning and implementation of program strategy that will set the foundation for EPACENTER s successful program expansion and growth over the next 1-5 years. EPACENTER programs are envisioned to include large-scale public art projects and workshops, to master classes in every artistic discipline. The position will also work with other arts and youth-serving organizations to leverage program opportunities and resources.
Program Tracking & Evaluation
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: This position requires a motivated professional with broad-based arts management experience and youth development knowledge, preferably in the arts sector, and someone who can balance strategic thinking with day-to-day implementation.
The person we are seeking will bring:
EPACENTER is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in its employment, programs and activities. EPACENTER strives to reflect the diverse community it serves.
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