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Youth Education Manager

Epacenter Arts – East Palo Alto, CA

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 Management

  • Coordinate and oversee youth educational programs and projects in alignment with EPACENTERs logic model, strategic goals and creative youth development plan.
  • Coordinate logistics (i.e. book and schedule class and meeting spaces, determine programmatic needs, order equipment and supplies, manage program budgets and collect feedback and evaluation materials.)
  • Recruit participants for EPACENTER classes
  • Manage class reservations
  • Collect, analyze and utilize data to manage the program and demonstrate results.
  • Connect youth with other services, opportunities and support for their art practice.
  • Consult with partner organizations, young people and advisors on the content and implementation of the programs
  • Build effective collaborations with partner organizations to achieve the greatest impact and make the best use of resources
  • Directly supervise teaching artists and ensure all teaching artists are operating within EPACENTER policy and procedural guidelines and the organizations creative youth development framework
  • Develop relationships with School Districts and community organization within East Palo Alto.
  • Provide support to visiting artists, planning teams and participants
  • Prepare and submit program reports

Program Development

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Arts Education to research, recommend and develop new partnerships and programs.

Program Tracking & Evaluation

  • Develop systems for tracking key youth development and participation indicators.
  • Create and administer appropriate program evaluations in line with best practices.
  • Ensure timely and consistent data collection and maintenance for all programs.
  • Use program data to measure impact and to make recommendations for continuous improvements.
  • Encourage a culture of inquiry and innovation as part of the organization s program development.
  • Manage and track budgets.

Program Communications

  • Build community among students, staff and families, and mentor emerging artist educators
  • Manage communications with participants, artist educators and parents of participants


  • Attend team meetings, and participate in planning and design sessions for the organization and the building.
  • Support fundraising outreach, grant proposal writing, communications and other activities related to program development and operational support for the organization.
  • Represent the organization at events and community gatherings.

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:

  • 5+ years of previous experience with the planning, management and delivery of high-quality youth and community arts programs within similar communities
  • Experience managing and supporting a contractual staff of artists and arts educators
  • A passion for art and design, and an understanding of how the arts and creativity can transform lives and contribute to community building
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a particular emphasis on communicating with young people, families, arts faculty, educators within a diverse community
  • Cultural competency and experience working effectively in communities of color
  • Experience in working with Macs, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of best practices and theory in youth development
  • Demonstrated experience translating vision and strategic organizational goals into programmatic components
  • An ability to handle multiple priorities and projects concurrently
  • A willingness to work in a start-up environment
  • A degree in a related field, and/or equivalent experience and education


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Knowledge of and previous experience working in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities

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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