Program Director

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

Los Angeles, CA

Organization Summary
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s (US) mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich youth in under-resourced communities through the creation of collaborative original theatre. Our mission powers our vision of a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed; and to be heard, valued and respected. We strive to be a bridge that helps youth make positive life choices.

Founded in the wake of the 1992 LA Uprising, US has grown from a small, volunteer-led youth intervention program into a recognized leader in arts education, youth development, mentorship, and community building. With the launch of a new Alumni Residency, we now serve 1,600+ participants annually via 7 program models that use theatre-arts education & mentorship to mitigate the underlying environmental risk factors that threaten healthy youth development. Each modeled after our core Youth Theatre Residency Program and reimagined for virtual delivery during our health crisis. US programs collectively provide holistic prevention & intervention benefits and open educational/career pathways for LA’s most underserved youth. For more information, visit:

The Unusual Suspects is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive, diverse work environment for all identities.

Job Summary
The Program Director oversees the development, implementation and strategic growth of US theatre arts programming to the youth from under-resourced communities in the Los Angeles area. The Program Director leads the artistic and educational vision of US’s programs in LA County schools, parks, and with community-based nonprofits. Develops program policies and assessment practices to ensure strategic goals, academic growth and social emotional standards and guidelines are adhered to, and residencies and performances are of the highest quality. Hires, develops, and supervises Program Team and keeps senior management informed with detailed and accurate reports or presentations. Contributes significant leadership in program partnership development, strategic planning and executive level decision making. Position reports to the Executive Director.

The Program Director will work closely with the Executive Director to enhance US’s impact on the youth from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles county.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program Development and Management:
● Oversee the quality and success of all aspects of program operations, management, assessment, and development, including training and development for program staff, teaching artists, and volunteers
● Responsible for the hiring training, and evaluation of program staff and teaching artists ● Create evidence-based programs serving youth, teachers, and nonprofit partners
● Develop strategic long-term program goals and budgets with the Executive Director
● Lead and inspire a team of 3 FT staff and 15-25 PT teaching artists and S.T.A.R. mentor volunteer
● Create program measurement tools, oversee data collection and evaluate outcomes
● Manages all program budgets and is responsible for government and partner contract compliances and deliverables
● Continue modification of existing program models and partnerships to best serve LA youth and communities
● Analyze program implementation on an on-going basis and make necessary adjustments and improvements
● Visit school sites and workshops, on a regular basis, to observe, support and evaluate teaching artist instruction and implementation
● Meet with Program Managers on a weekly basis to ensure programs are running smoothly and they are adequately supported
● Work with Program Managers to support, develop and grow an effective volunteer management program
● Oversee the development of youth alumni program and career connection opportunities
● Oversee artistic and technical production goals and objectives
● Attend and plan professional development seminars as requested
● Other duties as assigned

Internal and External Communications
● Serve as the spokesperson for USTC programs; deliver presentations at program events
● Ensure that the Executive Director has routine and timely information about program success and challenges
● Under the Executive Director’s direction, provide regular updates to US board members and facilitate monthly program subcommittee meetings of the board
● Attend relevant partnership meetings to connect with key stakeholders within the Los Angeles area and ensure partners are aware of program successes and challenges in a timely manner
● Develop and maintain a pipeline of future partners and potential funding opportunities
● Work with the Director of Development & Communications to craft program related communications via social media, website, print and digital
● Supply Development & Communications team with program information and deliverables
● Help articulate US’s mission, goals, and achievements to a variety of audiences and represent US at local and national convenings and conferences
● Continually update and improve US’s program materials, both print and digital

Desirable Skills & Qualifications
● A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university; Graduate degree preferred ● At least 5 years of working experience in a similar role
● Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations
● Ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job
● Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
● Working experience in theatre production and arts education program development ● A past history of developing funded relationships with nonprofits, contractors and schools ● Ability and desire to use data to drive decisions and manage work plans.
● Ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities.
● Experience in meeting facilitation, and/or community relations
● Work well in a team-oriented environment and maintain harmonious relationships
● Some knowledge of the Los Angeles City/County/State political and policy process
● Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite of applications
● Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
● Experience leading public presentations, trainings and speaking engagements
● Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license
● English/Spanish bilingual preferred

Personal Qualifications:
The candidate has a commitment to developing youth, communities, and coalitions through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Desire to hold oneself accountable for results and be transparent about success and shortcomings. Personal values align with the vision and values of The Unusual Suspects.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Position is expected to work at least 40 hours weekly. Candidates must be open to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends. Must be able to drive a motor vehicle. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus.

This exempt position works primarily in the US administrative office, but due to COVID-19, candidates may initially be required to work remotely and must have access to reliable, high-speed Internet for daily video conferencing, until in-office work resumes.

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2021 or until filled
Desired Start Date: July 12th, 2021
Salary: $72,000 - $75,000
● Competitive health insurance reimbursement
● Generous Paid Time-Off, Holiday allocation, and Sick Days
● Cell phone allowance
● Telecommuting and Work flexibility

Apply Today!
Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line:
Program Director Application. Please include a response to the following prompts:
1.) Where did you discover this job posting?
2.) If you were a scene/moment from a play or movie, who or what would you be, and why?

Thank you!

Additional Information
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. The Unusual Suspects provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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