Program Manager, Creative Youth Theatre

ArtsUP! LA

Los Angeles / Remote

The Program Manager will coordinate all logistics of the Creative Youth Theatre (CYT) program for ArtsUP! LA. CYT teaches underserved Los Angeles based students valuable life skills inherent to the play-making process including teamwork, conflict resolution, public speaking, and responsibility – all while crafting and performing their own original pieces.
ArtsUP! LA is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to empowering underserved individuals from low-income populations in greater Los Angeles. Since 2007, ArtsUP! LA has utilized theatre, the performing arts, and educational programs as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives.

ArtsUP! LA has grown the CYT program considerably since its inception in 2007, which led to the creation of this new administrative position. The program manager will coordinate logistics to schedule the CYT residencies with our school partners and teaching artists, as well as serve as a supervisor for the teaching artists staff.

The program manager will work part time, with more hours at the beginning and end of each semester, but approximately 5 hours per week at $40/hour. As a part time employee, the program manager will accrue sick time. The position will work remotely with occasional visits to school sites, our Brentwood office, and our theatre in Culver City. Because of the part time nature of this job, candidates will likely have other endeavors (full time jobs, full time artists, full time students, full time moms, full time retirees). This position will be a great source of steady supplemental income.

We are seeking someone with a strong background in education who understands the complexities of working with schools. In the past, we have offered our residencies completely financed through grants raised by our organization. Moving forward, we will be offering our residencies in a fee-for-service model. The program manager will need to be able to help grow the program through earned income. This will require contacts at schools, the ability to sell the program, and a knowledge of school funding sources. As the program grows, this position has the opportunity to grow with it.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with our existing school partners to coordinate the dates and times of each school residency
  • Work with our existing teaching artists to assign them to residencies based on their schedules
  • Collect timecards from teaching artists and submit for payroll processing
  • Distribute program post workshop surveys at the end of each semester
  • Collect completed program surveys and input data into a spreadsheet
  • Coordinate scheduling adjustments with teaching artists, such as substitutes for when an artist takes sick or vacation time
  • Supervise teaching artist staff, such as managing interpersonal conflicts, scheduling issues, questions about ArtsUP! LA’s policies, and working with schools to resolve any problems that arise
  • Work with the schools, teachers, and principals at each site to ensure that our partners are clear on the goals of the program and any requirements we have for ensuring the success of the program (space, time, curriculum, participation requirements, cost, culmination, etc.)
  • When remote/Zoom learning is required due to Covid-19 protocols, remain the point person for coordinating the technologies needed for teaching artists including Zoom links, Skype access, etc. Also, during remote sessions, working with ArtsUP! staff to coordinate digital editors for class films
  • Recruit new school partners
  • Serve as an ambassador for the CYT program at other company events (Kickstarter campaigns, performances at our theatre, etc.)
  • Ensure that students complete photo/video waivers
  • Collect photos and videos throughout the semester to be used in marketing and development materials
  • Help recruit new teaching artists
  • Ensure that the company has a bio, resume, and headshot on file and on the website for each teaching artist
  • Help plan professional development days for the teaching artists each semester
  • Provide marketing copy for brochures, FB, and the website

Skills & Experience Required

  • Familiarity with the 81 school districts within LA County—existing relationships or contacts at various schools or districts is a must
  • Knowledge and experience designing, implementing, and evaluating arts education programs, with a background in education
  • Ability to work remotely (reliable phone, laptop, internet, email service, etc.)
  • Ability to travel between school site locations and ArtsUP! LA’s Brentwood office
  • Prior work experience in a nonprofit setting, particularly in the arts and culture field
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, project management, and communication skills
  • Commitment to the achievement of the company’s vision and demonstration of organizational values

To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] by August 31st.

To achieve our mission of transforming lives through the arts, ArtsUP! LA commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community. To that end, ArtsUP! LA is committed to ensuring that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of our staff, board, policies, program, participants, and audience members.



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