Programs Manager - Curriculum & Instruction

Conga Kids

Los Angeles, CA

About Conga Kids

Our mission at Conga Kids is to promote social-and-emotional wellness through social dance! Through a menu of expertly crafted dance education opportunities, Conga Kids prioritizes elementary school students' and educators' mental health by placing FUN at the center of our work. Pre-pandemic, Conga Kids provided our signature partner-dance program to 10,000 students in 10 + Los Angeles County school districts annually.

During the pandemic, the organization pivoted to produce three interactive, video-based dance programs that reached over 75,000 students, educators, and households in the 2020/2021 school year. Looking forward, we plan to restore our partner-dance program with COVID-safety modifications to support students' socialization during their reentry to campus-based instruction.

Through social dance, the Conga Kids programs teach core values of respect, teamwork, and self-care. As we navigate the changing landscape of education, the organization has two signature program offerings that allow schools to choose distance-learning or campus-based dance instruction. These standards-aligned programs explore the social-and-emotional wellness benefits of the Afro-diasporic social and partner dances like Salsa, Merengue, Swing, Hip-Hop, and more!


Position Summary

The Programs Manager, Curriculum & Instruction reports to the Programs and Curriculum Director and supports a range of curriculum development and programs management matters. The position is also a Conga Kids ambassador - attending events, meetings, and press opportunities as a public representative of the organization. As a key player in the curriculum development process, the position supports the development of new programs that uphold the organization’s mission to promote social-and-emotional wellness through social dance, ensuring artistic excellence across our written and practical lesson plans.

The Programs Manager, Curriculum & Instruction is highly involved in the recruitment, hiring, and training of Teaching Artists and Programs Liaisons, seeking competent and passionate personnel. Throughout the programmatic year, the position acts as the direct report for 3-5 Programs Liaisons, ensuring that they have the required tools to conduct and provide thorough observation and feedback to teaching artists, and maintain healthy relationships with school partners. This includes: weekly site visits to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of Conga Kids’ in-school programs; development of assessment practices to ensure that academic, social-and-emotional growth goals are met; and development of training and professional development initiatives for the Conga Kids programs teams, and other varied responsibilities.


Responsibilities

Program and Curriculum Development

  • Supports in the development and implementation of programs that uphold the organization’s mission to promote social-and-emotional wellness through social dance:
  • Assists in the choreographing, writing, recording, and editing of lesson plans as appropriately assigned by the Programs and Curriculum Director
  • Provides feedback and suggests changes to curriculum and lesson plans based on evaluation of ongoing programs
  • Works collaboratively with the Programs and Curriculum Director to create and execute Professional Development opportunities for educators, highlighting social-and-emotional learning and arts integration concepts in the Conga Kids curriculum, and developing activities that give educators the tools to bring Conga Kids concepts into the classroom
  • Maintains a comprehensive understanding of Conga Kids program history in order to effectively contribute to the creation of new programs and communicate about the program to various stakeholders, including teaching artists, school district leaders, and educators.
  • Works with the Marketing department to identify schools, artists, and human interest stories that are well-suited for features in Social Media and Marketing campaigns

Programs Management

  • Acts as the direct report for a team of 3-5 Programs Liaisons who conduct oversight of teaching artists in the classroom
  • Ensures that all liaisons have the necessary tools to conduct meaningful observation and provide constructive feedback to teaching artists
  • Facilitates bi-weekly meetings (in-person and Zoom) with Programs Liaisons, keeping the Programs and Curriculum Director informed through detailed and accurate reports
  • Conducts weekly site visits to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of Conga Kids’ in-school programs, including but not limited to evaluation of Conga Kids staff & school relationships, implementation of lesson plans, and other
  • Communicates and maintains healthy relationships with school partners (principals, district officials, etc.), resolving incidents and communicating needs to the Programs and Curriculum Director when appropriate
  • Approves all Liaisons’ biweekly timesheets, verifying employees' work hours through the payroll system

Conga Kids Ambassador
- Attends outreach and development meetings at the request of executive leadership
- Hosts Conga Kids events, including culminations and competitions, when requested
- Attends press events to speak on behalf of the organization

Programs Staff Development - Shared Duties with All Programs Team Members

  • Facilitates the recruitment and hiring of Teaching Artists, Programs Liaisons, and additional field-based positions, seeking competent and passionate personnel who will uphold the Conga
  • Kids standards for artistic excellence in dance education:
    • Reviews programs staff resumes for team consideration
    • Supports in the creation of a master schedule of hiring and training
    • Schedules auditions, interviews, and other elements related to hiring and training
    • Leads elements of the audition and interview process, assessing candidates in areas including effectiveness of teaching, classroom charisma, and other skills as identified by the hiring team
    • Facilitates training sessions to ensure all field staffers are prepared for program launch
    • Participates in the thoughtful assignment of teaching artists to school sites, based on an evaluation of teaching artist skill sets during the training process
    • Devises and recommends ongoing teaching artist training initiatives based on field evaluations, for approval by the Programs and Curriculum Director
    • Effectively executes all approved teaching artist training plans

Administration of Programs - Shared Duties with All Programs Team Members

  • Participates in the creation and management of the annual Master Programs calendar, including dates for outreach and parter solicitation, programs benchmarks, special events, and other:
  • Oversees successful program launch, including the execution and approval of school schedules, teaching artist assignments, and other
  • Oversees the distribution and collection of partner paperwork, including permission slips, selection forms, participant surveys, and other
  • Provides routine and timely updates to the Programs and Curriculum Director, working to create streamlined and efficient program practices

Qualifications
The candidate is a highly organized, self-motivated, supportive and collaborative team player, with strong administrative and interpersonal skills, including excellent verbal and written communication. Personal values must align with the vision and mission of Conga Kids: to promote social-and-emotional wellness through socially and culturally responsive, anti-racist social dance programs. Dance and arts education background required. Preferred experience in the classroom and working with creative individuals.

Education, Experience, and Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in arts education as a teaching artist
  • Ability to devise, choreograph, and speak to cultural connections in social/ partner dance
  • Administration and curriculum development experience preferred
  • Dance therapy and/ or knowledge of social-and-emotional learning practices preferred
  • Experience with Google suite software and email
  • Ability to work with and manage creative people and educators
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and stick to deadline
  • Passionate about incorporating tenets of antiracism and multicultural celebration throughout all Conga Kids pedagogy

During peak program periods, the position primarily works remotely and in schools, with required weekly meetings at the Conga Kids administrative office located in Mid-City - Los Angeles, CA. During the program’s off-season, the position is expected to increase office hours at the request of executive leadership. Candidates are expected to work at least 40 hours weekly, and must be open to working a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends. Must be able to drive a motor vehicle; must be able to lift 30 pounds; bilingual (ENG/ ESP) preferred. Salary is $60,000 - $75,000 Competitive Health Insurance, Paid Time-Off, Holiday allocation, and Sick Days; Mileage and travel stipends as applicable.

Conga Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage gender diverse individuals, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all of our positions.

Send cover letter & resume to [email protected], with subject line "Curriculum & Instruction Application - YOUR NAME" by July 23, 2021.

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