Program Manager

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 US Program Manager (PM) is a full time, exempt position under the supervision and management of the US Program Director. The PM is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day coordination and implementation of US School and Community-Based Programming. This position requires an individual who is experienced in and dedicated to arts education, performance-based storytelling, collaborative artistic environments, and all aspects of live theatre.

The PM works with the Program Staff in the ongoing recruitment and management of Teaching Artists, closely collaborating with the Program Director to ensure that all contract deliverables and compliance reports are completed in a timely manner. The PM supports the Education and Curriculum Senior Manager (ECSM) with recruitment and management of Volunteer Mentors as well as supporting the Technical Coordinator with all aspects of our culmination productions.
The Program Manager will supervise all US programs from start to finish, coordinating all pre-program logistics and production management details. The PM is instrumental in building strong relationships with partner agencies, school administrators, community partners, and local agencies. The PM and the ECSM work together to maintain program quality control and documentation, including but not limited to strong, collaborative, and professional relationships with our staff and partner organizations.
This position reports to the US Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

▪ Develops strong collaborative relationships with Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los Angeles Unified School District, and other educational program partners, including government and community based service providers to enable the most effective coordination, communication, and recruitment for successful programming.
▪ Attends and participates in meetings with partners, various schools, probation-based and other community organizations, as needed.
▪ Maintains ongoing communication with ECSM and site administrators to ensure workshop and performance space availability, and secure equipment storage throughout the program residency.
▪ Responsible for monitoring all Teaching Artist timesheets and completing payroll.
▪ Coordinates with ECSM to hire and coordinate technical and design contractors to ensure high quality and efficient production process.
▪ Supports US Program Coordinator with database entries, collection of surveys and program documentation, and contract reporting and compliance. Monitors participation levels and assists with reengagement efforts.
▪ Manages program data tracking, evaluation and reporting with support of Program Coordinator.
▪ Partners with ECSM in the recruitment, orientation and training of Volunteer Mentors.
▪ Oversees the management of Volunteer Mentors.
▪ Partners with ECSM for orientation and training of Volunteer Mentors.
▪ Collaborates with ECSM on alumni outreach and communication.
▪ Supports Operations Director in ensuring compliance with required background clearance policies.
▪ Coordinates casting of professional, volunteer, actors for student presentations, as needed.
▪ Creates, coordinates, and implements recruitment events with Programs Staff, including but not limited to classroom pitches and assemblies.
▪ Attends company meetings as assigned by the US Program Director.
▪ Prepares required reports, communications and other documentation as assigned by the US Program Director.
▪ Maintains open communication with the Program team in regard to the status of outreach efforts.
▪ Supports Technical Coordinator with all aspects of program culminations; lighting, sound, projection and QLab, as well as managing the inventory of all technical equipment; lights, speakers, laptops, tablets, etc.
▪ Understands and adheres to all US and partner-site guidelines and policies.
▪ Exhibits flexibility in adjusting to unforeseen circumstances and other assigned duties as needed.
▪ Maintains a professional and flexible attitude in support of the program’s ultimate goal; a successful, positive experience for the youth and all involved.


Desirable Skills & Qualifications

● A Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) is beneficial.
● 5+ years of management experience in related fields is preferred.
● English/Spanish bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
● Strong background in theatre arts and education.
● Excellent project management skills; supervising complex, multifaceted projects.
● Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
● Experience in building strong partnerships with community organizations, residents and stakeholders.
● Foster’s open communication and collaboration within the program team and participants.
● Goal oriented, independent, flexible, and proficient at multitasking.
● Supports a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
● Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills.
● Excellent computer and administrative skills; Microsoft Office, Google Suite, etc.
● Some knowledge of the Los Angeles City/County/State educational and cultural landscape.
● A working understanding of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards (VAPA).
● Experience using CMS programs like: Social Solutions, Little Green Light, Apricot, etc., is a plus.
● Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license.


Personal Qualifications:

The candidate is dedicated to developing leaders and building coalitions. Exhibits a strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of The Unusual Suspects organization.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

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 position works both in the US administrative office, at program sites, and will have the option to work remotely on occasion.


Salary & Schedule

● Full time, exempt position.
● $60K – $65K, Commensurate with experience.
● Health benefits reimbursement up to $400 monthly.
● CalSavers - Roth IRA Program
● Cell phone and internet reimbursement.
● Accrued PTO; 2 weeks vacation per year and paid sick leave.
● Additional week off from December 24th through January 1st.
● Candidates are expected to work at least 40 hours per week and must be open to working a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.


Apply Today!

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 6/6/2022. Include in the subject line of your email the title of the position in which you are applying. No calls please.

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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