General Summary of Duties: The Programs Director occupies a management position within YoungArts and reports to the Artistic Director. The Programs Director will oversee and facilitate the day-to-day artistic operations of YoungArts while assisting the Artistic Director in maintaining the highest possible administrative and production standards for the organization. The Programs Director is responsible for implementation of strategic objectives and organizational initiatives as set forth by the Artistic Director and providing leadership for the Artistic Programs team, supporting the creation, development and delivery of programming.
Essential and Other Responsibilities: (performs other duties as assigned)
Advance the creation and development of programs that support artists at varying stages of their career, and are representative and in support of the organizations accessibility and belonging values and action plan
Oversee the design and arc of programming for YoungArts programs, including the signature YoungArts Week, and all initiatives related to Creative Opportunities, Professional Development and Community Engagement for guest artists in various roles and award winners at all career stages, in collaboration with Artistic Director and Associate Director of Artistic Programs
Effectively manage and provide leadership for team of no less than five direct reports including Associate Directors, Managers and Coordinators
Manage non-staff Artist Advisory Council, in collaboration with Artist Community Manager
Support Artistic Director in developing evaluation strategies to assess program effectiveness, future direction and design of programming and cultural partnerships
Manage contracts and budgeting processes in collaboration with Artistic Director and other Programs team members, maintaining accuracy for department-wide reporting
Work closely with Director of Productions to determine production needs for all programs and campus activities
Collaborate with other members of the Programs team to conduct data evaluation that includes programs impact and in-reach to Award Winner Community for bi-annual reporting
Ensure that programming is seamless and effective throughout the year
Work closely across departments to ensure the artistic vision is communicated clearly to internal and external audiences and stakeholders
Qualifications and Experience Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Proven record as a forward-thinking leader with a strong network of colleagues and associates in relevant fields and an established interest in the best practices of the 21st century arts.
Production and management experience across a diverse range of art forms including performance, visual, film and literary arts.
Strong leadership skills including but not limited to strong decision making, interpersonal, planning, presentation, negotiation, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as key strategies toward broad-based institutional excellence, representing a range of perspectives, thought, and actions
Proven collaborative work style that facilitates long-term professional relationships
Advanced experience and proficiency with budget development, analysis and management
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Track record of successfully managing people and programs logistics in an arts organization
Key Relationships: This position will work closely with all members of YoungArts staff. The position has ongoing interactions with staff, artists, members of the local community, and campus guests.
Education and/or Credentialing Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; Master’s degree preferred
5+ years of progressive experience as a manager; significant experience in the arts, philanthropic, non-profit, or higher-education organization preferred
YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12, in the United States, that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. All YoungArts award winners receive financial awards and the chance to learn from notable artists.
Award winners are further eligible for exclusive opportunities including: nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors; a wide range of creative development support including fellowships, residencies and awards; professional development programs offered in partnership with major institutions nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a private, online portal for YoungArts artists to connect, share their work and discover new opportunit...ies.
At YoungArts, we believe in empowering artists to pursue a life in the arts. Our core values are excellence, collaboration, inclusivity, experimentation, respect and integrity.
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Learn more about our commitment to inclusivity at youngarts.org/equity-and-belonging