Program director sought, People’s Theatre Project, Manhattan, deadline Nov. 19

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People’s Theatre Project is hiring a Program Director!

Apply by November 19, 2017 Start date: January 2018

People's Theatre Project, a creative youth development organization serving the Washington Heights and Inwood area of NYC, is seeking an experienced program director with a background in theatre, education and social justice to join the organization’s founders in deepening local partnerships and driving impact. Bilingual Spanish/English speakers with a connection to uptown are strongly encouraged to apply.

People's Theatre Project cultivates ongoing artistic dialogue with young people in NYC’s

neighborhoods of color to amplify their voices and grow local action. Through student-centered and culturally relevant arts-based programming, youth participants are immersed in experiential learning projects that deepen their sense of power, strengthen their connection to their communities and support the development of creative, collaborative and compassionate leaders with 21st century skills.

People’s Theatre Project is deeply invested in its home neighborhood of Washington Heights and Inwood in northern Manhattan, and strives to be an impactful part of the lives of the young people it serves there. Through long term partnerships with schools and community-based organizations, People’s Theatre Project engages PreK-12 youth in programming that explores social themes that are connected to their lives while teaching skills in both art making and organizing, serving as a welcome entry point for civic action in the social justice movement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Program Development

Work collaboratively with the Executive and Managing Directors to refine and document

People’s Theatre Project’s Pedagogy

Assist in the creation and implementation of new initiatives and curricula to further the

strategic direction of the organization

Design effective models for winter and spring youth theatre festivals in collaboration with

the Executive and Managing Directors and support their curation and production

Partnerships Management

Work with key staff at each site to identify school and student needs

Establish shared goals for program outcomes, outputs, recruitment, attendance and

retention to address needs

Develop partnership plan to achieve program goals in alignment with PTP’s larger goals

Kickoff partnership plan with program site and PTP staff

Evaluate program outcomes and communicate findings to site leadership

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Manage partnerships with college apprenticeship program

Program Management

Handle day to day management of programs in NYC School District 6

Provide direct supervision of teaching artists, site coordinators and apprentices

Match teaching artists, site coordinators and apprentices with program sites

Coordinate program schedules and add to cloud-based system

Manage schedule changes, cancellations and substitute teaching artists

Anticipate challenges and work creatively and quickly together with site coordinators to

resolve issues at program sites

Communicate any and all unresolved issues, or incidents in a timely manner to the

Executive Director

Work with Managing Director to ensure that programs operate within the approved


Organize logistics for stakeholder site visits

Coordinate school participation in and rehearsals for spring festival

Program Evaluation

Support the development and implementation of a program evaluation system

Collect participant surveys, success stories, and creative outputs from teaching artists at

all sites

Submit mid and year end program reports to Executive Director with evaluation findings

and recommend changes to enhance the program

Teaching Artist Recruitment, Training and Evaluation

Recruit, interview and select well-qualified teaching artists and teaching apprentices as


Plan and facilitate annual staff retreats

Develop and facilitate curriculum-specific monthly professional development trainings

Conduct 1-2 formal observations of each teaching artist during the school year

Conduct annual performance reviews of each teaching artist

Meet regularly with the Executive Director to review program observations, discuss

training needs and support programming

Actively seek and participate in opportunities to learn best practices in curriculum

development, classroom culture and teacher professional development through

research, professional development conferences, and other learning opportunities.

Identify and contract guest speakers and trainers, and develop activities that will train

teaching artists in best practices in theatre, education and justice work.


Education/ Experience

MA degree in a related subject or 2-4 years experience in related professional role

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Knowledge, skills and abilities

Experience in Nonprofit Management, Arts Education or the DOE

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both stakeholders and staff

Background in and passion for the performing arts

At ease with cloud-based systems (When I Work, Dropbox, Google Apps)

Connection to or stake in the Washington Heights community

Spanish fluency a plus

Personal characteristics

Peacebuilder: Strong listener, communicator and collaborator

A strong commitment to social justice and undoing racism in our world

Experience with and passion for working with immigrants and communities of color

Able to thrive under pressure and strong deadlines

Multi Tasker

Goals and systems oriented

Able to work 3-4 Saturdays each semester

Working Conditions

The Program Director will work out of the PTP office, located at 5030 Broadway in

Inwood, together with the Executive and Managing Directors. Often the Program Director

will be at school sites in the neighborhood to supervise teaching artists and meet with

school staff.

The Program Director is a full time position. The general weekly schedule is M-F from

9:30am-5:30pm. Programming outside of these hours will require occasional weekend

and evening flexibility.

Salary and Benefits:

Working in a small and growing arts and social justice organization that is committed to

creating change!

Ability to have a strong voice in the management and direction of programs and the


Paid professional development

Salary: $50,000-55,000

Benefits: Health and Dental/Vision (75% contribution), 401K access, FSA, and generous

Paid Time Off

Start Date: January 2018

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should send a 1-2 page resume and 1 page cover letter together in one

PDF document to with the subject line “[Applicant Name]

Program Director Application” by Nov 19, 2017.

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