SouthCoast Creative Arts Lab, Program Manager
The position of Program Manager is a part-time contracted position responsible for managing the development and execution of all SouthCoast Creative Arts Lab (SCCAL) education programs, including registration, budgeting and reporting. They work with the SCCAL’s partners to develop an overall education strategy and contribute to the overall strategy.
SCCAL is an APRA funded out-of-school time, student-centered program for 7th-8th graders with a holistic approach for training visual artists and musicians by building leaders and fostering community. The program offers a comprehensive popular music education by harnessing the power of art and music. Program participants receive visual art or theory/music classes and one-on-one instruction. Students gain access to performance opportunities, workshops with visiting artists, master classes, and other invaluable resources in The Narrows Center for the Arts building. With daily instruction, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive curriculum, SCCAL sets up students for success.
The Program Manager’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead the day-to-day operations of the after school program, including student transportation to and from the site. They will report directly to the Executive Director of the Fall River Arts and Culture Coalition (FRACC) and work closely with The Narrows Center for the Arts and Fall River Public Schools to align education initiatives. This position oversees the program’s part-time educators, guest lectures, and interns related to SCCAL programming objectives.
Working closely with the FRACC Executive Director, The Narrows Center for the Arts Executive Director, and the Fall River Public Schools to align education initiatives and staff, they will help to implement a strategic agenda in education, emotional wellness, and coordinate with partners to ensure high quality educational experiences for the students. Critical to the role is the ability to develop and oversee city-wide partnerships with FRACC members and work closely with partners to support a mission of expanding accessibility, advocacy, education and engagement with the arts for the community.
Days and Time
This is a grant-funded contracted position of 10 hours per week, for 16 months starting upon the date of hire. On-site work at The Narrows is required on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 PM – 6 PM. Position requires occasional evening and/or weekend hours in support of events and meetings.
- Supervision, development, implementation and execution of all SCCAL programs, content and curricula designed to educate through art and music, and further mission and goals.
- Work with the FRACC Executive Director to build and manage relationships with major external partners including universities, government agencies, and local and national art and music associations.
- Oversee and coordinate external research and evaluation to gather data and develop program quality control systems. Develop, refine and assess curriculum to complement Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and to fulfill the needs of educators.
- Production of written materials – activity packets, brochures, pre and post educator training materials and resources, surveys, fliers– which support program goals.
- Oversee and create content for programming and outreach resources for the program’s on-line presence.
- Site visits to program partners to help capture best practices and define optimal implementation. Oversee and coordinate external research and evaluation to gather data and develop program quality control systems.
- Stay up to date on relevant trends in art and music education.
- Establish and manage productive relationships with schools, cultural organizations and other state and community based organizations relative to the promotion, advocacy and education in the arts.
- Performs record keeping and clerical functions (e.g. copying, correcting papers, form preparation, attendance, phone calls, etc.) for the purpose of providing necessary records/materials and helping students succeed. Grant reporting as required for funders of programs.
- Takes ultimate responsibility for student relations, including the desirability of class offerings, student satisfaction, and dispute resolution.
- Minimum of two years of experience working with students in grades 7-8 in recreational, educational and/or community youth outreach settings.
- Teaching experience and a background in visual arts or performing arts. Massachusetts licensure preferred but not required.
- Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff, parents and community leaders.
- Familiarity with quality criteria for after school programs.
- Ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate sensitivity to others as well as respond to critical incidents and act swiftly in an emergency situation.
- CPR and First Aid Certifications are highly desired.
- CORI clearance required.
- Physical ability to lead and participate in structured activities.
- Fluency in a language other than English is highly desired.
- Must be proficient in Outlook, Google Suites, and must be an effective communicator in verbal, electronic, and written forms.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 25% walking, and 25% standing. The job is performed under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness and in a clean atmosphere.
$40 per hour.