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Out of School Time Program Director

WHO WE ARE:

Creative Action is a nationally-recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of creative learning programs in Central Texas, we use the arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies, and community-based programs, our team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their communities.

WHO WE WANT:

We’re looking for a highly motivated, collaborative, and proactive person who values experience and passion as a critical part of creatively working with young people. This position requires someone who has a growth mindset, uses a strengths-based approach to their work, anticipates challenges, and creatively solves problems. Applicants should have a can-do attitude, flexibility, strong organization and interpersonal skills, and a desire to have fun when working with their team. We seek someone who is committed to youth development and believes that all people deserve equal opportunities and are valued for their unique life experience.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Out of School Time Program Director is an integral member of the Out of School Time (OST) Department and will work closely with the Senior Director of Out of School Time Programs. This person provides critical leadership to program staff and operations and engages with community partners to sustain high quality OST programs. Our OST program reaches 45 sites weekly with a team of 125+ Teaching Artists delivering more than 45,000 hours of arts-based enrichment each year. The OST Program Director leads a team of 5 – 6 full time Site Coordinators who work directly with front line staff and youth, and collaborates with other cross-departmental team members to ensure access, equity, and quality across OST programs.

Lead a Team

  • Supervise, guide, and mentor a diverse team of Site Coordinators who manage program sites
  • Facilitate team meetings and promote collaboration between Site Coordinators and Artistic Associates
  • Recruit and hire part-time staff (Teaching Artists, Program Assistants, and Assistant Site Coordinators) and coordinate teaching assignments
  • Develop strategies for part-time staff support, retention, and engagement opportunities
  • Troubleshoot and resolve site-specific and programming challenges

Drive Program Quality

  • Ensure program quality and sustainability for all after school and summer programs
  • Collaborate with other OST Program Directors to achieve program and company goals;
  • Conduct frequent site observations to inform improvement efforts and staff support as part of our professional learning community
  • Develop and facilitate training for part-time staff
  • Uphold regular communication with program partners and administrators, parents, and other stakeholders
  • Provide critical support to summer program administration and content

Implement Best Practices

  • Participate in ongoing staff development, leadership training, and licensing certification
  • Meet regularly with OST leadership team to manage program operations and troubleshoot challenges
  • Implement program and staff assessment and evaluation in support of a continuous program improvement cycle
  • Seek out professional development opportunities in the community and utilize local coalitions and networks to inform and enrich our programming
  • Participate in Creative Action’s social justice efforts toward anti-racism and inclusive practices

EXPERIENCE:

  • Strong understanding of best practices in after school and summer programs
  • Experience managing a team and/or working in out of school time settings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to navigate relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated high professional standards, initiative, and integrity
  • Must be able to balance working independently and being a team player
  • Experience in a licensed childcare environment preferred
  • Ability to prioritize and navigate workload in response to departmental needs
  • Proficiency with Word and Google suite and an aptitude for learning new technology and systems
  • Must maintain DFPS state licensing certification requirements, including background checks, mandatory training, and minimum required annual hours
  • Transportation essential — frequent travel to program locations and community meetings
  • Some travel (in and out of state) required
  • Occasional night and weekend work required

WHAT WE OFFER:

Competitive salary, health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, a discounted gym membership, and an employee assistance program. We also offer paid time off and a fun and flexible work environment.

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect the communities we serve to apply, including bilingual individuals and/or people of color.

TO APPLY: 

Take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. Then, if this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter (required) to Sarah Rinner at sarah@creativeaction.org. Posting will remain open until filled.

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