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

JOB OPENINGS

ABOUT THE POSITION: 

After nearly twenty years leading the organization, Creative Action’s current Executive Director is moving on to pursue new opportunities. The Board of Directors is now seeking its next Executive Director (ED) to lead this influential community-centered organization with a focus on long term growth, community engagement and success. Creative Action’s next ED will exemplify the organization’s mission, lead boldly and exhibit deep social justice attributes, inspire and encourage authentic communication at all levels of the organization. The ED will seek to collaborate and build impactful partnerships that elevate Creative Action’s work. This is a unique opportunity for a person who aspires to create change and will strive relentlessly to ensure Creative Action succeeds in its mission, and takes the organization on its next exciting chapter of growth. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will drive Creative Action’s strategic vision and oversee the successful operation of the organization. The ED will position Creative Action for future growth and development by strengthening and expanding the organization’s visibility, fundraising, and programming.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Organizational Leadership 

  • In collaboration with the Board and staff, refine and plan Creative Action’s strategic vision and oversee its implementation 
  • Create a strong, inclusive, and supportive culture that engages, retains, and inspires a diverse community of staff, volunteers, and community partners 
  • Collaborate with organizational leaders, staff, and community members to advance Creative Action’s commitment to racial and social justice, internally and externally In partnership with the Deputy Director, oversee all day-to-day operations (including program, fundraising, marketing, communications, and internal team culture) and establish necessary administrative policies and procedures, with ultimate accountability for the success of the organization 
  • Support the efficient management of the organization’s finances, ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintaining a positive financial position 

External Leadership and Fundraising 

  • Serve as Creative Action’s primary external voice, enhancing the organization’s visibility, brand recognition, and credibility 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key partners; manage those relationships to strategically enhance Creative Action’s mission 
  • Drive fundraising efforts, with a focus on diversifying revenue streams and increasing funding to support growth in reach and impact 
  • Maintain an active and visible presence in the community and work closely with other organizations and stakeholders 

Board Engagement 

  • Act as primary liaison to the Board of Directors; facilitate Board and Committee meetings 
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in organizational decisions, ensuring effective and timely communication to support informed decision-making 
  • Leverage the board to increase the overall visibility of the organization and enhance fundraising efforts 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS: 

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications. As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience: 

  • Passion and enthusiasm for the mission of Creative Action, with the belief that the arts are a vehicle for social justice
  • Commitment to Creative Action’s core values: Dream Big, Create Community, Stand Up, Strive for Excellence, and Have Fun 
  • 10 or more years of nonprofit management experience, with a minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership positions within youth development and/or entrepreneurial organizations 
  • Collaborative and inclusive leader, with a passionate commitment to issues of racial, gender, and economic justice 
  • Demonstrated success leading an organization and managing a team through a period of growth and development 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to act as as inspiring and passionate ambassador for Creative Action’s work, representing the organization at key conferences and events, and gaining new partners and supporters 
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with an eye towards ensuring teams have the structure, systems, and tools needed to work efficiently and scale their impact 
  • Track record of fundraising success in a nonprofit setting preferred 
  • Exceptional relationship building skills, with a demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and track record of building and strengthening strong local and national partnerships 

LOCATION: Austin, TX 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: The compensation range for the Executive Director role starts at $150,000, commensurate with the incoming leader’s experience and qualifications for the role. There are comprehensive benefits associated with the position. 

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE APPLY: 

https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/2508

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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.

Since 2003, Creative Action has provided high-quality after school and camp programming, also called “out-of-school time,” to tens of thousands of Central Texas youth in six area school districts. We are the largest provider of after school arts education in Central Texas.

Through hands-on, arts-based projects, our out-of-school time programs combine arts, social and emotional learning, and social justice education for positive youth development. Creative Action’s highly engaging and dynamic classes include theater arts, digital media and filmmaking, and visual arts. To learn more about Creative Action please visit creativeaction.org

SERVE WITH US

We are looking for individuals who are artists/makers/creatives/educators who feel comfortable teaching or developing their professional youth educator and/or community facilitator role and using arts as a medium to teach and inspire.

COMMUNITY NEED ADDRESSED /POSITION OUTCOMES

Youth and families in Central Texas have a critical need for affordable, accessible, high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs (also known as Out-of-School Time or “OST” program) that help young people to be safe, supported and school-ready. However, current afterschool and summer enrichment programs are not sufficient to meet the need among youth, families, and schools. Federal afterschool funding in Austin has continued to dwindle since 2015, while demand for afterschool care among working families far exceeds existing programs (Austin ISD ACE, 2021). Additionally, low-income students and students of color in Central Texas are more likely to experience chronic absenteeism, not graduate in four years, and drop out, highlighting systemic inequities and achievement gaps (E3 Alliance, 2021).

Creative Action’s OST programs address these critical needs by providing access to free and affordable, arts-based afterschool programs for 2,000+ youth in grades PreK-8th on 35+ campuses every year, as well as 8 weeks of summer learning programs. 75%+ of the youth we serve attend Title I, low-income schools or come from low-income families. Some classes take place as part of an existing afterschool program on campus, and at 12 schools we run a comprehensive Creative Action Afterschool program ourselves.

ROLE DESCRIPTION

As an AmeriCorps member with Creative Action, you will participate in program preparation and logistics, professional development and will serve at one of our after school sites each calendar school day (Monday-Friday). When Austin ISD schools are closed, you will participate in professional development and/or service learning activities that support our work in the community.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Assist Teaching Artists during enrichment classes as needed, providing additional one-on-one support to youth
  • Lead groups of students during snack, recess, homework help, and other non-class time activities
  • Provide assistance with administrative duties, such as licensing requirements, program supplies, and data collection/management
  • Design and implement youth-led service learning projects and lessons
  • Support family engagement activities, including weekly communications with families and planning family events
  • Serve as key support campus liaison and manage campus stewardship/outreach activities with supervision from Site Coordinator
  • Support curriculum/project development as needed, guided by the Teaching Artists and Site Coordinator
  • Participate and/or lead community activations throughout Greater Austin community
  • Research and present two Presentations of Learning to staff
  • AmeriCorps members are required to wear the AmeriCorps logo during hours of service.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

  • Learn or expand public speaking skills
  • Develop and execute events and/or projects
  • Leading and facilitating groups of learners
  • Frequent professional development opportunities around youth development, non-profit/career development, curriculum development and instruction, and social justice.
  • Receive mentorship from professional creatives, non-profit professionals, and peers.
  • Join a creative and artistic community within Austin, Texas

In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.

Additional preferred skills:

  • Knowledge of virtual and electronic communication tools.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Google Slides, Drive, Sheets, and Docs).
  • Familiarity with youth development, and experience working with groups of elementary or middle school youth in academic or non-academic settings preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to pass DFPS (Texas Licensing) background check by program start date
  • Be a U.S. citizen, or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Have a commitment to community service and the ability to serve for the complete program year: September 1st, 2022-August 12th, 2023

MEMBER BENEFITS, COMPENSATION, and HOURS

Full-time (year-round) members are required to accumulate 1,700 hours and complete the full term of the service period of September 1, 2022- August 12, 2023. With occasional Saturday and evening events. You will receive the following:

  • Living Stipend
  • First-time members (AmeriCorps Member) $26,400;
  • Second-year returning members (AmeriCorps Leader) $28,200;
  • Third-year and beyond returning members (AmeriCorps Senior Leader) $30,000

*Plus: gas and cell phone stipend of $150 per month of service

Education Award: Upon successful completion of the Member’s 1700 service hours and completion of the full term of service, members are eligible to receive an Education Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service of $6,345 to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. Members may receive no more than the aggregate value of two full-time education awards.

Optional health insurance coverage

Non-monetary benefits: On-going support and professional development from experienced educators and non-profit leaders

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, submit your resume and cover letter. Position begins September 1. Service members are welcome to attend our new staff on-boarding and program preparation from August 1st, 2022 if in the Austin Area.

Creative Action has a COVID vaccine mandate policy. ALL AmeriCorps members and employees must either be fully vaccinated and boosted or commit to weekly testing. Masks are worn in the building during times of high transmission rates and at the discretion of Creative Action executives. We adhere to social distancing, hand-washing and good personal hygiene. We keep our building well-ventilated at all times. Creative Action monitors Austin-Travis County and CDC recommendation for COVID-19. Building protocols are implemented and regularly updated to ensure our AmeriCorps members and employee’s safety, health and well-being.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

  • Service Types: Full-time, Part-time
  • Pay: $26,400.00 – $30,000.00 per year
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday
  • Work Location: On the road

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Position: Teaching Artist
Reports to: Site Coordinator/Artistic Associate 

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, team-oriented and proactive person who is passionate about working with young people. This position requires someone who has a growth mindset, can-do attitude and is a creative problem solver. Applicants must have flexibility, excellent organization and interpersonal skills, and the ability to foster creativity, collaboration and communication. This person must be able to anticipate challenges, set positive intentions, build trust and inspire community. 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. This position includes a pathway to leadership in the OST Department, through learning more about site management and logistics.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 
A Teaching Artist is an integral member of the Out of School Time (OST) site based team. This person works closely with a campus Site Coordinator and Artistic Associate to provide daily enrichment, snacks and class for a cohort of students.This person is responsible for preparing daily lessons.  Additional responsibilities include creating unit Plan, following Creative Action teaching pedagogy, classroom management,  supply maintenance and ordering and safety for their assigned class(es).

  • Regular duties occur from 2:30pm-6pm Monday-Friday when school is in session. This position includes the potential for additional hours of work for Day, Spring Break and Summer work as well. 
  Additional Responsibilities
  • Maintain consistent and timely communication with CA staff and other program staff for your campus and follow all required staff sign in/out procedures when on campus as well as maintain any required paperwork on site.
  • Maintain compliance with fingerprinting and background checks, as well as current CPR/First Aid certification
  • Attend all required training/meetings throughout the year, including Creative Action training, arts cohort training, online DFPS training, and any training/orientation for your campus program as scheduled
  • Support Creative Action’s Out of School Time events as scheduled
  • Support assessment and evaluation efforts for OST programs 
  • Other duties as assigned
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Teaching Artists will be responsible for implementing/and or supervising additional safety procedures to ensure a safe environment for all staff and students in our in-person programs.  This may include  working with the individual school districts and their specific COVID-19 procedures.  Creative Action monitors Austin-Travis County and CDC recommendations for COVID-19. Building protocols are implemented and regularly updated to ensure each employee’s health and wellbeing.   All staff are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot as soon as they are eligible. If you are unable to receive the vaccine for health, religious, or personal reasons, staff have the option to complete an exemption form for review.   

WHAT WE OFFER
Starting at $20 an hour
  • Training opportunities, and pathway to leadership opportunities within the Organization. 
  • Potential financial bonuses at the end of each semester.
Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, compensate, uplift and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving our students through the Arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward thinking organization. We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color. We provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service for any and all individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.

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, complete our Teaching Artist Application Form. In-service training to begin 8/2/22.

APPLY NOW

WHO WE ARE

Creative Action is a nationally-recognized creative youth development organization in Austin, TX. 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.

In our Spark Schools programs, we work in deep, multi-year partnerships with select schools to cultivate joy, belonging, and learning that is personally and culturally relevant through the arts. Since 2015 we have partnered with Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Austin ISD’s only Media and Performing Arts Institute and magnet Elementary School. Central to this partnership are our Arts Integration Collaboration classes that pair Campbell teachers with Creative Action Teaching Artists to teach academic skills and content through theatre and digital media arts.

SPARK SCHOOLS TEACHING ARTIST AT L.L CAMPBELL WILL:

  • Teach Theatre or Digital Media classes in grades PreK – 5 for 10 weeks each semester between the hours of 8am-2pm, Monday – Thursday (programming will not last the entire day but is scheduled within these hours).
  •  Be available for orientation and training Aug. 8-12th, and ongoing training from Aug. 15-Sept. 12th. 
  • Start classes Sept. 19, 2022 for the fall and Jan. 30, 2023 for the spring.
  • Use theatre or digital media arts to make learning academic skills and content—literacy, math, social studies, science—fun, exciting, and personally and culturally relevant. 
  • Support student participation in two end-of-semester Final Showcases. 
  • Meet requirements and maintain compliance with fingerprinting and background checks 
  • Attend all required training/meetings throughout the year, including all Creative Action trainings and orientations.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Hourly rate starting at $20.00-22.00, based on experience 
  • Access to regular Teaching Artist trainings through Creative Action

TO APPLY

Fill out this Google Form.

Submit your resume through the Google Form.

If you have any questions or needs, please contact Jules Beesley at Jules@creativeaction.org 

Interested in after-school work as well?  See our various job postings here.

All employees are subject to a background check and must successfully pass before being considered for employment. Some jobs may require additional licensing such as fingerprinting and CPR/First Aid certification.

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, compensate, uplift and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving our students through the arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward-thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA2+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

APPLY NOW

Tour with Creative Action DURING THE DAY in our in-school, touring interactive performance residency programs that visit Central Texas school districts! 

WHO WE ARE

Creative Action is a nationally-recognized creative youth development organization in Austin, TX. 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. 

The School-Based Department at Creative Action creates shared arts experiences that build community, connection and capacity for change in schools and learning communities. Our highly trained teaching artists deliver joyful, multi-disciplinary and multi-session arts experiences that build “4C” students – courageous allies, critical thinkers, creative artists and confident leaders. Our programs cultivate critical Social Emotional Learning and 21st Century Skills as young people respond to real world problems through the arts.

WHO WE WANT

BRAVE SCHOOLS TEACHING ARTISTS

For the 2022-23 school-year, Creative Action’s School-Based department is seeking Teaching Artists to deliver exciting, pre-written, interactive drama-based programs IN-PERSON, in the classroom for Kindergarten through 5th grades. We are seeking Teaching Artists with deep respect for and curiosity about diverse young people’s ideas, commitment to social justice, and passion for Creative Action’s values (Dream Big, Create Community, Stand Up, Strive for Excellence and Have Fun!).

Native Spanish speakers, people of color, and applicants with Theatre of the Oppressed and/or Theatre in Education experience are strongly encouraged to apply.  A teaching or arts degree is not required.  

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Hourly rate starting at $20.00-22.00, depending on experience
  • Ongoing training and support
  • Access to regular Teaching Artist training through Creative Action

BRAVE SCHOOLS TEACHING ARTISTS WILL:

  • Travel to schools and classrooms in Austin, Del Valle, Manor, Round Rock and Eanes School Districts as necessary to deliver programs (after rehearsal and training period with full-time staff) beginning in Sept. 2022 – April 2023. 
  • Train and rehearse on programs in Aug/Sept. 2022. 
  • Be available for programming between 7:30am – 1:00pm, Monday-Thursday 
  • Perform and teach in English and in Spanish (for some programs) 
  • Have reliable transportation or personal vehicle 
  • Arrive punctually and reliably 
  • Respond in a timely fashion to electronic communications

TO APPLY

Fill out this Google Form.

Submit your resume through the Google Form.

If you have any questions or needs, please contact Lynn Hoare at lynn@creativeaction.org or Ligia Gonzalez at ligia@creativeaction.org

Interested in after-school work as well?  See our various job postings here.

All employees are subject to a background check and must successfully pass before being considered for employment. Some jobs may require additional licensing such as fingerprinting and CPR/First Aid certification.

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, compensate, uplift and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving our students through the arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward-thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA2+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, compensate, uplift and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving our students through the arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward-thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

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