Community Art Center, Inc.

119 Windsor St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Date Posted:
August 12, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Lower School Age Program Manager


Who We Are:

Founded in 1937, the mission of the Community Art Center is to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods and their worlds. The Community Art Center has propelled close to 8000 Cambridge youth to develop themselves artistically, academically and socially. We do this by providing a combined total of approximately 3000 program hours per year through three program areas the School Age Child Care Program, our Teen Programs (including Teen Media and Public Art) and our Community Programs which include the Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival – the oldest youth curated film festival in the country.The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgement of place, and expression of differences and shared values. During a time of rapid change and economic inequality, the Community Art Center generates art that redistributes agency, promotes a right to co-create culture and allows communities to build a collective future.

In the coming year, the Community Art Center will pilot the Creative Careers Pipeline Initiative and begin the planning phase of the Port Arise Institute. Winner of a Coming Up Taller award in 2006, recipient of the Citizen’s Bank Champion in Action and selected to be part of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative in 2018, the Community Art Center maintains a long history of quality, arts-based youth development programming. With new strategic partnerships in place for the coming year both in the public and private sectors, the Community Art Center is poised to achieve new levels of engagement and investment.


What We Seek:

The Lower School Age Program Manager reports to the Director of Programs to teach and care for young people, support individual students, ensure student safety and wellbeing, manage workers, perform administrative operations to maintain the security of the program, and engage with external stakeholders through marketing for events. The Lower School Age Program Manager will communicate and carry out therapeutic recommendations, serve as an advocate for youth as needed, promote positive relationships with families, school, community, and other service providers, and provide support to program staff and solicit supports with regard to behavioral response and social/emotional needs of youth. They will recruit and hire candidates for direct reports and supervise the participation of Lower School Age teachers and participants in family nights, tribe workshops, art outings and the annual SACC play.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

· Teach and Care for Young People includes serving as an advocate for youth as needed, promoting positive relationships with families, school, community, and other service providers. In addition, providing support to program staff and soliciting additional supports with regard to behavioral response and social/emotional needs of youth. Responsible for contacting and developing an ongoing, evolving dialogue with parents or guardians concerning the well-being, behavior, and healthy development of high needs youth or youth in crisis with an emphasis on how Community Art Center can serve the youth optimally.

· Support Individual Students by maintaining program expectations and behavior response that take into consideration the needs of the group and the situations of individual youths.

· Ensure Student Safety and Wellbeing by recruiting and hiring candidates for direct reports. This includes but is not limited to reviewing job applications, interviewing candidates, and providing internal feedback on interviews, checking references, submitting CORI/background, and making job offers. In addition, providing verbal and written performance evaluations, supporting and giving feedback to direct report(s) through mentoring, advising, observing, and coaching as necessary.

· Hire/Develop/Manage Workers by reviewing curriculum for arts classes and ensuring that they align with Community Art Center mission and strategic plan. Establishing strategic planning activities to be carried out in your program area that work towards established strategic goals, and maintaining a positive program physical environment and culture through the regular upkeep and organization of space, materials and bulletin boards to ensure a positive environment for all youth.

· Resource Development includes ensuring the maintenance of student paper files, including security and confidentiality of all records; copying and filing all required paperwork. Also providing tours and program information to incoming youth and families and communicating with SACC parents regarding student attendance issues.

· Engage External Stakeholders and Marketing by supervising the participation of Lower School Age teachers and participants in family nights, tribe workshops, art outings and the annual SACC play. This also includes the supervision of program support staff as needed in relation to associated events.

Additional Qualifications:

Candidates must be committed to the Community Art Center’s mission and organizational values, which are: We believe in the power of young people. We believe in the power of artistic expression. We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other. We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond.


· Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree and/or youth worker certification preferred


· Minimum 3 years working in leadership in the field of youth work and/or Creative Youth Development

· Experience in the planning and successful implementation of programmatic activities that promote a combination of creative learning, leadership/social emotional skills and community based activism.

· Experience working in environments that are culturally and ethnically diverse.

· Experience teaching young people with preference given to experience that includes working with a variety of age groups between ages 5-9.

· Knowledge of and experience with early childhood education, out of school time, community based, youth-serving or arts focused organizations


· Works well with others, is accountable and trust worthy and adapts and responds to change

· Has a consistent and grounded presence and moves easily between detailed and global perspectives

· Culturally aware and committed to equitable practice; understands the parents, school and community

· Participates actively in the field and is able to build mutually beneficial relationships

· Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize competing assignments and deliver quality results on deadline

· Communicates effectively across multiple sectors and with people of different backgrounds and levels of authority

· Demonstrated ability to coach effectively, hold people accountable, work as part of a team and delegate appropriately

· Is passionate about the creative process and its role in human development

· Interacts positively and empowers young people by offering maximum voice and choice and responding to priorities articulated by participants.

· Takes initiative and is enterprising – willing to experiment and try new methods

How To Apply:

Please email a formal cover letter and resume to:, Attn: Lower School Age Program Manager

Preference will be given to resumes received by Friday, August 23, 2019.

Community Art Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Due to the anticipated high volume of responses only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Apply by:
August 23, 2019
$42-45,000 / individual & family health & dental
About this Organization:
The Community Art Center is a comprehensive after school arts education organization for children and teens living in Area Four, Cambridge. Our mission is to nurture children and young adults with limited access to financial resources so they achieve personal and cultural growth and have a positive impact on their world through joyful experiences in the arts. We provide year-round after school programs for over 100 youth annually who live primarily in Washington Elms/Newtowne Court public housing. An additional 700 youth and adults participate as audience members at our public screenings and workshops. Our signature project is the “Do It Your Damn Self!!” National Youth Video and Film Festival, began in 1996 and is the oldest youth-produced and curated festival in the country. DIYDS brings the work of hundreds of youth filmmakers to Cambridge every year.