Youth Programming Facilitator
Reports to: Creative Programming Manager
FLSA status: non-exempt, part-time (20 hours per week)
PlatteForum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, is an award-winning and innovative arts, youth-development, and artist-in-residence program in Denver that teams under-resourced youth (K-12) with professional artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning environments. Youth work side by side with resident artists to collaboratively plan, produce, and exhibit a body of work in an environment in which artistic excellence is highly valued. Youth in PlatteForum’s programs delve into a variety of art forms, confronting challenges and obstacles and making life-changing discoveries about who they are, what they are capable of achieving, and where they belong in the world.
Responsibilities and Duties:
The Youth Programming Facilitator works in partnership with the Creative Programming Manager and community partners to successfully implement PlatteForum’s award-winning youth program, ArtLab at both PlatteForum’s main office and at partner satellite locations.
About ArtLab: ArtLab is an innovative year-round, out-of-school program for under-resourced high school youth that integrates the creative process and arts-based learning with academic, personal, leadership and professional skill development. As an intensive program, we are limited to 16 youth who go through a competitive application and interview process. Youth do not need to have an arts background. This program seeks youth who do not have access to learning through the arts and would benefit from structured immersion in the creative process.
ArtLab youth are involved in the creation and presentation of major works, mentored by professional artists, participate in workshops directed by visiting artists and participate in service-learning projects. All projects address social issues affecting their generation, which creates opportunities for youth to give voice to those issues and propels youth to become active members and catalysts for change in their communities. Through individual and group struggles, challenges, and obstacles, ArtLab interns learn to work together as a team, communicate, accept differences, and focus on completing a project/goal together. In the end, ArtLab youth create high-quality works of art and experience a sense of accomplishment, pride, and shared purpose.
Youth Programming Facilitator Responsibilities and Duties:
- Create workshops collaboratively with the ArtLab interns, Creative Programming Manager, and artists.
- Plan and implement ArtLab workshop curriculum in partnership with programming staff.
- Coordinate with schools and partner organizations.
- Aid in recruiting ArtLab applicants and in evaluating applications as part of the election committee.
- Lead ArtLab workshops with artists and partner staff.
- Recruit Lead Artists for programming and participate in the Resident Artist selection
- Distribute and process pre/post evaluations and other ArtLab paperwork
- Mentor youth
- Oversee the documentation of workshops
- Track and measure workshop outcomes and long-term ArtLab intern success
- Oversee ArtLab Alumni program
- Plan and facilitate post-secondary preparations and programming.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with arts education and youth programming experience to grow and further develop a proven program.
- Preference will be given to candidates who reflect and have shared experiences with the communities PlatteForum serves.
- Experience with classroom teaching is preferred.
- Digital arts experience is a plus.
- Proven success and experience in youth programming, curriculum design, measurement, and reporting.
- Proven commitment to working with low-income and/or under-served youth from various backgrounds.
- Ability to manage competing responsibilities and to take direction from multiple managers is preferred.
- Verbal and written understanding of Spanish or second language is preferred.
- Strong belief in art and creativity as an empowering tool for youth success.
- Involvement and/or interests in art, education, and/or the cultural community of the Denver-metro area.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of humor is a plus.
- Ability to work after-school hours and Saturdays during the school year and to work. Monday – Thursday during summer break (an average of 20 hours per week)
- Related and demonstrated experience will be welcomed in lieu of a bachelor’s or higher degree.
- Proficiency in a Mac and Google environment and experience with Microsoft products for Mac (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Starting Date: Mid- to late-September
Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Please include the following in your subject line: “Youth Programming Facilitator position”
No phone calls, please
Required Application Materials:
- Cover letter
Compensation: Non-exempt, approximately 20 hour per week position: $19 to $24 per hour, the rate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits: Pro-rated but generous paid vacation, holiday, and sick time.