Program Coordinator

YAYA seeks a creative and energetic professional who is passionate about working with youth to join our programs team. For 30 years, YAYA has empowered creative young people through training in the arts and entrepreneurship, and the Arts Center serves as a hub for creative activities in our neighborhood and across the city. YAYA has three core programs that serve youth: the Teen Guild, which provides intensive, multi-year after-school arts and professional training for youth ages 5-25; Community Arts, which serves youth ages 5-12 and their families; und Urban Heroes, which provides arts integration workshops in schools and at festivals and events throughout the city. In addition, we host a range of public classes for youth and adults in glass, ceramics, and other media.

The ideal candidate will be excited to provide arts and leadership training to creative young people, and eager to build relationships with our youth and their families to support their individual ambitions. The Program Coordinator should be a self-starter who can independently manage multi-faceted projects, as well as collaborate closely with the Senior Director of Programs and teaching artists.


  • Manage all YAYA artists, ages 5-25, individually and as a group (approx. 60), tracking and nurturing their progress through the Guild and Community Arts programs. This includes regular individual and group meetings with youth, communication with parents, and maintaining detailed records about each young artist.

  • Work with teen artists on individualized program plans and provide feedback and guidance as needed for advancement through the program. Evaluate and maintain records on each artist, including activities and progress outside of YAYA (report cards and other evaluations of school progress, GED programs, professional development activities, etc.) Create academic performance goals for artists as needed.

  • Research and coordinate individualized opportunities for artists, including internships, apprenticeships, scholarships, and travel. Oversee teen internships and jobs at YAYA, including teaching assistants, summer camp counselors, and administrative assistant.

  • Work with teaching artists and Senior Director of Programs to identify and plan field trips, artist talks, and special projects based on YAYA’s young artists’ interests

  • Manage artist recruitment, intake, and orientation

  • Provide support to Senior Director of Programs and teaching artists in the implementation of all programs, including creating program flyers and materials, organizing supplies, managing registration and communication, and program documentation

  • Update website and all social media portals with programmatic announcements and information

  • As a small team, all YAYA staff members assume some operational duties. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining YAYA’s general email account and voicemails, maintaining digital and paper program files, and managing office and art supply inventories.

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least three years of experience in arts administration, education, or program coordination

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate clearly to youth and adults

  • Prior teaching experience and knowledge of youth development best practices preferred

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software; basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred

  • The position requires gathering program materials, as well participating in off-site events; access to a car is preferred.

The Program Coordinator is a 40-hour/week position, including some evening and weekend events. The salary for this position is $35,000, with health and dental insurance, three weeks paid vacation, and other benefits. YAYA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to