Central Oregon Program Manager » Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Central Oregon Program Manager

Date Posted: July 17, 2019
Application Deadline: August 14, 2019
Targeted Start Date: Mid-September, 2019
Position Status: 10 hours per week; part-time (exact weekly hours will vary); non-exempt; position guaranteed through June 30, 2020 with potential for ongoing regular employment thereafter
Compensation: $18 – 20 per hour depending on qualifications
Location: Based in Central Oregon (Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties)
Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (YA) seeks a Central Oregon Program Manager to oversee our arts education services in Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Program Manager will be a champion of creative learning in their community, building bridges between artists, educators, students, families, advocates, donors and the community at large to ensure that more local youth get the opportunity to learn through the arts.

YA is entering its second year of providing expanded arts education services to Central Oregon (Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties), including connecting local teaching artists and classroom teachers to implement multi-session in-class residencies for students; identifying qualified local teaching artists and providing professional development resources for them; and collaborating with the region’s arts education supporters and service organizations to build further community support for arts learning opportunities for all Central Oregon youth.

The Central Oregon Program Manager, based in Central Oregon, will be the lead for these efforts in the region, helping to shape YA’s growing service in the area and overseeing its implementation. They will work in collaboration with, and be supported by, the YA staff based in the organization’s main office in Portland.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds, including people of color and from communities underrepresented in the development, arts and education fields.

Essential Position Responsibilities

The Central Oregon Program Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Actively support the Young Audiences mission
  • Identify qualified local teaching artists and interested local schools for multi-session in-school residencies
  • Facilitate partnerships and planning between teaching artists and schools
  • Ensure the documentation of student learning in residencies through photographs and video
  • Provide administrative support for school and artist collaborations, including the timely submission of contracts and invoices, and tracking in YA database
  • Manage the budget for YA’s Central Oregon services
  • Identify individuals to participate in and coordinate the meetings of YA’s Central Oregon Advisory Committee, in collaboration with YA staff leadership team
  • Coordinate with the Community Engagement Manager to market the YA Run for the Arts school fundraising program to Central Oregon schools
  • Support development and fundraising efforts by connecting individuals, corporations and institutions with the YA mission and Central Oregon programs
  • Collaborate with YA communications staff to generate and collateral materials needed for Central Oregon stakeholders (schools, artists, families, supporters)
  • Adjust YA artist support systems to better serve Central Oregon schools and artists
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities for local teaching artists
  • Build relationships with local arts education supporters and service organizations
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience


  • Belief in the value of arts education
  • Knowledge of Central Oregon school systems and arts landscape
  • Understanding of how teaching artist residencies and classrooms work
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Great organizational skills and time-management habits
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Comfort collaborating remotely via technology with co-workers
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • Appreciation for people with backgrounds and identities different from one’s own and a commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment and equitable community
  • Basic financial literacy (i.e. can manage a program budget)
  • Willingness to travel to sites across Central Oregon and access to reliable transportation
  • Strategic outlook paired with keen attention to detail
  • Experience working with Google applications (G Suite, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail) and Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to pass a school district background check


  • Familiarity with Central Oregon arts, education and arts education organizations
  • Experience as a teaching artist or classroom teacher
  • Knowledge of local funders in arts, youth and education fields
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessment
  • Proficiency with Salesforce or similar CRM platform

Application Process

Please submit your application to Young Audiences by email (jobs@ya-or.org), in person, or by postal mail (1220 SW Morrison Street, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97205) including a cover letter, resume, and list of three references. For emailed applications, subject line should include “Application – Central Oregon Program Manager”. Please indicate in your application how you heard about this opportunity.

YA is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Applications from people of color and from other backgrounds underrepresented in the arts and education fields are welcomed.

About Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington

Young Audiences Arts for Learning of Oregon & SW Washington is our region’s most comprehensive arts in education nonprofit organization, serving kids, teens and families in partnership with artists, educators, and community organizations since 1958.

Young Audiences provides workshops, residencies and performances across a dazzling array of artistic disciplines for young people in educational settings; offers training for artists to be more effective educators; gives classroom teachers the tools to integrate the arts into their teaching practice; and brings fundraising support to schools for art education through the Run for the Arts.

Young Audiences is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization with a dedicated, mission-driven, creative work culture and an organizational commitment to equity.

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