Teen Program Coordinator

Date Posted: 4/15/2022
Last Date to Apply: 5/10/2022

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education  blipford@raineyinstitute.org


Job Details

EMPLOYEE STATUS: Full Time – Exempt

SUPERVISOR: Director of Arts Education

SUPERVISEES: Teaching Artist Assistants; Summer Camp Teen Leaders

Rainey Institute is seeking a dynamic and creative leader to join our Arts Education team as a full-time Teen Program Coordinator. This position has the unique opportunity to create a transformational impact in our community, through the delivery of engaging, innovative, and relevant programming for our next generation of leaders. Rainey’s Teen Program Coordinator will primarily facilitate Rainey’s Creatives Program, a leadership development program that provides teens with 21st century career readiness training, creative workforce tools and technology, comprehensive coaching, and individualized scholarship grants centered around the completion of self-directed creative learning projects. The Teen Program Coordinator will serve as the lead instructor and facilitator for the program, recruiting and enrolling students from throughout Greater Cleveland, engaging schools and community partners, coordinating mentorship, internship, and employment opportunities for students, and supporting the planning and completion of student projects. In addition, the Teen Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with Rainey’s Arts Education staff to coordinate additional learning opportunities for teens in the visual and performing arts, help to establish a safe and nurturing environment for all students, and serve as a positive role model to inspire students at all levels to achieve and grow through their engagement at Rainey.

The Teen Program Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate the planning, development, and facilitation of the Rainey Creatives Program for Teens, inclusive of recruiting and enrolling participants, conducting program orientations, providing instruction, approving Self-Directed Creative Learning (SDCL) project proposals, assisting participants with project design, planning, and access to resources, tracking the program budget, expenditures, and individual student project budgets, coordinating final presentation events, overseeing program data collection for reporting and evaluation, and serving as a project advisor for students.
  • Collaborate with Rainey program managers and teaching faculty in Visual Arts, Drama, Music, and Dance to develop additional arts education opportunities for teens.
  • Create and teach lesson plans that align with teen programming goals and objectives, ensuring relevant and developmentally-appropriate learning.
  • Establish a safe environment for students using principles of adolescent development, including social and emotional learning strategies, to manage classroom environment and support student growth.
  • Engage in ongoing reflection and evaluation of lesson plans, instructional methods, student progression, and student behavior, among other topics with department managers and other faculty that may take the form of written reports, surveys, video, individual conferences, group discussions, one-on-one, etc.
  • Coordinate scheduling for all teen programming, including the Creatives Program, Summer Camp work experiences (working in close partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited), Saturday programming, and community outreach programs.
  • Identify potential community partners and manage the relationships and partnership with current partners.
  • Monitor student progress through formal and informal assessment methods, reflect on assessment, and make necessary modifications to the program.
  • Support Program Managers and Teaching Faculty with curricula design and lesson planning for teen classes.
  • Purchase and manage supplies and materials and track program budgets to ensure spending is within guidelines.
  • Research potential funders and support the grant writing process for teen programming.
  • Collaborate with Program Managers and Teaching Faculty in designing and presenting teen programs, community events, festivals, and outreach programs that travel into schools and libraries.
  • Communicate positively with parents, students, staff and teachers on a regular basis and manage issues and concerns related to students and class programs.
  • Commit to ongoing professional development and personal practice of arts education and adolescent development, through seeking out opportunities to perform and attend professional development sessions provided by or at the expense of Rainey Institute.
  • Participate in the planning, organization, execution, and evaluation of a number of special events that occur through teen programs, including performances, exhibits, masterclasses,internships/job shadowing experiences, field trips, and open houses, orientations, and other special events that promote deep learning and exploration.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in Arts Education Fusion meetings.
  • Maintain a clean and organized classroom, teaching and storage space while also ensuring supplies, materials, and equipment are kept in pristine condition.


Education, Training and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business, or a related field of study. (Candidates with an Associate’s Degree and relevant work experience will be considered)
  • At least 2 years experience in education or youth development, and a proven track record of success working with teen/high school aged students.
  • At least 1 year teaching/direct classroom facilitation experience, preferably with teen/high school aged students.
  • Proficient with Google Suite and/or Microsoft Office Suite programs.
  • Program/Curriculum development experience, preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented.
  • Diligent and consistent work ethic.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and project timelines.
  • Ability to perform work duties in a professional manner and maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Strong networking skills, a plus.

Ideal candidates are also available weekday evenings (3 pm – 7 pm) and some Saturdays mornings. Candidates should also be highly detail-oriented, motivated self-starters, exhibit excellent organizational and communication skills, and be growth-oriented with a passion for excellence.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education  blipford@raineyinstitute.org

No Phone Calls.

Rainey Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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