After School Program Site Coordinator, Asian Arts Initiative

Posted on May 09, 2011


Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary community-based arts center offering performances, exhibitions, workshops, and training for artists, youth, and adults of all racial backgrounds. Founded in 1993, the organization is in a critical phase of growth, with the development of a new multi-cultural multi-tenant arts facility in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood and the launch of new after-school services at two public schools in South Philadelphia.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic, and qualified part-time After-School Program Site Coordinator to lead our Youth Arts Workshop program at Taggart School in South Philadelphia. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and experience working with middle school students (5th to 8th grade), and be a great collaborator with school staff and teachers, teaching assistants, and artists to deliver quality after-school academic enrichment and arts programming.

Asian Arts Initiative offers multi-disciplinary arts and cultural activities at our home site at 1219 Vine Street on weekday afternoons, weekends, and in the summer; and at John H. Taggart School (grades 5-8) and South Philadelphia High School (grades 9-12) during after-school weekday afternoons. Our Youth Arts Workshop (YAW) programming aims to develop artistic skills, strengthen cross-cultural understanding, and support academic achievement.

The Site Coordinator will be responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of the Youth Arts Workshop Program for middle school students at Taggart School in South Philadelphia. The Site Coordinator will implement the program, working about 20-25 hours per week, primarily at the school. The Site Coordinator’s main activities will include designing curriculum and facilitating program activities with teaching assistants and artists weekday afternoons (3:00-6:00pm); conducting ongoing student recruitment and outreach; linking the Youth Arts Workshop Program with school and community resources; and supporting the school and program staff as needed during the school day. S/he will supervise a team of at least two teaching assistants, and additional teaching artists. The Site Coordinator will report to the Director of Youth Programs.

Service Delivery
1. Provide instruction and support to students in art and other activities. Provide direct supervision, support and training to teaching assistants and artists at site.
2. Develop curriculum and lesson plans, working with YAW teaching staff. Coordinate research and scheduling of field trips and guest artists.
3. Supervise homework time. Provide or ensure tutoring and academic enrichment activities, working with YAW teaching staff.
4. Develop and implement structure to provide supervision and discipline for students, working with teaching staff.
5. Coordinate daily debriefings to discuss concerns, program development, staff relations, and personal challenges. Work with Program Director to hold supportive staff meetings and trainings.
6. Interact with school staff on specific student needs/issues as necessary.
7. Monitor supplies, get purchasing approval, and coordinate purchasing process as needed.

Youth Recruitment and Outreach, Community and School Relationship Development
8. Develop and implement student recruitment plan. Conduct ongoing outreach at school(s) and in community, including classroom presentations, guest workshops, and participating at relevant events.
9. Develop and maintain relationships with students and families (advocate).
10. Build relationships with school teachers, administration, and staff. Support school and community activities, as needed.
11. Assist in developing and coordinating school and community Advisory Council.
Reporting, Administration, Evaluation
12. Track student attendance and participation. Provide daily update reports to program management. Assist, as needed, in collecting program evaluation data.
13. Collect invoices and timesheets from program staff.
14. Attend program management and full team meetings, and other trainings as needed.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.


· Minimum of Bachelors Degree, preferably in Education. Social Work, or related field.
· Experience providing direct service in after-school environment with middle school-aged youth in urban communities. Teaching experience preferred.
· Experience with arts education programming for middle youth in community-based and after-school settings desired.
· Experience working with artists and teachers on curriculum development related to school standards. Familiarity with Philadelphia School District a plus.
· A demonstrated ability to lead and energize multi-disciplinary work teams to respond to needs and get results.
· A strong rapport and commitment to supporting youth. Ability to translate youth development theory into practice.
· Completion of background clearances, including: PA Child Abuse History, PA State Police Criminal Records Check, and FBI Criminal Background Check.
· Access to a car to purchase and deliver supplies and materials as needed.
· Excellent communication skills, including computer and interpersonal skills.

TO APPLY: E-mail a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position, your resume, salary requirements, and 3 work-related references to Please indicate “After-School Site Coordinator Position” on subject line of email. Asian Arts Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. Asian Americans and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
DEADLINE: open until position is filled

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