Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)

Picasso Project Director (Pt-time), PCCY

Posted on June 6, 2016

Picasso Project Director (Arts Advocacy – Part Time Position)

Position Summary: The Picasso Project Director will lead and manage a innovative grant making program that expands hands-on arts instruction and mobilizes arts education advocacy in and for Philadelphia public schools.

Key Duties:

  • Manage and nurture the volunteers who serve the project as grant reviewers, school liaisons and general program supporters and/or Picasso Committee members
  • Support PCCY fundraising efforts by working closely with the Development staff including writing portions of grant applications, providing program data and preparing for individual donor or foundation meetings
  • Organize and manage the Picasso grant application process and ensure grantees fulfill their grant expectations
  • Serve as a liaison to the School District focused on removing school or district-related obstacles for Picasso grantees
  • In Picasso schools, train school leaders in advocacy, developing age-appropriate advocacy tools for grantees, teachers, and teaching artists

Position Description:

Grants Program Coordination

  • Organize grant application process
  • Refine Picasso application and guidelines as necessary
  • Arrange outreach plan to publicize RFP
  • Arrange and lead outreach workshops for potential applicants
  • Recruit and train review committee for grant applicants
  • Manage grant review and ensure completion and determination of awards by the deadline
  • Provide feedback to grantees when requested and when possible
  • Work with PCCY staff to organize awards ceremony for grantees

Support Grantee project implementation, including

  • Organize awards ceremony for grantees
  • Solicit photo releases and necessary insurance and clearance paperwork from grantees and their artists
  • Recruit and train volunteer liaisons for grantee schools; hold regular sessions to keep tabs on projects
  • Trouble shoot obstacles at schools
  • Organize evaluation process of grantee


  • Supervise interns
  • Work together with PCCY K-12 staff to create and integrate education advocacy strategy
  • Regularly review the project and generate proposals for improvement


  • Work with the PCCY development staff to initiate and build relationships with Picasso donors
  • To the extent possible help Picasso grantees connect to other fundraising opportunities


  • Solicit and periodically organize public events/actions involving Picasso schools in support of arts education and K-12 education
  • Publicly represent PCCY as voice for arts education in schools


  • Keep the web content related to Picasso up to date
  • Tweet on assigned Arts Education Day
  • Arrange and organize photo and video documentation of school events, where possible
  • Prepare content for development and public relations publications published by PCCY

Other Duties as assigned: by Executive Director

  • Attend and present information at the PCCY Board meetings and subcommittee meetings as requested
  • Track and report lobbying hours
  • Assist with PCCY events and fundraisers, including recruitment of attendees and auction items
  • Assist with PCCY outreach events which may be during evening or weekend hours
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and staff committees

Important skills:

  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Works well under pressure
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Content knowledge in fields of teaching, arts, arts education, advocacy
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Technologically adept and preferably skilled in graphic design

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

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