Program Director – Artistic Dreams International – New York, NY

Artistic Dreams International (ADI) is a non-profit arts organization, serving children ages 7-12 on Saturdays at New York Public Library (NYPL) branches, and ages 7-11 at afterschool programs in West Harlem NYC public schools.

Our mission is to “create engaged and inventive future leaders to spark local to global transformation – through the arts!” We welcome each child to an artistic world of self-discovery where negative thought patterns turn into bold and creative expression. We do this by providing children a sense of belonging and FUN through the ADI curriculum, where they explore topics about self-identity, family, community and world. Our methodology is based on positive-thinking principle where children learn to envision, believe in themselves and become active participants of the world.

ADI is looking to hire a Program Director for NYC operations/programming. This is a part-time (20 hours/week) work from home position (with the potential to grow to full-time employment in the future), that includes management of Saturday and afterschool program locations. The PD will interact frequently with the Founder/CEO and have the opportunity to participate directly in the organization’s expansion efforts.

This is a position that will allow you to witness and directly be involved in the transformation and growth of an organization expanding within New York and Mexico (with aspirations of international expansion). You will also witness transformations within the lives of the children that we serve; within their family; within their community; and within the world!


Reports directly to CEO/Founder
Weekly meetings with CEO/Founder via Skype (who resides in Mexico)
Manage all program staff (of approximately 6-12 members)
Interview, hire, train and supervise teachers and teaching assistants
Management of all NYC programming – Saturday and Afterschool
Manage relationships & partnerships with Program sites (NYPL branches; schools)
Review all location lesson plans and provide feedback
Review Program staff timesheets and invoices to verify teaching hours/compensation, reporting to CEO/Founder
Upload and share all Program photos, lesson plans & admin docs through Google Drive
Register all Program participants at sites and via email; log information in parent database
Manage impact measurement program at sites and online
Research and manage in-kind materials sponsorships
Co-create the ADI visual arts curriculum with Founder/CEO and Board
Manage and update art materials budgets and inventories
Gather materials and bring them to locations
Recruitment of Program participants; outreach to neighboring schools
Manage and update site rosters and attendance sheets
Weekly emails to parents and staff
Weekly calls to program sites
Communicate with Development Director weekly
Communicate with marketing/social media officer regarding promotion of programming
Curate and plan culminating exhibitions at community/city venues
Coordinate organization’s participation at community events and festivals
Creation and revisions of staff manual and staff contracts for teachers & assistants
Distribute program flyers to partners & community venues
Create job postings and assist in recruitment of teaching staff
Pick up mail from P.O. Box weekly
Bi-weekly calls with teachers
Coordinate and create agenda for monthly staff meetings
Sporadically attend community meetings with community leadership


At least a BA in Education, Art Education or Administration required. (Master’s degree an asset) *Will take other fields into consideration as long as candidate has had significant experience working with and teaching the visual arts
At least one full year of supervisory/management experience is required, managing a staff of no less than five.
Teaching experience in visual arts to K-12 is required.
Must have experience curating exhibitions
Interest, dedication, and enthusiasm for improving a community through arts education
Excellent interpersonal skills, comfort in interacting with parents and partnership/school contacts
Must be available to work some nights (for monthly & bi-weekly evening staff calls)
Must be available to work some weekends to supervise and manage Saturday programming
Must be able to travel to sites for observation visits and drop off of materials
Proficient in Microsoft Office; Skype; Google/Gmail/Drive; and photo enhancement
Intermediate Spanish a must
Knowledge of the NYC school system a plus
Exposure to and understanding of other languages and cultures, whether by experience working or studying abroad
A dynamic individual who considers him or herself a visionary, leader & forward thinker that wants to assist in co-creating a modern non-profit organization
The ability to take the initiative and be a decision-maker when CEO becomes unavailable
Preference given to candidate interested and involved in social entrepreneurship, forward-thinking circles
Must have own laptop/computer to work from

Upon hiring, there will be a training period, followed by a 4 week trial period to evaluate performance. This evaluation will be carried out by the current Program Director & Founder/CEO.

How to apply

To be considered, candidates must submit a current resume, brief cover letter and provide 3 professional references (at least 1 must be of a past or present supervisor) to Subject of email should read – *FIRSTNAME LASTNAME – PROGRAM DIRECTOR*