Media, Arts, & Culture Program Director | BAVC

Media, Arts, & Culture Program Director

RYSE Youth Center

205 41st Street, Richmond, CA 94805

Local (Bay Area)
February 1

RYSE is seeking a detail-oriented and creative individual for this position. Areas of responsibilities include program development and support, project management, curriculum development, program organization, and direct supervision of Department Coordinators.

RYSE is a safe and welcoming center for diverse West Contra Costa youth (ages 13 to 21) that seeks to build youth power and leadership towards the larger vision of personal and community health and transformation. Grounded in social justice values and principles, RYSE provides comprehensive and holistic programming and promotes multi-racial, cross-cultural relationships. RYSE opened its doors in October 2008 and provides programming and services across areas of health and wellness; education and career; media, art, and culture; youth leadership and organizing; and youth justice.

Since opening our doors seven years ago, the Media, Arts, & Culture Department has seen significant growth in many areas from the scale and scope of onsite direct-service programming to significant involvement in many statewide and national youth media collaboratives and cohorts. RYSE has also launched, or is in the process of launching, a number of new initiatives and strategic partnerships that represent a significant growth in both the scale of onsite services for youth, as well as the reach of the organization/department as a model of best practices for similar organizations nationally. In order to maintain high-quality direct service programming onsite and in the local community of Richmond, RYSE has created a new position of MAC Program Director that will report directly to the Director of Media Arts & Innovation who oversees all aspects of programming, strategic initiatives, integrated infrastructure, policies and protocols, community partnerships, funder-relations, tracking and evaluation, department trainings and development, strategic communication, department culture-setting, and field-building efforts. The MAC Program Director will work closely with the Director of Media Arts & Innovation while focusing specifically on developing and expanding our onsite direct-service programs consisting of workshops/trainings, project-based work, and productions/events to ensure that they are high-quality, age-appropriate, culturally-relevant, justice-oriented, trauma-informed, and integrated with other RYSE programs.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated, a strong communicator, organized but flexible, a strong team leader, a dependable supervisor, able to hold themselves and others accountable, and willing to try and learn new things. Previous experience as a supervisor and/or manager of a creative team of artists is required. A solid background in some specific form of art or media production is strongly desired. This is a perfect position for someone interested in working in a fast-paced, innovative, and dynamic youth organization.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Work with Director of Media Arts & Innovation to set annual goals and benchmarks for direct service programming that aligns with organizations’ strategic impact plan.
• Serve as direct supervisor for all MAC Department Coordinators.
• Work with MAC Coordinators to develop unique, meaningful, and collaborative programs, trainings, workshops, and projects for youth at all points of RYSE’s leadership pipeline.
• Lead implementation and oversight of the Advanced Media Producers (AMP) program.
• Help organize and facilitate edutainment events to share the creative work of MAC program participants.

• Keep track of changing equipment/software needs, potential avenues for program integration, and the impact of MAC programming on other RYSE departments.
• Support in data collect and program evaluation efforts by ensuring that all workshop attendance, participant evaluations, and other required documentation is being collected by MAC staff and independent contractors.
• Oversee and manage timelines, benchmarks, and deadlines for all of RYSE’s larger productions and projects emerging from the organization, youth staff, and general members. Relevant department projects include, but are not limited to, the annual multimedia production, large video projects, music albums, large-scale murals, etc.
• Ensure that all curriculums are age-appropriate, culturally-relevant, justice-oriented, trauma-informed, and integrated with other RYSE programs.
• Work closely with Director of Media Arts & Innovation to document all department activities and keep track of the state of development for all existing programs.


Qualifications Sought:

• A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in arts education, media/arts administration, communications, media project management, liberal arts, or related field.
• A minimum of two years experience in a leadership, administrative or managerial capacity in an organization that provides direct services to youth.
• At least two years experience developing educational programs in a non-profit, youth services, family support or K-12 educational setting.
• Proven experience managing a team of artists and/or media producers.
• Proven ability to coordinate projects with lots of personalities and moving parts.
• Relationship management skills and experience in fostering a team approach to youth development and creating collaboration among various programs and departments.
• A solid background in some aspect of media production with a willingness to explore new areas of the media landscape.
• A strong belief of art and media as tools for both personal growth and community transformation.
• A working knowledge of youth ages thirteen to twenty one years of age, including developmental stages and age-appropriate needs and behaviors.
• Ability to articulate a vision about preparing youth for the future—from social, economic, cultural and personal perspectives.
• Skills and energies to build a team and lead effective staff development and training.
• Experience working in a fast-paced multicultural youth environment.
• Highly positive and enthusiastic leadership style capable of motivating others
• Passion for social justice.
• Detail-oriented, with strong ability to follow-through.
• Problem-solving skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong written and oral communication, organizational, and time management skills.
• Independent worker, initiative-taker, good problem-solver.

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week. Annual salary of $47,000 - $52,000 payable semi-monthly. The position is exempt from overtime pay. Benefits are included.

All applicants must have a strong desire to engage directly with a wide range of diverse youth. This is a direct on-site youth programming position.

This job posting will be open until Friday, January 29, 2016 or until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Please don’t embed your resume and cover letter into the email.

Or you can mail your information to the following address:
ATTN: RYSE MAC Program Director Hire
205 41st Street
Richmond, CA 94805

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