Job Type

Full Time



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1409 South Lamar Street
Suite. 1015
United States


Purpose Statement:

The Program Specialist supports the creation and implementation of Big Thought’s youth development program areas including, but not limited to, Creative Solutions, DaVerse Lounge, and Youth Development Alumni.

About Big Thought:

For 30 years, Big Thought has worked with local and national partners to bring tailored creative learning opportunities to kids in Dallas neighborhoods with the greatest need. Big Thought focuses on programs that work with elementary, middle, and high school students to unlock their full potential and set them on a path to success.

#Big Thought Way:

Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to everything we do. Our kids come first and we use a collaborative, all hands on deck approach to ensure that they are served well. 

Below you will find the primary job duties for this position. In addition to these duties, everyone at Big Thought is asked to do whatever is needed to support our initiatives and events. If you are flexible and thrive in a dynamic environment, Big Thought jobs provide interesting and challenging opportunities to make a difference.

 Essential Job Duties:

·       Work primarily with partners, instructors, and youth directly guaranteeing a successful youth space for creativity, innovation, expression and voice

·       Support cross departmental work in integrated design, resource sharing and family engagement

·       Assess and analyze results for program design use and development purposes; design workshops, field trips, culminating events for residential and probationary youth in conjunction with other county programming

·       Serve as a site based liaison for youth development areas including DaVerse Lounge and Creative Solutions

·       Help support and recruit teaching staff

·       Design and implement professional development for teaching artists as mandated by county

·       Establish and maintain juvenile files and prepare for surprise file audits

·       Track youth behavioral changes and recommend curriculum adjustments

·       Written and verbal daily communication with probation officers

·       Conduct meetings with parents in Spanish and English

·       Approve project ideas and materials lists to comply with budget and facility constraints

·       Track numbers and collect data and anecdotes for grant compliance

·       Create and implement college and career readiness programs and family engagement programs


Secondary Job Functions:

·       Serve as substitute teaching artist as necessary

·       Serve as life skills coach during all programs

·       Serve as a parent liaison during all programs



·       Bachelor’s degree required

·       Master’s degree in psychology or sociology preferred



·       3-4 years leading or coordinating a youth program in schools or in a community environment.

·       Two years’ experience as a teacher or instructor of young people and adults

·       Two years’ experience working in juvenile justice or other government youth service program

·       Two years’ experience in gang/addiction counseling programs, conflict resolutions and principled negotiation


Other Requirements:

·       Proficient in spoken Spanish preferred.

·       Proficient in managing cultural differences.

·       Well organized, detail oriented, strategic thinker.

·       Highly flexible, patient and comfortable in a wide range of working environments in the field, including county juvenile facilities and high risk neighborhoods.

·       Strong presentation and training skills with adults and youth.

·       Calm demeanor and excellent in high stress emergency situations.

·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, InDesign, and most currently popular forms of social media.

·       Excellent communication skills – both oral and written

·       Knowledge in poetry and spoken word as art forms preferred.

·       Must have reliable transportation. 

·       Must be willing to enter low income neighborhoods and detention facilities.

·       Must be able to pass FBI fingerprint check (Creative Solutions)


Additional Information:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, but are not all inclusive:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be required to:

  • read, count, and write to accurately complete all documentation and communications
  • use keyboard extensively and stare at computer screen for long periods of time
  • open/close drawers
  • lift weight 10lbs. or heavier
  • stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • work in environment with loud sounds, multiple distractions and interruptions
  • operate normal office equipment like, but not limited to, printers/copiers;

NOTE: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. The CEO and/or designee has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. 

 Employees of Big Thought are expected, as required in their specific job functions, to participate in activities, meetings, and committees; to interact and work cooperatively in order to accomplish various goals; to represent one’s self and Big Thought in a positive, professional manner; and to safeguard sensitive or confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosure. 

Employees are expected to maintain current working knowledge of policies, procedures and guidelines necessary to answer work-related questions and to provide assistance in a timely and courteous manner. Employees are also expected to perform other duties as may be assigned by their supervisor and to contribute to the team efforts of the department and to assist the organization in achieving its strategic goals.  

Employees must abide by all laws, Big Thought policies, and guidelines.


Level of Language Proficiency

Bi-lingual Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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