Program Manager, Partner Schools & Network

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $62,000
Maximum: $62,000



Application Deadline



34-12 36 St.
Suite 2-100
United States


Founded in 1999 by legendary American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife, Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, Exploring the Arts (ETA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in New York City. Tony and Susan founded the exemplary public arts high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens.

ETA’s early mission was to support FSSA, which now serves 840 students across 6 performing and visual arts majors. The school has one of the highest graduation rates in NYC and most FSSA graduates continue their education at highly-regarded art programs, conservatories, and competitive colleges and universities.  

In 2009, ETA expanded its mission to transform the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build sustainable, high-quality arts programs with strategic planning and funding support. ETA partners with public high schools that serve high need student populations with limited access to arts education and currently works with 28 Partner Schools in NYC and 10 in Los Angeles.

ETA’s work includes a highly-valued internship program whereby students work directly with NYC art organizations and cultural institutions.

ETA is overseen by an eleven-member Board of Directors, and its staff team is led by Executive Director Cheri Walsh. For more information visit:


The PROGRAM MANAGER has a portfolio of 7 active Partner Schools in New York (6 in NYC, 1 in Nassau County on Long Island). The PROGRAM MANAGER works closely and collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders at each school to develop and support the execution of a long-term strategic plan for the arts in the school. The PROGRAM MANAGER continues to support relationships and ongoing opportunities at 7 alumni Partner Schools in NYC.

The PROGRAM MANAGER is also responsible for guiding the vision for a Network-wide strategy that engages all 28 New York Partner Schools both through in-person programming and online platforms.

Additional duties include:

  • Build and manage strong relationships with school leadership teams, teachers, and external partners through regular classroom visits, attending school performances, meeting with school leadership teams, and regular remote communications (phone and email).
  • Actively participate as a partner and sounding board with each school in the portfolio: provide timely feedback and technical support; closely manage annual budgets for ETA-funded work; troubleshoot obstacles; monitor timelines and benchmarks to help keep activities on track; and serve as a respectful matchmaker to potential vendors, service providers, and colleague schools.
  • Implement program evaluation tools to ensure timely, accurate collection of data and reporting for use in grant writing and reporting, as well as internal program assessment and course-correction.
  • Maintain accurate, real-time data in Salesforce, ETA’s cloud-based database, with a respect for an internally rigorous administrative standard.
  • Manage the ETA Network’s online presence through regular updates to the website and curating and populating a resource blog.
  • Lead strategy for fostering new and relevant ways to encourage dialogue, peer mentoring, inter-visitations and arts-related idea/resource sharing among ETA’s Network of Partner Schools both in person and online.
  • Coordinate with and support Development staff’s efforts around fundraising, grant writing and reporting as it pertains to the portfolio of schools.
  • Assist with collection of information and photos/videos related to ETA’s work in Partner Schools to support social media efforts.
  • Participate in staff-wide strategy discussions on all ETA programs, with real emphasis on creative thinking, responsiveness to on-the-ground needs, and willingness to pilot new ideas.

Important: This position will start in November 2018. While the majority of job duties are conducted during the standard work day, occasional site visits and program activities will take place in the evenings or on weekends. Candidates should have reasonable flexibility in their schedules during the school year (September-June).


  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • Minimum 3 years of prior professional experience in the field of arts education, teaching (classroom or teaching artist), or arts administration.
  • Prior professional experience working with teenagers or in high school environments preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with the New York City arts education landscape.
  • Superb oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent strategic planning, project and budget management, and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at working collaboratively with educators and cultural institution leaders and managers, and building strong partnerships.
  • Skilled with managing competing demands, calendars, and determining priorities.
  • Fluent in Microsoft Word & Excel; familiarity with Salesforce, Form Assembly and/or Submittable a plus but not required.


  • Belief that high quality arts instruction should be an integral part of every student’s high school education, and that all students deserve equitable access to college and conservatory.
  • Desire to hold oneself accountable for results and be transparent about successes and challenges.
  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school professionals, artists, partners, parents and students. Respectfully managing relationships, communication and deadlines in a way that reflects an understanding that both parties’ time, priorities and needs are important.
  • Highest integrity. Sense of responsibility and stewardship for all funds provided to operate Exploring the Arts.
  • Eagerness to pitch in and help beyond one’s immediate responsibilities on an as-needed basis. 


Compensation is $62,000/year.

ETA offers comprehensive health and dental coverage and provides an employer-subsidized monthly MTA 30-day pass. Travel to ETA’s Partner School on Long Island via Long Island Rail Road will be fully reimbursed.

ETA offers a Long-Term Disability Plan, Life Insurance and 401k savings plan.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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