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ABOUT COOL CULTURE
Founded in 1999, Cool Culture is a New York City based nonprofit that seeks to amplify the voices of families and strengthen the power of historically marginalized communities through engagement with art and culture, both within cultural institutions and beyond. The organization currently partners with 50,000 diverse families, more than 400 Early Childhood Centers and Department of Education schools, and 90 cultural institutions in New York City. Through this collaboration, Cool Culture promotes arts and culture as a means to build awareness and inclusion, strengthen family engagement and early childhood education, and activate leadership in our communities. Cool Culture is an outcomes-driven organization with a small and resourceful team that wear multiple hats, understand the importance of being agile and nimble in achieving our mission, and seek clear direction while also being comfortable with ambiguity.
ABOUT THE WE ARE ALL CURATORS INITIATIVE
Cool Culture seeks a thoughtful and passionate educator and project manager to join their dynamic team. This is a part-time position. The Family Programs Project Manager will manage the We Are All Curators Family Program in Brooklyn, which seeks to: (1) increase cultural engagement and participation by demystifying the practice of curation and expanding perceptions of who makes, curates and exhibits art; (2) challenge dominant narratives by positioning families to critique stories told about their communities inside and outside museum spaces; (3) craft counter narratives and stories of resistance by creating art that affirms their cultures and histories, and to share these works of art online, in cultural institutions, and in their communities; and (4) harness art and culture to build community and civic engagement. 15 – 20 families with children enrolled in 4 early learning programs in Central Brooklyn will explore a variety of art practices, use art to tell their stories, and offer input to museum partners about their exhibitions, programming and practices.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Project Manager will be responsible for developing a curriculum and implementing a series of planning meetings between museum and early education staff, facilitating a series of 5 workshops and a culminating celebration and art exhibit for families, as well as the overall management and evaluation of the program.
Centering the experiences of families, the Project Manager will help each early learning center to engage families in a way that reflects the interests of each center’s unique population, and will partner with museum educators to create experiences for families that affirm their cultural heritages. The position will run from mid-November 2018 to July 2019 for about 18 hours a week. The candidate will need to be available one weekend per month from January through June.
A successful candidate demonstrates the following attributes: exceptional project management skills; exceptional facilitation and relationship building skills; experience working with and developing curriculum for children ages 6 and under; effective collaboration and a genuine openness to learning and feedback; and knowledge of social justice principles.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
In consultation with the Program Director and Assistant Director, the Family Program Project Manager will support the program team to:
- Coordinate the logistics of and prepare materials for planning meetings, family workshops and the culminating celebration and exhibit; communicate necessary information to program participants, including promotional and outreach efforts, supply purchase and assembly, and the recruitment and training of volunteers and other support
- Manage relationships with museum partners and early childhood partners
- Document all project activities and manage the evaluation process.
Curriculum Design and Facilitation
- Facilitate and lead 5 family workshops and a culminating celebration that will take place starting in late January and ending on June 15th
- Develop the curriculum in conversation with Cool Culture team members, museum partners, early childhood centers and families
- Develop relationships with participating families and build enthusiasm among them.
- 3+ years experience in the nonprofit field including experience developing and facilitating programs for children ages 6 and under and their families
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds
- Exceptional project management skills, including a proven record of successfully implementing complex initiatives
- Strong judgement and an ability to prioritize efficiently with minimal supervision
- Strong communication abilities, both written, verbal and interpersonal
- Ability to juggle multiple projects at once with a strong attention to detail
- Excellent command of Microsoft Office and Google Apps
- Knowledge of social justice practices and experience working with families
- Arts and culture, and education interests
Cool Culture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is open until filled.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
READY TO APPLY? Please send, to email@example.com: An email with the subject line “Family Program Project Manager - (Your Name).” Please include as attachment(s), your resume and answers to the following questions (Please number your responses according to the question number).
1. Tell us about a time when you successfully managed a program. What was the outcome of your work? (Max: 200 words)
2. What would be your approach to engaging families and having them participate in Cool Culture's program? How would you determine the impact the programs are having? (Max: 200 words)
3. Why is this position the right investment for you at this time? (Max: 200 words)
4. Please share your hourly compensation requirement.