Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $60,000
Details: Salary commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) is a world leader in arts-in-corrections. Our small but well-established non-profit based in Westchester County directly serves 200 incarcerated people in 5 NYS prisons in the Hudson Valley. RTA’s mission is to teach prisoners critical life skills through workshops and productions in theatre, dance, music, visual art and creative writing, and to raise awareness of the humanity of people in prison.

RTA seeks an experienced, innovative Program Director to head the program team of our growing organization, responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of RTA’s programs, consistent with RTA and NYS Department of Corrections guidelines.  

Position: Program Director

Reporting to: Executive Director 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Analyze trends in the program, identifying issues and developing and recommending solutions 

to the executive director 

  • Oversee program staff and teaching artists/facilitators:
  • Direct, plan and coordinate program staff (currently 2) and teaching artists (currently 20) including recruiting, processing, training, supervising and evaluating 
  • Lead weekly meetings to review facilities and other issues
  • Manage facilitator communication and reporting software
  • Manage monthly facilitator newsletter
  • Review facilitator reports
  • Develop, implement and evaluate recruitment strategies to expand the number of teaching artists
  • Provide professional support to program staff and teaching artists

  • Responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all activities of the program 
  • Plan yearly calendar of RTA workshops and activities in all facilities, including facilitator retreats and professional training.
  • Help develop new workshops 
  • Work with prisoner participants and prison administration to plan and implement activities
  • Together with program managers work with prisoner steering committees on program management, leadership training and team dynamics 
  • Directly manage all program issues in 2 correctional facilities 
  • Manage review of evaluations completed by RTA participants 
  • Compile and report on quarterly and annual program statistics


  • A strong sense of purpose, enthusiasm and genuine commitment to the transformative power of arts in corrections
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Applied Arts, Arts in Education, Educational Theater or Arts Administration/ Management preferred
  • Minimum 5 years experience as artist /educator in alternative educational settings preferred. 
  • Previous experience working within prison is a plus.
  • Knowledge of issues of race, class, gender and incarceration  
  • Access to a car required as well as a willingness to travel to facilities 2-3 times a week
  • Flexible schedule (both daytime and evening hours)

Personal characteristics 

  • High social and emotional intelligence  
  • Self-motivated, creative problem solver 
  • Empathic, sense of humor, warmth, enthusiasm, self-reflective 
  • Time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player – with proven ability to lead
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Salary: $50K - $60K commensurate with experience. Full time position.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Dawn McDonald at