Youth & Community Programs Coordinator

Job Type

Part Time




110-112 W27th st.
Suite #600
New York
United States


The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Youth and Community Programs Coordinator (“Coordinator”) who will help conceptualize and execute workshops in New York City high schools and in Asian American immigrant senior centers.

The ideal applicant will possess past arts education and public programs experience, particularly in working with immigrant populations and in a youth context. The main responsibility of the Coordinator will be overseeing our CreateNow programs, which currently have two components: (1) CreateNow Youth: workshops at three New York City public high schools; and (2) CreateNow Community: workshops in immigrant community organizations and senior centers, whose populations currently include predominantly Chinese first-generation seniors. While these workshops are taught by teaching artists, there is the potential for the Coordinator to lead sessions themselves and help build youth or community programs outside of the preexisting CreateNow context.

The position includes a mix of the entrepreneurial (new program creation), the logistical (project management), and the ability to manage relationships with our partners. And while the programs will be “on the ground,” the Coordinator will also need to help build a vision of who these programs will serve, what success will look like, and how we will frame future iterations of our youth and community programs.

We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. This role is envisioned as a three-day-a-week position but we are open to considering candidates who are interested in full-time.


  • Help create vision and strategic planning around youth and community programs, as well as articulate and target the programs’ impacts.

  • The Coordinator will build and sustain relationships with the institutional partners, such as senior centers. This aspect will require someone strong in both logistical and relationship skills. Our current community sites include: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Manhattan; Lennox Hill in the Upper East Side, Manhattan; Narrows Senior Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Henry Street Settlement in Chinatown, Manhattan; and Homecrest in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

  • Work with teachers, librarians, and school administration at our public school sites. Current sites include: Lower East Side Preparatory High School in Chinatown/LES, Manhattan; Hunter High School in the Upper East Side, Manhattan; and Boerum Hill School for International Studies in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

  • Outreach for, hire, and supervise the teaching artists who will teach the workshops and work with teaching artists to design curriculum and pedagogical/program strategies at various sites. Past teaching artists have included published graphic novelists, slam poetry champions, international visual artists, and accomplished novelists/journalists.

  • Because many of our senior sites currently cater to Chinese immigrant populations, who typically speak Toishanese or Cantonese, fluency in these languages would be beneficial. However, we are open to candidates who do not have such fluency.

  • Create and implement project management structures for youth and community programs, including schedules of workshops and payments to teaching artists.

  • In the long run, the Coordinator will work with our development team to locate new partner sites and build relationships with community groups. Collaborate with development efforts and potentially pitch programs to City Council members.

  • Where possible, integrate community and youth programs with AAWW other programs, such as events, The Margins, Open City, and our fellowships to emerging writers.

AAWW is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.


AAWW is the preeminent national arts nonprofit dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. We define “Asian” with radical inclusivity to also encompass West Asia (Arab, Iranian and Afghan Americans) and South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka). We are an alternative arts space dedicated to literature at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Our main program areas include: 1) curating events with Asian American writers; 2) granting fellowships to emerging Asian American writers; 3) publishing the online magazine The Margins and Open City; and 4) creating community through immigrant, senior, and youth programs. Since 1991, The Asian American Writers' Workshop has served as a national home for Asian American stories. A quirky yet curated literary community dedicated to Asian American alternative culture, we host more than 50 events a year, featuring nearly 200 writers and artists, such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Bei Dao, Vijay Prashad, Can Xue, Leila Chudori, Madeleine Thien, Jiayang Fan, Jeff Chang, Chang-rae Lee, Teju Cole, Claudia Rankine, Alfian Sa’at, Tash Aw, Anuk Arudpragasam, Sunila Galappatti, and Alexander Chee. We publish the online magazines The Margins, our magazine of arts and ideas, and Open City, which is dedicated to chronicling low-income immigrant communities in New York. We distribute grants to emerging Asian American writers, having re-granted more than $100,000 in the last few years. We helped found the pro-immigrant initiative, CultureStrike, which sent 50 writers and artists to a weeklong witnessing delegation at the Arizona border. Invited to the White House, and covered by the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR, we seek to invent the future of Asian American culture.

Level of Language Proficiency

Because many of our senior sites currently cater to Chinese immigrant populations, who typically speak Toishanese or Cantonese, fluency in these languages would be beneficial. However, we are open to candidates who do not have such fluency.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

• Fill out the online google doc:

• Prepare a resume and cover letter as PDFs. Please include your first and last name in the title of all documents. Your cover letter should discuss your vision for this project and your past experience working with youth, senior, and/or immigrant communities.

• Upload them to our Dropbox here: