Program Manager, Lang Arts Scholars

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $58,000.00
Maximum: $58,000.00
Details: This is a grant-funded position.



Start Date:


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:


With funding support from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, ETA is launching the Lang Arts Scholars program, a new out-of-school-time initiative for teens from ETA’s NYC Partner Schools. For three years (grades 10-12), students will engage in rigorous artistic training in dance, music or theatre with trusted cultural partners, while also participating in ongoing activities to support their preparation for college and career. Strongly aligned with ETA’s mission, expertise and professional network, the initiative is also deliberately well-aligned with New York City’s comprehensive Cultural Plan, “CreateNYC,” working toward a more diverse, inclusive and equitable arts and culture sector.

The program will add 15 scholars each year so at the program’s full roll-out, it will serve 45 scholars.

In the first school year (2018-19), the PROGRAM MANAGER will be responsible for:

  • Establishing partnerships with external program providers for students’ arts training and select post-secondary programming.
  • Developing a multi-year post-secondary readiness curriculum, including college application and financial aid support; workshops on the business of the arts and financial literacy; and writing-through-the-arts intensives.
  • Recruiting and selecting the first class of 15 Scholars from ETA’s existing network of NYC Partner Schools.

Student activities will commence in the 2019-20 school year, and additional responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing relationships with Summer pre-college arts programs at NYC higher education institutions and with college and conservatory admissions offices.
  • Planning and executing cohort college trips outside of NYC.
  • Continuing to develop post-secondary curriculum and facilitate cohort-wide workshops.
  • Managing relationships with external partners so that all partners and students are well-supported.
  • Developing systems and protocols for ongoing program management (attendance, inventory, site visits, etc.).
  • Working with Director of Programs to develop and implement assessment tools to track participants’ progress and program outcomes.
  • Supporting a vibrant program culture where students develop a strong cohort affinity and see each other and ETA as valuable resources.
  • Assisting with the collection of program information and documentation to support ETA social media and grant writing efforts.
  • Managing program data in Salesforce, ETA’s cloud-based database system.
  • Participating in staff-wide strategy discussions on all student programs and identifying opportunities for continued programmatic improvements.

Important: Candidates should have flexible schedules during the school year (September-June). The Lang Scholars will meet on 14 Saturdays, and many recruitment activities may happen in the evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate students’ families.


·     Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree in counseling, guidance, or social work preferred but not required.

·     Minimum 3 years of prior professional experience in the field of guidance and/or college counseling, teaching or nonprofit programs administration. Experience in college counseling and/or readiness a plus.

·     Minimum 3 years of prior professional experience working with teenagers.

·     Superb oral and written communications skills.

·     Excellent project management and organizational skills, with utmost attention to detail and ability to develop long-term calendars and benchmarks for deliverables.

·     Demonstrated effectiveness at working collaboratively with educators and cultural institution leaders and managers, and building strong partnerships.

·     Ease with managing competing demands, calendars, and determining priorities.

·     Fluent in Microsoft Word & Excel; familiarity with Form Assembly and/or Salesforce a plus but not required.

·     Valid driver’s license in good standing preferred 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. 

·     Highest integrity. Sense of responsibility and stewardship for all funds provided to operate Exploring the Arts.


ETA offers comprehensive health and dental coverage and provides an employer-subsidized monthly MTA 30-day pass. 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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