Arts Education Program Coordinator

Date Posted: August 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Position open until filled; application reviews begin September 1, 2021
Position Status: Part-time; non-exempt; 15–20 hours weekly
Compensation: $20–$23 hourly, depending on experience; plus transportation benefits, PTO, 403b retirement savings, and professional development opportunities
Reports to: Programs Director

Want to make your mark at a growing arts nonprofit? Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is going through an exciting transition and we are seeking an Arts Education Program Coordinator who will help ensure young people receive high quality arts experiences through innovative programming and partnerships.

An ideal candidate will recognize that the arts play an important and impactful role in young people’s lives, and be committed to equitable access to the arts for traditionally marginalized communities. The Programs Coordinator will report to the Programs Directors and collaborate with Young Audiences’ program staff, community partners, and participating young people to deliver in-school and out-of-school arts experiences.

We encourage applicants from historically underrepresented genders and communities who are excited about this opportunity to apply even if your experience and qualifications diverge from what we list below.

The Arts Education Program Coordinator will support key programs and initiatives, including but not limited to:


A unique opportunity for teens to learn sound engineering skills from working professionals in an out-of-school setting.

Business of Music
A year-long connection between a school’s music department and professionals in the music industry with the goal of producing a full length, live performance involving high school students.

SHIFT Experient in Fashion Design
A fashion design program connecting high school aged designers with professional designers to create new garments as design teams.

Arts in Education programs
Classroom artist residencies, live performances, and skill-building workshops for educators at 150 schools in Oregon and SW Washington.

Core Mission/Programs

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington inspires young people and expands their learning through the arts by connecting schools with performing artists, teaching artists, and arts-integrated residencies. This 60+ year old organization partners with 70 artists to inspire young people and spark a lifelong engagement with the arts. Through community-engaged fundraising, Young Audiences is able to serve 44,000 students in 150 schools across urban and rural communities throughout the region and increase equitable access to the arts and arts education.

In the role of Arts Education Program Coordinator, we’ll count on you to:

  • Take the lead on outreach to prospective students and communication with artist partners and local professionals for a variety of program initiatives;
  • Coordinate the scheduling, logistics and registration and collaborate on program design for program initiatives including but not limited to Audio SET, Business of Music, and SHIFT Experiment in Fashion design;
  • Monitor grant and budget requirements to ensure programs are staying in compliance with organizational goals;
  • Support Program Directors in their design and implementation of arts education activities across programs;
  • Collect and analyze assessment data on discrete projects;
  • Discern and implement strategies to improve program logistics and outcomes; and
  • Foster a creative and supportive culture for our school, family, artist, and community partners.

Ideal Qualifications and Transferable Skills

  • 2–4 years of relevant work experience
  • Proficient technology skills and experience with (or confidence in ability to learn) common industry tools and applications, such as Google Suite, Zoom, Mailchimp and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • People-centered communication style and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently in a hybrid environment
  • Skill in balancing competing priorities while staying focused on deadlines
  • Familiarity with or interest in arts education and education-centered equity work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with diverse community members and stakeholders
  • Creative thinking and collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Attention to detail

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant work experience and/or a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience tracking multiple projects effectively
  • Collaborative and solution-oriented work ethic with the ability to handle multiple assignments at a time and meet set deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and in collaborative settings
  • Experience working in mission-centered work a plus

YAOW is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate in employment based on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, color, military service, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


About the Organization

Established in 1958, Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington (YAOW) has become the region’s most comprehensive arts-in-education non-profit organization, serving kids, teens, and families in partnership with artists, educators, and other community partners. YAOW provides teaching artist residencies, workshops, and performances across a dazzling variety of art forms for young people in formal and community PK-12 educational settings. We also offer training and support for artists to be more effective educators, give classroom teachers the tools to integrate the arts into their teaching practice, and bring fundraising support to schools for their art needs. Central to this service is YAOW’s fantastic roster of independent, professional teaching artists who share their creativity and talent with young people with YAOW’s support.

YAOW is an independently run affiliate of the Young Audiences Network, the nation’s largest network of arts-in-education organizations. Consisting of 29 affiliate organizations spanning the United States, the network is a dynamic platform for collaboration and exchanging of ideas and knowledge in the arts education field.

YAOW’s work culture is mission-driven, collaborative, and creative. The staff is based primarily in the Portland Metro area, with personnel serving Central Oregon based in that region. Given the pandemic, the team is currently working remotely, though YAOW has retained its offices in downtown Portland.

Find more information in our Annual Report.

Equity Commitment

YAOW has an organizational commitment to equity. We are working to become an anti-racist organization that fully reflects the diversity of our community. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially people whose experiences and perspectives are underrepresented in the arts, education, and non-profit fields.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $20–$23/hr, depending on experience
  • Part-time; 15–20 hours weekly
  • Benefits: transportation benefit, PTO, 403b retirement savings, professional development opportunities
  • Hybrid work schedule (combination of in-office and some work remote available)


Submit a statement of interest and resume via email to Executive Director, Lauren Jost, [email protected]. Your statement of interest can be written, recorded verbally, or expressed artistically, depending on your preferred communication style.

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