Primary tabs Drama Manager: After School Activities Partnerships

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 4:53 pm.

About ASAP

ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships was created in 2002 at the request of city leaders to bring public awareness to the dangers of the afternoon hours for unsupervised youth in Philadelphia.  ASAP’s mission is to develop and support high-quality after school activities and resources to empower youth and strengthen communities in Philadelphia.  ASAP works with schools, libraries, and community sites to serve more than 5,000 youth (K-12) annually through the following citywide initiatives: ASAP Chess, ASAP Debate, ASAP Drama, and ASAP Scrabble.

About ASAP Drama

ASAP Drama partners with dozens of schools and community-based organizations to help teachers, community volunteers, and informal educators implement best practices for arts-based out-of-school time programming.  Over the last few years ASAP Drama has been one of the organization’s fastest growing initiatives, serving more than 1,100 youth (K-12) in 40 after school and summer clubs.  Through participating in group performances and attending professional productions, ASAP Drama nurtures young people’s powers of expression, teamwork skills and cultural knowledge.

Job Purpose

ASAP’s Drama Manager champions the organization’s vision for a city that embraces the educational and inspirational potential of the dramatic arts to empower young people to find success inside and outside of the classroom.  To realize this vision, the Drama Manager rallies partners from Philadelphia’s education, out-of-school time (OST), and theatre communities to increase access to quality after school and summer drama programs for school-aged youth.  The Drama Manager oversees all of the initiative’s primary objectives, including recruiting partner sites, organizing professional development sessions for drama club leaders, developing program curriculum, and coordinating a variety of specialty workshops and culminating events for participating youth.  To support the quality of ASAP Drama clubs and events, the Drama Manager is responsible for recruiting and contracting a team of professional teaching artists to provide technical and ionstructional assistance as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development of school year and summer programming.  This includes engaging professional teaching artists to help with the design, implementation, and evaluation of ASAP Drama curriculum.
  • Engage returning ASAP Drama clubs and recruit new sites intrested in becoming ASAP Drama partner sites; complete memoranda of understanding with sites as needed.
  • Recruit, vet, and contract professional teaching artists to match with partner sites supported by dedicated funding agreements.
  • Organize three-part masterclass series for ASAP Drama club leaders in partnershpi with the Lantern Theater Company.
  • Coordinate citywide performance showcases and skill-building specialty workshops serving 100-200 youth (grades K-12), including the annual Student Masterclass, Targeted Model Showcase, and end-of-year Drama Festival.
  • Collaborate with the arts staff at ASPIRA of PA, Inc. to support an annual multi-school musical production.
  • Provide year-round technical and administrative support to participating ASAP Drama clubs.
  • Conduct regular post-mortems with key stakeholders, including the ASAP Drama Council, to solicit feedback on programmatic improvements.
  • Develop annual budgets for ASAP Drama, including overall operational budget and event budgets. Track expenses throughout the year.
  • Work with ASAP’s Communications & Development Coordinator to highliht student and club accomplisgments in ASAP newsletters, website, and social media.
  • Work with ASAP’s Communications & Development Coordinator and Executive Director to manage existing grant requirements and cultivate new funders.
  • Maintain ASAP Drama blog, social media, and online drama club leader resource center.

Requirements

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degreen preferably in an arts discipline
  • 3+ years’ experience working in arts-based organizations or integrating arts in youth development programs
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia theatre community
  • Experience writing/teaching arts-based lesson plans or developing curriculum, preferably drama-based curriculum
  • Experience managing a team of volunteers and/or paid staff
  • Experience with event planning
  • Experience developing programmatic budgets
  • Passionate about empowering youth, strengthening communities, and providing equal access and opportunity to underserved populations
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Strong organization and critical thinking abilities
  • Creativity, attention to detail, abiltity to multi-task, willingness to collaborate
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Spanish fluency preferred, but not required
  • Must obtain required child abuse clearances (available through ASAP office)
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Employment

Preferred start date is July 2, 2018.  Annual salary is in the range of $45,000-$55,000 and will be determined based on candidates’ strength of qualifications and relevant experience.  Employment at ASAP comes with a generous benefits package, including subsidized health and dental insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, and free enrollment in the company’s 401K plan.  Employees are eligible for comp-time for working events outside of normal business schedule of 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

To Apply

For more information and to apply, please send a resume, writing sample (e.g. lesson plans or curriculum), and cover letter providing more information on your artistic and professional experience to Sara Morningstar, ASAP Director of Programs at smorningstar@phillyasap.org.

ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships is an equal opportunity employer.  As we endeavor to be the leading out-of-school time partner in Philadelphia, we are committd to building a diverse organization that reflects the communities we serve and the values we hold dear.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, miltitary or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.  Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Education Level:
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in an arts discipline
To Apply

For more information and to apply, please send a resume, writing sample (e.g. lesson plans or curriculum), and cover letter providing more information on your artistic and professional experience to Sara Morningstar, ASAP Director of Programs at smorningstar@phillyasap.org.

ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships is an equal opportunity employer.  As we endeavor to be the leading out-of-school time partner in Philadelphia, we are committd to building a diverse organization that reflects the communities we serve and the values we hold dear.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, miltitary or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.  Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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