The Unusual Suspects

Program Manager

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Organization Summary
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative original theatre. Our vision is to be a source of compassion, strength and support for youth in underserved and at-risk environments; to give them a voice that is heard, valued and respected; and to be a bridge that helps them make positive life choices.

Job Summary
The Unusual Suspects is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) Program Manager responsible for the overall management and day-to-day coordination and implementation of USTC’s School-Based Theatre (SBT) and volunteer mentoring programs, including but not limited to; after-school Youth Theatre Residency Program (YTRP), in-school Voices for Art and Social Theatre (VAST), and Volunteer With US Program (VUS). All of these programs demand an individual who is experienced and dedicated in theatre arts, arts education, and all aspects of live theatre; from writing, to direction, to production. This position reports to the Program Director.

The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for management of all who are working within the SBT setting; the teaching artists, volunteer mentors, technical coordinators, costumers, photographers, videographers, etc. The PM works with the Program Director in recruitment and management of teaching artists and ensures that all contract deliverables and compliance reports are completed in a timely manner, and
collaborates with the development department in regard to program assessment, data collection, and data administration.

The Program Manager will supervise all of the SBT programs throughout the duration of each program; coordinating all pre-program logistics and production management, recruit and oversee training and orientation of all volunteer mentors, Teaching Artist (TA) and program scheduling, and relationship building with partner agencies, school administrators, community partners, and local and county agencies. PM will work with all partners to recruit participants and promote programming. The PM also manages program quality control and documentation, staff and partner relationships, and supervises all post-program evaluation, database administration; including various, mandatory deliverables.

Other responsibilities include: working with the Program Director and Sr. Program Manager to coordinate the yearly program schedule, develop program curriculum and trainings, assist with program evaluation, design and implement professional development and corporate volunteer partnerships, coordinate master classes, audience recruitment, volunteer management, and support for the SPM with time sheet management and TA replacements.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong, collaborative relationships with school partners, and government and community based service providers to help ensure successful programming
  • Participate in various meetings with schools, partners and community organizations
  • Work with facility administrators to ensure workshop space availability, equipment storage, and performance venues are available and maintained throughout the program residency.
  • Collaborate with Program Director to recruit, train, hire, and retain exemplary teaching artists.
  • Support TAs with creating lesson plans and managing the classroom environment to promote the most optimal learning experience possible for each particiapant
  • Assist TAs in developing curricula with clear performance measurements that adhere to district’s instructional guidelines to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and participant learning.
  • Manage SBT program budget allocations
  • Hire and coordinate technical and design contractors to ensure high quality and efficient production process
  • Support Program Associate (PA) with data base entries, collection of surveys and program documentation, and contract reporting and compliance
  • Attend pre & post workshop planning meetings to ensure smooth running of the residencies and address production deadlines and inquiries
  • Recruitment, orientation, and training of S.T.A.R Volunteer Mentors
  • Collaborate with Operations Manager to ensure compliance with required clearance policies
  • Ensures program fidelity, consistency, and quality.
  • Coordinate casting and event management for Page Play series
  • Maintain a professional and flexible attitude in support of the program’s ultimate goal; a successful, positive experience for the youth and all involved
  • Collaborate with program department in participant outreach and recruitment, family engagement, and audience development strategies for SBT residencies, performances and community events
  • Understand and comply with the Unusual Suspects and program site guidelines and policies
  • Report to US administration anything that could be deemed controversial and/or inappropriate in regard to; TA’s, youth, and all program support staff
  • Create, coordinate, and implement recruitment events, classroom pitches and assemblies with school administration and community partners
  • Assist PA with phone and/or email communications to the youth/family for feedback in regard to attendance and deliverables paperwork


Desirable Skills & Qualifications

  • Must have a Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.)
  • At least 5 years of management experience in related field
  • English/Spanish bilingual candidates highly encouraged to apply
  • Strong background in theatre arts and education
  • Excellent project management skills; supervising complex, multifaceted projects
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Successful partnerships with community-based organizations, residents and stakeholders
  • Foster open communication and collaboration within the program team and participants
  • Goal oriented, independent, flexible, and proficient at multi-tasking
  • Experience in community relations is preferred
  • Supports a team-oriented environment
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Excellent computer and administrative skills; Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Some knowledge of the Los Angeles City/County/State educational and cultural landscape
  • A working understanding of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards (VAPA)
  • Experience using Social Solutions Apricot database a plus
  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license


Personal Qualifications:
The candidate has a strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal ethics align with the vision and values of the Unusual Suspects organization.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must be able to drive a motor vehicle and have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible to working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. This position works in the US administrative office, at program sites, and other venues for trainings and meetings.

Salary & Schedule

  • $42K – $45K, Commensurate with experience.
  • Exempt position with health benefits.
  • Some reimbursement included personal phone and mileage.
  • Position is expected to work a standard 40 hours per week. Candidate must be open to working a flexible schedule, including weekends and some evenings.
To apply

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Include in the subject line of your email the title of the position in which you are applying. No calls please.

Additional Information
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. The Unusual Suspects provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.