The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s (US) mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. A recognized leader in the fields of arts education, youth development, mentorship, and community building throughout Los Angeles County, US’s mission powers our vision of a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed. The Unusual Suspects’ award-winning, participant-driven theatre-arts programs, centered around storytelling through the page and stage, have empowered underserved youth with lifelong skills for 27 years, going beyond the reach of a typical arts education workshop to provide vulnerable adolescents with the hope and confidence to overcome their difficult surroundings and develop a strong sense of agency over their own lives.
Founded in the wake of the 1992 LA Uprising, US has grown from a small, volunteer-led youth intervention program into a recognized leader in arts education, youth development, mentorship, and community building. With the launch of a new Alumni Residency, we now serve 1,600+ participants annually via 7 program models that use theatre-arts education & mentorship to mitigate the underlying environmental risk factors that threaten healthy youth development. Each modeled after our core Youth Theatre Residency Program and reimagined for virtual delivery during our health crisis. US programs collectively provide holistic prevention & intervention benefits and open educational/career pathways for LA’s most underserved youth. For more information, visit: https://theunusualsuspects.org/
The Program Director oversees the development, implementation and strategic growth of US’s theatre arts programming to youth from disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles County. The Program Director leads the artistic and educational vision of US’s programs with public schools, parks, Probation Department, and community-based nonprofits; develops program policies and assessment practices to ensure strategic goals, academic standards and social emotional guidelines are adhered to, and residencies and performances are of the highest quality. The position contributes significant leadership in partnership development, strategic planning and executive level decision making. Position reports to the Executive Director.
Program Development and Management:
Internal and External Communications
Desirable Skills & Qualifications
The candidate has a commitment to developing youth, communities, and coalitions through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Desire to hold oneself accountable for results and be transparent about success and shortcomings. Personal values align with the vision and values of The Unusual Suspects.
Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must be able to drive a motor vehicle. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. This position works primarily in the US administrative office but must be willing to use personal equipment such as cell phone and laptop/tablet if working remotely.
Application Deadline: October 23, 2020 or until filled
Desired Start Date: November 30, 2020
Salary: $71,000 - $74,000
Salary & Schedule
The Unusual Suspects is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.
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