Program Director

  • Path with Art
  • Seattle, WA, USA
Full Time Nonprofit

Job Description

Program Director

Employment status: Regular, full-time

Reports to: Executive Director



Position Summary


The Program Director is responsible for the development, implementation, execution, supervision, and evaluation of all Path with Art programs in accordance with the standards set out by the organization. The Program Director will serve as a liaison between Path with Art and arts, social service, and civic partners, and the public at large.  The Program Director will work with the senior management team to develop Path with Art’s creative programming priorities and to identify and meet organizational goals; he/she/they will also work in partnership with other staff to ensure that programs are aligned with current and future strategic priorities.  The Program Director will manage a small team of Program Managers/Coordinators, 25+ Teaching Artists, and oversee the programmatic budget.


Primary Responsibilities:


Program Management

  • Initiate and set programmatic goals according to the strategic objectives of the organization.  Analyze trends, identify areas for improvement, and create relevant strategic proposals.  Keep senior management informed with details and accurate reports of relevant programmatic data and information.
  • Plan and oversee programs from start to completion including the establishment of scope, priorities, deadlines, milestones, curriculum development, systemic operations, resource allocation, documentation, and evaluation.  Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies.
  • Create programmatic measurement tools, oversee data collection, and effectively evaluate outcomes.
  • Recruit, hire, train, manage, and evaluate all Program Staff and Teaching Artists.
  • Develop and oversee programmatic budget.  Approve expenditures for program-related activities.
  • Lead monthly Program Advisory Board meetings.
  • Oversee documentation of program activities, including but not limited to Access Art,  arts education, exhibitions, and showcases.


Student, Partner and Public Engagement

  • Initiate, develop, and direct strategic arts, social service, and civic partner engagement opportunities.  Serve as the primary point person for arts, social service, and civic partnership inquiries.  Identify and explore appropriate collaborative opportunities.
  • Develop student rapport and implement communication channels that are efficient, effective, and compassionate.  Oversee and model a welcoming organizational culture that ensures that current, prospective, and graduated participants are made to feel comfortable, supported, and encouraged.
  • Oversee student behavior-related concerns, as necessary.
  • Serve as a representative for Path with Art at relevant public events, on community councils, etc.
  • Speak publically at programmatic events.  Represent Path with Art appropriately and compellingly.


Development and Communications Support

  • Oversee and ensure quality documentation and archival of student art, programming photos, and student artists statements.
  • Coordinate with the development team to ensure that programmatic grants clearly reflect program realities, goals, and strategic priorities.  
  • Collect and contribute program/project narratives for grant applications and development initiatives.  
  • Ensure that programmatic activity is compliant with grant and contract mandates.  Provide written reportage inclusive of data, timelines, photographic documentation as necessitated by grant requirements.
  • Contribute written language and relevant data to marketing and communications efforts.
  • Attend and assist with major fundraising events as needed.




Competitive candidates will possess:

  • A belief system aligned with Path with Art’s values, vision, and mission.
  •  3+ years working for a community-based arts or social service organization in a leadership role.
  • A Bachelors degree in Art History, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Social Work, Non-Profit Management or other fields closely related, or the equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Patience and generosity of spirit with individuals of all abilities/in all life situations.
  • Knowledge of Seattle’s contemporary art scene and social service communities.
  • A self-motivated work ethic and an interest in contributing to significant organizational growth.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and project management skills, and strong attentiveness to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak effectively in a variety of public-facing situations.
  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to convey complex thoughts and ideas understandably.
  • The ability to think creatively and strategically, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a natural inclination to think outside of the box.
  • Strong computer skills in standard software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, PhotoShop).
  • The ability to travel to various locations within the Seattle core.


Path with Art is an equal opportunity employer.