We are hiring a contract position at YAA! This position will close on Monday, October 10, 2022.

Youth Arts Alliance (YAA) is seeking a dynamic, organized individual to support administration and programming for our healing centered arts workshops. This contractual position is anticipated to start mid-October 2022, with the possibility of becoming a full-time staff position.

YAA firmly believes that access to high-quality arts experiences and education is a human right. We’re committed to sharing healing-centered arts practices with youth artists, their families, and communities with local teaching artists’ dedicated support and expertise. YAA programming invites connection, dialogue, and empathy, bringing us towards healthier, more just, collaborative communities.

The contractual Program Manager will provide administrative and in-person support to the Founding Director, teaching artists, and community partners of YAA, and other contractual staff of YAA. They will be responsible for supporting the YAA (including its newest program Staying Power) through planning and implementing healing-centered arts programming, facilitating and/or supporting youth and community engagement, planning and managing program-related events. The program manager reports directly to the Founding Director.


  1. Program & People Management (80%)
      • Schedule and coordinate approximately 8-12 workshops.
      • Cultivate new and existing partnerships.
      • Provide logistical support and site coordination for programming.
      • Oversee in-person programming to support teaching artists as needed.
      • Lead onboarding of teaching artists, including explanations of billing, payment, and standard practices and procedures.
      • Manage teaching artists, interns, and program staff as relevant.
      • Establish and implement evaluation framework process.
  2. Other Duties (20%)
        • Support teaching artist curriculum development base on site, youth and families served.
        • Attend Staying Power workshops and meetings with Staying Power program staff.
        • Coordinate trainings, retreats, events and performances.
        • Use technology and social media for promotion and recruitment.


  • A well-organized manager, and can show success in managing multiple projects at once.
  • A problem solver who can prioritize effectively.
  • A leader with a background in coaching, developing, and/or mentoring.
  • An innovator with experienced in crafting youth and family focused programs.
  • A team player who is ready to work with a collaborative, fully remote team.
  • An effective communicator, able to speak and build rapport with young people, families and community partners with various backgrounds, education levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, racial identities, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations and ages.
  • A healing-focused individual with education or interest in trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches.


  • Proficiency in GSuite (including Drive, Docs, Sheets and Calendar).
  • Grounded and adaptable; able to meet people where they are and be flexible with organizational transitions and staffing changes.
  • A willingness to support youth-driven spaces; elevates youth leaders, centering their voices and vision in a real non-tokenizing way.
  • Crisis management and de-escalation skills; ability to respond thoughtfully and calmly in stressful situations.
  • Person focused with the ability to listen and express empathy.
  • Experience with artist development or supportive programming rooted in arts and/or activism.
  • Passion for social justice work and community engagement.
  • A personal connection to Ypsilanti and surrounding Washtenaw communities.


This is a full-time, contractual position with pay of $30-35 per hour, dependent on experience with an average weekly commitment of 35-40 hours per week.


  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds (art supplies) for short periods of time, and carry them short distances.
  • Reliable transportation to various partner sites throughout Washtenaw County and our Ypsilanti office.
  • The position is hybrid remote and in-person, with in-person needs varying between 50% of the time (during peak programming) to 20% (during programming breaks).
  • Must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or relevant exemptions to be eligible to in-person work.


Please send your cover letter and resume indicating your skills and experience to hfrankenhauser@miyouthjustice.org by Monday, October 10, 2022.

YAA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of race, religion, color, national, social, or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, record of arrest or conviction, gender identity or expression, height, weight, physical disability, military and veteran status, family or parental status. Candidates of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.