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Director of Operations and Finance

School Age Program Teacher and Group Leader

 

About Us

Who We Are: 

Founded in 1937, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative, challenging learning opportunities to youth. We do this in the context of a family-like environment with intensive social and emotional supports including academic help, mental health and transportation services and up to three full meals a day. 

The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgement of place and expression of differences and shared values. Our dedicated staff and volunteers, some of whom grew up at the Art Center, serve our youth as a family network, knowing the hurdles they must master first hand. Read more here 

 

Our Core Values: 

● We believe in the power of young people. 

o We provide opportunities for youth to exercise their power.

o We use a Youth Development approach. 

● We believe in the power of artistic expression. 

o We promote creativity as central to human development and a human right.

o We use the arts as a tool for personal and social transformation. 

● We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other. 

o We support our youth, staff and families to grow.

o We value diversity.

o We believe in joyfulness. 

● We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond. 

o We use our resources to benefit our community.

o We value local-global connections.

o We promote social justice. 

 

The Community Art Center maintains a long history of quality, arts-based youth development and community programming - including receiving a Coming Up Taller award in 2006, the Citizens Bank Champion in Action in 2017, being selected to be part of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative in 2018 and joining The Boston Foundation’s Place Leadership Network in 2019. The Art Center serves as lead agency for the new Port Arise Institute, funded through a multi-year grant from the City of Cambridge Community Benefits Fund. With strategic partnerships in place for the coming year both in the public and private sectors, the Community Art Center is poised to achieve new levels of engagement and investment.

Director of Operations and Finance

 

Who We Are: 

Founded in 1937, the mission of the Community Art Center is to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods and their worlds. The Community Art Center has propelled close to 8000 Cambridge youth to develop themselves artistically, academically and socially. We do this by providing a combined total of approximately 3000 program hours per year through three program areas: the School Age Child Care Program, our Teen Programs (including Teen Media and Public Art) and our Community Programs which include the Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival – the oldest youth curated film festival in the country. The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgement of place, and expression of differences and shared values. During a time of rapid change and economic inequality, the Community Art Center generates art that redistributes agency, promotes a right to co-create culture and allows communities to build a collective future.  


Winner of a Coming Up Taller award in 2006, recipient of the Citizen’s Bank Champion in Action and selected to be part of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative in 2018, the Community Art Center maintains a long history of quality, arts-based youth development programming. With new strategic partnerships in place for the coming year including the Port Arise Institute, the Community Art Center is poised to achieve new levels of engagement and investment. The Director of Operations and Finance will have the exciting opportunity to be a part of a historic organization and build support and infrastructure to support our growth.

What We Seek: 

The Director of Operations and Finance reports to the Executive Director and will manage the Community Art Center’s administrative and operational infrastructure to meet our organizational needs. The Director will create and uphold both financial and operational systems and will work with the leadership team to shape financial strategy. The Director of Operations and Finance will contribute to the formation of a multi-year financial plan with support from consultants assigned to us through the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. The Director of Operations and Finance is a member of the organization’s leadership team and is responsible for leading the effort to meet short and long term financial objectives for the Community Art Center. They will serve as the primary administrative leader for the Community Art Center alongside the Executive Director. The Director of Operations and Finance will supervise a part time Administrative Assistant, Grant Writer, and external bookkeeper and auditor.  

Key Areas of Responsibility: 

 

  • Administration and Operations including maintaining personnel files, supervising benefit enrollment, coordinating administrative support for the board, maintaining organizational server, ensuring adherence to administrative and financial management requirements of government contractors/licenses, and enrolling students in the Department of Early Education and Care database in preparation for billing. 

  • Financial Management including coordination of annual organizational budgeting process, reviewing monthly reports/budget to actuals, serving as main point of contact for external bookkeeping firm ensuring timely communication and accurate record keeping around both accounts payable and receivable, coordinating annual auditing process, managing day to day financial activities and supporting the Executive Director in making long term financial management decisions. 

  • Hire, Develop and Manage Administrative Staff through providing mentoring, advising, coaching and guidance around tactical and strategic goals and through engaging in effective recruitment strategies and ongoing staff evaluation. 

  • Facility Management including the supervision of cleaning staff and cleanliness systems, maintenance of facilities inspections and permits, coordination of space and space rental calendar, support of renovation processes and furniture donations/purchases, addressing maintenance needs, and managing technology/telecommunications/office equipment.  

  • Engage External Stakeholders through representing the Art Center at meetings/events/forums and through working with the Events and Marketing Manager to develop an organizational marketing and branding strategy that includes regular website updates and social media presence. 

  • Resource Development through attending and participating in board meetings, supervising the implementation and maintenance of the development database and filing system, creating budgets for grant proposals and managing in-kind donations. 

 

Additional Qualifications: 

Candidates must be committed to the Community Art Center’s mission and organizational values, which are: We believe in the power of young people. We believe in the power of artistic expression. We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other. We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond. 

 

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in arts administration, finance or business preferred 

 

Experience: 

  • Minimum 4 years working in administration preference given to experience in a leadership/management role. 

  • Experience in the planning and successful maintenance of administrative infrastructure systems such development/participant databases, facilities maintenance and electronic and paper filing. 

  • Experience in financial management and administration – knowledge of Quickbooks is a plus 

  • Experience in supervision 

  • Knowledge of and experience with out of school time, community based, youth-serving or arts focused organizations is a plus 

  • Knowledge of EEC subsidy management and state reimbursements is a plus

 

Skills/Competencies:

  • Works well with others, is accountable and trustworthy and adapts and responds to change 

  • Has a consistent and grounded presence and moves easily between detailed and global perspectives 

  • Culturally aware; understands the parents, school and community 

  • Participates actively in the field and is able to build mutually beneficial relationships 

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize competing assignments and deliver quality results on deadline 

  • Communicates effectively across multiple sectors and with people of different backgrounds and levels of authority 

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and delegate appropriately  

  • Takes initiative and is enterprising – willing to experiment and try new methods 

 

Salary/benefits: $60,000 / individual & family health & dental 

 

Hours: Full time - 40 hours/week 

 

How to Apply 

Please email a formal cover letter and resume to: 

victoria@communityartcenter.org, Attn: Director of Operations and Finance 

 

Community Art Center is an equal opportunity employer 

 

Due to the anticipated high volume of responses only qualified candidates will be contacted.

School Age Child Care Program Teacher and Group Leader

In Collaboration with: Other Group Leaders, Volunteers and Visiting Artists

Timeframe/Hours: Year-round (September – June, 12-6 pm, July/August, 9:30 am – 6 pm, with additional hours for trainings/meetings)

 

Overview

Since 1937, the Community Art Center has provided a second home for youth through culturally relevant after school arts and media programs. The Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. Youth ages 5-12 participate in The School Age Child Care (SACC) Program where they become creative problem solvers through a hands-on arts curriculum. Focus classes and Choice classes engage all youth in the creative process. Jr. Leadership Groups and intermediate level arts classes prepare pre-teens for success in high school and beyond. Open all but 14 week days of the year, and 10 hours a day during school vacations and summer, our unique approach to integrating arts and social services offers youth the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their full potential. 

 

The Community Art Center holds four key values at its core:

  • We believe in the power of young people

  • We believe in the power of artistic expression

  • We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other

  • We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond

 

The Community Art Center seeks an enthusiastic, creative, highly-committed Teacher and Group Leader to join our dedicated staff of artists/youth workers who specializes in one of the art forms (Visual Art, Theatre, Dance or Digital Arts/Media/Music).

 

Responsibilities: 

Teaching and Youth Development

  • Design and implement sequential classes in your art form (Visual Art, Dance, Theatre or Digital Art/Media/Music) for a mixed-aged class of 13, 5-12 year olds which demonstrate initiative, creativity, are in line with CAC’s values and mission and that culminate in a final end of semester presentations

  • Lead a group (13 youth) through active and supportive guidance and through the creation of a semester long curriculum with consistent creative and engaging daily activities

  • Design and implement “choice classes” (one time arts or recreation workshops) for a mixed-aged class of 13, 5-12 year olds which demonstrate initiative, creativity and are in line with CAC’s values and mission 

  • Provide active and supportive guidance throughout the summer and after school hours including transitions, daily Variety Time and Homework Time activities

  • Ensure the safety of all activities and of the overall environment both on- and off-site including field trips and full program field trips

  • Maintain overall cleanliness of assigned classroom, orderliness of all programmatic supplies, and consistent displays of student artwork on classroom bulletin boards and CAC gallery space as needed

  • Serve as an advocate for youth as needed, promoting positive relationships with families, school and other service providers

 

Administration and Planning

  • Write and submit curriculum for tribe classes and lesson plans for Focus Class (sequential classes in your art form) in a timely manner and populate classroom bulletin boards that correspond with class content

  • Plan supply needs and submit to administration for approval

  • Complete and file necessary forms including discipline referrals, incident reports, accident reports and parent/family communication

  • Support and supervise college interns, volunteers and teen assistants assigned to your classroom

 

Program Culture

  • Provide an inspiring, positive, energetic, caring and safe environment for all youth that reinforces positive social skills and creates a healthy and fun learning environment

  • Work in collaboration with all Community Art Center staff members, participating in supervisory and staff meetings as needed including training days, retreats and CPR/First Aid Certification

  • Learn and reinforce all program policies, rules, and regulations and respond immediately and provide follow-up to all incidents including positive and negative behaviors, incidents and accidents based on CAC behavior management policy

  • Support the Art Center’s values, mission and vision and contribute to a positive and healthy work environment


 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years teaching or direct service work with school age youth (5-12 years) 

  • Experience teaching in your art form with preference given to those who can teach more than one of the following mediums (Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance or Digital Arts/Media/Music)

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with communities of various cultural backgrounds

  • Understanding of and commitment to youth development principles

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills 

  • Ability to write curriculum 

  • Solid work ethic and attention to detail

  • Proven reliability and dependability

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

  • Common sense and a sense of humor are a must 

  • Bilingual candidates preferred (English and: Haitian Creole and/or Spanish)


 

Salary/Benefits: 40 hrs/wk (summer) – 30 hrs./wk. (September-June), $16-$17/hour, individual/family health and dental, 1 week sick days, 1 personal day, 2 weeks paid vacation

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Jada Alleyne, School Age Program Manager at jada@communityartcenter.org.

Due to the anticipated high volume of responses only qualified candidates will be contacted. 

 

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Community Art Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

 
 
 
 
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Community Art Center, Inc.       info@communityartcenter.org

119 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139  I  617-868-7100

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