Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 07-Oct-2019 to 06-Nov-2019
  • - Asante Children’s Theatre
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Organization & Program Snapshot
For 29 years, the Asante Children's Theatre (Asante) has focused on supporting and nurturing the holistic development of youth through the performing arts.  Asante's mission is to use the performing arts to develop meaningful life skills in youth – to build confidence, improve academic performance and deter negative behavior by giving young people a sanctuary to discover their sense of purpose.  Asante's primary programs were developed to preserve and celebrate the African and African American performing arts traditions.  Asante is now building on its primary programming to more specifically support the mental health of Indianapolis girls.

Asante's Sankofa Paradigm is a trauma-informed, healing-centered, therapeutic theatre program for girls ages 8-18.  The program is implemented in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Indiana, Community Health Network, and Dr. Sally Wasmuth with the IUPUI School of Health & Human Science.  The Sankofa Paradigm draws on techniques employed through urban improv and therapeutic theatre to help girls process trauma resulting from adverse childhood experiences, including the underlying generational trauma resulting from oppressive societal systems.  These techniques will help girls achieve positive emotional health by discovering how the past impacts the present and equips girls with the life skills to positively impact their futures.  Girls will gain the confidence necessary to transform harmful public narratives and to build positive identity. 

Position Overview
Asante seeks a Program Coordinator to support the Sankofa Paradigm program.  The Program Coordinator will serve as a key link in managing the Sankofa Paradigm partnership.  The Program Coordinator will manage the day-to-day aspects of the program: including outreach and recruitment; partner/funder meeting coordination and scheduling; data collection for program monitoring and reporting; development and maintenance of basic program management systems; and other administrative duties.

To be successful as a Program Coordinator, you will need to be a motivated self-starter, have a strong attention to detail, be competent in using Microsoft Office applications, and have exceptional verbal and written communication skills. In addition, the applicant must exhibit a proficient cultural understanding of the mental health issues impacting girls of color.  A bachelor's degree in a related field of study and 3+ years of relevant experience is preferred.  Applicants with lived experience related to this topic and/or prior experience in the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Coordinator Responsibilities:
• Support program planning and development by convening partners, documenting planning meetings, and developing processes and systems to launch program.
• Liaise with partners to build relationships with partners, including regular check-ins on progress towards program goals and proposed outcomes.
• Collaborate with partners to recruit and track enrollment of girls in the program.
• Develop and maintain systems to monitor program performance and track related data.
• Organize, schedule, and attend regular and ad-hoc partner meetings.
• Document and follow up on important actions and decisions from meetings.
• Prepare timely, monthly updates for partners and draft quarterly reports for funders.
• Track and utilize data to identify areas of continuous learning and improvement.
• Keep abreast of trends, developments and best practices.
• Employ creative problem-solving to continuously improve program quality, increase impact, and maintain integrity and fidelity to program model.
• Provide administrative support as needed.

Summary of Skills & Qualifications:
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to prioritize and to motivate tasks to completion to meet deadlines.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience using computers for a variety of tasks, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook and Google Apps.
• Strong attention to detail.
• A systems-thinker with the ability to develop sustainable processes and procedures to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
• A knack for relationship-building with the ability to manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders and constituents.
• A willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.
• A can-do attitude matched with a sense of humor and entrepreneurial spirit.
• A commitment to building a community-oriented partnership that is effective, transparent, asset-based and solution-focused.
• A commitment to and embodiment of the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• A passion for the arts and African and African American culture.
• 3+ years in program development and implementation.
• A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or commensurate experiences.

ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1.  Why are you interested in this position? 
2.  How do you see yourself contributing in this position?/What knowledge and skills will you apply to this position?
3.  How do you embody a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
4.  Describe your experience with developing sustainable processes and procedures to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
5.  What motivates you in a job?
6.  What type of management style do you prefer and excel in?

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