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Senior Manager for Youth Programs

Boston, MA

GrubStreet is the leading literary arts center in the country. We are a
hardworking and creative bunch and pride ourselves on a warm and
supportive work environment. The Senior Manager of Youth Programs
position plays a vital role in helping GrubStreet to support our mission.

Reporting to the Education Director, the Senior Manager of Youth
Programs will manage, evaluate, and develop GrubStreet’s Young
Adult Writers’ (YAWP) programs. This role will be vital in making sure
that teens of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcomed and
supported whether they write with us at our new Seaport location or at
any of our community sites or schools events. This is a full-time
permanent position. The Senior Manager of Youth Programs works in

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our fast-paced, friendly Boston office (with the majority of staff
currently operating remotely). This position supervises the Youth
Programs Coordinator, and works closely the entire team. Note that for
exceptionally high-quality candidates who might not yet have the
professional experience for this Senior Manager role, GrubStreet may
consider adjusting this role to a Manager-level position and train
toward a Senior Manager role in the future.

We encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color),
LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and other communities historically
underrepresented in arts administration spaces to apply. GrubStreet
strives to dismantle every system, process, or structure that would
discourage any person from working with us. We actively seek
diversity, equity, and inclusivity because we know that all people are
vital and that their stories are our stories.

Job Description

Prioritizes commitment to access and equity across all
programs for all classes and events.
Ensure that Grub’s mission and commitment to Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion, and Belonging is embedded and reflected in all YAWP
Track metrics and data to report on progress, opportunities, and
* challenges.

Strategy and Evaluation
Develop annual and multi-year program strategies, develop
tactics toward implementation, and report on the progress.
Oversee and manage regular evaluation of YAWP programs,
including but not limited to:
oConducting surveys and focus groups of the community
(teens, parents, instructors, staff, organizational partners,
* oResearching and identifying best practices for creative
youth development and community engagement;
oCollecting and analyzing registration, attendance, and
outcome data from Youth programs;
oAnalyze efficacy of YAWP programs on both a program and
individual student level.
Creates and implements strategies to increase student access
and participation, particularly in underserved communities.
Supports fundraising efforts, including contributing data and
narrative for grants, attending relevant foundation meetings, and
providing other supporting documentation.
When needed, serve on committees to ensure that the youth
program’s needs are represented in broader strategic initiatives.

Program Administration and Communication
Oversees all YAWP programs: Free Saturday program, School
Programs, Weeklong teen classes, Neighborhood teen classes,
teen fellowships, and Slam Team. These responsibilities include:
oRecruitment, coordination, and support for
oLeading YAWP team on major projects and supporting
problem-solving for team coordination efforts/events.
Coordinating fellowship-related events, including the Muse
and the Marketplace conference attendance.
oSecuring YAWP guest speakers, sometimes in coordination
of other GrubStreet programs like The Muse & Marketplace
Conference and/or Boston Writers of Color.
Leads Scheduling and Operations for all of YAWP, guiding

Program Coordinator and YAWP team on processes/best
practices that relate to:
oCommunicating with students, parents, and partners.
oManaging co-ops, interns, and volunteers (if applicable).
oAll application-based program management, including
oYAWP budget management
oReporting and program updates on a monthly, quarterly,
and annual basis.
oWeb page content management and marketing
oProblem-solving issues in a student-centered,
* contextualized, and culturally competent manner.

Develops and maintains key partnerships, relationships, and
initiatives, including relationships with local high schools, the
Boston Public Library, and other entities as needed.
Leads artistic direction of marketing content and copy for flyers,
ads, and other collateral material along with newsletters.
As needed, plans, leads, and runs events.
Demonstrates GrubStreet’s commitment to anti-racism and
equity in all communications and interactions with community
5+ years experience leading teen programs and partnership
Strong interpersonal and communication skills required – both
oral and written
Strong organizational skills required
Report writing experience
Passion for working with people and supporting a team
Comfortable with technology (word processing, spreadsheets,
web applications, etc.)
Willingness to learn new skills, processes, and technologies
* Ability to work some nights and weekends

About the Organization

We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and
produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and
talent, and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the
creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing
remains vital and relevant.

GrubStreet, the largest creative writing center in the U.S., annually
engages over 8,000 students – both teens and adults – in programs
that range from two-hour workshops to year-long graduate-level

Our teachers are working artists who bring the highest quality
instruction and mentorship to storytellers. We also host a major writing
conference each year and public storytelling events. The education
and networks we facilitate foster a richer local writing scene, with a
strong focus on increasing opportunities for writers of color, low-
income writers, and teen writers.

Our programs eliminate common barriers to participation in the arts
and lifelong learning, and build community among participants. We
continue to increase scholarships and provide free writing programs
(including bilingual classes) for adults and teens in low-income
communities across Boston.

Our programs and offices are currently operating remotely in response
to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this position requires in-person work in
our Boston office.

Position Details

GrubStreet is an equal opportunity employer. We provide a
competitive salary and benefits package and a dynamic, collaborative
work environment. The salary range for this position is $55,000-
70,000, commensurate with experience.**

Instructions: Please submit your resume and cover letter at
this link: If you have
trouble or have questions, please email
and put “Senior Manager of Youth Programs” in the subject
line. We will begin interviewing candidates on October 8th, but
applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
No phone calls, please.

Position Status: Full-time, exempt
Position Level: Senior Manager
Reports to: Education Director

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Employment Type: Other