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Associate Manager of Out of School Time and Community Outreach Programs

**PLEASE NOTE: This position is hybrid but requires weekly in-person time to support youth. **

Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing, and arts programs that improve student learning, affirm identity, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. The organization began as a photography/oral history documentation project in 1996 and then in 2011 merged with The Shanti Foundation for Peace to expand the organization's programming to include arts-based peace and non-violence programming in Chicago and Evanston. In the spring of 2019, Changing Worlds expanded its music offerings and welcomed the well-regarded programs of Foundations of Music.

Distinguishing factors of Changing Worlds' program delivery include:

  • An Ongoing Commitment to Chicago's youth: This dedication is reflected in our staff’s fluency and experience in research-based best practices in positive youth development, arts integration, healing centered teaching practices, and learner-centered approaches that lead to measurable outcomes.
  • Thematic Units: Developed in response to social justice issues, Changing Worlds has a variety of thematic programs which respond to teachers expressed needs for classroom interventions and align with student interests to ensure relevance and timeliness.
  • Cross-Cultural Connections & Personal Narratives: Changing Worlds is also devoted to amplifying student identity and voices to celebrate the ethnic/racial/geographic identities of our learners.

The Manager of Out of School Time (OST) and Community Outreach Programs is responsible for the development, oversight and evaluation of Changing Worlds out of school time (non-music) programs in the Chicagoland area. In this position, the manager will ensure that these after-school classes, summer programs and related community activities are aligned with the mission and strategic objectives of the organization.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who welcomes collaboration and creative thinking with thought partners that are comprised of educators, peer staff members and teaching artists who will deliver the programs in a variety of settings (virtually and in-person). The staff member will be self-motivated and an organized leader who embraces the opportunity to build solid and meaningful relationships and helps execute the organization’s vision for the growing of the organization's program needs. This individual thrives in a social justice oriented, accountable, fast-paced, hands-on, and collaborative work environment. This position reports to the Program Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred) or equivalent experience required; art and/or Arts Education (preferred) and education and/or social work (considered).
  • At least 2 years of experience coordinating K-12 school programs (CPS preferred) or comparable experience
  • A commitment to social justice, art access, equity in education, and culturally congruent instruction
  • Experience as a professional artist
  • Conversant in Spanish is not required, but considered a plus
  • Computer proficiency – Microsoft Suite (Teams, Excel, etc., social media (reels, engagement, etc.)
  • Able to lift up to 40lbs and walk stairs


  • A demonstrated commitment to high quality arts education, culturally responsive teaching and a student-centered approach to educational practices is a must.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment – working autonomously, collaboratively, and taking direction as needed.
  • A charismatic, engaging personality who can craft and articulate compelling, persuasive cases CW programs within school and community spaces.
  • Access to a car and ability to travel between program sites to fulfill the role effectively and efficiently.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management and Operations:

  • Create and manage OST and community performing arts programs/residencies and collaborates closely with the Program Manager for General Music and Digital Music Production to coordinate afterschool residencies.
  • Monitor quality of Out of School Time programming by conducting and tracking monthly site visits and lesson plan reviews, modeling sessions and observations.
  • Supervise the calendar of tasks related to the Changing Worlds' Student Leadership Award program (January – May annually).
  • Manage program budgets and expenditures for OST and community programs/residencies.
  • Work in collaboration with the Program Director, Program staff, and any outside partners to create successful culminating events, performances, and program sharing.
  • Develop and monitor a Teaching Artist cadre that represents the youth communities that Changing Worlds serves as well as provide cross-cultural representation for youth exposure.
  • Cultivate a positive and constructive coaching relationship with teaching artists through ongoing feedback across various channels (lesson plans, residency outline, in-class observations, modeling, assessment feedback and debriefing for in-person and livestream/pre-recorded teaching practices).
  • Report monthly to Program Director, Executive Director and Program Committee on progress towards goals including number of students enrolled and number of schools.
  • Utilization and updating of Changing Worlds' systems for tracking and monitoring programs for quality assurance (i.e. FY24 sheet, grant tracking, internal revenue, Planner, To-Do, Teams, etc.)

Evaluations & Assessment:

  • Utilize evaluation data to inform program planning and instructional design approaches through coaching and support of teaching artists.
  • Support the Program Director to administer and collect completed pre/post-evaluation forms from students and program site staff.
  • the development of data management systems that allow for the data-driven responsive and inclusive program and/or instructional decisions to be made.

Resource Development and External Relations:

  • Program Management of Restricted Funding Grants for Program Initiatives.
  • Build partnerships and fee-for-service relationships with school districts, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions.
  • Collaborate with the CW Development Team on projected opportunities for their portfolio of programs.
  • Collaborate with Development and staff team to establish a plan to contribute to a monthly CW social media calendar and development strategy with program content.
  • Collaborate with Development to concept and produce responsive program marketing and communication materials.

Other duties as assigned.

Annual salary range $40,000 to $45,000 (commensurate with experience) with potential merit-based bonuses. Applications will be accepted through 9/08/23 to potentially hire the right candidate by 9/25/23.

Changing Worlds is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, health status, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Contact Info:
Umeki Ramsey
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago