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Kennon Reinard

Coordinator of Youth Pathway Programs

Coordinator of Youth Pathway Programs

Status: Full-time, salaried position (exempt employee)

Benefits: Yes

Reports to: Manager of Youth Pathway Programs

Overview of Position:

The Coordinator of Youth Pathway Programs plays a key role in the development and facilitation of holistic pathway programs for young people (grades 6-12) at Marwen, which includes supporting their access to high school and post-secondary opportunities. In addition to program development, the Coordinator provides individualized mentorship to young people and families and demonstrates the ability to build relationships with them. The Coordinator works with the Manager of Youth Pathways Programs to evaluate and integrate programs across the organization.


Founded in 1987, Marwen’s mission is to educate and inspire young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Marwen provides no-cost, out-of-school studio and pathway programs, including visual art courses, college planning, and career development for 6-12th graders from across the city.

Core Responsibilities:

The Coordinator of Youth Pathways Programs reports to the Manager of Youth Pathway Programs and works in collaboration to develop programs and resources for young people to explore their next steps and make decisions about their future. Additionally, the Coordinator works in partnership with the pathways and programs teams to build programs that provide support for young people to develop their artistic practice. The ideal candidate is passionate about working with young people and families, especially those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or undocumented. The ideal candidate is also a collaborative leader who believes in developing the leadership and shared vision of their team in partnership with young people and families.

Program Development

  • Develop and facilitate an annual plan for youth pathways workshops, events, courses, and more in collaboration with young people and the Manager of Youth Pathways Programs.
  • Co-create a plan with the Manager and Pathways team to provide college access and career support for young people and families. This work includes navigating entrance into high school, post-secondary education, financial aid, and employment opportunities.
  • Invite and collaborate with guest speakers (e.g. alumni, teaching artists, working professionals) to develop and hold post-secondary pathways events.
  • Work with the education team and teaching artists to integrate pathway programs into studio programs, which includes portfolio development, art career workshops, and pathway resource support.
  • Collaborate with young people and staff to design programming that celebrates the work of graduating seniors.
  • Introduce new programming to support young people’s multiple post-secondary pathways.
  • Partner with the Communications team to uplift and share the work of youth pathways programming.

Mentorship/Resource Development

  • Provide individualized advising to young people and families through navigating pathway resources, including but not limited to:
    • CPS high school applications
    • College applications
    • Financial aid and scholarships
    • Job applications and resumes
    • Portfolio development
    • Interviews
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Connections to people in fields of interest
  • Develop a system for accessing and sharing pathway resources across the Marwen community, collaborating with the Pathways team.
  • Work with other Marwen staff to ensure consistent mentorship/counseling tracking.
  • Provide a welcoming presence and build relationships consistently during program hours with young people, staff, teaching artists, and families.
  • Foster relationships with post-secondary programs, including universities, community colleges, art schools, gap year programs, and more.
  • Partner with other educators and organizations to develop potential pathway opportunities for young people.


  • Create and maintain resources and materials for young people and families including post-secondary options, the college application process, portfolio development, and financial aid.
  • Track and maintain detailed records of mentorship/counseling and participants’ future plans, including post-secondary and/or career plans.
  • Collaborate with the programs team to promote pathways programming during courses, exhibitions, and teaching artist professional development workshops.
  • Work with the Technology team to ensure that programs and tracking systems have necessary technical support.
  • Work with the Manager of Youth Pathway Programs and the Finance and Accounting team to submit payments for programs through the Pathway Programs budget, including but not limited to guest speakers, youth collaborators, and supplies.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working directly with young people and families, especially those who identify as people of color, LGBTQIA+, and/or undocumented
  • Knowledge of high school and post-secondary options for young people, including the college application and financial aid processes
  • Interest in students’ artistic growth and arts education; extensive knowledge of the visual arts and portfolio development is not required
  • Experience in interpersonal community building and centering the interests and needs of young people and families
  • Knowledge in program development and design for young people and families and programming that cultivates and nourishes youth leadership
  • Willingness and ability to work program hours, which include evenings and weekends
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform and maintain data entry
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus, both verbal and written

The compensation for this position is $40-42.5K annually commensurate with experience and includes full health benefits, generous PTO and 403b.

Marwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQI and/or people of color. Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Coordinator of Youth Pathway Programs.” The deadline for submissions is November 19, 2021.

Contact Info:
Maricela Ramirez
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago