Now Hiring: *Youth Program Director* and *Community & Youth Program Coordinator*

Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a small nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. Our programs include: consulting, leadership and professional development, community and youth programs, and interactive performances and workshops.

Picture by EB PIXS from CSC production of Reckoning

Youth Program Director

Position Overview: The Youth Program Director (YPD) is a leadership role, working with the facilitators, artists, consultants, and the Community and Youth Program Coordinator (CYPC) to maintain and grow excellent programs aligned with the CSC mission, vision, and values. This position has full autonomy to make decisions regarding all budgetary and programmatic components of all CSC Youth Programs, within the scope of the CSC mission, vision, and values. The YPD will be responsible for administration and management while working with the Lead Facilitating Artist on development and design of CSC youth programs, including both community and school based programs. This is a long term position, with extensive growth opportunities. This position is also responsible for maintaining the budget and assuring sufficient income for program sustainability and growth. This includes leadership with generating program income, grant management (narratives, resources, etc), as well as participation in fundraising campaigns and events. 

Skills and Qualifications | Youth Program Director

  • Strong commitment to the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative*.
  • Alignment with organizational operational scope (goals, mission and vision of CSC), clear understanding of the CSC 3 Model (integrating Social Justice Frameworks, Arts Engagement, and Restorative Practices) and ability to implement it in all programs and operations.
  • 3+ years experience in administrative role, nonprofit arts administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and flexibility to adjust quickly and creatively navigate multiple projects and the administrative challenges of a grassroots nonprofit organization operating in a variety of sectors.
  • Excellent culturally responsive interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Capacity to provide not only administrative leadership, but ongoing mentorship, education, and training for youth program artists and facilitators. 
  • Established experience with youth program and curriculum development and design. Experience with integration of the CSC 3.
  • Work well / compatible with the diverse CSC administration, board, facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, volunteers, team, and community.
  • Is practiced in and committed to anti-oppression.
  • Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of organizational systems and database management, with proficient computer skills including expertise with Microsoft Office, Excel, Google Drive, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Mailchimp, and Social Media platforms.
  • Sound foundational knowledge and experience with grant management, fundraising, and client and donor engagement and development. 
  • Expertise with managing budgets and financial components of program operations. 
  • Expertise with organizational systems and database management, and proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Drive & Calendar, Zoom, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Network for Good, and Social Media platforms.
  • Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice, willing to have hard conversations, give and receive critical feedback.
  • Experience with graphic design, social media, and event planning preferred.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

Compensation

  • $55,000 -$67,500 Annually (based on experience)
  • After 60 days of employment (or the equivalent hours) employee will be eligible for health care contributions and paid time off as follows:
  • Paid Holidays (floating as needed)
  • Health Care Contributions : $400 / month
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: max total of 2 weeks per year 
  • CSC is in the process of improving our employee benefits!

Community & Youth Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator will report to the Director of Arts & Education, and also support the Youth Program Director and the Lead Facilitator with a commitment to the integrity of the collaborative leadership model. This role will also work with the administrative team, artists, and consultants to express and actualize the mission, vision, and values of the organization. 

Skills and Qualifications | Community & Youth Program Coordinator

  • Commitment to the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative.
  • Able to align the organizational operational scope with the goals, mission and vision of CSC, clear understanding of the CSC 3 Model and ability to integrate it in day to day work.
  • Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice.
  • Strong leadership skills and flexibility to adjust quickly and creatively navigate multiple deadlines and the administrative challenges of a grassroots startup organization.
  • Knowledge of organizational systems and database management, with proficient computer skills including expertise with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Zoom, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Canva, Network for Good, and Social Media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Relevant experience with non profit arts administration, ideally 2 + years. 
  • Relevant experience working with artists, ideally 2+ years.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods used in community organizing, social justice and diversity education, arts and arts education, youth leadership development, restorative justice, and /or nonprofit administration.
  • Proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Excellent administrative qualities including team management and programmatic logistics
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit school sites and pick up relevant supplies.

Compensation

  • $40,000-$52,500 Salary (based on experience)
  • After 60 days of employment (or the equivalent hours) employee will be eligible for health care contributions and paid time off as follows:
  • Health Care Contributions : $400 (FTE)
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: max total of 2 weeks per year
  • CSC is in the process of improving our employee benefits!

Make Art, Make Change, and Make Money

Summer ACT (Arts for Change & Transformation) Institute Registration is open to youth ages 13-18, Sign up to our two week in person workshop today!

Join us virtually at 4pm-6pm, August 8th-19th Monday through Friday, for our ACT Institute. This summer, participants engage in activities and exercises focused on an increase understanding of themselves and their world.

We explore complex and necessary topics such as: culture, influence/bias, stress, place matters, identity matters, oppression, conflict management, and art activation.

Community Leadership Cohort Spring 2022 is Inter-generational!

Applications are open for our Spring 2022 Community Leadership Cohorts! This season, both youth, and adult, cohorts will engage in Community and Creative Pathways, alongside the CSC team and amazing community partners, such as Urban Sanctuary. These pathways will provide participants with an intergenerational lens.

Keep scrolling to find out more about our Spring 2022 Youth and Adult Community Leadership Cohorts.

YOUTH MAKE MONEY BEING CREATIVE WITH CSC!

Apply to be a part of our Spring CLC-Youth cohort here!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2HMQ35?fbclid=IwAR1_GuDGf2URqq-5BjW1rFZdfAL4iVXW0KFZTXWYk0nyHUU06UUH_x3Vevw

Arts for Change and Transformation (ACT) Institute: Youth Community Leadership Cohort is a two week institute followed by 6 months of engagement connecting you to community and social justice themes while offering support to your efforts both creatively and financially. Participants will engage in workshops and art creations (such as but not limited to, open mics and audio composition/recordings, visual arts etc) which embody social justice, individual/collective healing of trauma, and social-emotional learning. We are going to practice being the change we wish to see in the world and connecting to amazing spaces doing the work.

May – October 2022 participants will continue to connect and collaborate each week through a series of opportunities with the CSC Team and some extraordinary community partners, including Urban Sanctuary. In addition to monthly group meetings, Cohort participants will have monthly coaching with a CSC facilitator to support their racial equity and mental health journey through accountability, mentorship, coaching, empathy, and other needs that may arise in the process. Participants will have access to ongoing CSC programs including monthly Alumni gatherings after the completion of the cohort. 

ACT Institute participants must receive resource kits and attend virtual workshops.

If accepted into the CLC cohort, participants will commit to;

-Three coaching sessions to be scheduled with facilitators between April-Sept.

-Three Community Pathway events (Yoga or Farming)

-Three Creative Pathway events (Audio Production or Creative Movement)

-Youth Community Leadership Monthly Gathering

Community Leadership Cohort | Spring 2022

The Creative Strategies for Change Adult Community Leadership Cohort (CLC) is designed to cultivate a network of local champions for racial equity and addresses mental health challenges and stigma facing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color residents in Denver. Through a dynamic combination of programs, CLC creates a continuum of arts and education for community care and leadership development responding to the overwhelming challenges BIPOC face in today’s climate.

Friday, May 13, the Spring 2022 Facilitator Workshop will launch a 6 month cohort rooted in collective care. The initial 20 hour Facilitator Workshop will dive deep into the CSC 3 facilitation model integrating arts engagement, restorative practices, and social justice frameworks. April – October 2022 participants will continue to connect and collaborate each month through a series of opportunities with the CSC Team and some extraordinary community partners, including Urban Sanctuary, and Frontline Farming. 

Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop: Experience healing and growth through this amazing workshop!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 14-22, 2022!

Join us for this immersive workshop building relationships and community rooted in racial equity. Engage with incredible tools for understanding and navigating one’s life experience, and build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics. This interactive and impactful experience will grow participants’ knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters. Folks walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of oneself within the larger world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make a unique mark on the world! Our Facilitator Workshops occur quarterly and are registration-based.

What participants are saying:

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

To register, please go to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169768579391

Questions? Please contact us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop: Experience healing and growth through this amazing workshop!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 14-22, 2022!

Join us for this immersive workshop building relationships and community rooted in racial equity. Engage with incredible tools for understanding and navigating one’s life experience, and build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics. This interactive and impactful experience will grow participants’ knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters. Folks walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of oneself within the larger world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make a unique mark on the world! Our Facilitator Workshops occur quarterly and are registration-based.

What participants are saying:

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

To register, please go to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169768579391

Questions? Please contact us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

A.c.t is back! 12/06/21-12/17/21

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join a two week long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet online from 4:30pm-6:30pm MST Monday-Friday from December 6th-17th. Here, youth get to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create music based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic. Join us for this amazing opportunity to engage community!

For more information contact our Program Team at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com!

ACT Youth Institute is back this October!

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join an in-person month long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet from 4:00pm-6:00pm MST on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from October 18th-November 19th. Here, youth get to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create music based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic. Join us for this amazing opportunity to engage community!

Find more information about registration process here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-act-youth-institute-in-person-workshop-series-tickets-179016642597

For further information contact our Program Manager Fati Zulaikha at fati@creativestrategiesforchange.com!