Literacy to Life Program Manager

Paramount Theatre / Austin, TX

Full Time
Department: Education
Supervisor: Literacy to Life Program Director

Summary
The Literacy to Life Program Manager will facilitate and manage the in-school education components of the Paramount’s Literacy to Life/Story Wranglers Program. Literacy to Life is a seven-week in-school residency in which third graders learn the foundations of creative writing through arts-integrated lessons designed to motivate students and improve their writing skills, confidence, creativity, and storytelling. During the residency, each classroom writes hundreds of stories as a class, in small groups, and in individual journals. At the end of the seven weeks, professional actors known as the Paramount Story Wranglers transform students’ original stories from page to stage in a live performance for the entire campus!

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to education@austintheatre.org.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Co-manages the Literacy to Life budget with the Program Director
  • Identifies and builds relationships with partner schools
  • Schedules school residencies and communicates the expectations of the Literacy to Life program.
  • Grows the Literacy to Life’s bilingual classroom residencies and supports Spanish language translation for Paramount Education’s classroom and summer programming including Camp Story Wranglers.
  • Hires, trains and schedules teaching artists to meet the needs of individual campuses and classrooms. Visits classrooms regularly to provide feedback to teaching artists and ensure the quality of the program.
  • Serves as Lead Teaching Artist in residencies as needed.
  • Manages survey administration and data collection for all participating classrooms and subsequently creates timely data reports.
  • Manages and executes payroll for Teaching Artists.
  • Represents the program to the community- including district arts partner meetings, events on partner campuses, and conferences.
  • Supports additional Paramount Education and Austin Theatre Alliance initiatives as they come up, such as Student Matinees and Discovery Series, Summer Camps, Moontower Comedy Festival, Paramount Annual Gala, etc…
  • Must have reliable transportation as work environment changes from school to school regularly (mileage reimbursement included as part of the position)

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelors or master’s degree in education or educational theatre preferred, arts management, or demonstration of comparable education and experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with K-12 students, ideally during school time
  • Fluent in Spanish, comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish & English
  • Proven ability to hire, train, and manage staff with a spirit of generosity and mentorship
  • Knowledge of best practices in K-12 teaching, including Social Emotional Learning, Creative Learning Strategies, and classroom management
  • Experience creating and teaching curriculum
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, maintaining calm under stress, & problem solving
  • Experience in program evaluation is a plus

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Experience with Tessitura is a plus
  • Experience in data base management (Qualtrics) is beneficial

 

Competencies: 
We know there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who possess important skills we have not thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Job Knowledge/Technical Knowledge: Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of current role and the technical systems, applications and equipment used in performing this role, and understands the impact this role has on other business functions within the organization

Communication: The ability to write and speak effectively using appropriate convention based on the situation; actively listens to others, asks questions to verify understanding, and uses tact and consideration when delivering feedback to others

Organization: Uses time efficiently by prioritizing and planning work activities

Integrity and Respect: Demonstrates utmost level of integrity in all instances, and shows respect towards others and towards company

Judgment: Demonstrates ability to make independent and sound decisions in all situations

Teamwork: Shares key information with others involved in a project or effort, works in harmony to accomplish objectives, responds with enthusiasm to directives, and shows support for departmental and organizational decisions

Quality: Sets high standards and measures of excellence to ensure quality assurance in every aspect of work performed

Accountability: Takes personal responsibility and ownership for adhering to all company policies and procedures while also completing work timely and in accordance with performance expectations

Interpersonal Communication: Writes and speaks effectively based on the psychological, relational, situation, environmental and cultural dynamics within the situation

Manages Change: Demonstrates effectiveness and flexibility with changing environments, responsibilities, tasks, and people

Attention to Detail: Follows detailed procedures to ensure accuracy in the entry and reporting of data.

Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves issues timely by gathering and analyzing information skillfully

Physical Demands:

  • Substantial movements (motion) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers in a repetitive manner
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, pull, or otherwise move objects
  • Must be able to see clearly with or without corrected vision.
  • Ability to drive to and from partner campuses, this may involve sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items and work with the fingers
  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Work Environment
  • Hybrid work environment between remote and in-office at this time
  • Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation
  • Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers, telephones and printers)

 

Work Hours/Schedule

  • Regular – Normal work hours and days assigned based on a 40+-hour workweek.

The Paramount Theatre is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.