Youth Program Director

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites applications for Youth Program Director. To apply for this position, please complete our online employment application here. The position will remain open until filled.

A nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program, and a host of annual special community events. In addition, Shake Rag Alley offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events, and celebrations. For more information, see www.ShakeRagAlley.org

Position Title: Youth Program Director

Department: Administration

Status: Full-time seasonal, hourly

Schedule: 40 hours/week April-October, 20 hours/week November-March


Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working collaboratively with Shake Rag Alley staff and volunteers, the Youth Program Director supports Shake Rag Alley’s mission by planning and implementing creative and fun K-12 arts and crafts educational workshops and family-friendly community programs. Participates in outreach activities and programsfor youth and adult audiences. Provides supervision of Youth Program volunteers and seasonal staff and delivers excellent and timely customer service to colleagues, Board members, volunteers, donors, students and their families, instructors, and the public.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plans and recruits instructors for K-12 and family-friendly artistic and educational programming in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Works to achieve a balanced and sustainable seasonal schedule of youth workshops and camps taught by locally and regionally sourced educators well suited to serve the Shake Rag Alley community.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for Youth Program instructors throughout the year to include fielding questions about class sizes, registration deadlines, etc. 
  • Develops themes for Fourth of July papier mache camp to be featured in the Mineral Point parade and annual grant-supported Free Arts Camp. Participates in parade with youth and families.
  • Prepares for and teaches workshops and camps as needed. 
  • Monitors enrollments and partners with staff to support marketing initiatives to secure maximum enrollments. Recommends financial aid as appropriate.
  • Provides instructors with orientations to their classrooms and campus emergency procedures. Together with staff and volunteers, ensures instructors and students are supported for the duration of their workshop. 
  • Communicates student and instructor payment information and refund requests to the Administrative ManagerBookkeeper & Registrar in a timely manner. Solicits instructor evaluations upon the conclusion of workshops and provides student/family feedback. 
  • With staff, Board, and volunteer support, manages Shake Rag Alley annual community events and programs to include the Make-a-Fairy-House Workshop, Tour of Fairy Homes, Mineral Point Museum Night, Trick’r Treat, and Santa Day.
  • Participates in the development of annual print and online workshop catalog and instructor contracts by providing copy including instructor fees, tuition and material fee costs, and images according to the catalog production schedule.
  • Assists in identifying new audiences for Shake Rag Alley youth arts programming to include 4-H groups, and contributes to marketing efforts as requested.
  • Submits buildings and grounds maintenance and supply requests as needed.
  • Participates in educational outreach events, expos, and activities as requested.
  • Reviews annual budget and monthly reports and assists with grant writing and final grant reports as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited educational institution and five years’ instructional experience. 
  • A record of K-12 programming, project management, and marketing experience at a nonprofit arts or cultural organization or school. 
  • Experience in and knowledge of the arts and arts education. 
  • Computer and Internet proficiency to include Google Drive and Gmail and cloud-based registration and database systems. 
  • Excellent customer service skills and a welcoming demeanor with diverse audiences. 
  • Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative environment and strong organizational and problem-solving skills, flexibility, and patience.
  • Appreciation for Shake Rag Alley’s mission and ability to demonstrate flexibility, friendliness, and patience in all situations.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.