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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:22 AM


Job Description

Dreams of Hope (DOH) seeks an experienced Program Director to vision, lead, and teach arts programming for LGBTQIA+ youth in Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding communities.


Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope (DOH) provides the Pittsburgh region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and asexual (LGBTQA+) youth and their allies a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Dreams of Hope prioritizes pedagogy and art-making rooted in intersectional social justice.


theatriQ is a year-round performance ensemble of LGBTQA+ youth and their allies. The ensemble works with an interdisciplinary team of teaching artists to create a play. The fall is focused on community building, research, and writing. The spring is focused on production, rehearsal, and performance.

sQool provides LGBTQA+ focused arts programming in schools and other educational spaces. Educators and Teaching Artists deliver customized workshops, classes, and trainings to a variety of groups. Past programs have included in-school partnerships with classroom teachers, after-school workshops with local Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and conference presentations for youth workers.


The Program Director will oversee and facilitate both theatriQ and sQool programs. This is a full-time position supervised by the Artistic Director. This position will supervise Program Managers and contract teaching artists. The Program Director will be instrumental in developing new programming to address key priorities including the intersections of racial and economic justice within the LGBTQA+ community. Artist Educators with experience in devised theatre, social justice work, and program administration are highly encouraged to apply.


Programmatic Oversight – 40%
Teaching / Direct Youth Services – 40%
General Administration – 20%


Administrative/Programmatic Leadership | Specific responsibilities include:

Vision, develop, and lead arts programming to address the needs of Pittsburgh region’s LGBTQA+ youth;
Recruit, train, and support interdisciplinary teaching artists for theatriQ and sQool programming;
Lead documentation, assessment, and evaluation of programs;
Work with DOH staff to support development, fundraising, and board needs;
Develop and manage programmatic budget;
Work with DOH Office Manager to coordinate contracts, invoices, and disbursements;
Cultivate and maintain on-going relationships with schools, arts organizations, and community partners;
Lead marketing efforts for auditions, productions, programs, and special events;
Work with DOH staff to support newsletters, press releases, and social media presence;
Develop and implement curriculum that explores LGBTQA+ people, history, and theory that prioritizes intersectional social justice and meets key learning objectives;
Support contract teaching artists & youth leaders to create lessons meeting organizational standards;
Represent Dreams of Hope at community gatherings, conferences, and other public events; and
Prioritize intersectionality and social justice in all aspects of programming.

theatriQ | Program Director will lead the theatriQ ensemble and work in partnership with an interdisciplinary team of teaching artists to create a full-length play every year. Specific responsibilities include:

Direct and produce annual play in partnership with staff, teaching artists, and youth ensemble;
Lead recruitment, application process, and selection of youth ensemble members;
Lead and be present for weekly rehearsals, after-school meetings, overnight weekend trips, tech week, performances, and any other required time for programs;
Support youth as needed in addition to designated rehearsal time; this includes 1-on-1 meetings, parent/guardian support, and connecting youth to outside services;
Foster youth leadership opportunities and development;
Create and coordinate all rehearsal/production schedules;
Manage space rental needs with DOH staff;
Work with rental theater and DOH office manager to ensure ticket sales run smoothly;
Work with DOH Office Manager and teaching artists to oversee program inventory by ensuring that all supplies are purchased and brought to rehearsals; and
Work with DOH staff to coordinate annual school matinee performance of final production

sQool | Program Director will envision and oversee sQool programming. Program Director is expected to teach and deliver direct services when needed, but the majority of sQool programs are led by contract teaching artists and youth leaders. Specific responsibilities include:

Develop, manage, and deliver a variety of programs including in-school partnerships with classroom teachers, out-of-class programming with local Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and workshops;
Lead outreach to schools and organizations and foster partnerships to support programming;
Manage all necessary logistics and communications to ensure programs run smoothly;
Work with teaching artists to align curriculum to necessary standards and key learning goals;
Partner with youth leaders to create and host special events at least 1-2 times per year; and
Plan and facilitate trainings and workshops for other youth workers and educators.


Dedication to intersectional social justice;
Passion for learning, art, activism, and working with diverse audiences;
Experience directing, devising and/or writing theatre/performance with youth;
Experience with lesson planning and curriculum development;
Knowledge of LGTBQA+ history, theory, literature, and/or contemporary art;
Excellent planning, organizing, and time management skills;
Experience with program management and oversight;
Experience working with LGBTQA+ youth and youth of color;
Knowledge of national arts education trends and best practices;
Knowledge of art education curriculum and educational standards;
Current driver’s license; and
Pennsylvania Clearances (by time of hire).


Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter describing interest, relevant qualifications, and experience. Please also include documentation of your own arts practice and/or your students’ work (we welcome any format).

Please forward application packets (Microsoft Word or PDF Format) via email to Please note “DOH Program Director (your last name)” in the subject line. Members of the LGBTQA+ community, and People of Color, are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Application Process: As applications are submitted, select candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. A limited pool of candidates will be invited to teach a workshop in Pittsburgh for DOH youth leaders. Decisions will be made by early June.

Start Date: July 1, 2017

Hours: Approximately 40 hours a week. Flexible schedule required, as majority of youth programming happens on weekends and evenings.

Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience in the range of $45,000-$55,000 per year.

• Location: Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

• Post ID: 36813594 pittsburgh is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017