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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

After School Education Manager

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

Client Organization Casita Maria, headquartered in the South Bronx, was established in 1934 by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan as the first charitable organization to serve Hispanics in New York City. Operating from a five-room tenement apartment in East Harlem, the Sullivan sisters, public school teachers who were also relatives of TV personality Ed Sullivan, had a primary mission to offer after school enrichment and recreational activities for the children of newly arrived families from Puerto Rico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Through the years, the need for more diversified programs and services grew as Hispanic families came to New York City in greater numbers. Before long, Casita Maria became a valued resource for these families adapting to life in a new environment.

Today, Casita Maria remains dedicated to its original mission, delivering services to the mostly Hispanic youth, families and seniors of the community it serves. In 2009, Casita Maria inaugurated a state of the art facility encompassing performance spaces, exhibition gallery, dance and music studios, and more on its Simpson Street campus. This 90,000 square foot, six-story educational and cultural facility in collaboration with the Department of Education has enabled Casita Maria to expand its scope and capacities as a beacon of excellence. More information about Casita Maria is available at

Mission Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education's mission is to empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high quality social, cultural, and educational opportunities.

Position Summary Reporting to the Program Director, the After School Manager will serve as the primary coordinator of all after school programs run by Casita Maria both on and off-site. S/he will be responsible for overseeing and managing the overall after school activities of Casita Maria. S/he will be responsible for related outreach in support of Casita Maria's mission and programs. The After School Manager will work with the Director of Programs to design and implement a strategic programming plan to begin and grow these programs.

This person will demonstrate a real sense of urgency. S/he will have superior interpersonal skills. S/he will be superb at follow-through, as well as politically knowledgeable and adept at managing a multitude of details. S/he will be a dynamic self-starter who will help lead Casita Maria in becoming an innovator in after school education.

• Oversee after school education initiatives at Casita Maria, ensuring alignment with Casita Maria’s mission, strategy and objectives as outlined in Casita’s Strategic Business Plan.
• Manage, create a calendar for, coordinate, and implement all Casita after school education programs.
• Hire, manage and evaluate after school coordinators, teachers, program leaders, tutors and group leaders.
• Hire, manage and evaluate on- and off-site after school coordinators.
• Build and maintain positive relationships with schools, teachers, parents and partnership coordinators.
• Organize final exhibition and performance opportunities for all programs.
• Manage preparation of high quality outreach materials and correspondence related to after school education programming.
• Create appropriate budgets for each program and work with the Program Director and Director of Development to secure funding.
• Manage all interns associated with programming.
• Represent Casita Maria at meetings and conferences related to After School Education programs.
• Conduct monthly staff meetings with all staff.
• Submit end of program reports for all programs.
• Coordinate recruitment of students, follow up with parents on student performance and ensure numbers are being met.
• Assures the consistent maintenance of all program documentation.
• Develop schedules for all programs.
• Document all programs with photos and written testimonials from staff and children and provide to Program Director and on Shared Drive.
• Oversee the maintenance of all program participant data and files.
• Work with Arts Education Manager to recruit, hire and evaluate teaching artists.
• Appropriately invoice all schools for services provided.
• Work with Arts Director to make connections between Gallery Exhibitions and Theater Productions/Concerts/Performances and the students Casita serves.
• Performs additional tasks as necessitated by the position and other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.
• Serve on Casita’s Communications Committee.

• Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience (including managerial experience and teaching experience in NYC public schools); Master’s degree preferred.
• Eager to work in a fast-paced, arts and education-focused, entrepreneurial environment.
• Exceptional writing and editorial skills required; clear verbal communications skills required.
• Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor.
• Ability to prioritize tasks on a daily basis.
• Integrity, professional discretion and professionalism.
• Strong computer skills: knowledge of Word, Excel, and Internet research required.

Spanish speaking preferred but not essential. Familiarity with Youth Program Quality Assessment and data analysis/collection.

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