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Senior Manager, Creative Youth Development

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Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance was founded in 1972 and is one of the nation’s best-known and most effective arts service organizations. We operate in five counties surrounding Philadelphia and also serve southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware as part of our metropolitan region.  We have over 450 nonprofit and for-profit members, but the Alliance serves the entire cultural sector – over 1,500 performing arts, visual arts, history, science, horticulture, arts education, community art centers, and other cultural organizations.

Creative Youth Development (CYD) describes the integration of the arts, humanities, and sciences into youth development principles. At the Cultural Alliance, the footprint of CYD has grown considerably in the last four years. Today, CYD encompasses a portfolio of programs and activities geared towards engaging young people to cultivate a diverse pipeline of workforce, advocates, and audiences for arts and culture. These include:

Bloomberg Arts

  • Summer Internship (BAI): An citywide eight-week program that places 60 rising high school seniors in internships at arts and culture organizations across Philadelphia. The program also delivers cultural immersion activities and weekly professional development and post-secondary readiness workshops.
  • School Year (BAISY): A 10-month expansion of the summer internship, School Year provides a small cohort of students with ongoing professional development experiences through the completion of real-world, project-based learning experiences at their worksites.
  • BAI Alumni Engagement: In collaboration with our partners at Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Cultural Alliance plans and delivers in-person and remote programming throughout the year that keeps internship alumni engaged with our organizations and one another, while continuing to explore the region’s cultural landscape and developing vital post-secondary skills. 

Youth Opportunities: The Cultural Alliance connects young people to the region’s cultural sector by identifying and sharing opportunities to grow academically, creatively, and professionally. 


Position Summary

The Cultural Alliance seeks a full-time Senior Program Manager. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of all CYD programming administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Senior Program Manager will lead a team of permanent and seasonally hired program staff, guiding program development, managing partnerships, and implementing and managing administrative processes. The ideal candidate for this position is highly collaborative, comfortable navigating a fluid environment, and capable of balancing multiple projects simultaneously. 

This is a full-time position that reports to the President & CEO, and supervises one full-time staff member. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Partner Management and Grant Compliance
  • Manage and continue to cultivate the Cultural Alliance’s relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies through the successful implementation of Bloomberg Arts programs in compliance with all grant requirements and partner expectations.
  • Recruit and onboard a diverse cohort of arts, culture, and heritage organizations as worksites for creatively engaging Bloomberg Arts Internship opportunities for both the summer and school year programs.
  • Coordinate with external vendors (SEPTA, venue operators, caterers, payroll processors, etc.) to enable the smooth execution of program logistics.

Program Planning

  • Develop and execute contracts to secure the necessary capacity and resources to implement the program; ensure compliance and payments per contract agreements
  • Schedule and co-facilitate an annual curriculum development process, including collaborating with an intern team, educational partners, and external graphic designers
  • Coordinate with staff, partners, and special guests to plan a robust schedule of professional development workshops, cohort-building activities, and cultural immersion events

Program implementation

  • Effectively manage a program team including a full-time CYD Manager, a seasonal part-time administrative assistant, and a team of seasonally hired college mentors and occupational therapy graduate students.
  • Oversee day-to-day administration of year-round programming, including submitting intern payroll, facilitating background checks, purchasing and distributing transit passes for interns, and securing supplies and resources as needed.
  • Provide regular bi-weekly reports to Bloomberg Philanthropies and Cultural Alliance executive leadership in collaboration with other program staff; draft and submit a comprehensive annual report on the performance of the internship program.


This is a full-time position with a salary of $50,000-$55,000. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance; access to a 403b retirement plan; and generous paid time off.

This is a hybrid remote/in-person position based in Philadelphia, with some time in the office and at program-related events required. Proof of COVID vaccination is required by the time of hire for this position. The deadline to apply for this position is March 4, with a start in mid-April.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  We strongly encourage candidates with lived experiences from a wide range of communities to apply and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds. Our office is located in The Philadelphia Building, which is an accessible space in Center City Philadelphia. 

The Cultural Alliance Work Environment Values Statement

As the Cultural Alliance serves our members and the broader arts and culture sector, we also celebrate the people who make that vital work possible. We know that as happy, healthy and fulfilled individuals, we are better advocates for the Cultural Alliance and its constituents.  We create an inclusive and supportive environment by practicing respect, empathy and valuing the diversity and perspective of each individual. Through our actions, we are accountable to our mission and values and considerate of each other and our stakeholders. We encourage work/life balance because we know that our unique backgrounds, passions and interests outside of work help to inspire innovative solutions. We believe that we are all leaders, all possessing important insight into the mission of the Cultural Alliance, and all deserving of opportunities for advancement and professional development. We work as a team to build trust and collaborate in a way in which everyone’s input is heard and their contributions appreciated. We promote creativity and out-of-the-box thinking and challenge ourselves to continually ask what a strong organization looks like.


To Apply

To apply, please email with the subject line Senior Program Manager <Last Name>, <First Name> , and include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your relevant experience and interest
  • Two references