Manager of Youth Programs

Dec 13, 2021

Department: Education

Supervisor:  Director of Community Programs

Schedule: Full-time

FLSA: Exempt

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through our exhibitions, education, public programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image. Since our founding in 1974, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. Our new integrated center on the Lower East Side reunites our school and museum in one space to become the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing.

Position Summary:

The Manager of Youth Programs works alongside the Director of Community Programs in managing the daily administration of the department including marketing, implementation, and evaluation of all initiatives as detailed below. A year-round schedule of Community Programs brings the rewards of visual storytelling to people of all ages and backgrounds, making ICP’s resources and expertise available to audiences that might not otherwise have access to them. Our Teen Academy and Community Partnerships serve young people locally, nationally, and internationally through onsite, offsite, and online classes developing their knowledge of imagemaking, critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and leadership skills – supporting our next generation of storytellers and change agents. The offsite partnerships with community-based organizations reach students in underserved neighborhoods through free classes, and this same access is ensured by offering need-based scholarships to half of all students in Teen Academy. Additional community-based programming includes participation in annual festivals, conferences, and various events, allowing further collaboration in building an even more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community/s overall.  All programming reflects ICP’s greater mission of social change through photography and visual culture.

Essential Functions and Duties:

Teen Academy

  • Manage the daily administration of Teen Academy seasonal classes including: promotion/recruitment, admissions, curricular content and implementation, final presentations and exhibitions, and evaluation; work in collaboration with the Director of Community Programs, Faculty, and Teaching Assistants to achieve these shared goals
  • As similarly detailed above, manage the daily administration of the yearlong Teen Academy Imagemakers program also including a culminating website, students’ publications, exhibition, and graduation
  • Manage relationships with participating Guest Artists and partnering sites for field trips as included in curriculum
  • Manage the scholarship application process (at least 50% of students receive need-based financial aid)
  • Build relationships with prospective students, parents, school/educator and community-based partners locally, nationally, and internationally in promoting the program
  • Facilitate faculty trainings as needed
  • Facilitate and/or participate in Imagemakers classes/workshops as needed
  • Support participating students and alumni through and after their class/program experiences.
  • Hire and supervise Teaching Assistants and Alumni Assistants

Additional Responsibilities

  • Work with Director of Community Programs on select administrative duties for Community Partnerships including ICP at THE POINT and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center Alumni Group
    • Processes placements and payroll for Teaching Assistants and Alumni Assistants
    • Scheduling guest artists and field trips for seasonal classes serving preteens, teens, and young adults
    • Support the production of final class presentations and annual exhibitions that celebrate the students’ work for all family, friends, staff, and funders
  • As related to youth programs recruitment and resources sharing, facilitate outreach and cultivate relationships with select Lower East Side youth and community-based organizations.
  • Accordingly, attend local community meetings/events as needed
  • Manage other youth and community-based initiatives as they arise including participation in ICP Public Programs, local festivals, national conferences, etc.
  • Schedule and facilitate select guided tours and hands-on workshops for ICP youth programs and external community partners
  • Serve as liaison to our greater community of youth educators and youth workers

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage the administration of hiring and supervising select Community Programs team members including: Alumni Assistants, Teaching Assistants, and Interns, as well as additional Community Programs staff as determined
  • Support in managing Community Programs budget pertaining to revenue, expenses, and payroll          
  • Work in collaboration with Marketing and Communications department staff in managing the content and promotion of Community Programs activities through our website, newsletters, email outreach, advertisements, online and additional social media presence, etc.
  • Work in collaboration with Exhibitions department staff to integrate the content of past, current, and future exhibitions and collections content across curricula and programming
  • Manage an archive of Community Programs students’ work and class documentation including images, writings, and activity shots
  • Actively participate in Interdepartmental Working Group
  • Actively participate in Equity Working Group

Minimum Qualifications:

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required including arts administration and education, youth and community development

Minimum Experience Requirement:

  • Strong program management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong community building and leadership skills
  • Effective and collaborative team player
  • Experience in teaching groups, leading tours, and public speaking
  • Experience designing photography related curricula and lesson plans is critical
  • 3+ years teaching teens and community development experience a must
  • Prior managerial and/or supervisory experience is required 
  • Solid understanding of techniques, aesthetics, and uses of darkroom and digital  photography
  • Editorial and design skills 
  • Strong computer skills (Windows, Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative  Suite, proficiency in digital imaging capture, scan & print)
  • Proficiency in Spanish is preferred
  • Must have flexibility to work some weekends and evenings

Additional Competency Requirement (Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ability to oversee a department of 20+ team members effectively including supervision of staff, leading meetings, articulating work priorities, etc.
  • Ability to think strategically and work collaboratively toward shared goals
  • Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment and manage ongoing project deadlines

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate and exchange information.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to spend prolonged periods of time utilizing computers.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to operate, activate, and use office equipment.
  • The employee must occasionally move throughout ICP’s spaces to document events.
  • The employee may occasionally need to move up to 25 pounds

Special Environmental Factors: (Nature of the work environment)

  • The employee is required to commute between locations
  • The employee is required to work in the general public environment (face to face contact with the public).
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Required - As per the recent New York City mandate “KEY to NEW YORK,”  All staff  working in our indoor facility are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

  • ICP provides its staff with a generous benefits package featuring medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax transit and flexible spending programs, and 403(b) pension plan.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter on Indeed. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The International Center of Photography is an Equal Opportunity Employer.