Program Director

WACO Theater Center
April 22, 2020
North Hollywood, CA
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Shay Wafer


WACO Theater Center is seeking a Program Director for its mentorship programs,

Richard’s Warriors and Tina’s Angels that are WACO Theater’s signature programs, created to foster artistic creation, self-expression, and confidence in middle school boys and girls. The purpose of our programs is to give young people from underserved communities and backgrounds access to arts education. In 2017, we were excited to celebrate the grand opening of our state-of-the-art theater space. This facility provides a home for our programs, and has been utilized for mentoring sessions, lessons and activities. Further, program participants are encouraged to explore the arts in a safe environment with leadership they trust. This exposure inspires students to dream of a world bigger than what is in their own backyards.

WACO has established a partnership with KIPP Academy of Opportunity (KAO), a high-performing free public charter middle school located in South Los Angeles. The school serves approximately 400 students in grades five through eight. KAO enables students to become self-motivated, competent, life-long learners. KIPP students recognize that an outstanding education is key to achieving personal success and leading a life of infinite opportunity. The mission is to ensure that students develop the academic skills, character, and intellectual habits necessary to succeed in competitive high schools, colleges, and the world beyond. The four guiding principles are: grit, honor, love, and leadership.

Description: The Program Director is a new full-time position that is responsible for establishing content and administration of the mentorship program, supervising program staff, mentors and volunteers; identifying resources and partners to plan and implement the program. As a member of the WACO team, the Program Director champions arts, education and mentorship as a community-building tool by leading programs that enthuse and engage students and the community.


Duties and Responsibilities: Oversee the coordination and administration of the mentorship program including developing curriculum, special events and program assessment plans; recommending new programs, and overseeing fulfillment of grant commitments to the program; reporting to the Board of Directors and Co-Artistic Directors; liaising with the Kipp Academy program staff, mentors and parents on logistics, timelines and student participation; managing logistics and scheduling for mentors and special guest; expanding partnerships with other organizations; develop strategies to grow program; create a plan for program documentation.


Qualifications: We are seeking an individual with progressive experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation in an arts based youth serving organization. Ability to effectively supervise direct reports to deliver high-quality services to young people; a passion for working with young people and arts integrated programs in communities; ability to thrive in a fast-paced, growth-oriented experience. Must be flexible in their approach and attitude and possess a sense of humor; strong interpersonal and communications skills and available to work some weekends and evenings. Bachelor degree required.

How To Apply

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Please reference Program Director in the subject line. No phone calls.

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