Get Involved

Join our Board

Young Audiences’ board of directors is committed to development of the board of directors just as we are to the staff, artists and programming partners of the organization.

We are always looking to strengthen our board by diversifying the skills, work, volunteer, and life experience of our board of directors.  This year we are looking to better represent the community we serve by better aligning to the demographics of the youth we serve in the eight counties of Western New York.  This means we are looking for the following:

  • Individuals representing the eight counties.  We currently have 9 members living in Erie County.
  • Individuals representing the demographics of those we serve.  We currently serve 52% White, 32% Black or African American, 11% Hispanic, and 5% Asian, Native American or Multi Ethnic.  Our board is composed of 57% White, 28% Black, 14% Asian, Native American or Multi Ethnic.  20% of those we serve are disabled or have special needs, and 7% of our board have disabilities.
  • Accountant, Attorney, MBA, and human resources professionals
  • Educator/ Community/ Social Services experience
  • Previous experience in leading major donor initiatives
  • Individuals who are retired and/or have free time with which to volunteer their time
  • Strong corporate network connections
  • Previous Board Experience

We meet with individuals interested in serving with Young Audiences throughout the year, and elect new board members and fill our committees in June annually.  If you are indeed interested in serving Young Audiences, please submit the enclosed service interest form with a resume or biography to beth@yawny.org

Become a Teaching Artist 

Employment Opportunities

Join our Team

Young Audiences is the leading arts-in-education organization in the 8 counties of WNY. We accomplish our mission through working with professional artists to engage young people in creative learning opportunities, so that they might become extraordinary adults. A sustainable and growing nonprofit organization, we are celebrating 50 years of service and are one of 30 affiliates in 22 states. We provide programming in schools and community centers in the visual, literary, media and performing arts, in multi-year long-term collaborations, residencies and workshops. A key strategy and growth area is working with young people living in geographically remote communities and/or involvement with the juvenile justice system.

To apply for any employment, volunteer, or intern opportunities, please see descriptions listed below:

Job Title: Program Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Programs

Status: Hourly – Part Time/Non-Exempt

Location: Central Library, Downtown Buffalo (Temporarily Remote)

Summary: The Program Coordinator serves as a liaison between artists, ensembles and the schools or community partners to schedule workshops and performances, oversee receivables and general office coordination. The Program Coordinator will be highly organized and detail-oriented that is a strong relationship builder who is comfortable spending most of the workday in a structured office environment.

Young Audiences of Western New York seeks to hire candidates with a diversity of experiences and perspectives in respect to race, gender and geography. We believe that our board, staff and teaching artist roster should reflect the beautifully diverse community that makes up Buffalo and WNY.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Support

Support Program Department in the scheduling and administration of programs with school and community partners. Duties include but are not limited to:

● Schedule bookings programs including communication with schools, community partners, entry into database system and tracking/sending confirmations.

● Efficiently uses internal file sharing system to maintain accurate records of confirmed programs and budgets.

● Prepares and sends programming invoices using database system.

● Distributes and compiles reports for monthly assessment and evaluation tools.

● Prepares statistical reports monthly.

● Supports Director of Programs in scheduling and budgeting for residencies and partnerships.

● Coordinate Arts Partners for Learning programming with school and cultural partners.

● Collaborates with Young Generations Coordinator to collect program data, maintain roster and communicate with program partners.

Teaching Artist Management

Collaborate with Teaching Artists to connect booking partners to the right programs while maintaining up-todate records. Duties include but are not limited to:

● Manage arts materials requests, storage and technical requirements.

● Manage artist directory information using database system and internal file sharing protocols.

● Assist Director of Programs in issuing and securing annual artist contracts, bios, program pricing and program descriptions for annual updating the database and internal final sharing systems.

● Assist Director of Programs in updating and maintaining Program Curriculum.

● Proactively keep updating the artist roster to be able to build relationships and communicate about artists and programs during outreach activities.

Office Management and Logistics

Oversee administrative and logistical components of the Program Department. Duties include but are not limited to:

● Receive incoming phone calls and emails, maintaining a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful demeanor.

● Assist with creating and maintaining efficient systems for file and data management.

● Provide support to Executive Director as needed.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

● 2+ years of experience in an administrative role

● Graduated High School or completed GED program

● Commitment and passion for the mission of Young Audiences of WNY

● An eye for creating efficient systems and tracking details

● Ability to prioritize tasks and flexibility meet competing deadlines

● Ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals of different backgrounds

● Experience using various computer systems and online platforms; Salesforce experience preferred

● Strong oral and written communication skill

● Comfortable making cold calls

● Some evenings and weekends required as needed based on program schedule

● Multilingual candidates are a plus

This is a non-exempt, part-time hourly position with a pay rate of $17.00/hour.

TO APPLY:

Send an email with “Program Coordinator” in the subject line to employment@yawny.org. Include in pdf format: resume, cover letter, and three references, that will only be called after a candidate has a virtual interview. No phone calls please. Young Audiences is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 

Advocacy

Why is arts education important? Do you know enough to advocate?
Read on for 5 facts about Arts Education that will help you build your expertise.

1. Art teaches creativity

Something so simple is also overlooked! Businesses today are demanding highly skilled, creative and independent thinkers. These same skills are taught and practiced regularly through arts disciplines. Creative thinking is, at its most basic, the ability to synthesize information in multiple ways. This leads to the innovation and scientific discovery that advances business and culture in wonderful ways.

2. Art in school foster better student attendance

Students who are involved in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an awarded for school attendance.

“This one day I was going to stay home sick from high school was the same day our school’s select chorus was scheduled to sin on the radio. Stormin’ Norman, I couldn’t miss that! So yes, i earned 4 years perfect attendance and the credit goes entirely to my music and drama classes.”  – former student, current teaching artist

3. Early arts engagement impacts college graduation

Students from low-income families who have sustained engagement in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate from college as peers who have not arts education.

4. The arts are core curriculum

48 states have adopted national standards for learning in the arts. There is no excuse for not making the arts part of the regular learning day in school.

5. The arts are not equally represented in schools

88% secondary schools do not offer dance
96% elementary schools do not offer theater
11% secondary schools do not offer visual arts
6% elementary schools do not offer music (Note: this is not equivalent of 1.6 million elementary students who do not have access to music instruction)

The arts are vital to our young people. Take these facts and talk to your school representatives about ways to support bringing arts deeper into the school. Help Young Audiences help every child receive access to the arts.

These facts and more can be found at Americans for the Arts.

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