Executive Director

Job Description

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Youth Arts: Unlocked staff, programs, funding, and the execution of its mission: bringing high quality arts programming to justice involved youth and to bring their art to the public.  They will serve as an advocate for juvenile justice by maintaining and expanding programmatic partnerships in pursuit of trauma informed service delivery.


  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program and evaluations, and consistent quality of finance and administration, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive organizational culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging.
  • Administer and expand grant opportunities and fundraising activities to support program operations.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic planning and direction.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain the Youth Arts: Unlocked Teaching Artist and Teaching Assistant team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the financial and contractual obligations, programming, staffing, physical space, and assets of Youth Arts: Unlocked.
  • Administer the delivery of program services by recruiting, hiring and supervising Teaching Artists, Assistants, and Interns in coordination with the Genesee County Juvenile Justice Center and the Learning Co-op.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all communications including grantors, contractual partners, and the Board of Directors.
  • Assure compliance with all mandates associated with program services and funders.
  • Oversee and coordinate the budget process and financial well-being of the organization making recommendations for budget amendments and modifications as needed.
  • Coordinate the timely flow of all grants from application to conclusion including data management, tracking deadlines, preparing, and submitting all reports and invoices.


  • Bachelor’s degree, masters or advanced degree preferred, with at least 5 years senior management experience.
  • Proven experience in leading a performance and outcome-based organization with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed organizational strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Demonstrated expertise in grant writing and administration.
  • Excellence in organizational and financial management with the ability to manage staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, develop, and manage budgets.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate strong Boards and foster positive Board member relationships.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, a persuasive and passionate advocate with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in Arts or Juvenile Justice programming.
  • Knowledge of financial, donor and grant management software programs.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) software of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the selection process; including, but not limited to, responses to application questions, and responses to interview questions or exercises

If you feel you are a good fit for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to y.a.unlocked@gmail.com