Program Assistant

Website Dreams of Hope

Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts in Pittsburgh, PA

Program Assistant Job Description

Dreams of Hope (DOH) seeks an enthusiastic Program Assistant to support artistic and administrative duties alongside the Program Directors.  This role serves LGBTQIA+ youth in Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding communities.


Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope (DOH)​ provides the Pittsburgh region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and asexual (LGBTQA+) youth and their allies a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Dreams of Hope prioritizes pedagogy and art-making rooted in intersectional social justice.


  • theatriQ ​is a year-round performance ensemble of LGBTQA+ youth and their allies. The ensemble works with an interdisciplinary team of teaching artists to create a play. The fall is focused on community building, research, and writing. The spring is focused on production, rehearsal, and performance.
  • ​ sQool ​provides LGBTQA+ focused arts programming in schools and a wide range of educational spaces. Educators and Teaching Artists deliver customized workshops, classes, and trainings to a variety of groups. Past programs have included in-school partnerships with classroom teachers, after-school workshops with local Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and conference presentations.


The Program Assistant helps in developing new programming, as well as current programming, to address key priorities including the intersections of racial and economic justice within the LGBTQA+ community. This is a Part-time position supervised by the Program Directors. Artist Educators with experience in devised theater, education, social justice, and program administration are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Aid in developing and leading arts programming to address the needs of Pittsburgh region’s LGBTQA+ youth
  • Support mentorship program and additional programmatic offerings
  • Recruit young people to participate in programming;
  • Documentation, assessment, and evaluation of programs;
  • Work with DOH Administrative Director to coordinate contracts, invoices, and disbursements as needed.
  • Lead social media efforts for auditions, productions, programs, and special events;
  • Work with DOH staff to support newsletters, press releases, and social media presence;
  • Represent Dreams of Hope at community gatherings, conferences, and other public events;
  • Prioritize intersectionality and social justice in all aspects of programming.
  • Work with DOH Administrative Director and teaching artists to oversee program inventory by ensuring that all supplies are purchased and brought to rehearsals;
  • Work with DOH staff to coordinate annual school matinee performance of final production.
  • Participate in outreach to schools and organizations and foster partnerships to support programming;

80% Programming

  • theatriQ (30%)
  • sQool (30%)
  • collaborative DOH programming like Queer Youth Artist Residency, Mentorship Program, etc. (20%)

20% Administrative Duties

  • social media
  • documentation
  • communications and outreach (emails, press releases, etc.)


  • Dedication to intersectional social justice;
  • Passion for learning, art, activism, and working with diverse audiences;
  • Knowledge of LGTBQA+ history, theory, literature, and/or contemporary art;
  • Excellent planning, organizing, and time management skills;
  • Computer literacy; Experience with office suite, google office, calendaring is a plus
  • Experience working in a collective or collaborative team
  • Experience working with LGBTQA+ youth and youth of color;
  • Highschool diploma/GED
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA Criminal Record Check, and FBI clearance are required.


  • Graphic design experience using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
  • Interest in non-profit finance, grant writing, and fundraising.
  • Anti-oppression training and/or knowledge of systems of oppression and how they impact individuals, communities, etc.
  • Community organizing experience
  • Current Driver’s License


Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter describing interest, relevant qualifications, and experience. Please forward application packets (Microsoft Word or PDF format) via email to Please note “DOH Program Assistant (your last name)” in the subject line. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQA+ people are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:​ June 15, 2022
Application Process:​ As applications are submitted, select candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis.
Start Date:​ Flexible
Hours:​ 20 hours a week. Flexible schedule required, as majority of youth programming happens on weekends and evenings.
Compensation:​ $28,700 including 75% employer-paid/25% employee-paid health insurance and generous Time Off Policy.

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