Manager, Creative Youth Development

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance


Website philaculture Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance


The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance was founded in 1972 and is one of the nation’s best-known and most effective arts service organizations. We operate in five counties surrounding Philadelphia and also serve southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware as part of our metropolitan region.  We have over 450 nonprofit and for-profit members, but the Alliance serves the entire cultural sector – over 1,500 performing arts, visual arts, history, science, horticulture, arts education, community art centers, and other cultural organizations.

Creative Youth Development (CYD) describes the integration of the arts, humanities, and sciences into youth development principles. At the Cultural Alliance, the footprint of CYD has grown considerably in the last four years. Today, CYD encompasses a portfolio of programs and activities geared towards engaging young people to cultivate a diverse pipeline of workforce, advocates, and audiences for arts and culture. These include:

  • Bloomberg Arts
    • Summer Internship (BAI): An citywide eight-week program that places 50 rising high school seniors in internships at arts and culture organizations across Philadelphia. The program also delivers cultural immersion activities and weekly professional development and post-secondary readiness workshops.
    • School Year (BAISY): A 10-month expansion of the summer internship, School Year provides a small cohort of students with ongoing professional development experiences through the completion of real-world, project-based learning experiences at their worksites.
    • BAI Alumni Engagement: In collaboration with our partners at Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Cultural Alliance plans and delivers in-person and remote programming throughout the year that keeps internship alumni engaged with our organizations and one another, while continuing to explore the region’s cultural landscape and developing vital post-secondary skills.
  • Youth Opportunities: The Cultural Alliance connects young people to the region’s cultural sector by identifying and sharing opportunities to grow academically, creatively, and professionally.

Job Summary

The Creative Youth Development Manager is a year-round part-time position that supports the planning of the Alliance’s CYD programming and manages day-to-day implementation. Working on a team including the Senior Programs Manager and Director of Community Partnerships, as well as with a seasonal team of administrators and college-aged mentors, the CYD manager supports curriculum development, recruitment, event planning, and program implementation.

This is a part-time position, averaging 25 hours per week, with closer to 40 hours per week during the summer internship (June through August), including some evenings and weekends.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  We strongly encourage candidates with lived experiences from a wide range of communities to apply and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds. Our office is located in The Philadelphia Building, which is an accessible space in Center City Philadelphia. 

The Cultural Alliance Work Environment Values StatementAs the Cultural Alliance serves our members and the broader arts and culture sector, we also celebrate the people who make that vital work possible. We know that as happy, healthy and fulfilled individuals, we are better advocates for the Cultural Alliance and its constituents. 

We create an inclusive and supportive environment by practicing respect, empathy and valuing the diversity and perspective of each individual. Through our actions, we are accountable to our mission and values and considerate of each other and our stakeholders. We encourage work/life balance because we know that our unique backgrounds, passions and interests outside of work help to inspire innovative solutions. 

We believe that we are all leaders, all possessing important insight into the mission of the Cultural Alliance, and all deserving of opportunities for advancement and professional development. We work as a team to build trust and collaborate in a way in which everyone’s input is heard and their contributions appreciated. We promote creativity and out-of-the-box thinking and challenge ourselves to continually ask what a strong organization looks like.

Reports To

Director of Community Partnerships, Senior Program Manager


Summer Internship (60% – Jan-Aug)

  • Be the first-line of support to a diverse cohort of creative and ambitious interns.
  • Support program recruitment by connecting directly with educators and organizations across the city to identify strong internship candidates.
  • Manage a rigorous schedule of intern interviews, including guiding internship applicants through important paperwork.
  • Collaborate with the CYD team on intern placement at organizations and curriculum development.
  • Collaborate with the CYD team and program partners to review and update professional development curriculum as appropriate.
  • Act as liaison between worksites, mentors, and interns to ensure quality workplace experiences for interns.
  • Manage weekly cultural site visits and professional development days, including supporting program partners and facilitating workshops as appropriate.
  • Support program wrap-up processes, including program evaluation and grant reporting.
  • Plan, coordinate, and deliver alumni engagement programming to foster connection and continued professional development among past program participants.

School Year (30% – Sept-June)

  • Collaborate with team to select BAISY interns and worksite
  • Organize and lead monthly check-ins and cultural excursion events with BAI School Year interns.
  • Supervise GPCA BAI School Year intern and design communications projects for them to work on throughout the year.

Youth Opportunities (10%)

  • Collaborate with the CYD team to expand Creative Youth Development strategies and activities.


  • 2-3 years experience working with students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures in creative programs. This could include experience as a teaching artist, program administrator, or educator.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal, written, presentation) skills.
  • Ability and comfort providing one-on-one support and coaching, as well as the ability to lead a cohort of 50 teenagers.
  • Organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.
  • Ability to set goals, self-manage and work in a team.
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at a given time.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in action not just in words


This is a part-time position, averaging 25 hours a week, with closer to 40 hours at certain points in the summer. Compensation is $24/hour.


This is a hybrid remote/in-person position based in Philadelphia, with some time in the office required for program administration and meetings. Proof of COVID vaccination is required for this position.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for this position is October 22, 2021. To apply, please email Tom Bonner with the subject line CYD Manager <Last Name>, <First Name> at, and include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your relevant experience and interest
  • Two references

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