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29 Oct 2018

Full-Time Program Director

Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)  Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Job Description


The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is a DC- and Hampton Roads-based nonprofit with a mission to reintegrate veterans, service members, and military families into their communities through the arts. We promote expression, skill-development, and camaraderie through classes, workshops, and performances across a variety of artistic disciplines. Our focus on consistent programs and partnerships ensures that members of our community have continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. Our approach provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and improved well-being. At the same time, we strengthen ties between veterans and their communities through the arts.


ASAP is looking for an energetic leader to drive the planning, development, execution, and expansion of the organization’s programs. The ideal candidate will be experienced in program management and leading teams, entrepreneurial, even-keeled, extremely organized, and passionate about growing the organization’s impact. Qualified candidates must be comfortable with monthly travel along the East Coast, and must be able to work evenings and weekends in support of the organization’s programs and performances. A detailed overview of the role – as well as the type of Program Director for whom we are looking – is included below.


  • Program Planning & Partnerships: Develop and oversee the execution of ASAP’s annual program plan; cultivate and manage ASAP’s major program-related partnerships.
  • Program Improvement: Drive the consistent improvement of ASAP’s overall program model, program operations infrastructure and systems, and program curricula.
  • Personnel Development: Lead, develop, and grow the size of ASAP’s program staff, instructors, mentors, and volunteers.
  • Program Evaluation: Facilitate the development, implementation, and improvement of ASAP’s monitoring and evaluation system; build and manage relationships with researchers to promote thought leadership around ASAP’s program model.
  • Training & Volunteer Development: Spearhead the planning, delivery, evaluation, improvement, and expansion of ASAP’s volunteer model and training activities for teaching artists and volunteers.
  • Advisory Management: Manage and leverage the expertise of ASAP’s Artist Council and Advisory Council; recruit new members to each council; adjust and improve ASAP’s advisory support structure as needed.


  • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and implement ASAP’s strategic and growth priorities.
  • Program Funding: Partner with the Executive Director to secure grant, sponsorship, and private funding for ASAP’s programs.
  • Program Coordination: Support program staff with the scheduling, coordination, and execution of ASAP’s programs.



EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: It is preferred that you have prior experience with the following:

  • Project and/or program management
  • Partnership development, execution, and management
  • Leading teams
  • Program evaluation/M&E
  • Training development and management
  • Volunteer recruiting and management
  • Strategic, operational, and expansion planning
  • Grant writing and sponsorship development

SYSTEMS: You must have advanced proficiency in Google Drive, Documents, Forms, and Calendar, as well as Microsoft Office Suite. You must be able to develop proficiency in Asana project management software, Slack communications software, Classy fundraising management platform, Squarespace web development tools, and CRM platforms.



  • You are passionate about art education, community arts, performing arts, veterans affairs, mental health, community-building, and/or social entrepreneurship.
  • You are energized when working in demanding, fast-paced start-up environments where you have the ability to shape the future of an organization and movement.
  • You are intellectually curious and excited by opportunities to develop new skills.
  • You view yourself as an entrepreneur, thrive in environments where you have autonomy over your work, and are capable of managing your time effectively and efficiently.
  • You understand that the behind the scenes work necessary to build, plan, and improve programs is just as important the actual program delivery.
  • You are excited by the opportunity to lead and foster the growth of a dedicated staff.
  • You have superior attention to detail and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • You are enthusiastic about and grateful for the opportunity to work with veterans, service members, military families, and our partners in the community.
  • You remain calm and flexible in the face of unexpected changes.
  • You are comfortable with working 50-60+ hours per week, including nights and weekends for programs and performances.
  • You have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of demonstrated leadership experience.


  • You cannot live in the DC Metro Area.
  • You are uncomfortable working in a small work environment that involves less structure than a larger organization.
  • You would prefer not to travel for work.
  • You prefer working individually rather than in a team-oriented environment.
  • You are looking for a traditional job with a 40-hour work week.
  • You are approaching this job viewing veterans as victims to be saved or heroes to be revered, rather than contributors to and leaders of our community.



  • Starting salary of $70,000-$75,000.
  • Full healthcare, vision, and dental benefits.
  • SIMPLE IRA with 2% employer match.
  • $2,500 annual leadership development stipend.
  • Generous holiday schedule, including paid weeks off the week of July 4th and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Opportunities to publish op-eds and academic articles, speak on panels, and represent ASAP to the media.



Ready to join the team? Please submit the following application materials via this link by Friday, November 30th to be considered for the role:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest of no more than 300 words explaining why you would be a fit for this opportunity; please do not send us a cover letter
  • Writing sample of no more than three pages

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, director, management, and non-profit. States: DC.

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