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Program Manager

MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning - Dartmouth
Salary Commensurate with experience and
Posting Date January 27, 2020
Closing Date January 31, 2020

The MacPhee Centre is a community that empowers youth to access their own individual creativity and a
path to success. The MacPhee Centre empowers youth between the ages of 12-19 by connecting passion
with purpose through the arts. Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity
and confidence by offering free and unique programs in visual arts, music, videography, creative writing
and technology in a safe and inspiring space.
By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to
accessing creative learning, the MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong
learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for
employment in our communities. We help NS youth find their voice through the arts. At the MacPhee
Centre, we all take charge and it’s our home. We all work hard to maintain and create beautiful space so
we can achieve our mission.
We achieve our mandate in 4 distinct ways:
1. Afternoon programming facilitated by fine art professionals in the creative industry.
2. Active collaboration with Junior and High Schools to create co-curricular learning opportunities.
3. Partnerships with kindred youth organizations to increase opportunities for youth; to become a hub
for communication and outreach; and to maximize outcomes and use of resources.
4. Summer and March Break camps to continue the creative learning journey over the summer months.

The MacPhee Centre is a growing charity that is working to engage and collaborate with a variety of
stakeholders. Our mission is simple: help youth reach high school graduation through creative learning
and provide access to free extra-curricular creative learning to youth ages 12-19. We’re seeking an
energetic individual to join our organization as Program Manager.
The MacPhee Centre’s flywheel is beginning to turn. We are now firmly planted in Halifax's Non- Profit
landscape; we are gaining recognition throughout the community as good collaborators and thought
leaders; more youth and families are seeking us out and our ‘brand’ is being recognized more broadly
than ever. The Program Manager will have the opportunity to creatively lead and build on these
In performing this role, you must have experience in supporting youth. You are also knowledgeable of a
wide range of program development and community building best practices. You must also be able to
evaluate issues and can relate effortlessly to all of our stakeholders including youth, school staff, parents
and community program partners. Ideally, you have an understanding of our community’s current
economic and social climate and recognize the issues that impact the growth and well-being of its youth
and families. Moreover, you have experience in supporting youth.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Management (70%)
• Oversee all program activities and growth as per the organization’s mission, vision, and values, and
its strategic plan.
• Provide overall management of programs including the planning, development, registration,
execution and evaluation of programs both onsite and offsite.
• Implement and monitor appropriate key performance indicators for MacPhee Centre’s programs to
ensure goals and objectives are achieved.
• Build relationships and recruit youth to participate in programming, through school contacts
(Principals, Teachers, Guidance counsellors), as well as other partners, including IWK Mental Health
and community service providers.
• Research and maintain budget costs associated with programs (for approval by the Executive
• Recruit, manage, and provide training to volunteers following the MacPhee Centre Volunteer
Screening Protocol
• Oversee and manage program facilitators to determine scheduling and supply needs
• Compile statistics to validate program delivery including impact reports and student, volunteer and
teacher feedback
• Assure program curriculum, facilitators, and experience quality for all youth, families, and partners
• Listen and provide support for youth participants.
• Facilitating workshops, promoting leadership, and guiding students to reach their goals.
Community Engagement (20%)
• Attend community events and meetings on behalf of MacPhee Centre.
• Encourage and support community collaboration with like-minded organizations and groups.
• Maintain content management systems database for all youth and youth related contacts
• Provide stories, photos and quotes from youth to be shared on newsletters and social media
• Create and execute a robust communication plan to deepen engagement.
• Prepare program related communications and promotion for program celebration
• Communicate and follow up with program participants, schools, and parents/guardians and other
program related stakeholder communications.
General Administration (10%)
• Coordinate kitchen program
• Maintain facilities where programs occur to ensure tidiness and readiness
• Assist with preparing and managing program budgets and cost analysis
• Organize program materials and track inventory
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• Provide other general office and event support as required

• Outgoing community leader who has their finger on-the pulse for what’s happening in the
community and wants to increase community engagement and participation in our programs
• Post-secondary education with an emphasis on recreation, education, youth work, community
engagement, social work, and/or project management.
• Experience working for a non-profit or community organization
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate multi-faceted programming including summer camps, day camps
and after-school programming
• Experience in youth development for youth ages 12-19
• Experience building healthy relationships with youth and community
• Ability to adapt to a changing situation, solve problems, and think creatively
• Knowledge of trauma informed practices and knowledge of harm reduction principles
• Effective communication skills with ability to relate professionally with stakeholders at all levels
• Excellent personal and written communication skills
• The ability to lead, motivate, and support others
• Familiarity with content management systems such as SimplyCast and/or Constant Contact.
• Results focused with the ability to work independently to meet individual and team goals
• Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities
• Organization, detail orientation, and self-motivation
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, and comprehensive working knowledge of
communication, website and social media platforms and principles.
• Capacity to work a variety of hours such as evenings and weekends
• Understanding of fine arts considered an asset
• A self-starter with a high level of motivation and an ability to thrive with minimal supervision
• Driver’s licence and access to a vehicle considered an asset

Other Information
If this is you, please forward your resume and a thoughtful letter explaining how your accomplishments
and experience will meet the needs of the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. Applications can be
emailed to, quoting the job title in the subject line.
If you have any questions please contact Emma Beukema, Interim Executive Director, at or (902) 469-2851.
The MacPhee Centre strives to honour inclusive hiring practices regardless of gender, race, religion, age,
disability or sexual orientation. We offer an environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in
order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance. We are a youth-centered
organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and
protection of youth in our programs.

How To Apply

By email

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