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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Mind-Builders has a number of positions open. Please scroll down for more information.

  • Executive Director (FT)
  • Marketing and Communications Manager (FT)
  • Folk Culture Program Director (PT)
  • Facilities Manager (PT)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position Summary:  

Mind-Builders is seeking a new Executive Director (ED) who is a motivational, visionary, and collaborative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are looking for someone who has a commitment to supporting young people realize their power, potential, talent and history.  This person will possess a deep appreciation and knowledge of the culture and art forms inspired by the community, and by the rich history of the diaspora. 

The next ED at Mind-Builders will take over from the founding Executive Director, meaning they must  lead the organization forward with enthusiasm, vision, and a commitment to its founding values. Responsible for managing the organization’s approximately $2.3 million operating budget , the new ED will ensure that Mind-Builders realizes its capacity and responsibility to the students, families, and audiences it serves while attracting the resources necessary to fulfill its mission and goals.  This is a full-time, exempt on-site position reporting directly to the Board of Directors, and will require some schedule flexibility in order to monitor Center activities and be available to meet families and students on occasional  evenings and Saturdays.  We express and  are committed to diversity and equity at all levels of the organization. Because of the communities we serve, we especially encourage people from African Diasporic cultures to apply for this position.  Mind-Builders is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, veteran status or otherwise. 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: 

Stewardship 

Uphold Mind-Builders mission and vision, ensuring all programs and activities are aligned with its  values and artistic direction.  

Oversee general business operations, finances, and programs, working with  Mind-Builders’ finance team to responsibly allocate resources and ensure contractual obligations are fulfilled. Develop and manage the organizational budget in tandem with the Board of Directors’ advice and approval. 

Collaborate with the board to lead and implement new initiatives and/or strategic plans that  ensure consistent organizational progress and effective goal management. 

Oversee a staff of 52 (full and part time) with 8 direct reports (2 F/T Assistant Executive Directors, 2 F/T Program Directors, 4 P/T Program Directors).

Fundraising & Community Engagement

Identify, secure and maintain funding sources for the mission of Mind-Builders, as well as current and new program initiatives. 

Steward existing relationships with all Mind-Builders constituents and collaborators by maintaining an ongoing presence and active involvement in the Bronx community and beyond.    

Promoting the interests of Mind-Builders with media agencies, government officials and other organizations, serving as the primary spokesperson and contact with external stakeholders. 

Cultivate new relationships with members of the community and consistently welcome new groups and individuals to the Mind-Builders network to help advance the organization’s mission, vision and goals.  

Skills & Competencies:  

Significant training or background in the arts and arts education. 

Knowledge of Bronx communities and issues.

Experience in progressive student-centered education and/or youth development. 

Demonstrated ability to effectively run large community-based programs or enterprises. 

Knowledge of the NYC nonprofit, funding and arts education  communities in NYC.

Experience building and maintaining healthy and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of audiences, i.e. parents, youth, staff, board of directors, funders and  government officials. 

Thorough understanding of the history and politics of oppression and its wide ranging effect on every aspect of the lives of people of color.

Experience leading successful fundraising campaigns, soliciting and acquiring major gifts.

Strong management, conflict mediation and coaching skills, including the ability to give effective and direct feedback.

Qualifications: 

Required

Bachelor's Degree.

At least 5 years of leadership and youth development experience.  

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Strongly Preferred

Master’s Degree in education, arts education, nonprofit management, or related field. 

7-10 years of leadership experience at a community-based organization of a similar size and budget.

3-5 years experience in the oversight of arts, education or community program policy and direction. 

Knowledge and appreciation of African diasporic arts and culture.

Salary & Benefits: 

Mind-Builders will offer a competitive salary ranging from a minimum of $110,000 and maximum of $150,000 per year, commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical health insurance covered 90% by Mind-Builders, paid vacation, paid holidays, paid personal days after three months, and 401K contributions.

Location: This  is a full-time position located in the Northeast Bronx, NY.

How to Apply: 

Applicants should reply with a resume and cover letter that reference their experience in relation to the qualifications listed in the job description. No phone inquiries will be accepted. All inquiries and resumes should be submitted via email to edsearch@mind-builders.org .

About Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center: 

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center is an acclaimed Northeast Bronx arts center, founded in 1978, which  operates out of its own bright and newly renovated facility. On the wall upon entry is a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu that greets visitors and sums up our ethos: “One day we will wake up and discover we are family.” Mind-Builders provide a nurturing space where over 700 children and adults explore and celebrate their potential and their heritage each year, through the practice and discovery of dance, theater, music, martial arts, voice, and the diverse cultures and traditions of the local community (see our programs here). More than just an arts center, Mind-Builders brings together best practices in youth leadership and community engagement out of a belief that “a healthy community is a vital ingredient for the growth of a healthy child.” 

Mind-Builders acts as a cultural anchor in its community, located in a vibrant part of the Northeast Bronx that is multicultural, family- oriented, and predominantly African American, Caribbean, and African, with a growing Hispanic and Middle-Eastern population.

Mind-Builders offers free and low-cost tuition classes, with the aspiration that no child ever be turned away for lack of ability to pay. This has only been made possible thanks to ​​our team of board, staff, teachers, parents, and volunteers who are committed to cultivating essential life skills in children through the joyful and masterful practice of the arts. 

OUR MISSION

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center inspires the growth of youth, families and the community through quality arts and education programs. 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Reports To:      Assistant Executive Director of Development and External Affairs

Location:          Bronx, NY, Some remote possible

Mind-Builders is a community-based organization founded to inspire the growth of youth and families through high-quality, low-cost arts instruction. We are hiring for a newly created position: Marketing and Communications Manager. You will be responsible for the design and execution of communications strategies that reach and expand our community of youth, families, schools, and program partners. That’s why we feel it’s important that you be around them and in the building at least 3 days per week. You’ll get to experience the warmth of our community and the magic of our classes, get to know our extraordinary arts teachers, and see youth transformation first-hand.

Description:

This position will create and execute our inward- and outward-facing marketing and communications strategies, in print and digital media. The successful candidate will have a great eye for DESIGN (postcards, flyers, e-blasts), a creative approach to MESSAGING (using different strategies to communicate with different target audiences), and an authentic, professional, and approachable demeanor. They will enjoy the freedom of working independently to create design and execution strategies, while benefiting from the “brain trust’ and camaraderie of the Mind-Builders team. Measures for success for this position include attracting new students, retaining current students, making youth and families feel like they are part of a community. BIPOC, non-binary, and all identities are welcome. M-F or T-S schedules possible.

Salary and Benefits:

We Appreciate Great Employees!

• Salary commensurate with experience, low $65K high $70K.

• Disability and health insurance, paid time off.

• Professional development opportunities available.

Top Three Requirements:

• experience: a liberal arts Bachelor’s degree AND/OR demonstrated success at motivating and increasing audiences for arts, youth, or education organizations.

• skill details: proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, basic video editing, and email marketing software. Proofreading, copy editing, content and asset management.

• top-level skills: demonstrated excellence in writing and editing, visual acumen (graphic design skills a plus), an engaging and friendly personality for building relationships, and an understanding of contemporary youth culture. Ability to create timelines, adhere to deadlines, and attend to details.

Employment Status:   Full-Time, Exempt

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Ms. Cope at jcope@mind-builders.org with the subject “Marketing and Communications Manager.” Your cover letter should address the top three requirements of experience, top-level skills, and skill details. You may also describe a recent project you’re proud of.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, BEVERLY J. ROBINSON COMMUNITY FOLK CULTURE PROGRAM

Position Summary:  

Mind-Builders seeks a new Program Director for its 30+-year-old folk arts program, which trains teenagers to identify, research, document, and present folk arts within their own communities. This position will oversee and coordinate the Dr. Beverly Robinson Community Folk Culture program. Through fieldwork, recruitment, teaching, and administrative duties, the Program Director will manage and maintain the program’s activities, acting as the primary agent to ensuring the success of the program’s promotion of cultural understanding.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct fieldwork and teach youth from New York and the African Diaspora the effective identification, documentation and presentation of traditions and folk artists related to their family, neighborhoods, region and cultural heritage.
  • Promote cultural understanding through development of an engaging, interactive learning environment, utilizing student, community and family research, historical background materials, and best practices for successful youth development.
  • Coordinate and facilitate documentation and archiving of materials developed through the program interviews, research and presentations.
  • Produce public presentations for education of youth, community and general public related to the findings of the program/interns.

Qualifications:

  • BA and Masters degree preferred. Advanced training in the field of folklore/folk art traditions is a plus. Some proficiency with Spanish and/or other languages is also a plus.
  • Experience utilizing field research, interview, documentation and presentation skills of a folklorist, educator or tradition-bearer, as well as an understanding of local, African American and African Diaspora’s history, culture, traditions and trends. 
  • Successful experience educating, engaging and working with groups of urban youth, schools, and/or community audiences. 
  • Strong knowledge of the subject matter as well as an ability to create, plan and execute exciting interactive lessons that transmit key elements of the history, heritage and traditions of people of color from throughout the African Diaspora.
  • Ability to recruit, supervise, delegate and provide appropriate levels of direction and guidance to Folk Culture Interns.
  • Excellent event production, technology, audio/video expertise and organizational skills.
  • Commitment to the Mind-Builders mission and a dedication to spreading an appreciation of cultural differences.

Salary & Work Schedule:

Mind-Builders will offer an hourly wage, ranging from $50-$65/hour, commensurate with experience. Work is 3-4 days/week (21-28 hours/week, with some variation depending on season), approximately 44 weeks/year dependent on program schedule. The position is available immediately.

Location:

This is a part-time position located in the Northeast Bronx, NY

How to Apply:

Applicants should reply with a resume and cover letter that reference their experience in relation to the qualifications listed in the job description. All inquiries and resumes should be submitted via email to kfrances@mind-builders.org as soon as possible. For specific questions regarding qualifications, please call Kathryn Frances at 718 652-6256 or email her at the above address.

FACITLIES MANAGER

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center provides dance, music, karate, theater, and folk culture classes to youth and adults in the north Bronx.  The 4-story 100-year-old building is 15,000 square feet, including large dance rooms, smaller music rooms, offices, and a small cafe area.  The outdoor area includes a large playground in back.  All building systems were installed new in 2013 during a gut rehab of the building. We are a LEED-Silver Certified building, 15,000 sq ft with 4 floors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of Facilities Manager

  • Manage the care and maintenance of the facilities systems including (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire alarms, etc.) and public, office, storage, and outdoor areas.
  • Implement LEED facility policies and procedures
  •  Provide onsite coverage for all maintenance and warranty issues. Be “hands-on”.
  • Oversees and supervises the quality of work for other custodial employees to ensure that all tasks are performed correctly, efficiently, and effectively and that the building is in good condition both inside and outside.
  • Ability to liaise on capital projects as needed
  • When needed, handle procurement of new maintenance agreements for all building systems including but not limited to HVAC, boiler, elevator, plumbing, lighting, Department of Buildings and FDNY permits, inspections and violations, warranties.
  • Manage the inventory control of building cleaning and maintenance supplies and inform administrative staff about reorder.
  • Manage the building security system, oversee and update warranties on all systems.
  • Keep track of inspection calendars for all systems, e.g. fire alarm, elevator, boiler, etc.
  • Work in tandem with Program Operations Manager to maintain the building efficiency, cleanliness and care as well as ensure security and emergency preparedness procedures are implemented properly.
  • Handle emergency situations regarding the building, including but not limited to fire and burglar alarms, boiler shutdown, etc.
  • Communicate workplace safety precautions to employees
  • Communicate regularly with AED for Finance and Operations, submitting reports as needed.
  • Ability to properly secure and close building.
  • Ability to solicit quotes as needed.
  • Ad hoc projects.

Work Hours, Benefits and Compensation:

This is a part-time permanent position, and as the facilities manager you will be scheduled to be on site up to 15 hours per week.  There is some schedule flexibility, but the schedule will include some evening and weekend hours, when the custodial team is also on site.  The facilities manager will accrue sick time as per NYS Employment guidelines.  Salary range is $30-$35 per hour commensurate with experience. At the time of employment, Mind-Builders will do a background check through the NYC Dept. of Health.

Position Requirements and Skills

·                5+ years of experience as facilities manager/ supervisor

·                Basic computer skills (emails, write documents on Microsoft Word, etc)

·                All necessary certifications for management of the facilities

·                On call for building emergencies (fire hazards, flooding and other natural disasters, etc.)

·                Strong knowledge of building systems

·                Strong problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to handle several duties simultaneously

·                Ability to navigate municipal, state agencies and their websites

·                Good verbal and written communication skills

·                Self-sufficient, proactive, self-starter, and strong project management skills

·                Dependable and reliable; ability to work independently

·                The ability to perform basic repairs in a timely manner.

·                Mature, business savvy, ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively

·                Strong interpersonal skills and professionalism.

·                A commitment to Mind-Builders’ mission and values

·                Fluent in English (bilingual a plus but not necessary).

·                Provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19.

Education and Experience Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent.  Prefer BA in facility management, business, information management, or engineering

Certifications for building management, fire safety, etc. as per NYC code

5 -10 years’ experience in related positions

Send resume and cover letter to:  rreyes@mind-builders.org Subject line:  Facilities Manager Application

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Mind-Builders is currently limiting the number of people on-site in the building. If you are interested in a in a remote or hybrid internship, please email your cover letter and resume to info@mind-builders.org or call 718-652-6256 from Tuesday - Friday between the hours of 10:00am - 4:00pm and leave a message with the receptionist. We will return your call.