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From all of us at Mind-Builders, Happy New Year!

From all of us at Mind-Builders, Happy New Year!


Executive Director

To Apply:

About the Organization

Since 1978, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center has brought together the best of arts education, youth development, and community engagement to the Bronx. Our mission is to develop skills in a variety of art forms for children, teens, and adults while nurturing self-esteem, building character, and cultivating an appreciation of our diverse cultures through high-quality arts and education programs. Professional teaching artists lead 200 free, subsidized, and/or low-cost group and private classes across: dance, music, theater, visual arts, folk culture research, martial arts, and fitness instruction. In addition, we also run a zero-cost Pre-K program and offer subsidized studio rentals, at our brightly, newly renovated facility, to the broader community. To take a closer look at the work we do visit:

About the Position

Mind-Builders is looking for an inspiring, hands-on, and enterprising Executive Director (ED). Serving as chief executive, leading fundraiser, and motivational champion, the ED will also oversee our strategic direction as we seek to refine our programmatic offerings, diversify our $3M budget, and continue serving the community. The ED will partner with an engaged Board of Directors, a dynamic team of 52 staff, and will have the support of a contingency of family and community volunteers, along with an Executive Assistant dedicated to the ED.

The ED will be based in the Northeast Bronx, 2 blocks to all modes of public transportation, and from the comfort of a light-filled corner office! In order to monitor Center activities and be available to meet families and students, this position requires work on occasional evenings and Saturdays.
The salary range for this position is $145K - $165K+ annually with the exact salary depending on experience. Competitive benefits include up to two remote work days per week, health insurance with generous company contribution, 401K contribution, three weeks paid vacation plus an August company closure week, technology equipment (phone and laptop) and much more!

If any of the below describes you and your leadership skills, please apply!

  • An energetic, collaborative leader, with a deep appreciation and knowledge of the culture and art forms inspired by the rich history of the African-American/Black, Caribbean, Latinx and related African diaspora.

  • Someone who thinks big and can bring vision and direction for Mind-Builders future, helping to refine and improve our high-impact program offerings

  • A leader who will embody Mind-Builders values of access, artistry and discipline, professionalism, community, heritage and belonging, trust and accountability, and lasting impact

  • An experienced organizational leader who can expertly oversee the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization

  • Excited at the prospect of stewarding key internal and external relationships and bringing in new champions to support our work and community

  • An inclusive people leader who models a welcoming culture and promotes opportunities for the development of their people

  • Committed to empowering young people to express themselves, realize their full potential, and live rewarding lives!

Mind-Builders welcomes candidates who have proven themselves to be successful, values-driven, and inclusive leaders. We are ideally targeting those with at least 10+ years of professional experience, please note that an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree are preferred but not required.

You can view the full job description and apply directly using this link:



Co-Assistant Director of Dance Department


About the Position

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center is seeking an experienced, part-time Co-Assistant Director for the exciting, warm and committed Dance Department. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience teaching dance and administrative skills necessary for overseeing programs. Pay offered is $40/hour. This is an on-site, part-time position at 18 - 20 hours per week. Saturdays are required (8-hour shift to be scheduled between 9am – 7:30pm) and the remaining 10-12 hours will be split over two or three weekdays (between the hours of 12pm – 6pm).

Located in a bright, newly renovated facility close to public transportation in the Northeast Bronx, Mind-Builders conducts nationally recognized programs dedicated to youth, while pioneering innovative ways of using the arts as a tool for healthy youth development, community empowerment, creative self-expression, and healing.


Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Assist Dance Department Director with organization of Dance Department, offer new ideas, coach dance instructors and contribute to program planning
  • Help lead, coordinate, and implement all tasks associated with recitals, performances and events, costuming process and dance trips
  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive dance curriculum and annual dance schedule
  • Facilitate and build new relationships with schools and community organizations to recruit students
  • Substitute for dance teachers as needed in at least 2 dance disciplines


Skills & Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree and/or Training in Dance, Dance Education and/or Youth Development plus 10+ years of experience
  • Prior experience in planning, organizing, and overseeing all aspects of dance productions
  • Skilled in addressing youth behavioral issues during programming and other interpersonal conflicts
  • High degree of organizational skill, ability to handle multiple projects in various stages of development
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively prioritize and manage time, juggle multiple duties and tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy

**Please include a cover letter and resume in your application, addressed to Melvada Hughes, Dance Department Director.

Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $40.00 per hour
COVID-19 considerations: All staff must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Bronx, NY 10467: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


How to Apply: 

Applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter addressed to Melvada Hughes, Dance Department Director. All inquiries and resumes should be submitted via email to 



Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program Director  


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, 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. 



  • 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 $60-$75/hour, commensurate with experience. Work is 3-4 days/week (15-28 hours/week, with some variation depending on season, half onsite instruction, fieldwork, and some archiving of footage as collected; and half remote/work from your home or elsewhere is also available, approximately 44 weeks/year dependent on program schedule. The position is available immediately. 



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


How to Apply: 

Applicants should apply 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 as soon as possible. For specific questions regarding qualifications, please call Kathryn Frances at 718 652-6256 or email her at the above address. 



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 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.

Mind-Builders is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status. Because of the communities we serve, we especially encourage people from African Diasporic culture to apply for this position.