Open Positions

Outreach and Engagement Manager
$40,000-$43,000 based on experience

Organizational overview

ART 180 serves the Greater Richmond area by providing a space, free of judgement, that cultivates creative self-expression while developing young creators and promoting them through exhibitions, performances, public art, publications, and more. We operate a teen art center and gallery (Atlas) in Jackson Ward and provide programs at partner locations across the area.


By pairing best practices in creative youth development with trained local artists, ART 180 works to develop thoughtful and insightful programs to not simply address a need for afterschool art programs but to help young people in the community discover and share their own unique and important voices.  


Position purpose/responsibilities

This vital team member ensures that we’re creating new relationships, strengthening current relationships to continue sharing ART 180’s vision, and impacting youth through equitable, empowering, and sustainable resources and connections. This includes recruiting and retaining young people, engaging their families and communities, being a key resource for youth, and promoting youth advocacy/activism through art. 


The ultimate vision of ART 180’s youth engagement lens is to foster a community and brave space of programming workshops, resources, mentoring, art activism, and skill building that will benefit all youth we engage. It will also prioritize young people as a vital life force of the community, further impacting their connection to us and to the community.  

  • Build awareness of ART 180 in the community using a grassroots approach

  • Emphasize the culture of ART 180 as investing in each youth so that they will mature, obtain leadership positions and opportunities, and cultivate a social responsibility to the community around them 

  • Develop and manage an annual recruitment and engagement strategy to recruit for programs, improve retention, and sustain engagement

  • Continually measure and analyze the impact of the engagement strategy to ensure that partner organizations, young people, and families are being reached effectively

  • Build authentic relationships with youth, and their families, while maintaining professional boundaries

  • Communicate regularly and effectively with young people and other community members about programs, events, and opportunities to volunteer

  • Identify and connect teens in Atlas programs with services and supports as needed

  • Recruit, match, and manage individual mentors for young people in our Teen Leadership Council and identify opportunities for them

  • Attend community meetings to represent ART 180 and build relationships

  • Identify events where ART 180’s presence will enhance our visibility and ultimately engagement in the communities we serve

  • Support the Communications and Marketing Specialist in developing audience specific messaging for program recruitment

  • Participate in staff activities, whether directly or indirectly related to programs, that contribute to the organization’s success


Education and experience expected

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, or a related field

  • Minimum two years’ experience in a successful community outreach position

  • Experience working with young people


Qualifications needed 

  • Exemplary relationship-building and problem-solving skills that foster trust, teamwork, and dependability

  • Genuine love for young people, appreciation of their unique gifts, and commitment to their personal growth

  • Grassroots organizing and/or community outreach

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and strong presentation skills

  • Self-starter with the ability to manage time effectively, prioritize, and focus on priorities 

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, with attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines

  • High degree of integrity in dealing with confidential information

  • Strong performance based and strategic thinking; ability to establish clear expectations and continually measure performance



Full time, exempt



$40-43K, based on experience



Includes paid health insurance, access to a 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off


How to apply

Email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume with references to

No phone calls, please.

ART 180 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to equity.


Deadline to apply

June 21, 2021