We’re hiring a Youth Engagement Associate

New Urban Arts is hiring a Youth Engagement Associate! Download the job posting here, or read on:

Youth Engagement Associate Job Posting

Dates: October 2019 – June 2020 (36 weeks during the school year, renewable for additional years)
Time: 24 hours per week: three days per week during the after school hours (3-7pm), plus three hours of set up and planning time during the week. In addition, there will be occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.
Compensation: $19.125 / hour
Benefits: Health Insurance; Paid Holidays; Paid Time Off
Reports to: Youth Programs Manager
Application due: September 1, 2019


About New Urban Arts
New Urban Arts is a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, RI. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives.


The Youth Engagement Associate ensures that New Urban Arts is a welcoming, supportive space for everyone. They help maintain a healthy, supportive social atmosphere in our afterschool programs by building relationships with as many students as possible, connecting students to artist-mentors and each other, anticipating potential conflicts, and communicating continuously with the rest of the program staff about the needs and concerns of students. The Youth Engagement Associate builds community among students, mentors and staff. They also have data entry duties.


Community Responsibilities:
Relationship Building and Maintaining Community

  • Build relationships with as many students as possible; learn students’ names and pronouns, and use them consistently.
  • Based on what you learn, connect students to support services in our studio, such as postsecondary guidance, social/emotional support, and homework help.
  • Consistently find ways to “grow the circle” of youth, volunteers, and staff that know you and each other.

Facilitating Youth Agency

  • Be attentive when young people express artistic and educational interests, then connect them to artist-mentors and peers who share their interests.
  • Hold youth accountable to goals they set for themselves, by both coaching them and helping them share their goals with peers and educators.

Modeling Inquiry-Based Learning

  • Model, for students, curiosity and an attitude of openness to new experiences and ideas.
  • Help students learn and solve problems by asking effective questions.

Cultivating Safe Space

  • Uphold New Urban Arts’ policies on student safety and confidentiality.
  • Cultivate emotional safety for the diverse young people that attend New Urban Arts.
  • Maintain healthy boundaries with students, and communicate well with students about boundaries.

Being Flexible but Consistent

  • Think on your feet in providing a variety of ways for young people to interact with you and with New Urban Arts’ programs.
  • Follow through on commitments made to students and co-workers.
  • Attend bi-weekly program team meetings and monthly mentor meetings.
  • Participate in exhibitions, events and workshops.


Technical Responsibilites

  • As necessary, facilitate student recruitment, retention, and attendance.
  • Work with school staff to promote and support student involvement at New Urban Arts.
  • Assist with data entry, including entering enrollment forms and taking attendance.
  • Support logistics for public and private events, community builders, and studio celebrations to further develop meaningful relationships with and among students.
  • Support youth-led activities.
  • Communicate students’ issues and concerns to supervisor and other staff as necessary and with discretion.
  • Communicate student and mentor needs with supervisor and other staff.



  • Strong mentoring, relational and interpersonal skills, including knowledge of positive youth develop ment, inquiry and asset-based approaches to working with youth.
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively and in an open studio environment
  • Organized and community-minded thinker and communicator, able to balance interpersonal needs with administrative deadlines.
  • Experience working with high school students preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.



All applications must include an updated resume and cover letter (two pages maximum). Please address your cover letter to Youth Programs Manager Ashley Cavallaro. In your cover letter, please include your thoughts on the intersections of creative practice and youth work. Email applications to sophia@newurbanarts.org, subject: Youth Engagement Associate. Please send resume and cover letter as separate attachments; do not include them in the body of your email. PDFs are preferred. You may also drop off your application or mail it to us at:
New Urban Arts · 705 Westminster Street · Providence, RI 02903

New Urban Arts is an equal opportunity employer.