Mass Cultural Council

10 St. James Ave., 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
July 27, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Program Officer, Creative Youth Development


Racial Equity Statement

Mass Cultural Council invests financial, programmatic, and informational resources equitably, and provides leadership to repair, heal, and build toward a cultural sector where diversity flourishes and inclusion is the norm. Massachusetts’ communities, residents, and visitors benefit from a robust diversity in the cultural sector, without which the Commonwealth cannot continue to thrive. A limited or narrow perspective of what the world is, and can be, is unproductive and unartistic. Seeing the world differently and bringing those ideas to life is the charge of the cultural sector and its leaders. Mass Cultural Council is ready to more deeply support these equitable, inclusive, and creative visions.


The Mass Cultural Council is an independent state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences; fosters a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents; and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

Supervision Received:

Creative Youth Development Program Manager

Direct Reporting Staff:


Position Summary:

Mass Cultural Council’s Creative Youth Development and Education (CYD/E) Team works to change the lives of young people by bringing more arts, sciences, and humanities to youth ages 5-26, statewide. The CYD/E Team achieves this through annual grants for both in-school and out-of-school time programs. In addition to funding, the Team offers technical assistance through site visits, convenings, professional development and fellowships, and provides advocacy through its work with cultural organizations, other non-profit partners, funders, public agencies, and the state, national and international communities.

The Creative Youth Development (CYD) Program Officer supports approximately one third of the YouthReach organizations, and serves as the primary contact for technical assistance, professional development, and compliance for these organizations. The Program Officer will also provide support and coordination for the Music Educator and Teaching Artist (META) and CYD Fellowship programs. Additionally, the Program Officer will collaborate in revising and further developing the CYD BIPOC Alumni Council, including work with other teams across the Agency. The Program Officer sustains a very responsive level of customer service for program participants and constituents. The Program Officer should be passionate about supporting asset-based Creative Youth Development practices for young people, teaching artists, and the broader field. Union Position.

YouthReach Program:

  • Serve as primary staff contact, guidance and support for YouthReach grantees and prospective grantees
  • Assist in all aspects of the grant cycle including the development of the of application, identification of panelists, management of panel process.
  • Conduct regular site visits to assigned grantees.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of resources, trainings, workshops for YouthReach.
  • Take part in regular evaluation and review of program criteria, requirements and processes, to continue to improve grantmaking, program administration, and alignment with the Agency’s strategic goals.

META and CYD Fellowships

  • Collaborate with the CYD and public affairs team to set up workshops, including: orienting and preparing workshop leaders and communicating with Fellows
  • Assist Fellows with the identification and shaping of professional development opportunities.
  • Respond to META Fellow and Teaching Artist inquiries.
  • Work with the program manager to promote teaching artist engagement and participation throughout the fellowship program from orientation through final projects.
  • Coordinate site visits process for Fellows

CYD Field

  • Collaborating on the development of the CYD BIPOC Alumni Council, including:
  1. Reviewing the pilot
  2. Working with the Diversity and Equity Program Officer and other across the agency to develop goals for the program
  3. Collaborating with other youth led initiatives in the CYD field
  4. Resourcing of Alumni-led events
  5. Collaborating on the design, delivery, and facilitation of fieldwide Creative Youth Development convenings, including:

  • Monthly Creative Youth Development calls
  • Virtual forums in collaboration with local and national partners
  • Trainings for the field

Representing the Agency and CYD

  • Represent the Mass Cultural Council in a wide range of public settings, meetings, events, conferences, etc.
  • Hold the values of CYD:Social and Racial Justice, Youth Voice, and Collective Action
  • Take part in and contribute to Agency-wide activities and initiatives.
  • Advance Racial Equity plan

In-state travel required. Driver’s license required (you do not need to own a car though). Occasional nights and weekends required. Occasional out-of-state travel required. Other duties as mutually agreed.

Classification and Salary:

State Classification: Program Coordinator I, Salary: Grade 10 Step 1 ($53,056) to Grade 10 Step 4 ($59,812). Excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance as well as paid vacation and sick leave. Full details of benefits provided at time of offer.

Start Date: September 2021



  • Relevant experience working in youth programs and/or working directly with young people.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a broad range of cross-sector partners.
  • Strong writing, administrative, and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and ability to create and maintain systems for managing tasks.
How To Apply:

Applicants should provide:

  1. Mass Cultural Council Employment Form
  2. A letter of interest
  3. A résumé

Email materials to with the subject line “CYD Program Officer Search”. Please attach letter of interest and resume as one Word or PDF document. Do not send materials as text within an email. You may address your letter of interest to “CYD Program Officer Search Committee”.
Apply by:
August 15, 2021
$53,000 - $59,000
About this Organization:

Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Agency pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

We believe in the power of culture. Working through the arts, humanities, and sciences, culture is a dynamic force for enriching communities, growing the economy, increasing accessibility, and fostering individual creativity. Culture is intrinsically valuable and unique in its ability to lift the human spirit.

We recognize the essential role that a rich cultural life plays in communities and the lives of individuals. To invest in our cultural life is to invest in our shared future.