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SMARTS Program Manager

Position Description: The SMARTS Program Manager will work directly with the SMARTS President to creatively design and coordinate day-to-day activities of quality arts education programming with teachers, students, partners, schools, and/or community organizations during and after school.  Alongside the supervision and coordination of programming, the Program Manager will contribute as a creative member of the team through teaching, program development, and community engagement. They will actively seek to make new relationships and nurture ongoing ones with community stakeholders and partners.

The SMARTS Program Manager is the face of SMARTS in our community partnerships, visiting our partner locations and providing guidance to SMARTS Community Teacher Artists that we ‘plant’ to  teach at partner sites.  Working along with SMARTS staff they will seek out professional development opportunities and train and mentor SMARTS Community Teaching Artists to remain at the forefront in their disciplines. Currently, this position is part-time up to 32 hours per week.


Decision Making: Team thinking in conjunction with the President and sound judgement with concern for our customers and the organization.

Mental Demand: Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, flexibility, creative problem solving, and ability to synthesize information into the larger picture.

Character of Supervision: Consult with the Education Director and President in the hiring/releasing of Program Teachers/Staff, oversee and evaluate their work. Serve in a leadership role for SMARTS community partners.

Independence: Must be able to work independently and in a group.

Environment: Expected to create an environment where all children and adults are welcome and accepted.


  • Assists in providing creative leadership for SMARTS quality arts education public and/or community programming. Assists in providing leadership for community engagement events.
  • Responsible for operations during programming hours when applicable.
  • Must be able to substitute for teachers.
  • Must understand arts teaching and learning including interdisciplinary arts curriculum, arts integration curriculum for PK-12 students, and professional development for teachers.
  • Manages and supervises day-to-day activities at partner locations, including students, staff members and facility.
  • Recruits and co-manages teachers under the guidance of the President.
  • Assists teachers in developing class offerings, classroom curriculum, and lesson plans following state or national standards, observing instruction, providing feedback, and offering support.
  • Creates programming schedules in alignment with SMARTS calendar and funding.
  • Schedules teachers for programming and generates contracts.
  • Assists in management of database and updating student profiles.
  • Responsible for information to complete monthly payroll and billing.
  • Compiles data for reporting purposes.
  • Assists Education Director in planning and hosting professional development sessions for SMARTS teachers, teachers from local school systems and programs.
  • Maintains classrooms, supplies, and equipment.
  • Implements pre/post assessments and assists with program reports and data.
  • Serves as a liaison to SMARTS families, teachers, and students by communicating with them about upcoming events, classes, and programming issues.
  • Meets with SMARTS President and Staff when applicable.
  • Must follow SMARTS Dress Code.

Other Functions & Responsibilities: Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with minimum of five years professional experience in visual art, music, dance, theater, writing, and/or education. Will require a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Must have an understanding of basic software packages to include Microsoft Office, Google Drive and a working knowledge of database programs. Valid driver’s license and BCI/FBI background check.

Desired Qualifications: Excellent communication, interpersonal, management, writing, and creative skills. Self-motivated, innovative, and team-oriented with the ability to organize, work with others and multi-task. Arts teaching experience in a PK-12 setting with certification.

Physical Requirements: Occasional lifting required; must be able to move and transport minimum 20 pounds of programming equipment and supplies.

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SMARTS Bookkeeper

Position Description: The SMARTS Bookkeeper works directly with the President and SMARTS Circle  Treasurer to record and account for any expenses, income and financial matters. Handles all financial  paperwork in regard to payroll, banking, taxes, and expenses. Tracks grants and sponsored programs  including donations.  


Decision Making: Team thinking in conjunction with the President and sound judgment with concern for  our customers and organization. Must have a high degree of integrity and be trustworthy with financial  and confidential information.  

Mental Demand: Strong attention to detail, organization skills, flexibility and creative problem solving. Character of Supervision: Must be able to work independently and under the supervision of the President. Independence: Must be able to work independently and in a group. 

Environment: Expected to create an environment where all children and adults are welcome and  accepted.


  • Prepare deposits ,Process checks/payments – as instructed by SMARTS President 
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding financial and human resources information. ∙ Fact-check accounting 
  • Notify senior staff of accounting errors
  • Track grants and prepare financial reports
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to multi-task prioritize, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Communicate complex data clearly 
  • Excellent data entry skills 
  • Familiarity with a wide range of financial transactions including Accounts Payable and Accounts  Receivable 
  • Communicate with outside vendors regarding purchases, accounts, etc.
    -  Processed checks, debit card transactions, invoices, bills
    -  Payroll expenses and related cash disbursements and liabilities per accounting firm o donations/cash or in-kind – determine class code 
    -  Payments received from revenue-generating programs and/or grants 
    -  Invoices for new grants, billings for revenue generating programs, etc. 
    -  PayPal transactions– obtain statement of activity and enter any donations or payments  received  
    -  Square transactions– obtain statement of activity and enter any donations or payments  received 
    -  Deposits 
    -  Transfers between bank accounts 
    -  Month-end bank reconciliations
    -  Retain copies of all payments, donations, grants, invoices, month-end reports and bank statements 
    -  Attendance required to handle petty cash and collect any monies from purchases/donations as needed 
  • Other Functions & Responsibilities: Performs other duties as assigned. 

Reports to: SMARTS President.  

Supervision Exercised: Oversees SMARTS financial information under the direction of the SMARTS  President.  


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, math, or a related field. Must be  proficient in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks.  

Desired Qualifications: Must have excellent communication skills and professional attitude.  

Physical Requirements: Occasional lifting required; must be able to move and transport minimum of 20  pounds.  

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SMARTS Teachers

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is in search of enthusiastic arts teachers for PK-12 students in all our disciplines: visual art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing during the 2017-2018 school year. If you are available during the school day that is fantastic. If you can only do after-school times or Saturdays that’s great too.

All applicants need to:

  • Be working towards or hold at a minimum of a B.S., B.A., or a B.F.A. in visual arts, music, dance, theater, creative writing, and/or a related field
  • Must have and pass a current FBI/BCI background check
  • Previous experience working with PK-12 students
  • An Ohio Teaching License is preferred
  • Have excellent classroom management skills
  • Design and execute creative curriculum that follows the Ohio State Standards
  • Keep all supplies and equipment in good working order
  • Be organized and prepared ahead for classes
  • Provide data to SMARTS using any pre and post assessments provided
  • Have a passion for teaching the arts to students of all ages
  • Flexible and open minded to new ideas and situations
  • Remain in constant communication with SMARTS Program Manager
  • Be punctual, responsible, and reliable

If you are interested, please fill out the form for potential teachers and include your cover letter and resume. This will help us to start our conversation with you.

Potential Teachers




School Age Care Teacher

The School Age Care Teacher will contribute to the vision, mission, and values of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation by assisting in daily out of school childcare to create and maintain a safe, fun environment for students with standards of excellence. 

  1. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips through implementation of the Ohio State Learning Standards for Kindergarten - Eighth Grade 
  2. Provide and encourage the use of a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  3. Assist students with daily schoolwork and encourage their success and growth throughout the academic year.
  4. Serve as a role model for all students while participating in all required activities with an enthusiastic attitude
  5. Apply proper discipline in a caring manner, ensuring that students learn the difference between correct and incorrect behavior, providing appropriate behavior management techniques and intervention where necessary
  6. Monitor groups of students in a variety of settings (e.g. snack time, group or individual activities, playground activities, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment
  7. Be familiar with and enforce the personnel policies, safety rules, and regulations of ODJFS to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students, referring problems to appropriate staff as needed
  8. Keep records as required, including documenting all incidents, injuries, and behavioral issues. 
  9. Create a positive and effective parent/teacher relationship by communicating with parents/guardians daily for the purpose of conveying information and/or receiving information appropriate to students.
  10. Maintain a clean and welcoming classroom environment
  11. Provide a snack for children daily, ensuring all food allergies are considered
  12. Assist the Program Coordinator in developing, leading, and planning the full program curriculum
  13. Be available to Program Coordinator to fulfill any additional duties which need to be performed to facilitate the effective operation of the total program.
  14. Communicate and collaborate with JCC departments to enhance the quality of the program
  15. Adhere to all JCC and departmental policies
  16. Complete all additional duties as assigned by supervisor


Must be a high school graduate, preferably pursuing a degree in education or a related field. Must have the desire and attitude to work with children in a small group setting and enjoy working in both indoor and outdoor environments with children. Shifts are available between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Full and part time positions are available. Candidate must have proven management, good communication and organizational skills, and the ability to be creative and take direction/instruction. Should have an enthusiastic personality, concern for safety, and a good role model. Valid driver’s license is required. Certifications which include First Aid, CPR, Child Neglect, and Communicable Diseases to be completed within the first 90 days of employment. Candidate must be able to pass an FBI/BCI background check, and pre-employment drug screen.  

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Additionally, anyone who is interested can contact Hunter Thomas, JCC Program Coordinator, at or 330.746.3251 ext. 123 for more information.




Executive Director

Founded in 1918, The Youngstown Foundation is the fourth oldest community foundation in the country and the largest in the region with over $125M in assets.  As one of the top ten grant makers in northeast Ohio, the Foundation awards over $8M annually to nonprofit organizations.  The Foundation’s mission is to ensure the quality of life for the residents of Youngstown and vicinity through responsible grant making, secure partnerships with donors to fulfill their philanthropic vision, strong stewardship of its resources, and collaborative community leadership.

Job Description:

The Executive Director operates under the general direction of The Distribution Committee within the policies established by the most recently approved Resolutions and Trust Agreements and guidelines duly adopted and as consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws and provides leadership and direction in fulfilling and advancing the mission of The Youngstown Foundation. 

  • ADMINISTRATION: Serves as an ex-officio member of The Distribution Committee which has the responsibility for setting Foundation objectives and operating policies.
  • OPERATIONS: Oversees the general operations of the Foundation including, but not necessarily limited to, defining and interpreting policies, development of processes, office management, establishment of standards of performance, hiring and supervision of employees and evaluation of performance.

  • GOVERNANCE: Serves as the principal advisor to The Distribution Committee and the various committees on fundraising, funds management, donor relations, grants and distributions.  Ensures timely and proper appointments to the Committee, conducts orientations and training of Distribution Committee members and all other committee members, and plans all committee meetings, agendas and background information and assures that minutes are prepared and distributed.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS: Acts as the spokesperson for the Foundation, representing it at public and private functions and cultivating positive public relations for the Foundation.  Maintains an appropriate high level of visibility and community leadership for the Foundation and systematically interprets the Foundation’s purpose, projects and accomplishments.

  • MARKETING: Promotes the development of effective philanthropy by building long-term relationships with present and potential donors, financial advisors, legal community, media, etc.; recommending and supporting methods to improve philanthropy and increase the yield of benefits to the general community; prepares and publishes information on the Foundation and otherwise fosters public awareness and understanding of the Foundation; encourages and assists efforts to increase public and  private resources committed to community development.
  • COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: As a committed civic leader, the Executive Director works to identify and address community needs; collaborates with local leadership and funders to promote common philanthropic goals.
  • FISCAL MANAGEMENT: Works with Trustee to ensure annual Spending Policy guidelines; develops annual operating budget; prepares quarterly reports for Committee review; administers operating and grant funds in accordance with the budget or as otherwise directed by each specific fund.  Ensures that annual audits reflect comprehensive processes and policies.
  • GRANT MAKING: Supervises the grant request process and distribution of over eighty funds housed under the umbrella of the Foundation for community purposes in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by the Committee and/or designated by specific fund documents.
  • TRUSTEE/INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT: Works with the Trustee, PNC Bank, and Committee to assure the proper management and prudent investment of Foundation funds.
  • DONOR RELATIONS/FUND DEVELOPMENT: Ensures a sustainable asset base by building long-term relationships with key donors and fund holders based on mission, donor intent, stewardship and sound fiscal management.  Oversees all fund development including identification of new donors and referral resources.
  • OTHER DUTIES: Performs all other duties as required to fulfill the Foundation’s mission


  • High degree of professionalism, mature judgement, ethical conduct, integrity and commitment to the community
  • Eloquent oral and written communication skills
  • Confirmed management and leadership experience
  • Proven strength in project development, critical and strategic thinking, creative and innovative problem solving, personal initiative and commitment to high level of service
  • Results oriented; able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Willingness to serve in a public and visible role requiring numerous presentations, meetings (often outside of the regular work week) and occasional travel
  • Education: bachelor’s degree in related field is required; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Professional experience: minimum of seven years
  • Full time position

 To apply, submit:  Letter of interest
                              Current resume
                              Three professional references including:
                                 Name, Title
                                Daytime telephone number

Mail to:   The Youngstown Foundation Search Committee
               P.O. Box 1162
               Youngstown, Ohio 44501


Application deadline: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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