The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

Program & Artistic Coordinator


POSITION:  Program and Artistic Coordinator
Part-Time/Hourly (30 Hrs/wk)
April 28, 2017




The AjA Project is a 501(c) 3 visual-arts organization that uses photography-based educational programs and public art to transform the lives of underserved youth and communities. Our creative modality is participatory photography, a reflective arts-based tool that is designed to validate and empower the participants’ perspective. To learn more, visit





The program and artistic coordinator will coordinate the provision of personnel, equipment, supplies and resources to efficiently and effectively activate, operate and close a variety of programs at schools and other venues. Additionally, the program and artistic coordinator will lead the coordination of original participant exhibition formats, public art works and digital presentations that provide an opportunity for AjA to remain the artistic heart of the local community. This position will moderate and inspire promotional communications to advance AjA’s public presence.





Vision, Leadership & Strategy

  • Assist with maintaining ongoing communication with Partners to ensure support and clarity throughout the programming period
  • Participate in strategic and long term visioning for program growth and expansion and showcase of AjA artwork


Program Coordination

  • Coordinate the provision of program-related resources, equipment and supplies to efficiently and effectively activate, operate and close programs.
  • Oversee the procurement, delivery, storage, inventory and maintenance of program related images and equipment.
  • Organize appropriate level of classroom support to implement and maintain attendance records, class and teacher evaluations, teaching hours and other required procedures.
  • Provide operational support and guidance to all team members to ensure effective service delivery and consistent quality of programming
  • Work with artistic team members to complete and publish a final product for each initiative.

Artistic Coordination

  • Prepare and/or collaborate with artists to collect and/or develop photography and other multi-media artwork for finished publication for all programs
  • Lead coordination of all participant and public-facing exhibitions and public arts works
  • Conceptualize and develop exhibition formats for in-house and outside galleries
  • Curate, organize and add to AjA’s permanent exhibit
  • Coordinate completion of a wide range of artwork including posters, banners, brochures, etc.
  • Determine job costs, methods, and materials
  • Check, evaluate and approve proofs and Coordinate the production of artwork with commercial vendors
  • Maintain quality control of the production of artwork and review completed artwork.


Team Coordination

  • Work with the Program Department Manager and the Director of Operations in recruiting and assessing the diversity of talent, experience and background needed for program staffing for each project and maintain and update effective strategies to recruit program-related teaching artists, volunteers and interns.
  • Complete onsite rotation among programs to observe and provide critical feedback about classroom activities.
  • Team with Operations to manage the intake, matching, interview, orientation, training, and set-up and exit process for program-related
  • Administer and maintain forms and records to document and evaluate the activities of programs


Social Media

  • Manage social media activities to foster interaction, education, engagement and discussion regarding AjA’s current and future programs and services through the use of online communities
  • Manage, update and enhance through creative efforts AjA’s social media efforts: Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs and social media channels.
  • Advance AjA’s public relations activities by writing articles, press releases, promotions
  • Manage AjA’s Blogger program and build an active social network to spread the word about AjA
  • Establish and monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media programs and analyze, review, and report on effectiveness of campaigns in an effort to maximize results
  • Provide monthly feedback on social media outreach activities to evolve AjA’s social media systems to remain current with the latest media tools, trends and applications






  • Team player that displays a cooperative spirit, offers solutions to team problems; supports team members’ ideas and suggestions; and demonstrates consideration of others
  • Strong and demonstrated project and time management skills required
  • Ability to effectively multi-task multiple programs and shifting priorities while providing quality service delivery to team members and stakeholders is a must
  • Strong coordination, planning and writing skills a must, grant writing skills desired
  • Articulate and persuasive communicator, adept at building consensus and fostering sound relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders and people of varying cultures and backgrounds





  • Minimum 2-3 years of proven experience in program coordination/management for nonprofits operating photography, arts, youth development and/or educational services (3 or more years of experience as a volunteer providing operational support to art based programs is allowable)
  • Bachelor degree required in arts, education, social science, business management, or related field
  • Experience with facilitating orientation and trainings for program staff
  • Some experience with implementing, managing and analyzing evaluation systems
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Bilingual strongly preferred
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends is required
  • Excellent computers skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint/background check; Valid CA Driver’s License and reliable transportation – Must provide own transportation with valid insurance.





To Apply, Email your cover letter and resume as Microsoft Word or PDF files to with the subject line “PAC Application – YOUR NAME” no later than 5:00pm on Friday April 28, 2017.



**EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY** It is the policy of The AjA Project to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.