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Program Coordinator (FT)

WaterFire Providence, one of the leading creative placemaking practitioners in the country, is currently seeking an individual as Programs Coordinator. 

This position offers the opportunity to deeply engage with a growing arts non-profit and its community. Candidates for this position will have experience working in a variety of nonprofit youth and adult education and work development programs and in medium to large nonprofit organizations.

The Program Coordinator works cross-functionally, collaboratively, and closely with management, staff, and volunteers in designing, developing and executing a wide variety of arts education and workforce development programs for the WaterFire event downtown Providence as well as the WaterFire Arts Center in the Valley/Olneyville neighborhood.

The Program Coordinator will report to and work closely with the Program Manager and Managing Director on educational and workforce development programs that meet WaterFire Providence’s short and long-term objectives. 

The successful candidate will:

  • be skilled at building interpersonal relationships and work effectively as part of a team. 
  • possess the ability to balance multiple projects and thrive in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • be flexible and adaptable which is very important in this rapidly evolving organization.

WaterFire Providence currently has 4 main programs underway and/or in development:

  1. Currently in its second year, WaterFire Accelerate is a year long professional development program for creatives under the age of 30. The cohort meets monthly for 1.5 – 2 hour sessions on a variety of rotating topics and guests including established artists, collectors, philanthropists, curators, accountants and others.  The program ends with a group exhibition in the Visitor Center Gallery at the WaterFire Arts Center. (Anticipated 10% focus)
  2. Currently in development and recruiting, ArtLab at the WaterFire Arts Center is BIPOC youth workforce and leadership development that will provide high school juniors and seniors with a paid internship (10 hours during the school year and 40 hours during the summer break) at WaterFire Providence. Influenced by the successful Year Up program, ArtLab will provide real life work experience and mentorship for young BIPOC students to develop transferable skills to life after high school in college or the workforce. (Anticipated 50% focus)
  3. WaterFire Re-entry Program is currently in development and will provide employment opportunities and support for the formerly incarcerated. WaterFire is being assisted in developing and piloting this program by a variety of experienced professionals in the field including leaders from Reentry Campus and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. In year one, we anticipate a single participant in this program. (Anticipated 15% focus)
  4. WaterFire Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain real work experience in an internationally renowned nonprofit arts organization. Opportunities exist during the school year and over the summer break in operations, event management, arts management and arts administration. (Anticipated 15% focus)

While the above 4 programs will be the primary focus and responsibility of the Program Coordinator, they will also work closely with the Volunteer and Creative Services departments on other initiatives including the development and management of arts education programming associated with exhibitions at the WaterFire Arts Center and other assigned tasks and responsibilities as needed.

(Anticipated 10% focus)

Skills and Qualifications

  • College degree required
  • Experience in nonprofit program management (minimum of 5 years)
  • Experience and passion for working directly with underserved youth is required  
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships
  • Ability to handle flexible hours (availability on weekdays, weekends, and evenings is required including attending all partial and full WaterFire lighting events)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creativity, drive, enthusiasm, and initiative to carry out projects to conclusion
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace is required
  • Experience with project management software is preferred
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record


Compensation will be for a full-time salaried position in the range of $37,500 – $50,000 which will commensurate with experience. Advancement opportunities are available. Employee opt-in benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement savings plans. Paid time off. Job schedule is typically Monday to Friday; adjusted during events/programming with nights and weekends required.


  • Please apply with, only. No telephone calls or emails, please.
  • Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The position is open until closed.
  • WaterFire Providence is an equal opportunity employer.