Program Director


LANGSTON is a community-conceived and -designed nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is to strengthen and advance community through Black arts and culture in service to cultivating Black brilliance. We provide multigenerational, multi-genre programming that is responsive to community needs and desires. We promote artistic expression, encourage artistic excellence, cultivate leaders, practice radical inclusivity, and facilitate cultural education and possibility in our practices, policies, and partnerships. 

Langston was born from the legacy of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a historic institution that served as the hub of Seattle’s Black performing arts community and experiences for over 40 years. Langston is fortunate to be housed and host its programming in this historic building which still exists as a cultural space rental facility. Langston proudly honors this legacy and seeks to maximize activation of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute through our mission, vision, and values.

The Role

LANGSTON’s Program Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for creating, managing, organizing, and coordinating a variety of programs and overseeing administrative operations. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader and have experience in successfully managing relationships and projects across multiple arts disciplines. 

The Program Director will ensure that all programs deliver desirable experiences for LANGSTON’s various constituencies in accordance with the mission of cultivating Black brilliance and strengthening and advancing community through Black arts and culture. 

The Program Director will work directly with the LANGSTON leadership and board, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute staff, and various communities and champions to achieve desired goals and communicate progress.


Programming and Evaluation

  • Develop a programming framework for the design and delivery of LANGSTON programmatic initiatives with the support of the Executive Director. 
  • Create an annual program and events calendar and budget informed by the programming framework.
  • Develop, implement, and manage program evaluation systems that allow for proactive program measurement and assessment; collect quantitative and qualitative data and feedback to support improvement of program practices and development of new programs.
  • Assess program performance upon completion of events and activities, then prepare a standards evaluation report.
  • Aggregate event performance reports into an annual performance standards report for the Executive Director.


Community Engagement

  • Develop and maintain community relationships that advance and sustain LANGSTON’s core mission and activities. 
  • Function as community resource and liaison for Black arts in Seattle.
  • Target, recruit, and actively work with individual artists and arts organizations to develop programming. 
  • Support collaboration with community leaders and partner organizations. 


Program Administration

  • Manage contracts and agreements for artists and events. 
  • Maintain and monitor programming budget and finances. 
  • Track and manage ongoing program and event equipment needs.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Manager to execute communications and marketing efforts as they relate to programming and events. 
  • Coordinate deadlines, budgets, and activities across projects.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Philanthropy Director on fundraising  for programming and events, including assisting with securing sponsorships and grants.
  • Prepare detailed and accurate reports for the board of directors.
  • Coordinate with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute staff for facilities use management. 


Team Building / People Management

  • Envision & lead a team to provide inspiring, healing, and educational arts and culture programs that embody LANGSTON’s vision and values.
  • Collaborate organization-wide.
  • Hire and manage program and event staff and volunteers.
  • Clearly communicate expectations to team members, conducting and documenting regular check-ins that include positive and constructive feedback.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Lived commitment to cultivating Black brilliance and investment in strengthening and advancing our community through Black arts and culture
  • 5+ years experience in program management (design, implementation and/or evaluation), preferably in community organizing and/or Black arts and culture community contexts
  • Capacity to build trust and establish rapport in the Seattle arts and culture community, as both a leader and a colleague
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining community-based partnerships and relationships with artists
  • Meaningful experience supervising full-time staff and volunteers in a way that acknowledges differentials in privilege and power, recognizes their gifts, encourages their confidence, supports their growth, and holds them accountable to standards.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experienced public speaker 
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google Workspace; ability to learn program/project management software
  • Outstanding organizational skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with government (city and county) agencies 
  • Experience working with institutional funders (private foundations, government, and corporate), including grant fundraising
  • Ability to facilitate difficult conversations and provide and receive feedback
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Extensive knowledge of nonprofit operations

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $80,000-$90,000. LANGSTON provides comprehensive benefits, including paid time off and health coverage.

Work Location

This role is based in Seattle, WA. LANGSTON’s office is in the Central District at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Employees can work remotely, in-person, or a hybrid combination. LANGSTON leadership values employee health and safety and also encourages some amount of time to work collaboratively and to cultivate team atmosphere in person, as it is safe to do so.

How to Apply

Please send your application packet to with the subject line: Program Director. Your application packet should include a resume, any applicable portfolio or work samples, and a statement of interest (written not to exceed 1-page or audio/video not to exceed 3 minutes), which answers one or more of the following questions: 

  • What draws you to LANGSTON’s mission of cultivating Black brilliance and how would you demonstrate it in this role?
  • How would your work and lived experiences and community connections contribute to your ability to be LANGSTON’s Program Director? 

Application review will begin on October 24, 2022 with hiring date to be determined in October/November 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

If you need assistance and/or accommodations during the application or recruiting process due to a disability, please email our hiring team at

LANGSTON is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO); LANGSTON provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to social and economic background, political affiliation or belief, race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, mental or physical disability, national origin, current and/or former service member status, sexual orientation, health status, age, physical characteristics or marital status, and promotes the full implementation of this policy through a positive, continuing program of inclusion.

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