Program Coordinator

Website Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford

About CVA-NB

Mission: The CVANB mission is to preserve and promote Cape Verdean culture, connecting people to a history and culture with its own physical space for exhibition, discussion, and cultural performances. CVANB provides cultural education, arts and cultural programs for youth and adults and aims to strengthen and foster current economic development and exchange relationships between New Bedford and Cabo Verde.

History: In 1992, CVA-NB purchased the historic Strand Theatre, on Acushnet Ave, New Bedford to create the Cape Verdean Cultural Center, to celebrate the traditional customs and culture of music, theatre, and the arts of Cape Verde. The theatre was boarded and vacant from a fire with a high risk of demolition, and since then, successive boards have made significant strides to restore the historic building while offering off-site programming.

In 2019, CVA-NB purchased the vacant lot adjacent to the Strand Theater and plans are developed transform it into a vibrant park that acts as an extension of the Cultural Center, to educate the public about, and celebrate, New Bedford’s Cape Verdean culture and heritage, and the culture and heritage of all Island immigrants. Named Island Park, CVANB will start construction of the park this spring.

Position Description

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating grant funded programs and ensure that grant conditions and terms are met.   Coordination of programs, financial management and reporting schedules are part of the position requirements.  This position reports to the Board Vice President on a weekly basis and as needed and works closely with the Executive Board and Grant Consultant.

The position may be expanded as additional program grants are secured.

Key Responsibilities

●       Manage arts and cultural programs as outlined in program grant.

●       Identify and collaborate with community partners to deliver programming, provide outreach within the community.

●       Coordinate programming and project logistics (partnerships, locations, scheduling, etc)

●       Meet the goals and objectives of relevant grant funded programs and projects.

●       Promote and market programs and projects within the community.

●       Establish positive, supportive relationships with participants, assist program participants access of community resources.

●       Track the financial expenditure requirements of each grant.

●       Maintain and deliver reports as required by grant funded programs and projects.

●       Coordinate additional programming and projects as identified by the Board of Directors.

●       Other tasks as assigned.



●       Associate degree required; Bachelor’s preferred.

●       Experience coordinating programs and managing projects.

●       Experience working with the community.

●       Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, social media)

●       Good verbal and written communication skills

●       Good driving record and reliable transportation

●       Bilingual/bicultural Creole required (Portuguese and Spanish preferred)

Compensation:  $30.00/hour x 8 hours x 45 weeks

Duration:  May 2021 – March 2022

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