Program Manager, Culture & Arts Education in Public Schools

Closing Date 31-Oct-2016
About Cambodian Living Arts (CLA)

We believe arts are at the heart of a vital society.  We envision the arts and cultural expression as essential to a thriving future for Cambodia.cambodia-living-art

Cambodian Living Arts’ mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations

Our strategic goals for the period 2017-2021 are to:

  • Enable artists and cultural leaders by providing training, funding and resources
  • Integrate arts and culture into the life experiences of young people
  • Expand audiences and markets for Cambodian performing arts
  • Facilitate beneficial connections and collaboration between arts communities in Cambodia and Asia

Our ongoing aims are to:

  • Lead major artistic initiatives that support the development of the Cambodian arts sector
  • Facilitate international and regional exchange and promotion
  • Support the continuity of Cambodia’s artistic heritage

Position overview

In late 2016, CLA is launching a strategic five-year program to set up an effective model for integrating culture and arts education into public schools. This project is set up in partnership with Ministry of Education Youth & Sport (MOEYS), Ministry of Culture & Fine Arts (MOCFA) and UNESCO.

The Program Manager is expected to develop, manage and evaluate initiatives and programs in line with the mission and goals of this five-year program. Programs will include formal education and curriculum, non-formal education, culture and arts programming and teacher training.  Activities delivered in the program will include instructional classes and workshops as well as training and performance events in visual art, music, theatre and creative events.

Aside from the lead partners listed above, there will be other partners and stakeholders engaged in the conceptualization and implementation of the program. One very important group is other culture and arts NGOs already active in education, who will play a leading role in the implementation and design of the program activities. There will also be the need to engage partners and professionals from the Education Sector, e.g. school directors, education NGOs and teacher training centers. The Program Manager will be responsible for engaging and supporting these partners and stakeholders in the project and developing a collaborative and effective working approach. The Program Manager will be supported by a core team within CLA, and advisors with experience in cultural education within Asia.

Responsible to: Program Director
Assisted by: Program Coordinators


  • Planning and development
    • Defining the detail of the project scope
    • Developing priorities and objectives for each program element (formal education, non-formal education, teacher training, arts programming)
    • Creating a 3-5 year road map and action plan
    • Setting and overseeing an annual workplan and budget
    • Identifying and securing resources needed for project implementation
    • Documenting clearly the frameworks and procedures for the project, to ensure effective delivery
  • Partnerships and networks
    • Developing and implementing productive relationships with local and international culture and arts institutions, government agencies and service providers
    • Building and engaging an alliance of implementing partners
    • Developing clear terms of reference with partners
    • Managing, monitoring and evaluating service providers (e.g. trainers, subcontractors etc) meet program goals
  • Project Implementation
    • Supervise the development of curriculum and accompanying resources
    • Supervise the sourcing, orientation and training of arts instructors
    • Sourcing partnerships and providers for arts programming
    • Overseeing use of the project space (head office and arts workshop facility)
    • Supervising project monitoring
    • Evaluating project activities and approaches and adjusting implementation strategies accordingly
  • General
    • Representing CLA, and in particular this project, to the public (e.g. with Ministries and for press)
    • Supporting fundraising for this program
    • Attendance at regular team meetings and all staff retreats
    • Following CLA’s internal policies and procedures
    • Being a good ambassador for the arts and a good supporter of the arts community


  • 3-5 years of progressive, professional experience in culture and arts education
  • Professional knowledge and experience of education and schools in Cambodia
  • Experience of arts and culture, and commitment to creativity
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver
  • Experienced program manager, able to supervise teams and subcontractors
  • Strong communicator, able to engage and negotiate with stakeholders
  • Fluent written and spoken Khmer
  • Good level of written and spoken English
  • Interest in arts essential, experience in arts education desirable

Salary and benefits

  • Starting salary: $850-$1,400 per month (net)
  • Salary review: Annually in October
  • Probation period: 3 months
  • Leave entitlement: 18 days per annum

Application instructions

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the position, to the email below.

Contact Details

Name : Cambodian Living Arts

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