Career Opportunities

Program Manager

Job summary

The Program Manager plans, executes and manages all of Variety’s non-clinical programs including Adventure Camp, Performing Arts Program (Children’s Theatre, Chorus, and Dance), Bikes for Kids, Sibling Workshops, and annual Family Celebration to improve the lives of children with special needs and help them reach their full potential.



Minimally Required

Preferred or Specialized


Bachelor’s Degree

Education, Social Work, Healthcare Professional (e.g. therapist or nursing)


3 years of relevant programmatic experience

5 years


  • Day camp management
  • Working with children with disabilities
  • Background in performing arts or music


MS Office proficient

Excellent proficiency with MS Office Excel


  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly organized and strong planning skills
  • Ability to think strategically in the design and execution of programs
  • Ability to communicate well with both children and adults
  • Experience  working with children with special needs

Duties and responsibilities

Program Management

  • Serve as Assistant Director at Variety Adventure Camp:
    • Develop a camp calendar, by day and by week, of activities designed to meet program objectives
    • Manage registration of campers, and recruitment of paid staff and volunteers
    • Supervise and evaluate paid staff and volunteers
    • Schedule and secure camp venues
    • Interview prospective campers and their parents and determine appropriateness of camp placement
    • Manage payroll and HR functions for all camp staff
    • Match campers and counselors
    • Develop staff training agenda and all relevant materials including parent and staff manuals and conduct two to three days of tailored training relevant to the different camp staff
  • Children’s component of Variety Children’s Theatre:
    • Collaborate with Directors and Producers to maximize educational opportunities for children participating in the program
    • Attend auditions and callbacks and provide input on children’s casting decisions
    • Hire and supervise Child Assistants
    • Supervise all rehearsals and performances ensuring a positive environment and learning experience for child participants
  • Variety Children’s Chorus program including:
    • Develop calendar for rehearsals and secure and manage all logistics for performances
    • Manage auditions and coordinate logistics
    • Supervise weekly rehearsals
    • Order necessary supplies
  • Variety Children’s Dance program including:
  • Hire and manage dance instructors
  • Supervise weekly classes
  • Family Celebration:
    • Develop recreational and educational activities for children and family members
    • Secure venue
    • Book and manage all outside vendors
    • Determine staffing needs, manage recruitment and supervise staff and volunteers
  • Bikes for Kids:
    • Recruit local agencies that serve kids with disabilities to participate
    • Determine staffing needs, manage recruitment and supervise onsite staff and volunteers
    • Coordinate and conduct volunteer training
    • Coordinate all participant agency information sharing including conducting annual group meeting
    • Order necessary supplies
    • Coordinate venue and manage all day of logistics
  •  Variety Sibling Group
  • Collaborate with behavioral health therapist to identify issues and topics to address in group sessions
  • Manage recruitment and registration of participants
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Acts as primary point of contact for Variety families seeking resources or information on any program

Program Evaluation and Data Analytics

  • Maintain database, in conjunction with Database Manager, of all program participants
  • Develop strategy for assessing each program against Variety’s core competencies
    • Create customized evaluation tools for each program
    • Develop calendar for evaluation process and ensure adherence to all deadlines
    • Execute evaluation distribution and collection
    • Compile and analyze results

Working conditions

The job may require evening and weekend work as determined by supervisor. 

Physical requirements

Ability to lift up to 25 lbs and perform physical tasks related to the implementation of programming.

To apply: send cover letter, resume, salary history, and references to

FLSA designation: Overtime exempt

Variety is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Communications Manager


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as journalism, public relations or marketing.
  • Two years experience in a similar role
  • Skills:
    • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop. InDesign a plus
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent copy editing and proofreading skills
    • Knowledge of AP style
  •  Abilities:
    • Self-starter with an excellent organization and time management abilities
    • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
    • Ability to prepare for and conduct interviews with families and donors for publication

 Duties and responsibilities


  • Write key Variety publications including Dinner with the Stars gala program book and Variety Children’s Theatre playbill.
  • Write all press releases and e-communications documentations including e-newsletters and surveys. 
  • Coordinate and write Variety’s annual report to the community.
  • Write, design (conceptually) and edit marketing materials including forms, flyers, cards, letters, posters, signs, brochures, letterhead and other materials as needed.   
  • Generate story content by interviewing program participants and donors. 

Social Media Management

  • Develop Communication Department calendar to ensure a constant stream of content with Variety’s stakeholders while meeting all deadlines in a timely manner.
  •  Write, manage, edit and post content for Variety’s blog and social media channels.
  • Collaborate with Database Manager to keep e-newsletter database updated and properly segmented

Budget and Vendor Management

  • Manage the printing and fulfillment of all printed materials, including price per piece, paper stock needed, deadlines, etc. 
  • Negotiate with all vendors to ensure most cost effective strategy and adherence with budget.
  • Maintain and manage inventory of all paper stocks, envelopes and program materials. 

Website Management

  • Experience with Drupel or WordPress content management


  • Serve as photographer at all Variety events and, when necessary, overseeing photographers hired for special events.
  • Develop shot sheets for all photographers.
  •  Edit photos, sort and categorize for various online platforms.

Send resume and cover letter to

FLSA Desingation:Overtime exempt

Variety is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chief Program Officer (CPO)

Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is seeking an ideal candidate for the position of Chief Program Officer (CPO). The Variety CPO reports directly to Variety’s Executive Director, and will oversee and supervise all programs that implement Variety’s Core Competencies (i.e., children achieving skills, self-esteem, socialization, and independence). He/She will oversee and manage Variety’s St. Louis-based programs regarding their design, assessment, evaluation, analysis, modifications, and enhancements. Those programs include: Variety Children’s Chorus, Adventure Camp, Variety Children’s Theatre, Community Connections, Emerson Resource Center, Bikes for Kids, Medical Equipment, Sunshine Coach Vans, and TherHappy Kids. 

Duties of the Position:  The Variety CPO will be expected to research and develop uniform program assessments that measure and validate outcomes of Variety Core Competency initiatives, and that evaluate Variety programs; review/critique current assessment procedures that identify, inform, and improve measurements and focus on measurable outcomes that will direct continuous improvement initiatives; identify strengths & challenges for each program and ROI based on measurable impact and revenue deployed; and determine programs to be enhanced or modified. In addition, the Variety CPO is expected to engage independent consultants, as necessary, to verify and help resolve unmet needs of children with disabilities (birth-age 21), and collaborate with the Variety Des Lee Endowed Professor for Disabilities to create a community assessment plan that addresses, examines, and resolves gaps in service. Ultimately, the Variety CPO will work in tandem with the Variety administrative team and its stakeholders to increase and best serve, through highly-impactful Variety programs, the population of Greater St. Louis Area children with disabilities.  

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree that represents learned, contemporary skills in program design and administration, or like focus
  • Ten years of extensive experience in leadership and use of data-driven research applications
  • Record of demonstrated astute supervisory, planning, and oral and written communication skills 

Preferred Attributes:

  • Experience working with children with disabilities, their families, and associations that assist special populations of children (birth-age 21)
  • Record of demonstrated understanding of program operations and communication tools that are dedicated to disability community involvement, collaboration, and vision 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of completed applications (those that include all information noted below) will begin September 6th, and continue until the position is filled, with the intention of employing the Variety CPO in Fall, 2016.

Application Information:

Applicants, please send electronically: cover letter that summarizes your fit to this position’s defined (above) duties, requirements, and preferred attributes; current résumé that identifies the phone numbers and email addresses of at least three references, and salary history to Patricia Kopetz, the Variety Des Lee Endowed Professor:

FLSA Desingation:Overtime exempt

Variety is an Equal Opportunity Employer