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Communications and Programs Assistant

More Art is hiring a part time Communications and Programs Assistant for 20 hours (approx 2.5 days) per week. The position is primarily virtual with occasional in-person work based in NYC. 

The Communications and Programs Assistant is responsible for shaping More Art’s public-facing presence, working closely with staff to facilitate communications and public programs, including the Engaging Artists Fellowship Program, public art projects, and fundraising initiatives.

The position reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Director of Special Projects, Artistic Coordinator, Curatorial Manager, and Editorial Assistant, providing administrative, programmatic, and logistical support while ensuring effective and efficient operations for all communications and public programs.

The candidate should have a collaborative nature, great organizational skills, self-motivation and the ability to multitask. The candidate must have strong digital and graphic design skills. Familiarity with arts activism, social practice art, and community-based public art are all prerequisites. The position requires an open, caring, and hospitable disposition, as well as the ability to set boundaries.  Preference may be given to candidates with previous experience in arts organizing and coordination of public events. Early career professionals are encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow for someone ready to step into this role as a member of More Art’s team. 

The ideal candidate is well versed in graphic design, creative, and proactive. We strongly encourage applicants who are practicing artists, organizers, or arts educators with experience building interdisciplinary partnerships and/or community organizing. Bilingual and multilingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and execute communications and outreach strategy for the organization, maintaining brand identity for all programs, events, and outreach including direct public relations campaigns in collaboration with staff and outside press officers.
  • Graphic design of all communication materials and printed matter including brochures, signage, Powerpoint presentations, reports, advertisements, press kits, social media posts, email newsletters, website pages/posts, and more.
  • Oversee the redesign and ongoing maintenance and updates of the More Art website.
  • Oversee and coordinate More Art’s social media accounts, mailing lists, and outreach platforms.
  • Maintain a comprehensive, staff-wide communications calendar using Airtable.
  • Assist with the writing of program descriptions for website, communications materials, and press releases.
  • Work as a public ambassador of More Arts programs and collaborative methodology.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Staff, Board of Directors, and Special Projects Advisor  to strategize and shape ongoing programming and communications strategy.
  • Assist with the facilitation of Engaging Artists Fellowship Program (EA), documenting events, interviews and activities via video and photography. 
  • Help coordinate the promotion and selection process for the Engaging Artists’ Fellowship and Resident Open Calls each fall.
  • Keep current, knowledgeable and up-to-date on all events and programs at More Art and the field of socially-engaged art, speaking to the overall mission of More Art to the public.
  • Collect program data and craft program feedback/evaluations, track and share issues and trends with staff.
  • Support Executive Director and staff on all fundraising initiatives, including the biennial gala, At the Table salon, membership drives, and cultivation events.
  • Participate in all public-facing More Art events.
  • Provide additional assistance to the Executive Director and staff as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent skills in graphic design and video editing.
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro). Photography skills a plus.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills (Spanish language skills a plus). Must be comfortable with longer curatorial writing and shorter text for social media and promotional material.
  • Experience in non-profit arts programming, art production and/or management or equivalent.
  • Proficient in social media, email marketing, and website platforms (eg. Instagram, Medium, Mailchimp, WordPress)
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends for special projects and events.
  • Experience working in a collaborative, team-based setting. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of socially engaged art and arts activism in New York City (and beyond).
  • Comfort with research and outreach to new contacts.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Collaborative and able to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Must be accurate, detail oriented, comfortable with technology and able to adapt to new software and systems, able to meet deadlines, able to respond to market forces and to imagine new directions.
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem solving, and a sense of humor are welcome.
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the More Art mission of lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.
  • Excellent time-management and people skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a composed, focused, affable, and courteous manner.
  • Ability to act with excellent judgement and diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality

COMPENSATION

This role is a part time independent contractor position, 20 hours (approx 2.5 days) per week, for $1,500 per month. 

This position is well suited for an arts-professional who is looking for a consistent institution-based position in arts organizing that supports their long-term career goals and independent projects. We also encourage applications from artists who occupy administrative roles in addition to their arts production practice. 

The position is primarily virtual with occasional in-person work to provide support for in-person programmatic activities, workshops, meetings and events around NYC. Working hours are flexible but must be available for weekly (virtual) staff meetings and during the week for additional meetings. This position is responsible for attending all public events.

If you are interested in the position, please send the following materials to info@moreart.org, in a single PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position, your relevant experience, your interest in working with community organizations and people of all ages on public art projects.
  • 1 Writing sample (press release, academic article, journalistic writing)
  • 2-4 Graphic Design Samples
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references

Start date, Summer 2021.
No Calls please.

 

More Art is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.

volunteer.

Volunteering is an awesome way to get involved with More Art’s art projects that take place in public spaces across NYC. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to: info@moreart.org.