TONYC is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator, 32-40 hours/week, Deadline to Apply: June 23rd, 2017
What We Do: Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) partners with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre. Through partnerships with social service organizations, advocacy groups and city agencies, TONYC forms theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, engaging audiences in theatrical brainstorming - or Forum and Legislative Theatre - to creatively challenge systems of oppression.
Work With Us: TONYC is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with the Executive Director, Program Director, TONYC’s Jokers and community theatre troupes, and with external advocacy partners. We’re seeking a team member with a passion for partnership-building, communications, and community organizing, who is excited about developing and strengthening the links between our work and the vibrant social movements throughout NYC and beyond.
In 2017, our 6th year, TONYC’s priorities include formalizing pipelines for leadership opportunities throughout the organization and strengthening our non-arts partnerships to amplify the impact of ongoing movements in NYC. TONYC seeks to reflect the politics and ethics of our programs throughout every aspect of our organization. Join a team that values social action, creative problem-solving, and a lively work environment.
Areas of Responsibility: We believe that effective and sustainable marketing for arts and social justice efforts must prioritize relationship-building and community organizing. Therefore, the below areas of responsibility fall within that framework.
Marketing: accessible, inclusive and energized event promotion
• Creation and dissemination of our monthly newsletter and all other email blasts
• Creating marketing and outreach strategies to support our programs all year long, including forum plays, our annual Legislative Theatre Festival, and all fundraising efforts
• Graphic design for print and online materials utilizing our branding and templates
• Social media and blog management
• Networking at partner and community events, including mobilizations, galas, and panels
• Updating website and/or coordinating updates with our web developer
• Management and upkeep of our email database on Nationbuilder
Tune In and Turn Out: connecting our performances and events with the existing movements and campaigns for social change throughout NYC
• Coordinating with related organizations and potential advocacy partners for collaboration opportunities
• Partnership building with organizations spearheading campaigns and movements related to our mission and work
• Sustaining our existing partnerships with advocacy partners by coordinating opportunities for TONYC’s staff, Jokers, and actors to “Tune In & Turn Out” and by creating accessible ways for our partners to show up for TONYC, including but not limited to: tabling at shows and serving as “expert” spect-actors, participating in our advocacy fairs, helping out with research for play production, volunteering at events, and fundraising
• Attending TONYC’s shows and events to support the artistic activism efforts and build new relationships
• Management of multimedia materials including:
- Serving as liaison between TONYC and our external photographers, videographers, and video editors
- Occasional photography, videography, and short promotional video production
- Keeping our Vimeo, Flickr, and Facebook albums up to date
• Compiling media sample packages for grants and development use
General Company Activities
Given the nature of our team and our work, there are some activities that everyone participates in! These can include:
• Sending thank-you notes to donors;
• Helping with fundraising and community-building events;
• Preparing materials for programs; and
• Joining in advocacy and outreach events
Ideal candidate has:
• 2+ years experience doing the following for an organization:
- Communications and marketing (including social media)
- Community organizing and community engagement
- Outreach and event promotion
- Technical Skills: Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Experience using Google Drive, Video editing (using Adobe Premiere Pro or iMovie)
• A creative eye towards fun, accessible and sustainable community engagement strategies
• Engaging written and verbal communication style
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
• Experience within arts and/or social justice communities
• Fluency in English and Spanish preferred but not required
• Relevant experience and intent to develop in this field are our highest priorities, although formal training will be considered
This position will be set at 32 or 40 hours/week, to be negotiated with candidate. Schedule also includes attendance at some performances on weekday evenings. TONYC values flexibility; staff may work from home up to one day per week, as appropriate.
Salary and benefits:
• Full-time equivalent salary range is $43-$46,000 based on experience.
• Benefits include generous vacation time and employer-sponsored health and dental plans (inclusive of family members). We also offer staff the opportunity to train in Theatre of the Oppressed and access other professional development opportunities.
Apply here with your resume; a cover letter that addresses your qualifications and motivation for applying; a brief writing sample and a graphic design sample; and at least 2 professional references.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY STATEMENT
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply. TONYC does not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status, disability, or previous incarceration.