We're Hiring: TONYC is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator

We're Hiring: TONYC is looking for a Program Coordinator!

Feb. 09, 2018

TONYC is seeking a Program Coordinator, 32-40 hours/week, Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2018

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, neighborhood 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. In 2018, our 7th year, TONYC moved into a new permanent home in midtown, and is working to transform the space into a true hub for our creative community. Find out more at www.tonyc.nyc

Work With Us

TONYC is seeking a Program Coordinator. This position works in collaboration with the Program Director, Operations Director, TONYC’s Jokers and community theatre troupes, and with external advocacy partners, to keep our programs and performances running smoothly with 10 popular theatre troupes, 20 facilitators and over 200 actors each year. We’re seeking an individual with a passion for arts and social justice, who enjoys communication (and follow-up) with artists, community organizations and performance venues, and tracking details across overlapping production schedules. TONYC is particularly seeking an individual bilingual in Spanish and English.

Join a team that values social action, creative problem-solving, and a lively work environment. Many of our administrative staff are also facilitators in our programs, and we are open to that possibility for this position as well. 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, which includes building a staff that is directly connected to, or impacted by, the issues we address in our plays.

Areas of Responsibility

Coordinating TONYC’s Forum Theatre Troupes:

  • Regular updates between the office staff and jokers (facilitators) regarding needs for rehearsals and performances - including schedules, stipend and supply planning - reporting on rehearsals, and preparation for public performances
  • Communications with the joker team, and individual jokers, including event reminders, workshop scheduling, and meeting notes
  • Attending TONYC’s shows and events to support the artistic activism efforts and build new relationships
  • Schedule substitute facilitators for rehearsals
  • Organize, update and expand joker resources online and in our office
  • Communications with performance venues and workshop partners
  • Support with grant reporting on our programs; become familiar with TONYC’s current funding sources and program parameters



  • External workshops: respond to requests for info for workshops, create proposals, oversee scheduling and staffing, and coordinate travel logistics
  • Internal TONYC workshops: share info with participants, coordinate payments, outreach and financial planning 


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
  • Joining in advocacy and outreach events, including mobilizations, galas, and other art events


Ideal candidate has:

  • 1+ years experience doing the following for an organization or community group:
    • Program or communications support including:
      • Email & phone communication skills, with the aim to be informative & responsive with colleagues, partners and strangers, ask clarifying questions, ensure all bases are covered, and interpret and record the answers.
    • Managing a robust events calendar
      • Able to maintain a to-do list and track/update information in TONYC’s spreadsheets
      • Manage scheduling of facilitators
    • Technical Skills
      • Google Drive
      • Google Calendar
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A sense of personal responsibility in the work, and a desire to be communicative about issues promptly
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience within arts and/or social justice communities
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practices
  • Fluency in English and Spanish strongly preferred but not required
  • Relevant experience and intent to develop in this field are our highest priorities, although formal training will be considered.


Hours: This position will be set at 32 or 40 hours/week, to be determined in collaboration with candidate prior to hiring. 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 $45-$48,000 based on experience. Benefits include generous vacation time and employer-sponsored health and dental plans (inclusive of family members), commuter benefits and Flexible Savings Accounts. We also offer staff the opportunity to train in Theatre of the Oppressed and access other professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Apply here with your resume; a cover letter that addresses your qualifications and motivation for applying; a brief writing sample (can be a thoughtful email, or blog post, for example); and at least 2 professional references.

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.


Design: Risa Takeuchi '16; Design Corps
Pratt Institute, designcorps.pratt.edu

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