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Manager of Artist Programming

Posted: November 14, 2022

The Actors Center—a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to advancing creativity and innovation in the craft of acting—seeks a full-time Manager of Artist Programming based in New York City. Closely collaborating with and reporting to the Executive Director, this newly created position will play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and management of The Actors Center’s Resident Company, a one-of-a-kind ongoing creative residency program for 250 professional actors.

As an operations and administrative leader, community facilitator, artist advocate, and event producer, the Manager of Artist Programming will be responsible for implementing a myriad of artist development workshops and community events, helping to engage and support a vibrant company of actors.

This is an opportunity to join a small, growing, and ambitious organization at a time when you can be hands on and part of shaping our future path and development. This position is a great fit for someone excited at the prospect of helping build and expand an organization, and growing alongside it.

The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter, a skilled communicator with strong writing skills, a collaborative and strategic thinker, has great attention to detail, and is capable of deftly and compassionately facilitating a diverse community of artists. Candidates should be comfortable wearing many hats, innately curious, and invigorated by creative and logistical challenges that ask you to think outside the box and learn things you don’t yet know how to do. 

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Actors Center provides actors with extraordinary creative opportunities designed to advance their artistic development, continue the evolution of their craft, and cultivate transcendent works of art on stage and screen and in communities throughout the United States. Each season we invite up to 30 faculty and guest artists—prominent teachers, actors, directors, filmmakers, and writers—to work alongside members of our Resident Company in 300 hours of artist development workshops.

As the Manager of Artist Programming, you will be a primary point of contact for our Resident Company. Your foremost responsibility is coordinating all aspects of our creative programming and company membership, including planning and logistics for artist development workshops, participant registration, communicating with artists, and event facilitation. You will also help to ensure our programs are meeting the needs of artists by supporting program assessments, gathering and reviewing participant feedback, and participating in new program development and design.

The Manager of Artist Programming also serves as an important liaison and artist advocate, helping grow and sustain a vibrant, supportive, and engaged creative community. In this role, you serve as a key facilitator of building relationships with and between artists, helping create the conditions for artists to access their best work and shaping their experience at The Actors Center.

Please apply with a cover letter and resume by Dec. 15, 2022. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. 

KEY DETAILS

  • Full-Time, 40 hrs /week
  • Salaried, nonexempt: $40,000, annually
  • Based in NYC: Regular in-person work required, with additional flexible remote schedule
  • Some evening and weekends required for programs and events
  • 4 weeks paid time off (includes one week winter and summer hiatus)
  • Additional personal and sick days provided
  • Up to $500/month in health expense and insurance reimbursements
  • Flexible start date, January 2023

MORE ABOUT US

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Management of Creative Programs (50%)

  • Administrate and manage artist development workshops including: workshop announcements and registration, workshop preparation and communication with participants, studio management, workshop hosting and facilitating, Zoom and video streaming logistics, maintaining company calendar and website portal.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and company members to curate and facilitate additional events including member roundtables, creative labs, writing groups, artist talks and panel discussions.
  • Implement a variety of programming follow-up, feedback surveys, and focus groups to assess efficacy of creative programs and responsiveness to artist needs.

2. Community Building & Artist Engagement (25%)

  • Highlight and promote company member artistic projects, crafting member news updates for company newsletter, website, and social media.
  • Organize and host social events, screenings, happy hours and company parties.
  • Help build, maintain, and provide access to a variety of artistic resources, including self tape reader service, discount ticket listings, script and scene library, and industry events.

3. Company Management (10%)

  • Manage company membership renewal process and maintain membership contact lists.
  • Support company-wide Equity & Inclusion assessment, strategy, and resource development
  • Support new member nomination, application, and interview process; and orientation of new members.

4. Communications and Public Events (15%)

  • Support the Executive Director in development of public campaigns and marketing materials that showcase our artists and our work.
  • Support the Executive Director, Board, and volunteers with public programs and special event planning.

Additional

  • Opportunity to contribute in a variety of additional areas depending on interest, skills, and experience; including marketing, development, grant writing, audience building.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND MINDSET

  • Ideally 1-3 years experience in a program management or operations support role.
    Areas of experience may include, but are not limited to: stage management; literary management; artist management; company management; event management; production assistant; casting assistant; education; marketing; development; human relations; public relations; arts administration; or office management.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and independently problem solve, identifying opportunities for increased effectiveness.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and multicultural environment and demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • An eagerness and ability to quickly learn new software and technology tools. Strong computer, web, html, or design skills a plus. (Current tools: Airtable, Google Sheets, WordPress, Canva, Mailchimp, Salesforce, and Asana) 
  • A meaningful personal connection to creativity, acting, and the arts. A strong desire to support what actors and artists have to contribute to the world and their creative development.
  • A believer in the value of lifelong learning and pursuit of craft, and the importance of time and space dedicated to creative process and development.


Not sure about your level of experience or areas of expertise? Please err on the side of applying. What is important to us is how your work and life experiences have shaped you as a professional.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, INCLUSION, & BELONGING

At The Actors Center, we are committed to the work of advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging within our organization, our community, and throughout the world. Ours is an organization whose approach to advancing equity is holistic, global, long-term and deeply embedded within our vision for unleashing creative human potential. This leads us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive workplace environment.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants are provided with opportunities without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, medical condition, national origin, marital status, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

TIMELINE & HOW TO APPLY

Please apply with a cover letter and resume via our online application form.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The start date for the position is flexible, while aiming toward January 2023.