THE USDAC IS HIRING! 

Current open positions:

  • Program Director
  • Operations & Communications Manager

(The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a grassroots network of artists, activists, and allies inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. It is not a government agency. Scroll down for organization information.)


Program Director (eventually, choose your own creative title)

Part-to-Full-Time Position TBD | Start date: January (flexible) 2018 | Apply by: November 2, 2017

The USDAC is hiring our first Program Director. We are seeking candidates with extensive experience in organizing, network-building, and project management, a demonstrated commitment to social justice, and deep familiarity and expertise in the fields of cultural organizing and community-based arts. The Program Director will join our core team and play a critical role in expanding the USDAC’s national organizing efforts and capacity.

This is a new position in an evolving project that is rolling out new initiatives and refining existing ones. Responsibilities may not require full time at the outset. A candidate with core strengths plus additional skills in strategic communications and/or development will be a plus, as responsibilities in either of those areas could be part of the role until organizing and program implementation require full time. We are open to adapting the role to the best candidate, with the possibility of beginning part-time and ramping up to full-time.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic and technical assistance to local organizers and connecting efforts across the country
  • Building and supporting a network of Affiliate organizations
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to build organizational capacity
  • Developing and implementing initiatives that activate the potential of the network, connecting Citizen Artists across the U.S. to each other and to USDAC actions and resources
  • Developing and managing campaigns and national actions
  • Planning and supporting regional and national convenings
  • Contributing to fundraising and development efforts Representing the USDAC in public events and gatherings
  • Offering skill-building workshops
  • For a candidate with communications skills, the role could include producing newsletters, social media, website coordination, and associated promotional and communication activities.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have at least five years of relevant professional experience with relationship-based organizing, leadership development, project/campaign management, and building volunteer teams. Demonstrated content expertise in the fields of cultural organizing and community-based arts is required. The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing and movement-building and has a track record of managing programs that develop volunteer capacity to meet metrics-based goals as well as the ability to work effectively with many types of people and communities. Must be a self-starter, with excellent time-management and prioritization skills. Must be able to hold many relationships and should have a track recording of supporting and activating individuals, groups, and networks alike. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable learning and using new tech platforms and with working remotely. If you are interested in working with the USDAC but have less work experience or content expertise than this role requires, consider applying for our Operations and Communications Manager position (scroll down for description).

Compensation:

There is some flexibility in the scope of the position, depending on qualifications and preferences of the best candidate. Compensation to be negotiated accordingly.

The USDAC has evolved from an all-volunteer project to one also supported by contracted services. With the addition of this post we are moving toward staffing. We seek candidates who understand the challenges of moving from startup to stable, and whose commitment to cultural democracy and creative change will help attract resources for enhanced compensation.

Location: Our team is spread across the country and works remotely. We are open to candidates based anywhere. Must be willing to travel for work engagements.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to hello@usdac.us, with “Program Director” in the subject line. Please also include contact information for two references familiar with your work.


Operations & Communications Manager (eventually, choose your own creative title)

Part-Time Position | Start date: ASAP (by Dec. 1) | Apply by: November 2, 2017

Seeking a motivated, organized, reliable, efficient, and "can-do!" operations and communications manager to support the activities of the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

This person will help build and maintain infrastructure and capacity to support rapidly growing participation and activity across the USDAC network. We’re looking for someone who has experience and comfort working remotely, is comfortable learning and using new tech platforms, and has experience in both digital communications and organizational administration.

A strong match will have experience in building effective systems to manage complex projects as well as in leading communications efforts for projects and organizations. Experience working at the intersection of arts, social justice, and organizing is welcome, but not essential so long as the applicant is aligned with USDAC values.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Communicating with partners and participants
  • Scheduling and logistical support for meetings and travel
  • Supporting the planning and coordination activities of the core team with meeting notes, project timelines, etc.
  • Managing online databases (experience with Action Network a plus) Creating online forms and newsletters
  • Maintaining the USDAC’s social media presence and developing strategies to engage and expand our audience
  • Organizing and archiving media from USDAC events, calls, and actions
  • Website maintenance (experience with Squarespace a plus)
  • Managing volunteers for key initiatives
  • Conducting research for new initiatives
  • Ordering and mailing materials
  • For a candidate with communications skills, the role could include producing newsletters and associated promotional and communication activities.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a flexible self-starter, creative troubleshooter, and strong collaborator in dispersed team environments with experience in writing, communications, and complex project management. Needs to be comfortable learning and managing an array of tech platforms and demonstrate strong reliability and accountability: keeping commitments and deadlines, showing up for scheduled meetings, remaining in regular, clear communication. Must be able to work effectively with many types of people and communities, and be capable of holding and tending to many relationships. Experience in other start-up nonprofit environments useful.

Compensation: $18/hour, approximately 15 hours/week, with the possibility of increased hours after first six months.

Location: Our team is spread across the country and works remotely. We are open to candidates based anywhere.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to hello@usdac.us, with “Operations Manager” in the subject line. Please also include contact information for two references familiar with your work.


ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Since 2013, the USDAC has engaged more than 25,000 artists, activists, and allies in 40+ states in arts-based dialogues and actions. By creating opportunities for learning, connection, and collective action at the local and national level, the USDAC works toward a society that affirms the right to culture; values each community’s heritage, contributions, and aspirations; and dismantles all barriers to love and justice. Learn more at www.usdac.us. Read up on our core values here.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.