Career Opportunities

  • Senior Writer, Alumni Magazine

    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

    Job Summary

    Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Senior Writer to join the RISD Alumni Magazine staff and the department of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the RISD Alumni Magazine Editor, the Senior Writer will write, edit, develop and curate strategic content for RISD’s alumni magazine in both its digital and print forms, as well as other Institutional Advancement (IA) print and digital publications as needed. The content produced will align with the programming, mission, vision and values of RISD and the IA Strategic Plan. The Senior Writer’s work will ultimately reflect RISD’s high standards for art and design, and our commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

    We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/DUTIES:

    • Plan, write and edit the RISD Alumni Magazine (digital and print) ensuring alignment with RISD Alumni Magazine Editor and Associate Editor.
    • Implement magazine/digital content strategy, priorities and metrics.
    • Serve as senior writer for RISD’s Alumni Magazine (digital and print), including Front of Book pieces, features and Back of Book articles.
    • Manage writing assignments, from identifying story ideas through reporting, editing and revision, and publication online and in print.
    • Regularly update the digital magazine to ensure it contains dynamic content.
    • Attend institutional events to mine for potential magazine content.
    • Develop working relationships across the RISD community, especially with alumni, faculty and students in order to develop story ideas for the magazine, and other publications as needed.
    • Manage student workers and freelancers, as needed, to mine selected campus events for stories, and assist with development of content.
    • Review to ensure content is supported by high quality photography, videography, audio and graphics (digital and print where appropriate).
    • Produce general content for IA, including Momentum magazine, alumni website and IA collateral, as needed.

    ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    • Work collaboratively with other members of IA to support department initiatives, plans and projects.
    • Represent IA at events or other engagements with campus partners

    KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Minimum five years of experience writing for magazines and digital media.
    • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Demonstrated ability to produce outstanding written content that is positioned to serve defined strategic objectives including finding and writing stories that will serve as proof points for the importance of RISD’s art and design education.
    • Experience working in a CMS, and demonstrated expertise in the use of Microsoft Office, Adobe, CRM/database, Google Apps (G Suite) and Asana, or similar project management collaboration tools.
    • Proven reporting skills; ability to gather and synthesize information.
    • Strong work ethic and self-motivation; ability to work independently, meet deadlines and juggle multiple priorities.
    • Excellent news judgment and ability to identify trending topics that will resonate and transport readers.
    • Ability to develop ideas and use narrative storytelling.
    • Ability to collaborate closely with internal and external stakeholders and provide solution-driven, positive thinking in a team environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or a related degree preferred.
    • Experience working in higher education is preferred.
    • Knowledge of AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style is preferred.

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  • BECMA Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

    BECMA, Boston area/Hybrid remote

    Title: Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

    Reports to: President & CEO

    Location: Massachusetts (Boston Headquarters)

    Salary range: $120,000-$135,000

    Start Date: April 2023

    Organizational Summary

    Founded in 2015, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) is a statewide organization that advances the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations, and residents through advocacy, support programming and convening. We are dedicated to eliminating the racial wealth gap for Black people across Massachusetts by helping to create and sustain a thriving Black economy.

    BECMA’s work is centered around our 4 pillars for closing the racial wealth gap in MA:

    Entrepreneurship: Nurture start-ups and support existing entrepreneurs by providing them with access to affordable and adequate capital to launch and scale their firms.
    Placement: Focus on workforce development, particularly in Massachusetts’ high-growth industries, and placing Black professionals in decision-making roles in management and board positions.
    Commerce: Support Black business owners in selling their goods and services while helping ally buyers to meet their supplier diversity or ESG goals.
    Ownership: Increase homeownership and business owners’ equity stake in their enterprises.
    As a member based organization, our top priority is to support our members through advocacy, partnership and programming. We regularly engage with the press, hold public and members-only events throughout the year, and we also host premier annual events including BECMA’s Mass Black Expo and Annual Meeting.

    Our membership community includes Black students and professionals, Black business owners as well as partner organizations such as nonprofits, corporations, foundations, hospitals, universities, venture capital firms, insurance companies, and government agencies. BECMA members come from diverse backgrounds, united by the goal of closing the Massachusetts racial wealth gap.

    Who We Are

    As a startup organization with a transformative mission, we are a team of passionate individuals who are committed to achieving the goal set forth by our founders: eliminating the racial wealth gap. With that in mind, you can look forward to a work culture that is:

    Mission-driven: We are committed to excellence in all we do and put in the time and effort required to achieve our goals.
    Empowering: We believe in creating leaders who are forward-thinking, risk-takers, and confident.
    Collaborative: We understand that our work is interrelated and interdependent.
    Supportive: We create an environment that provides the space and tools to accomplish your tasks and exceed internal and external expectations.
    Innovative: We know it’s better to work smart and are always seeking creative ways to move us closer to our goals.

    Who You Are

    Working in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors, the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer will develop and execute a comprehensive communication, marketing and brand strategy via digital, print, radio/TV and social media channels.

    The successful candidate will be diligent and confident with substantial management experience as this is a key leadership role in the organization. Additionally, this person will have superior relationship-building skills and the ability to combine high-level strategic thinking around growth and expansion with hands-on management and creative problem-solving.

    Working closely with the President & CEO and the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer will be responsible for the following activities:

    What You’ll Do

    Organizational Leadership & Strategy:

    Participate in organizational planning, budgeting, and other leadership activities
    Cultivate an environment of trust, respect and effectiveness
    Identify, recruit, and oversee a diverse, communications, marketing and social media team, including contractors, consultants, and partners
    Reflect, articulate, and promote the mission, vision, and identity of BECMA
    Project a positive organizational image to the public
    Provide support to the President & CEO, Board of Directors, and Senior Leadership Team
    Provide marketing support for strategic partnerships that support our mission and/or drive our overall capacity and reach
    Support the CEO for and during external communication opportunities, whether at emergency or planned events
    Manage a team of two direct reports including the Director Digital Marketing and Community Manager
    Content & Media Relations

    Lead the development and delivery of news to digital, print, and online media
    Serve as a liaison between BECMA and the media and serve as the organization’s chief spokesperson, handling sensitive and controversial issues
    Organize press conferences and the release of information to the media and the public
    Develop and maintain working relationships with community leaders, organizations, and members of the media
    Lead strong, vision-focused, service-oriented team of professionals across all aspects of media, internal and external communications, multicultural outreach, web design and marketing
    Manage the leadership team’s public communications and the organizations brand through well-developed internal communications, public affairs, and marketing plan and strategy
    Develop, direct, and evaluate BECMA’s public relations, marketing, communications, and public affairs strategy; execute effective campaigns/programs on a local, and state basis
    Marketing & Distribution:

    Create and implement the strategic goals, objectives, and metrics for BECMA’s marketing and branding that will enhance BECMA’s image and position within the business ecosystem and the general public
    Oversee the design and development of all of BECMA’s marketing
    Help to drive revenue and traffic for BECMA’s events, sponsorships, and special campaigns
    Manage digital platforms including payment and registration platforms
    Mange BECMA’s digital and other marketing resources, including vendors (e.g. Upwork)
    Manage the marketing of BECMA content
    Assess the effectiveness of BECMA marketing, across channels and platforms
    Events

    Work closely with the Events Team to market all BECMA events
    What You’ll Need

    7+ years of communications, media relations, and marketing experience
    3+ years experience managing a team
    Experience working with a non profit organization preferred
    Exceptional attention to details
    Experience with data analytics and marketing metrics
    Experience with social media as well as digital and print ad-buying
    Proficiency with digital marketing technologies
    Experience with stakeholder and community engagement
    Experience with event planning (virtual and in-person) is a plus
    Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to provide concise communication internally to both team members and senior management
    Experience in successfully executing marketing campaigns that raise brand awareness
    What You’ll Get

    This is a full-time position with some required travel to the office located at the BECMA headquarters in Boston, MA. Travel to events held throughout the state is also expected. The salary range for this position is $120,000-$135,000 and is commensurate with lived and professional experiences.

    BECMA also offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

    401(k) retirement plan
    Life insurance, flexible medical, dental, and vision benefits for you and your family
    Unlimited paid time off
    Office issued laptop or computer and cell-phone
    Professional development stipend
    Interested candidates are encouraged to promptly submit their application through our online portal. Candidates who advance should expect to have a phone interview with the Recruitment Team at Positively Partners, followed by a virtual interview with the hiring manager, and a final interview which will include an opportunity to meet and engage with the BECMA team more broadly. Please email mcoleman@positivelypartners.org with questions or for support submitting your application.

    As an EOE/AA employer, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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  • Major Gifts Officer

    Boston Lyric Opera, Boston

    Major Gifts Officer

    DEPARTMENT: Development

    REPORTS TO: Director of Major Gifts

    SUPERVISES: N/A 

    EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, Exempt 

    SUMMARY

    Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) seeks an experienced and successful Major Gifts Officer to join the Company’s Development Department. As a member of the major gifts team, the Major Gifts Officer is a frontline fundraiser soliciting prospective donors to BLO for gifts of $10,000 or more and plays a central role collaborating with Board and staff leadership of the Company. The Major Gifts Officer carries their own portfolio of 150+ individual prospects and achieves annual fundraising goals and helps to ensure the success of long-term capital and deferred goals in a multitude of ways. This position is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, collaborative, and experienced development professional to join BLO’s dynamically growing team.

    AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

    Identify, cultivate, and solicit BLO donors and prospects. Meets assigned activity and revenue goals.
    Devise and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies. Evaluate various gift opportunities and giving vehicles; recommend the most suitable for a particular prospect.
    Develop, write, and present proposals in line with prospect’s philanthropic goals, interest, and financial situation and in keeping with BLO’s priorities.
    Initiate and maintain contact with current, past, and prospective donors, promoting positive donor relations efficiently. Engage volunteers proactively as needed. Determine and execute events and programs in support of development activities, assessing the success of such events/programs and recommending changes. Identify disaffected or disinterested donors and devise strategies to encourage/redirect their interests as appropriate.
    Interact with internal constituents on BLO needs, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, and potential donors. Keeps abreast of BLO activities and disseminate BLO information to donors, prospective donors, volunteers, and team members as appropriate.
    Provide creative and meaningful support for the execution of the five-year Strategic Plan

    Candidate

    You are:

    A highly organized, detailed individual.
    A solution-oriented individual and can think quickly and efficiently under pressure.
    A team player who fosters collaboration but also comfortable forging new ground
    independently.
    Passionate about the performing arts and bonus if it’s opera.
    We are: 

    A dynamic, small team with big ambitions; we move quickly to adapt to the needs of our artists, patrons, and the world around us. 
    Believers that opera can be everything and everywhere – an art form that belongs to all. 
    A team unified around all areas of public engagement, taking an integrated approach to the audience experience, from community and public programming, to how we communicate and welcome diverse audiences into the theater.  

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five to seven years of fundraising experience in moves management systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience; job title and level will be commensurate
    Demonstrated ability in personally and consistently closing six-figure or larger philanthropic gifts
    Experience utilizing industry-standard best practices and a donor-centric approach in managing a donor portfolio of 150+ individuals and determining donors’ philanthropic interests related to specific fundraising goals
    Ability and willingness to travel
    Excellent written and oral communication skills
    Behavioral and linguistic flexibility as well as strong intellectual and social curiosity
    Demonstrated ability to synthesize and prioritize information from a wide array of sources while maintaining attention to detail and effectively managing overall workflow
    Proven ability to build and maintain long-term donor relationships
    Active listening with a successful track record of interacting with a broad array of constituents including donors, volunteers, colleagues, and administrators at the highest level
    Ability to leverage relationships to implement strategic solicitation of donors for gifts of their full philanthropic capacity
    Proactive, productive team contributor with a positive attitude
    Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
    Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take responsibility for outcomes
    Persistent, results oriented, and driven to succeed
    Inspired by challenging individual and team fundraising goals
    Demonstrated initiative, drive, and a resourceful and data-driven work ethic.
    Creative, innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills
    Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects effectively and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in a team-oriented, complex environment
    Additional plusses: knowledge of the Boston area/philanthropy; Tessitura experience; opera knowledge

    Job Conditions

    The position is full-time, non-exempt. Regular business hours are Monday to Friday, with evening and weekend work during seasonal high-volume periods. Administrative work is currently hybrid/remote. Regular onsite work is required for BLO performances and events in Boston and across the greater Boston area (both during the week and/or on weekends). Ideal candidates for this role will live in the greater Boston Area. Candidates must comply with company COVID mitigation and control plans which includes a vaccination policy. Reasonable accommodation may be granted, please mention at the time of application.

    Salary

    The salary for this position is based on a candidate’s experience and skills- beginning at $85,000.00 -$100,000.00 per year, in addition to a benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision coverage, an Unlimited Vacation policy, 8-hours of paid Volunteer time, and 401k retirement plan.

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  • Executive Director, Alumni + Family Relations

    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

    Rhode Island School of Design seeks an innovative Executive Director of Alumni +
    Family Relations to lead and manage operations and programs that engage alumni and
    families. RISD students and staff come from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, representing all forms of diversity. We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice and equal access to resources and opportunities. All potential candidates must recognize diversity and inclusion as central to excellence.

    The Vice President of Institutional Advancement, O’Neil Outar, is setting a high bar for the current Executive Director’s successor. During his tenure, Alumni + Family Relations has grown significantly with staff increasing to seven from three; the launch of new volunteer structures that has led to more than 3500 volunteers today, up from fewer than 100 in 2018; new websites and newsletters to engage and inform alumni and parents; and a range of engagement programs ranging from clubs and affinity groups to mentoring to offerings to support emerging artists and designers. During its 145+ yearold history, alumni and parents have not been as engaged as they are today or will be in the next several years as the programs and culture take root and expand. If you’re looking to join a cohesive and talented team dedicated to being creatively strategic and engaging alumni and parents, we are interested in hearing from you.

    Founded in 1877, RISD has earned a global reputation as a leader in art and design
    education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning—an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately
    2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.

    The RISD Museum, with the fourth largest college or university museum collection in
    the country, is an integral part of the institution and the larger community. RISD’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 31,000
    alumni.

    Providence, Rhode Island offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.

    For more details and to apply: https://www.risd.edu/sites/default/files/2022-08/risd-executive-director-alumni-family-relations-announcement-072222.pdf

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  • Manager of Staff Engagement

    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

    Position title: Manager of Staff Engagement
    Department: Culture and Equity
    Reports to: Senior Director of Culture and Equity
    Position Status: Full Time; Salaried; Exempt; At Will

    Overview: The Manager of Staff Engagement is responsible for promoting a culture of continuous learning by designing and deploying strategies to enhance people, processes and performance that further the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s (ICA) goals of an inclusive and equitable work environment. The Manager of Staff Engagement will have a focus on internal communications and the development and implementation of a robust employee engagement strategy to provide employee training and leadership development programs within the organization. The Manager will maintain a productive, high-performance and collaborative work and team culture under the supervision of the Senior Director of Culture and Equity.

    The Manager of Staff Engagement contributes to a culture of collaboration, community, and respect centered on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEAIB).

    WORKING AT THE ICA:

    1. All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts and within a reasonable commuting distance from the ICA’s Seaport location as of their first day of work.
    2. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 no later than their first day of work.
    3. The ICA offers the flexibility of a hybrid work week, which averages two days a week in the office for positions that are eligible to work remotely (subject to change).

    Responsibilities:

    • Create, implement, and administer an employee training and leadership development program including:
    o Identifying and research training and learning opportunities for staff at all levels
    o Administer the procurement and review of training partners and programs, ensuring inclusion and equity.
    o Manage the scheduling and communication around training opportunities with supervisors and staff.
    o Conduct audits of training partners to ensure quality, appropriateness, and budget considerations.
    o Maintain records of activities, participant progress and program effectiveness.
    • Oversee the ICA’s cohort model of learning and institutional communications, working with the Senior Director of Equity and Culture to run triannual meetings of each group.
    • Partner with the Chief of Staff and Governance on belonging initiatives and staff events.
    • Create internal communications to ensure staff awareness of opportunities, benefits and learning resources.
    • Stay abreast of current trends and innovative tools and methods around employee growth and leadership development.

    Qualification:

    • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business management, psychology or related field, required.
    • Prior experience designing, leading and implementing employee development and engagement programs preferred.
    • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong presentation skills.
    • Ability to design and implement effective training and development.
    • Adept with a variety of multimedia training platforms and methods.
    • Ability to evaluate and research training options and alternatives.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy.
    • Ability to work collegially, professionally and collaboratively with a diverse group of constituents including staff, Boards, artists, volunteers, visitors and vendors.
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Ability to occasionally work outside of the ICA’s business administrative hours, when necessary.

    Physical Requirements

    • Prolonged periods of remaining stationary such as when working on a computer.
    • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.
    • Ability to move about in the office to access file cabinets, printer, and other office equipment.

    This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

    Starting Compensation: $65,000.00 Annually;
    Starting compensation is based on meeting minimum qualifications.

    Each ICA position has a job grade based on the position’s evaluated job responsibilities, required education and experience, needed skills to perform the job, and professional knowledge.

    The position’s grade and respective compensation range is determined by the position’s overall responsibilities, including decision making, supervisory/management requirements, resource management and budgeting duties.

    Compensation is ultimately determined by the scope of the position and responsibilities, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity, with starting salaries typically falling in the lower half of the compensation range.

    Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter of interest to jobs@icaboston.org. When applying, please include “Manager of Staff Engagement” in the subject line.

    The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (MBTA Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is a short walk from either the World Trade Center or the Courthouse station.)

    The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

    The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

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  • Human Resources Assistant

    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

    Position Title: Human Resources Assistant
    Department: Culture and Equity
    Reports to: Associate Director of Human Resources
    Employment Type: Full Time; Salaried; Exempt; At Will

    Overview: The Human Resources Assistant (HRA) provides day to day administration and support for the human resources function within the Culture and Equity department by maintaining a productive, high performance and collaborative work culture under the supervision of the Associate Director of Human Resources (ADHR). The Human Resources Assistant will have specific focus on administering and processing talent and staffing requests, benefits administration support, employment and payroll changes, and annual compliance data reports. The Human Resources Assistant contributes to a culture of collaboration, community, and respect, and facilitates the work of the human resources function centered on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEAIB).

    WORKING AT THE ICA:

    1. All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts and within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.

    2. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than their first day of work.

    3. The ICA offers the flexibility of a hybrid work week, which averages two days a week in the office for positions that are eligible to work remotely (subject to change).

    Responsibilities
    • Maintain all department records and personnel files to ensure accuracy of record keeping, compliance and best practices.
    • Serve as first line of contact to employees to answer questions on ICA policies, procedures, and benefits. Provide an open line of communication for employees via email, phone, zoom and/or in person.
    • Assist with the recruiting and hiring process, including scheduling interviews, tracking applicant and candidate process, and reference checks. Process CORI checks as required.
    • Conduct new hire onboarding and orientations, and assist with off-boarding documentation and scheduling exit interviews.
    • Assist with new hire and annual performance review processes.
    • Enter changes for bi-weekly payroll, including new hires and terminations.
    • Enter changes for all benefit programs (including enrollments, terminations, invoice reconciliation). Support Associate Director with benefit audits.
    • Serve as the HRIS administrator to maintain accuracy of data and produce reports; Learn and utilize HRIS system to full capability to continuously improve HR processes.
    • Under the direction of the Associate Director, process reports via ADP HRIS system when required for compliance and requested data.
    • With oversight from the Associate Director process all workers comp claims, FMLA requests, and initiate PFML/STD/LTD claims.
    • Coordinate internship program, which includes communicating with prospective and current interns and intern supervisors and facilitating learning opportunities for interns.
    • Assist the Associate Director of Human Resources in implementing and carrying out Human Resources programs and projects.

    Qualifications:
    • Associates degree in related field or a minimum of 1 year of prior Human Resources experience required.
    • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of HR administration and best practices, and familiarity with state, federal and employment regulations is required.
    • Familiarity with benefits programs.
    • Recruiting and interviewing experience preferred.
    • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
    • Excels at prioritizing tasks under shifting demands.
    • Excellent research and problem-solving abilities.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy
    • Ability to work collegially, professionally and collaboratively with a diverse group of constituents including staff, Boards, artists, volunteers, visitors and vendors.
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with strong Excel skills.
    • Ability to occasionally work outside of ICA’s business administrative hours, when necessary.

    Physical Requirements:
    • Prolonged periods of remaining stationary such as when working on a computer.
    • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.
    • Ability to move about in the office to access file cabinets, printer, and other office equipment.

    This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

    Starting Compensation: $45,000.00 Annually;
    Starting compensation is based on meeting minimum qualifications.

    Each ICA position has a job grade based on the position’s evaluated job responsibilities, required education and experience, needed skills to perform the job, and professional knowledge.

    The position’s grade and respective compensation range is determined by the position’s overall responsibilities, including decision making, supervisory/management requirements, resource management and budgeting duties.

    Compensation is ultimately determined by the scope of the position and responsibilities, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity, with starting salaries typically falling in the lower half of the compensation range.

    Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter of interest to jobs@icaboston.org. When applying, please include “HR Assistant” in the subject line.

    The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (MBTA Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is a short walk from either the World Trade Center or the Courthouse station.)

    The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

    The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

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  • Director, Reading Success by Fourth Grade (RS4G) Campaign

    Irene E and George A Davis Foundation, Springfield, MA

    Director, Reading Success by Fourth Grade (RS4G) Campaign
    Location: Springfield, MA
    Preferred Application Deadline: March 9, 2023

    CONTEXT
    Launched in 2010, Reading Success by 4th Grade (RS4G) is a community-based early literacy initiative guided by the goal of increasing the number of children in Springfield MA who are reading on grade level by 4th grade. The initiative’s work is organized into three domains:

    – School readiness (birth to kindergarten)
    – Out of school time programming (kindergarten to 3rd grade)
    – Family engagement and support

    The campaign’s operations and strategic activity are currently housed in and supported by The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation. A stakeholder engagement process conducted in 2021, which included a listening tour and strategic conversations with campaign leaders and advisors and literacy-focused community leaders, underscored a deep commitment to improving literacy outcomes among the community’s children. Based on this community input and design, RS4G may become a separate organization in the near future to scale and further its impact, under the direction of the new Director.

    The next phase of the initiative will be supported by a re-engaged Advisory Committee with members from various sectors (e.g., business, nonprofit, education, government, philanthropy) in the Springfield community and working groups composed of organizational partners—one for each of the domains of work. More than a decade into its lifespan, and as the nation emerges from a global health crisis, coupled with a renewed press to address long-standing issues of social injustice and inequity, RS4G is poised to lead a next era of early literacy improvement work. An active and proud member of the national Campaign for Grade Level-Reading, RS4G has earned several national awards and recognition for its work and impact to date.

    ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    Position Overview

    RS4G is seeking a visionary, skilled Director to propel innovation and community impact for the initiative. This leader will launch the next stage of strategic work that builds on the initiative’s success in rallying and mobilizing the Springfield community around the importance of the third grade reading milestone and elevating the role of community-based approaches to promoting children’s early literacy development.

    As with many literacy campaigns and cross-sector initiatives across the nation, and given Springfield’s high levels of community engagement and support for early literacy work, the new Director has the opportunity to focus on systems-building work for transformative change. By engaging the principles of collective impact, and drawing on recent breakthrough research findings in early literacy and improvement science, the new Director will sharpen and deepen the initiative’s influence for transformative change.
    The RS4G Director role is a full-time hybrid position and will report to the Davis Foundation’s Executive Director.

    Key Responsibilities
    Leadership, Planning & Vision
    – Provide overall leadership and direction to RS4G, engaging and aligning community stakeholders around the initiative’s broad vision and strategic activity
    – Lead an inclusive design process to develop a feasible, high-impact strategy with measurable goals, and a set of collaborative action plans to guide the initiative’s work towards those goals
    – Oversee and support impact strategy working groups; ensure clearly articulated work plans, annual benchmarks, and cross-initiative alignment
    – Oversee resourcing strategy and allocation, and source additional funds as needed

    Community Outreach, Communications, and Reporting
    – Engage an Advisory Committee and broader network through clear structures and channels for consultation, dialogue, and information exchange in relation to the initiative’s community engagement, strategic activity, and progress towards measurable goals
    – Cultivate existing partnerships, and establish new ones, to advance the initiative’s impact
    – Engage in a data-based strategy to monitor initiative progress towards goals, i.e., generate and/or work with tools and mechanisms for measuring progress
    – Develop a multi-pronged reporting strategy to communicate progress across working groups and the broader network of partners and stakeholders.
    – Lead communications strategy that involves multiple modes of communication to match target audiences

    Preferred Qualifications
    – At least 5 years of experience in community organizing, community outreach, coalition building, and/or leading social change with a cross-sector element
    – Strong adaptive leadership, collaboration, and communication skills
    – Successful record of leading and managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, and demonstrated track record of organizing and managing partnerships and/or initiatives
    – Experience in data analysis and research to inform decision-making, and the role of data use in decision-making
    – Demonstrated commitment to work guided by diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles + competencies, and an express commitment to the role of diversity and equity in successful collective impact initiatives
    – A positive outlook and attitude on the power of social change work and a belief in early learning and education as critical levers for community change
    – Spanish proficiency an asset

    COMPENSATION
    The annual salary for this position will be between 90K and 110K. The Davis Foundation also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental insurance; 403(b) matching; a hybrid work environment; PTO and holidays; and parking and cell phone cost coverage.

    The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation supports equal opportunity and values building the diversity of our team as we grow. It is the policy of our organization not to discriminate against any applicant for employment or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status We seek individuals of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and creeds to support our organization’s work and encourage individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

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  • Director of Patron Engagement

    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, New York, NY

    About Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation

    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (“Ailey”) was founded and built on a key premise: no limitations. For more than 60 years, the Ailey organization has furthered the pioneering vision of the choreographer, dancer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey by building an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and education, and community programs for all. Since its founding, the Ailey organization has been widely recognized for its unparalleled artistry and commitment to social change.

    More than a dance company, this performing arts community plays a crucial social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages, and backgrounds. Housed within the Joan Weill Center for Dance, the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the Ailey organization includes:

    • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms.
    • Ailey II: Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Ailey II has flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.
    • The Ailey School: The Ailey School has been training world-class dancers since Alvin Ailey first opened his school in Brooklyn, NY in 1969. -Guided by Mr. Ailey’s mission that dance is for everybody, its prestigious faculty trains 3,500 students annually in its Professional Division and Junior Division programs for aspiring dancers, as well as open classes for professionals.
    • The Ailey Extension: Offers“Real Dance for Real People” by making dance accessible to everyone with recreational classes open to dance enthusiasts of all levels. The Ailey Extension embodies Mr. Ailey’s legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people.
    • Arts In Education & Community Programs: The mission of Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs (AIE) is to cultivate and energize youth and adults to take, make, and see dance. Through its school and community outreach programs, the Ailey organization inspires audiences to explore their own creativity and experience the joy of dance.

    Moreover, the Ailey organization has developed civic partnerships and hubs in Atlanta and Kansas City.

    Mr. Ailey said, “I am trying to show the world we are all human beings, that color is not important, that what is important is the quality of our work, of a culture in which the young are not afraid to take chances and can hold onto their values and self-esteem, especially in the arts and in dance. That’s what it’s all about to me.”

    Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”

    Today, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Company’s repertory.

    In keeping with its values, the Ailey organization will continue to honor the legacy and achievements of Mr. Ailey by achieving ever-greater heights of excellence, pursued with integrity, commitment, and creativity—now and into the future.

    About Alvin Ailey

    Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931, in Rogers, Texas. His experiences of life in the rural South would later inspire some of his most memorable works. He was introduced to dance in Los Angeles, and his formal dance training began with an introduction to Lester Horton’s classes. Horton, the founder of one of the first racially integrated dance companies in the United States, became a mentor for Mr. Ailey as he embarked on his professional career. After Horton’s death in 1953, Mr. Ailey became director of the Lester Horton Dance Theater and began to choreograph his own works.

    In 1958, he founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to carry out his vision of a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience. Mr. Ailey pioneered programs promoting arts in education, particularly those benefiting underserved communities. Throughout his lifetime, he was awarded numerous distinctions, including the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to American culture. In 2014, he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of his contributions and commitment to civil rights and dance in America.

    When Mr. Ailey passed away on December 1, 1989, The New York Times said of him, “you didn’t need to have known [him] personally to have been touched by his humanity, enthusiasm, and exuberance and his courageous stand for multi-racial brotherhood.”

    Mr. Ailey is globally recognized as one of the most important figures in American dance, and a key leader in the Civil Rights movement. At a time when tensions are high and the principles of racial and social justice are again at the forefront, his legacy stands tall.

    For more information on the Ailey organization, please visit its website.

     

    The Opportunity

    Ailey seeks an experienced fundraising professional to lead the organization’s individual giving strategy. Reporting to and partnering with the Managing Director of Development, the Director of Patron Engagement leads a four-person team dedicated to raising $3.8M+ each year from individuals. The Director develops and implements strategies to maintain and increase revenue from individual donors, including targeted major gift solicitations, direct mail campaigns, online campaigns, planned giving, and special events. A strong focus on building and managing individual connections through in-person visits and personalized, direct, written and telephone communications is key.

    This is a senior administrative position on the Development Team and is responsible for developing and managing talented and committed staff. The Director will also work closely with the Board of Directors, as appropriate, to support their fundraising efforts. This full-time position will be housed in the New York City office, with a network, reach, and community in New York and beyond.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Managing an individual giving team of three full-time and one part-time employees responsible for meeting annual contributed revenue goals.
    • Supervising, mentoring, and cultivating staff members to meet their individual goals in service of the team’s fundraising plan(s), as well as contributing to the cultivation of their expertise, interests, and skills.
    • Developing and implementing strategies for the research, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of donors and prospects to grow engagement and contributed revenue.
    • Creating and implementing a strategy for Ailey’s major gifts program and donor pipeline in collaboration with the Chief External Affairs Officer, Managing Director for Development, and individual giving team.
    • Working with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Development Committee of the Board, and Board of Trustees overall on cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of donors and prospects.
    • Conducting research into Ailey’s current individual donors to determine opportunities for increased giving potential, as well as researching the donor potential among other Ailey constituencies, such as ticket buyers, parents of children enrolled in The Ailey School, and adults taking dance classes through the popular Ailey Extension program.
    • Creating cultivation events and other opportunities to engage individual donors and build relationships.
    • Soliciting contributions from individuals with the goal of growing the Artistic Director’s Circle membership program ($10,000+ annual membership) and other groups of major donors.
    • Overseeing monthly, quarterly, and yearly plans to quantify individual giving and special events moves management and outcome goals. Director should furnish organization with ambitious evidence-based revenue projections annually, while establishing longer term goals. Director will monitor goals’ efficacy over time and course correct as necessary.
    • Partnering with content creation staff, alongside the Managing Director of Development and Chief External Affairs Officer, in ensuring to produce written and online fundraising collateral and maintain the integrity of Ailey’s messaging and case for support.
    • Working with Programmatic staff to align Ailey’s fundraising with programmatic priorities and meaningfully include Programmatic staff in Development activities, as appropriate.

     

    Candidate Profile
    While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, strong candidates will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

    Expertise in Individual Giving

    The Director of Patron Engagement must possess exceptional communication and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining deadlines. The Director of Patron Engagement manages a team of fundraisers who are responsible for all aspects of individual giving. In addition to developing fundraising strategies and formulating solicitation procedures for the full team, the Director of Patron Engagement is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of Ailey’s individual major donor program and the development of a systemized approach for cultivating and securing increased gifts from those donors, while also identifying and pursuing new prospects in the NYC-area and in key tour markets.

    Relationship Builder

    Critical to success in this role, the Director will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships internally and externally. The Director will be a natural partner with a demonstrated ability to connect and build bridges. A highly adept and fluent communicator, this leader will attract and steward high-level donors by effectively conveying Ailey’s case for support. The ideal candidate will take a creative approach to proposing pathways for new, innovative approaches to broadening Ailey’s base for support, resulting in long-term relationships.

    Inclusive and Strategic Leader

    The Director will be highly strategic, having the ability to set priorities decisively but collaboratively, delegate responsibilities, ensure accountability, and allocate resources to ensure results. This leader will bring experience affecting change in a complex organization and a proven record of converting strategy into effective execution. The ideal candidate will be an innovative and energetic individual who functions well in a fast-paced, team environment, which includes cross-department coordination. Moreover, this leader will build bridges and engage colleagues interdepartmentally. Most importantly, the Director will possess a strong sense of confidence and an adaptable style that will resonate with all internally and externally.

    Passion for the Legacy and Mission of the Ailey Organization

    The Director will embody the values and mission of the Ailey organization and, as a result, will inspire and motivate others. This leader will treat others with respect and lead by example, understanding that at times, empathy and humor are essential qualities. In addition, the Director will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values—someone who can be trusted without reservation. Moreover, the ideal candidate will believe in the power of dance to transform individuals and communities and create social change.

    In addition, strong candidates will offer:

    • Minimum of 10 years of successful fundraising experience, with emphasis on individual giving.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, goal-oriented work environment.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce.

     

    Compensation & Benefits
    The salary range for this role is $150,000 -$170,000 and it is offered along with a competitive benefits package, which includes employer-provided health/dental insurance, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), retirement plan, and savings on transit/parking.

     

    Contact
    Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Chartíse Clark and Tracy Michelle León of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

    Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

     

    About Koya Partners
    Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

    At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

    For more information about Koya Partners, visit koyapartners.com.

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  • Education Data Analyst / Data Strategist

    Strategic Data Project, Multiple US Locations

    Position: Education Data Analyst / Data Strategist (“SDP Data Fellow”)
    Location: Multiple US Locations (see below)
    Compensation: $75,000 – $90,000 annual salary plus benefits
    Duration: Fall 2023 – Summer 2025 (with options for continued employment)
    Contact: sdprecruitment@gse.harvard.edu

    Join a powerful, growing community of over 500 forward-thinking data advocates and leaders across more than 38 states and 240+ education organizations. The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The SDP Fellowship program helps school system leaders use data and evidence in strategic decision-making to improve public education. By placing fellows in school systems and education organizations across the United States, SDP provides a unique entry point for passionate quantitative researchers and data strategists who want to make a difference.

    The SDP Fellowship is a unique opportunity, combining full-time employment as an education data analyst/data strategist at an SDP-approved partner organization (a school district, state education agency, postsecondary system, non-profit, etc.) and two-years of intensive in-person and virtual professional development, training, and mentorship to build your toolkit as an education data leader. As a fellow, you and your host agency will develop clear priorities and plans for using data and build organizational willingness to use data for decision-making. Over the course of two years, fellows participate in a series of tailored workshops, both virtual and in person, to develop their measurement, leadership, communication and education policy skills. Training is delivered by Harvard-affiliated researchers and practitioners and fellows are supported by faculty advisors, Fellowship alumni mentors, and their colleagues across the SDP network.

    Fore more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oNSCRHUzk1xgnoEBLkSEoqXMT9sRxxFw4H4BN-lNh2Q/edit?usp=sharing

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  • Director of Development and Fundraising

    The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, Bridgeport, CT

    The Director of Development and Fundraising position is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation (Humanities in Place). Founded in 2009, The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community owns the Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses (circa 1848) in Bridgeport, CT’s South End. The homes, under restoration, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for significance to African Americans and women. Leveraging the restoration of the Freeman Houses, the Center plans to create a national African American historic site consisting of a museum, education and digital research center, and housing. Our mission is to restore, preserve, and ensure the viability of the Freeman Houses; teach the history of Connecticut African Americans; revitalize the surrounding community; and facilitate the preservation and revitalization of other African American, and greater Bridgeport historic/preservation communities. Important archaeological sites, the Freeman Houses highlight legacies of freedom, entrepreneurship, and social innovation in “Little Liberia” (c. 1821); one of the earliest US settlements of free people of color (Black and Indigenous). The site is on the CT Freedom Trail and one of five Connecticut Sites of Conscience.

    The Director of Development and Fundraising reports to and works closely with the President and CEO; and will spearhead the design and completion of strategic and business plans for departments within the Freeman Center, aligning them with the organizational strategic and business plans – designed and implemented by the Development Director in collaboration with Freeman leadership and consultants. The Director is also responsible for monitoring and evaluating plan progress. Although the Director will assume responsibility for fundraising (annual and capital campaigns); long-term sustainability, capacity-building, and strategic institutional partnerships are priorities. Strategies that increase earned income and diversify revenue streams are to be researched and implemented. The Director of Development and Fundraising will be responsible for positioning the Center to work with outside consultants and major firms specializing in cultural resource development, and facilitating participation by the Board of Directors, community stakeholders, and volunteers in this process. The Director of Development and Fundraising will work closely with the Development Advisor to obtain major gifts and corporate sponsorships. Freeman Center historic preservation and Preservation-based Equitable Development projects require that candidates have experience raising funds for community development (projects up to $10,000,000), writing business plans. Familiarity with historic and other tax credits is essential.

    The Director of Development and Fundraising must have an understanding of the historical and present challenges in fundraising for African American, community-based, cultural organizations, as well as a working knowledge of the local and national landscape of donors and grants for African American humanities organizations.

    The Director of Development and Fundraising is an inspiring and effective leader and manager, an articulate and persuasive communicator, and a relationship-builder. The Director must be a creative, inquisitive, analytical and observant, original thinker, who enjoys brainstorming and problem-solving with colleagues. They must be prepared to be “hands-on” when needed, and to give public presentations and workshops. Above all, the Director must be an expert in their field. We seek a leader and mentor who readily offers expert advice and informed opinions. Freeman Center staff have overlapping skill sets (by design). They are expected to work collaboratively in project teams of varying configurations, with a designated project lead, to carry out the organization’s work and achieve desired outcomes. All staff are expected to have grant-writing experience and to provide research for grants as needed

    Salary:  $70,000 plus healthcare. This position is fully funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation for  the first three years.

    Exempt Status:  Exempt

    Hours:  Full Time, 40 hours a week, with some weekend and evening work required

    Job Location:  Bridgeport, Connecticut

    To Apply:  Cover letters and resumes and/or CVs can be emailed to maisa@freemancenterbpt.org, or mailed to The Freeman Center; 1019 Main Street, Suite 210, Bridgeport, CT 06604

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