AVAILABLE POSITION Fear No Joy, Zeelie Brown (Brooklyn, NY / Pollard, AL). Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Performance documentation. Cello, bleach on denim, ribbons, roses.

Elsewhere seeks an energetic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Program Manager. DEADLINE: May 6th, 11:59 pm EST

The Program Manager supports on-ground facilitation, coordination and production needs for Elsewhere’s core programming namely the Living Museum, artist residencies, and education. The Program Manager works in collaboration with the Creative Director and managerial team on the advancement of Elsewhere’s mission and vision through direct programming.

Elsewhere is a wholly unique, creative asset with a vibrant museum, an artist residency facility, and laboratory for collaborative education that implements well-developed and impactful programming. Elsewhere is supported by a committed and enthralled community of local and national stakeholders along with experienced and dedicated directorial and managerial teams on the ground. The ideal candidate must be ready to implement and support existing programs and to envision new programmatic opportunities. Elsewhere seeks candidates with some programming experience and a desire to grow personally and professionally as a leader in the field of arts programming.

An ideal candidate comprises knowledge and experience in contemporary art, artist-communities, and/or artist-run spaces. Elsewhere is also an active hub for community partnerships, therefore a solid grounding in social equity and sophistication towards community engagement and partnership is a must.

Training and Start Date

Training

  • June 14, 15, and 18, 2019 in conjunction with Elsewhere’s Experiencing Exchange Residency
  • July 24 – 30, 2019 general training and onboarding

Start date July 30, 2019

Application Process

Candidates should submit a resume/CV, a list of no less than three and no more than five professional references with contact emails and phone numbers, and letter of interest responding to the following prompts:

  • Given this role is very outward facing, discuss your experience with an approach to engaging with the public.
  • Elsewhere is committed to equity and inclusion; please reference your experience with and commitment to elevating these principles.

Please submit the above documents as a single PDF and email this to operations@goelsewhere.org (Subject Line: *Your Name,* Program Manager). Letters of interest and resumes/CVs are accepted through May 6, 2019.

****Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere, like many art institutions, is a predominantly white space, and in an effort to decolonize dominant structures of oppression, we encourage queer and trans people of color to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION

11½ Spells for Our Future Selves, Ash Eliza Smith (Morganton, NC / San Diego, CA). Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Process documentation. Sculpture installation, performance, 3d prints, bacteria samples in petri dishes, found items.

Purpose

The Program Manager supports on-ground facilitation, coordination and production needs for Elsewhere’s core programming namely the Living Museum, artist residencies, and education. The Program Manager serves as a primary interface with all Elsewhere participants, providing concierge service and supporting deeper connectivity between programs and participants. Participants include residents, interns, museum visitors, campers, retreaters, space-rentals, donors, partners, and volunteers. The position manages all event coordination, including private, development, and partner programming at Elsewhere, offsite and outreach events. The Program Manager also supports Elsewhere’s curatorial needs particularly around legibility and accessibility in the museum. This position reports to Elsewhere’s Directorial Team, with most direct supervision coming from the Creative Director, and manages an on-site intern throughout the year.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

PRODUCTION

  • Coordinate programming, serving as lead contact and concierge for participant needs, ensuring timely response, effective problem solving, and facilitation.
  • Lead on-off boarding process for all participants according to protocols.
  • Curate visitor experience, engagement, learning, legibility, and accessibility through appropriate installation, maintenance, signage and didactic information for core programs and events.
  • Execute opening and closing procedures for museum and tours, and training for front desk and visitor reception.
  • Setup events with support from House Manager (artist talks, first Fridays, workshops, private events, retreats).
  • Schedule tours, space rentals, and retreats.

ADMIN

  • Produce content for communications, drafts and copy edit written program materials inclusive of project pages, events listings, and promotions.
  • Support application processes inclusive of calls, recruitment, nominations, selections.
  • Manage weekly schedules for operational aspects of core programming, inclusive of the front desk, meal prep and tours.
  • Maintain program and project management tools inclusive of gcal, planning documents, and spreadsheets.
  • Update project, event and program info on the website, public calendars, information sites (google, yelp, etc.) to make current, consistent, and accurate across platforms.
  • Archive program, project and event information, and make updates as needed.
  • Aggregate program and event data, statistics, assessment, and other measurables for public and internal use, inclusive of visitor research, participant surveys, and online reviews.

OUTREACH

  • Engage audiences and community partners by disseminating and sharing information in person, acting as an organizational representative and local liaison.
  • Coordinating engagement with participants and partners.
  • Develop new program contacts and networks.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Exceptional customer service
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication with experience and comfort with public speaking
  • Experience planning months in advance
  • Adept at activating and navigating Google suite
  • Experience with sound tech experience

CONTEXT

“Elsewhere is a museum and artist residency set in a 3-floor, former, thrift store. With people and things, we build collaborative futures.”

Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social. The Museum hosts an incredible density of materials and continuous public activity. Composed by layers of artworks and objects, there are no white walls, blank spaces, or separate studios. Everything is interpreted contextually and in situ. Residents respond to a collection of artworks and materials to make visible their conceptual, material, and social visions. Projects engage Elsewhere’s Museum as a platform for creative, performative, research-based, and curatorial experimentation. The century-old inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and set of incredible things, available for thoughtful and site-specific transformation.

The Museum is a public space and home. Residents live on the 2nd floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house and other installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured in the museum’s most public 1st floor, and exhibits Elsewhere’s organized, cooperative, living practices to visitors. Studios include a wood and textile workshop, tech lab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and public kitchen inside the 150-year-old building. Additionally Elsewhere has access to 3D printing, laser cutting, CnC router, welding and ceramic tools through membership with a neighboring makerspace.

Elsewhere is situated in Downtown Greensboro, NC, a revitalizing mid-size, southern city. Greensboro is notable for its historical and social legacy of textile industry and civil rights, and there is creative, critical work happening here. The city boasts 5 universities and a rich arts community that includes contemporary theater, visual arts, dance, and music. A new Experiential School offers community-centered elementary education and utilizes downtown (and Elsewhere) as its campus. A large system of parks, trailways, greenways, and lakes support active engagement with nature and connect communities to downtown. Greensboro is located within an hour of other thriving art, education, and social-engaged communities, including Winston-Salem, Durham, Chapel-Hill, and Raleigh.

Elsewhere is an anchor within the south end of the downtown. We share our block with a contemporary art project space, piano restorer, sneaker store, barber shop, , cat café, numerous restaurants, bars, historic neighborhoods, activist churches, small businesses, and an expanding community of entrepreneurs. Nearby is a new performing arts center, the International Civil Rights Museum, a dynamic city park, and a citywide campus for nursing education.

We are also in proximity to food deserts and gentrifying neighborhoods. We partner with social and justice organizations, neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities, and city departments. Elsewhere shares space with the local chapter of #BlackLivesMatter (Gate City), IgniteNC, NCCJ, and is a site for community building, social organizing, and direct action. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial equity- these concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.

For more on Elsewhere’s history, please visit our Story page.

COMPENSATION

CORE WORK HOURS

  • Normal hours of work for Managers is 6 hrs/day or 30 hrs/wk.
  • Onsite hours for Managers are Tuesday- Saturday 10 am to 5 pm with a lunch break from 1pm-2pm, and flexible hours around events and shifts.

COMPENSATION

  • Compensation occurs every 15th of the month for time previously worked (previous month in full). All managers are paid at an hourly rate.
  • The starting hourly rate for this position is $11.00/hr.

BENEFITS

  • Food Cooperative (Tuesday-Saturday), with access to community meals and pantry, valued at approximately $25/week.
  • Employees are entitled to 60 hrs/yr of paid, discretionary vacation/sick leave, the times and dates of which will be determined by mutual agreement between Elsewhere and the Employee. Discretionary vacation/sick leave is only available after 6 months of employment and will not be accrued. Discretionary vacation/sick leave is available on a 12-month cycle from the signing of the agreement.