Creative Catalyst Administrative Fellowship

STATUS: full-time               HOURS PER WEEK:  40

SALARIED NON-EXEMPT

LOCATION: NYC & Brewster, NY               

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations

SPACE seeks talented candidates for the inaugural Creative Catalyst Fellowship. A partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the fellowship is a natural extension of SPACE’s commitment to personal and professional growth. The Creative Catalyst Fellow will gain broad administrative experience at a pivotal moment of growth and expansion for SPACE, as the organization takes on the management of the organic farming operation at Ryder Farm and begins a strategic and site planning process for SPACE’s future as both artist residency and working farm--a unique model of reciprocity between the arts and agriculture.

The Creative Catalyst Fellow will benefit from dozens of connections made with independent artists, industry leaders, and representatives from notable arts organizations in New York and beyond. Please note: the Fellowship is reserved for candidates who hail from or went to school in the Southeastern United States, or who have an intention to establish their professional career in the Southeast and in so doing give back to that community.

Focus Areas & Responsibilities:

The Creative Catalyst Fellow will report directly to SPACE’s Director of Operations Allyson Davis, with mentorship from Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily Simoness, and will work closely with SPACE’s other senior staff members to gain practical experience in the following focus areas:

Programming

Under the guidance of the Director of Operations, the Creative Catalyst Fellow will support SPACE’s residency programming, including:

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to SPACE’s new CSA (community supported art + agricultural) program

  • Provide coordination support for SPACE’s special events

  • Attend resident creative sharings through the season and track SPACE-developed projects

  • Maintaining SPACE’s programmatic calendar and managing updates throughout the season

  • Supporting SPACE’s residency application and review process

Marketing and Communications

Working closely with the Director of External Relations, the Creative Catalyst Fellow will take an active role in SPACE’s digital communications and marketing strategy, including:

  • Managing and updating SPACE’s website and curating the on-season blog

  • Designing and executing social media campaigns for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Writing and compiling SPACE’s monthly newsletters and other email campaigns

Development

Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Director of External Relations, the Creative Catalyst Fellow will support SPACE’s robust development and fundraising efforts, projected to raise $1.3 million in 2019, as follows:

  • Managing communications calendar for special events and donor relations

  • Database entry of all gifts and processing acknowledgement letters

Administration

The Creative Catalyst Fellow will play a critical role in SPACE’s internal communications and scheduling, interfacing with the staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board members and key stakeholders:

  • Taking notes/minutes in meetings with ED, staff and board

  • Scheduling meetings for ED and the rest of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s staff, contractors and board

  • Maintaining Executive Director’s calendar/appointments, organizing  ED’s email inbox and correspondence calendar, reconciling ED receipts

Learning Outcomes

  • Practical and hands-on experience in the administration and day-to-day management of a growing and nationally-recognized nonprofit arts organization;

  • Playing a central role in creating and shaping the organization’s communications and marketing;

  • Mentorship from SPACE’s Executive Director Emily Simoness and senior staff;

  • Professional skill-building in executive-level assistance and support;

  • Exposure to and the opportunity to build relationships with dozens of SPACE’s artist residents throughout the season.

CORE COMPETENCIES AND CRITERIA:

The successful Creative Catalyst Fellowship candidate will have 1-2 years of prior administrative experience, strong organizational and time management skills, acute attention to detail, and strong written and verbal communication skills. SPACE on Ryder Farm is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ grassroots organization. The Creative Catalyst Fellow should be flexible, dexterous, and eager and able to support in a multitude of ways.

Additionally, the Fellowship is reserved for candidates who hail from or went to school in the Southeast, or who have an intention to establish their professional career in the Southeast and in so doing give back to that community. Aligned with SPACE’s commitment to equity and inclusion, applicants from populations underrepresented in the arts field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

WHEN

The Creative Catalyst Fellow will begin in April 2019, prior to the start of SPACE’s main June-October residency season, and continue through April 2020.

WHERE

The Creative Catalyst Fellow will work from SPACE’s Manhattan office and at Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York. Travel between these locations will be fully covered, and housing in Brewster will be provided during the residency season (June-October).

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the Fellowship has been filled. To apply please send a resume, two professional references and a cover letter that speaks to your relationship to the Southeast region to jobs@spaceonryderfarm.org using the subject line “Creative Catalyst Administrative Fellowship Application”.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE CATALYST FELLOWSHIP

In partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, SPACE has brought more than 21 UNCSA students and recent alumni to Ryder Farm for six-week internships since 2012, providing these early-career artists and arts administrators with the opportunity to develop professional skills and build career connections in an unparalleled working environment just ninety minutes outside of New York City. Building on the success of these internships, SPACE is excited to partner with the Kenan Institute in the creation of a new Creative Catalyst Fellowship for the 2019 season.

Through its new five-year strategic plan, Creative Catalyst, the Kenan Institute will empower the next generation of artist leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators; enhance creative placemaking near the UNCSA campus; and engage the creative community across the region to increase access, equity, and inclusion across the sector. Creative Catalyst Fellowships are designed to develop and empower artist leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to lead, create, and make, while engaging the arts and creative sector across the Southeast. These extraordinary opportunities are highly competitive, paid fellowships that will gain access to year-long educational and community building, including an online certificate program, mentoring, and networking, as well as participation in the annual Creative Catalysts Artivate Summit in Winston-Salem, NC.

SPACE on Ryder Farm is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.