Split This Rock

Literary Arts Programs Director

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Overview of Role

The Literary Arts Programs Director role is a full-time position. The Literary Arts Programs Director provides program management as well as event planning and management to further Split This Rock’s mission. They work in partnership with staff, board members, contractors, and volunteers to prepare, organize, implement, evaluate, and document Split This Rock’s literary arts programs. Programs include facilitated writing workshops, poetry readings, roundtable discussions, publication of the Poem of the Week Series, and curation of The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Responsibilities of Split This Rock’s Literary Arts Programs Director

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Event Planning

  • Plan and implement literary arts programs and gatherings
  • Organize programming in alignment with Split This Rock’s strategic goals
  • Work closely and in collaboration with other Program Director(s), Communications Director, and planning committees to coordinate logistics and develop event schedules
  • Maintain a work plan and calendar for each recurring program and for all programs collectively
  • Curate and secure facilitators, featured poets, and others (as appropriate) for all programs and gatherings
  • Serve as liaison to event facilitators and featured artists as well as venues and vendors
  • Organize and ensure program accessibility, including securing interpreters, CART service, etc. to meet baseline accommodation requirements as well as specific participant requests
  • Manage featured poet travel, accommodations, and hospitality with support of Managing Director (if travel is required)
  • Coordinate and implement program registration as well as scholarship processes for programs with a registration fee
  • Provide guidance, program overview and details, and review of materials for the Communications Director to support the development and implementation of event promotion plans
  • Lead volunteer recruitment and management to support programs
  • Document processes and procedures related to program implementation
  • Develop evaluation tools to measure impact of programs
  • Create and fine-tune accessible virtual and in-person program models

Editing, Curation, and Publication

  • Serve as artistic director for Poem of the Week Series and The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database
  • Serve as editor for Poem of the Week Series by curating poems and poets to be included in collaboration with a curation team
  • Assemble and supervise the work of a team of first readers and guest curator(s)
  • Oversee logistics for preparation, publication, and circulation of poems via Split This Rock’s website, emails, and social media platforms in collaboration with Communications Director and curation team
  • Ensure proper documentation of published poems and a regular cycle of updating poems published at The Quarry
  • Curate special collections and spotlight series on social media in collaboration with the Communications Director
  • Nominate poems for honors such as Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize

Strategic Leadership

  • Participate in organization’s strategic planning processes, providing input on Literary Arts Programs that informs the organization’s programmatic goals
  • Foster and build collaborative external partnerships, both local and national, in support of Split This Rock’s programming and efforts
  • Engage with Split This Rock’s full staff and board to set programming goals for the organization
  • Recruit, train, and manage contractors, volunteers, interns, and fellowship recipients who support the programs under the role’s responsibility
  • Participate in the organization’s budgeting procedures by drafting a budget proposal for Literary Arts Programs, ensuring Literary Arts Programs expenses align with the finalized budget, and documenting expenses and contributions as appropriate
  • Support organization’s fundraising efforts and especially those related to Literary Arts Programs by helping to cultivate potential donors connected to Literary Arts Programs; providing project proposals, data, and other information to support grant writing; and participating in activities such as events and fundraising campaigns, as appropriate

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role manages part-time contractors, volunteers, and a team of first readers and must carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Split This Rock policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; coordinating accountability process; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Who We’re Looking For

The Literary Arts Programs Director is…

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about poetry – especially contemporary poetry
  • Committed to social justice and the role that the arts can play in social change
  • Proactive, highly organized, with a self-motivated work ethic and a willingness to learn
  • Comfortable managing and facilitating meetings
  • Someone who can work both independently and as a team player
  • Enthusiastic, creative, patient, flexible, and practices good judgment
  • Flexible in responding and adapting to a work environment in a non-traditional office structure
  • Someone who demonstrates creative and critical-thinking abilities
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Located in or near Washington, DC, or willing to relocate by May/June 2023
  • Able to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for a majority of a typical working day
  • Able to work remotely in a location with no background noise during meetings with reliable internet connection when not working at Split This Rock’s office

The Literary Arts Programs Director has…

  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, resources, and people with emphasis on schedules, leading teams, and managing deliverables
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written, with responsive and timely communication habits
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent spelling, writing, and proofreading skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Discretion in maintaining confidential information and a high degree of ethics and standards of professional conduct
  • Strong people skills, emotional intelligence, and an aptitude to work well with others
  • Focus to handle responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy, accountability, and attention to detail. The Director must manage their own workload with regular check-ins from team members via meetings, email, and chat.
  • Fluency in English
  • 5+ years experience in arts administration and/or program management or a related field
  • 3+ years experience editing, curating, and publishing poetry
  • At least 1 year of strategic planning implementation and/or program assessment experience
  • Experience managing contractors, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience securing and providing accommodations for program/event attendees
  • Experience planning and implementing virtual and in-person events

Preference for candidates with:

  • A college degree or an equivalent level of experience in creative writing, arts administration, program management, education, or literature
  • Experience facilitating writing workshops and/or teaching poetry or writing to diverse age groups
  • Experience with data collection and database maintenance is a plus – this role designs surveys for program participants and manages The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database
  • Experience and a high level of proficiency is strongly preferred with any of the following: G-suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Analytics, etc.), Website CMS (Content Management Systems), Zoom (Online Meeting Platform), Box (Cloud-Based Storage System), or experience and proficiency with similar digital tools

Salary, Hours, and Benefits

This role’s salary is $60,000 a year. It is a full-time position, based in Washington, DC. This role will have the option to be fully remote through May/June 2023, and then will transition to a hybrid remote/in-person capacity in Washington, DC at Split This Rock’s offices according to scheduling and as needed. All full-time staff work a 4-day/32-hour work week.

Split This Rock offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, and life insurance with premiums paid by employer. All full-time employees receive paid time off, including three weeks paid vacation, 10 days of paid sick leave annually, as well as all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, apply by Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Send a resume and cover letter to info@splitthisrock.org with “Literary Arts Programs Director –[YOUR NAME]” as the subject line. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Access, Equity, and Inclusion: Split This Rock encourages applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, people with disabilities, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ candidates. Split This Rock is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, family duties, personal appearance, citizenship status, or any basis prohibited by federal or local laws.

Contact Information

Split This Rock
1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 600
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