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job oppsExecutive | Artistic Director

Gemini Ink, non-profit community-based literary arts center
San Antonio, Texas

Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s premier literary arts center, provides creative writing education and literary outreach in pursuit of its mission “to help people create and share the human story.” Gemini Ink nurtures creative writing and literary expression at every level, providing education and mentorship that supports the right of all citizens—“literary” or not—to share their stories and inner lives. We offer creative writing workshops, readers’ seminars, literary performances and readings, community conversations, and interdisciplinary lifelong learning for participants of all ages and levels of proficiency, from school children to elders and polished professionals to adjudicated teens.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive | Artistic Director is the chief executive officer and artistic program designer of this 501(c) (3) corporation, a nationally respected literary arts center that nurtures writers at all levels and impacts community literacy through a range of community outreach and community education programs. The Executive | Artistic Director reports to the board, who set policy and are actively supportive in fundraising. The Director spearheads fund development and is responsible for overall artistic design and management of the organization in keeping with best practices in the field of community-based literary arts teaching and outreach.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Oversees artistic design, development, promotion, delivery, and quality of all Gemini Ink programs and events (Review at www.gemini ink.org)

• Researches and maintains a current understanding of the work of regional, national, and international writers of diverse cultural and aesthetic practices

• Leads fund development efforts with the active support of the board of directors and advisory committees; maintains productive relationships with existing donors and identifies and cultivates potential donors

• Supervises staff, interns, and volunteers; assures the implementation of best practices in the field of literary arts administration; hires and dismisses employees based on approved personnel policies; evaluates staff on an annual basis and adjusts salaries as warranted

• Supervises maintenance of detailed funding compliance mechanisms, including the requirements of government, foundation, and individual donors regarding acknowledgments, fulfillment, reporting, and documentation

• Works closely with Gemini Ink’s financial officer to monitor revenues and expenditures, ensure fiscal accountability and health, and maintain appropriate internal financial controls to safeguard Gemini Ink assets, all in accord with auditor recommendations, board policies, and best practices in non-profit management

• Supervises and participates in design of annual organizational and program budgets and timely financial reports for approval by the board and presentation to funders, program partners, and the community

• Implements Gemini Ink policies and priorities as established by the board; supports board operation and administration by advising and keeping board members informed; acts as ex officio board member and works with the board to achieve the organization’s goals and plans

• Prepares long-range strategic and development plans with the full cooperation and participation of the board, including strategic directions and capital needs

• Serves as the public face of the organization locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally

• Develops and maintains relationships with other arts and community-oriented organizations, public and private entities, the business sector, and the general public at local, regional, and national levels

• Actively engages in communications plans and artistic program strategies that continually widen the impact and visibility of Gemini Ink’s work in the local community, the region, and beyond

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary up to $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance and two weeks’ vacation each year.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position , along with resume/vitae, including three professional references, to search@geminiink.org. Attachments should be sent as PDF or Word documents. No phone calls please.

Application review begins February 20, 2018.

Closing date is Friday, June 15, 2018.

denise chavez at OLLU

Part-Time Events & Special Projects Coordinator

Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Literary Arts Center, seeks a part-time Events & Special Projects Coordinator to support our literary programming. Gemini Ink provides creative writing workshops led by published writers at our offices and in diverse community settings. We also host free public readings by nationally and internationally recognized authors, open-mic nights, a Mentorship Program, and an annual summer Writers Conference.

POSITION SUMMARY: Gemini Ink is looking for a part-time Events & Special Projects Coordinator who has a minimum of a Bachelor degree from an accredited university, in addition to 1-3 years experience in event and programming management, preferably in the arts. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to multi-task, work well with deadlines, as well as collaboratively.

The position is for 20 hours per week and is on a contract basis through August 31, after which continued employment would be re-assessed.

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Strong project management skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent editing and proofing skills
  • Bachelor degree in English, Communications, or a related field
  • 1-3 years experience in Event/Project Management, ideally in the arts
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details
  • Proficient in technology–Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, Mac Systems, Google Drive–as a reporting and communications tool. Working knowledge of Indesign a plus.
  • Able to work weekends & evenings, as needed
  • Problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Prioritizes and meets deadlines

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Organizing events to include event booking and logistics, liaising with host hotel for summer conference
  • Arranging hotel and travel for visiting authors
  • Budget management
  • Contract management
  • Compiling, editing and proofing event organizational print material
  • Facilitating certain Gemini Ink events, such as the book club, when needed
  • Public relations
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Overseeing and managing volunteers and interns as needed to meet event objectives.

COMPENSATION: $15/hour, higher pay commensurate with experience

TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit a letter, a resume, and two professional references to info@geminiink.org.

Please submit by Monday, April 30, 2018 to be considered.

Opportunity for Professional Writers

If you have experience teaching creative writing and want to help bring creative writing, reading, storytelling, and thinking to diverse communities as a Writers in Communities instructor, we want to meet you. Bilingualism a plus. Email your resume or CV and three pages of writing samples to fbrown@geminiink.org.