NEW HIRING OPPORTUNITY

POSITION: Producer/Thought Partner     

Reports to: Anna Deavere Smith
Employment period: ASAP 2022-2023
Classification: Full-time exempt
Location: New York City, with extensive travel

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH AND THE PIPELINE: GIRLS PROJECTS

In her acclaimed play and subsequent HBO film, Notes From the Field, playwright/activist/actor Anna Deavere Smith examined how young people from impoverished communities must contend with the possibility of incarceration from very early in their lives. 

Continuing her investigation of juvenile justice, Anna is now turning her lens specifically to girls and young women. She and her team will immerse themselves in communities across the US to conduct research. The end result will be a theater piece, a series of essays, and other creative projects that reveal how girls in contemporary America fit into ecosystems of poverty.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

A pivotal position, the selected candidate will work closely and in tandem with Anna Deavere Smith to discuss, strategize, visualize, and communicate the “Pipeline: Girls” project and related work. The position supports and partners with Anna both creatively and administratively. 

Creative projects require a living breathing process. The Producer must be flexible and nimble, with a willingness to shift and re-work if/as necessary, so that the projects have room to grow. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work as a thought partner with Ms. Smith on all of her priority ADS Projects, especially The Pipeline Project Chapter 2: Girls, but possibly also including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Project with Office of Global Programs, New York University, as well as writing and other creative assignments.

Act as a mature, proactive, sensitive, and thoughtful “fixer,” driving a route to success by innately understanding the needs of others, especially across cultural differences. Exercise deference while knowing what has to be done to make things happen.

Develop relationships with institutions and/or venues for workshops and, working with Ms. Smith and the Company Manager, act as the main collaborating partner/liaison with all the venue partners.

Proactively mentor and guide staff to ensure an esprit de corps; monitor and react to emotional issues that might arise.

Represent Ms. Smith with production companies, theaters, and donors as needed. Host donors as necessary.

Work closely with organizations, artists, intellectuals, support staff, and representatives involved in and/or partnering on ADS projects.

Act as a spokesperson when necessary.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree, or equivalent preferred
  • Extensive experience in a similar position
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Sense of humor
  • Experience working in environments of racial diversity
  • Ability to travel to different locations for 2-4 weeks at a time
  • Ability to work independently, but also to interact and be a thought partner

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Experience working directly with performing artists or other artists preferred
  • Dedication to the mission of social justice and equity
  • Maturity, resourcefulness, flexibility, proactiveness, the ability to juggle many projects
  • Vision and imagination
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Respectful and a willingness to adjust to what different cultures require as signs of respect

COMPENSATION:

  • up to $125,000 per year 
  • Health benefits are not included in the compensation package

ABOUT THE ADS WORK ETHOS:

In joining Anna’s team, one is supporting the creative vision and mission of an individual artist. As this is a project, not an institution, the work must be accomplished in the course of 18 months, not years. The work is concentrated and intensive. It requires intense collaboration, information sharing, and transparency. An aptitude for experimentation and the ability to adjust as methodologies evolve are essential. One also must feel comfortable with being uncomfortable. One must be both empathic and resilient. We will necessarily be exposed to content that is disturbing. 

Staff are expected to exemplify kindness, generosity, hospitality, compassion, good manners, courtesy, and respect. We are a multicultural organization. We are highly interactive with people of all social classes, nationalities, races and beliefs. We are very “outward focused” and strive to combine community service with our research process.

Above all, it is required that you be flexible, trustworthy and communicative.

Smith has created new forms. All of her projects have required new and innovative ways of working. Moreover, this is a dynamic time of societal and technological revision. It has a great impact in the realms of arts, culture, education, and social justice. Our work is dedicated to productive change. It is experimental in nature. We cannot anticipate all needs. Change can only happen when everyone is dedicated to it on a daily, if not molecular, level. While we will respect the parameters of all jobs as outlined, we are looking for a team of individuals who are creative problem solvers and whose daily mantra is “How can I be helpful?”

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, resume, and any other relevant material you feel support your application, including three (3) writing samples to: Debbie Chinn, Managing Director: debbie@annadeaveresmith.org

Deadline to apply: March 4, 2022

NEW HIRING OPPORTUNITY

POSITION: General Manager
 
Reports to: Managing Director
Employment period: March 2022 
Classification: Contracted position, 12 months
Location: San Francisco Bay Area or New York City
Compensation: $84,000/year ($7,000/month)

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH AND THE PIPELINE: GIRLS PROJECTS:

In her acclaimed play and subsequent HBO film, Notes from the Field, playwright/activist/actor Anna Deavere Smith examined how young people from impoverished communities must contend with the possibility of incarceration from very early in their lives. 

Continuing her investigation of juvenile justice, Anna is now turning her lens specifically to girls and young women.  She and her team will immerse themselves in communities across the US to conduct research.  The end result will be a theatre piece, a series of essays and other creative projects that reveal how girls in contemporary America fit into ecosystems of poverty.

ABOUT THE ADS WORK ETHOS:

In joining Anna’s team, one is supporting the creative vision and mission of an individual artist. This phase of the project must be accomplished in 18 months. The work is concentrated, intensive, and requires collaboration, information sharing, and transparency. An aptitude for experimentation and the ability to adjust as methodologies evolve are essential. One must be both empathic and resilient. 

We strive to combine community service with our research process. Staff are expected to exemplify kindness, generosity, hospitality, compassion, courtesy, and respect. We are a multicultural organization.  We are highly interactive with people of all social classes, nationalities, races, and beliefs. 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

This critical position, overseeing all administrative and operational aspects of Anna Deavere Smith’s Pipeline: Girls project, as well as other related projects, will work closely with the Managing Director on all business-related functions of this complex multi-state, multi-dimensional work. 

Working with contractors and vendors, the position will oversee multiple functions including preparation and issuance of artistic and production personnel contracts, Human Resources including Hiring/Payroll, Insurance, Finance and Budgets, Support for Fundraising, Legal & Compliance.

This essential and diverse work requires someone with a breadth of experience and knowledge of the above listed functions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Insurance Matters: With bookkeeper, interact with Broker on policy limits and adjustments including overseeing annual workers comp payroll audit, auto liability, general liability, etc. Process all Certificates of Insurance needs for the project partners and vendors, preparation of manuals for both Workshop personnel and partners and all claims processing.

Hiring/Payroll/Reimbursements: create personnel manual, contracts and oversight of hire forms, per diem management, and background checks.

Finance/Budget/Development support: With bookkeeper, prepare and customize budgets for grants applications and reports and donors, and oversee reconciliations of Donor Perfect, NYFA, Quickbooks.  

Legal Oversight: Engage with attorney on legal matters as directed by the Managing Director, Prepare contracts and hire letters in compliance with State Labor law requirements; Compliance with federal, state, local requirements and ordinances.

Review and advise on all significant institutional or employment policies, benefits packages, vendor agreements, etc.

Arrange for all legally required anti-harassment and anti-racism training.

HR matters in collaboration with Managing Director.

Position Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of relevant professional experience in non-profit general or production management and/ or arts administration. An advanced degree, such as an MBA or MFA, is preferred, as is a significant history operating at a senior management level.

Demonstrated ability to develop/manage complex budgets.

Experience improving existing systems, developing new processes for increased efficiency/productivity.

Excellent organizational skills, recordkeeping, attention to detail.

Proven interpersonal skills, understanding of artists, excellent written/verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to take initiative, proactively manage multiple priorities with tight/changing deadlines, work independently and collaboratively as part of team.

Exceptionally strong fiscal management skills.

Experience negotiating venue contracts.

Exceptionally strong computer skills and technical proficiency (Operating systems, Office suites, Spreadsheets, Accounting and Fundraising software, etc.).

Prioritization and ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously.

Exemplary judgment and discretion in dealing with creatives, funders, donors, community partners

Sense of humor.

Smith has created new forms.  All of her projects have required new and innovative ways of working.  Moreover, this is a dynamic time of societal and technological revision.  It has a great impact in the realms of arts, culture, education, and social justice. Our work is dedicated to productive change.  It is experimental in nature.  We cannot anticipate all needs.  Change can only happen when everyone is dedicated to it on a daily if not molecular level. While we will respect the parameters of all jobs as outlined, we are looking for a team of individuals who are creative problem solvers and whose daily mantra is “How can I be helpful?” 

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, resume and any other relevant material you feel supports your application, including 3 (three) writing samples to: Debbie Chinn, Managing Director: debbie@annadeaveresmith.org

Deadline to apply: February 10, 2022

NEW HIRING OPPORTUNITY

POSITION: Administrative Manager

Reports to: Managing Director
Employment period: now through December 31, 2022
Classification: temporary full-time, exempt
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Salary: up to $60,000 per year

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH AND THE PIPELINE: GIRLS PROJECTS 

In her acclaimed play and subsequent HBO film, Notes from the Field, playwright/activist/actor Anna Deavere Smith examined how young people from impoverished communities must contend with the possibility of incarceration from very early in their lives. 

Continuing her investigation of juvenile justice, Anna is now turning her lens specifically to girls and young women. She and her team will immerse themselves in communities across the US to conduct research. The result will be a theatre piece, a series of essays and other creative projects that reveal how girls in contemporary America fit into ecosystems of poverty.

ABOUT THE ADS WORK ETHOS

In joining Anna’s team, one is supporting the creative vision and mission of an individual artist. This phase of the project must be accomplished in 18 months. This work is concentrated, intensive, and requires collaboration, information sharing, and transparency. An aptitude for experimentation and the ability to adjust as methodologies evolve are essential. One must be both empathic and resilient.

We strive to combine community service with our research process. Staff are expected to exemplify kindness, generosity, hospitality, compassion, courtesy, and respect. We are a multicultural organization. We are highly interactive with people of all social classes, nationalities, races and beliefs. 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

This is a full-time position, which may require some travel. This position will provide direct executive support to the Managing Director on all aspects of the work including fundraising, grants management, event planning, financial and systems oversight and maintenance, and other administrative and operational needs. 

This role requires familiarity with the work of Anna Deavere Smith.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide administrative executive support to the Managing Director.

Operations: Create and maintain the organization’s filing systems, reconcile monthly with Pipeline’s accounting department, update and renew all organizational documentation, and help manage onboarding of staff. 

Development: Maintain Pipeline’s donor database (DonorPerfect), generate and manage all project related tracking sheets and mailing lists, prep and send all donor related materials, documents, and mailings.

Grants: Create and maintain grant tracking sheet, research current grants and new potential funders, maintain grant calendar, and provide support during the grant submission and reporting process. 

Events: Assist with the logistics and execution of all special events (fundraising and networking events).

Media: Update and maintain the project’s website, interface with web engineer, and edit project related media (photos, video, and recordings). 

Work closely with all other staff including the General Manager (Finance/Bookkeeper) particularly on submission of credit card receipts and reimbursement requests.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s Degree

3-5+ years’ experience working in arts administration and/or development required

Strong written and verbal communications skills

High level of proficiency with applications such as Google Suites/Workspace, Dropbox, Microsoft office, Zoom and digital media editing software. 

Ability to quickly learn new skills: technical and interpersonal

Experience managing development related databases and grant portals

Experience with event management and event software is helpful 

Must have strong organizational skills

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Excellent listening skills

Sense of humor and creative energy

Experience working in environments of racial diversity

Ability to travel to different locations for 2 – 3 weeks at a time

Ability to work independently but also to interact and follow instruction

Must be tech savvy 

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS

Experience working directly with performing artists or other artists preferred

Dedication to the mission of social justice and equity

Maturity, resourcefulness, flexibility, proactiveness, the ability to juggle many projects

Can critically think and problem solve under pressure

Strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills

Respectful and a willingness to adjust to what different cultures require as signs of respect

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, resume and any other relevant material you feel supports your application, including 3 (three) writing samples to: Debbie Chinn, Managing Director: debbie@annadeaveresmith.org

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2022

WNYC Studios presents: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Haiti and International Aid

Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southwestern region, many of us were left wondering — what does it mean to best support Haiti through disaster? And if the global community has donated so much humanitarian aid to prevent devastation, why does it keep happening? Is Haiti cursed?

Guest host Nadege Green confronts history, anti-blackness and the way forward with Dr. Marlene Daut, professor and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Listen as they explore the origins of Haiti’s image as a “cursed” country and how that image is rooted in anti-blackness.

Then, we turn to a conversation with playwright Anna Deveare Smith about the unrest that gripped Crown Heights, Brooklyn almost 30 years ago. How are social narratives shaped, and can we benefit from a shared one that celebrates difference?

For the full episode presented by WNYC Studios visit their website here.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Anna Deavere Smith’s recitation of the Seven Last Words of Christ. Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA.

The celebrated ensemble performs Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, the composer’s reflection on Good Friday, interspersed with reflections by Anna Deavere Smith; Dr. Sandra Montes, Dean of Chapel at Union Theological Seminary; Uriah Kim, President, Graduate Theological Union; and the Very Rev. Dr. Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral.

The Seven Last Words of Christ by Joseph Haydn was commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva (Holy Cave Oratory) in Cádiz, Spain. The seven main meditative sections—labelled “sonatas” and all slow—are framed by a slow Introduction and a fast “Earthquake” conclusion, for a total of nine movements. At the request of his publisher, the composer in 1787 produced a version for string quartet: Haydn’s Opus 51. This is the form in which the music is most often heard today.