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JOB: national program coordinator - blackout arts collective  KAL-@aol.com
 May 14, 2007 06:47 PDT 

 JOB: national program coordinator - blackout arts collective

Blackout Arts Collective Seeks
National Program Coordinator
(Part-time position)

Blackout Arts Collective, a national grassroots coalition of artists,
activists, and educators working to empower communities of color through the arts,
seeks a National Program Coordinator (NPC). The National Program Coordinator
will support's Blackout's vision and mission through program development,
coordination and oversight as well as general administration and fundraising. The
ideal candidate will be able to effectively plan and implement programming which
merges arts, education and political organizing within communities of color.
The NPC will provide and/or coordinate training and programmatic support for
all Blackout chapters and oversee the implementation of new program
initiatives. In addition, the NPC is responsible for the administration of Blackout's
national office and National Resource Center, which are located in New York
City.  This position is also designed to support the artistic, political and
professional development of a motivated and creative individual committed to using
the arts and education to empower communities of color. Blackout's board and
general membership is committed to supporting the work of the Program
Coordinator in these endeavors.
1) Go to our web site: www.blackoutartscolwww.blackou for more information
on who we are and what we do.
2) Send a cover letter and resume to applytoblackout@applytobl no later than
Friday, May 25, 2007. Include the date you are available to start in your
cover letter as well as salary requirements.
We would like to hire someone immediately who can hit the ground running!
Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Develop, implement and document arts and education programming in
collaboration with the national board and local Blackout chapters
- Organize and coordinate national gatherings and events
- Maintain a national resource center on arts and activism (located in New
York City)
- Enhance, build and maintain communication among chapters
- Oversee the development and maintenance of outreach and promotional
material including Blackout's web site
- Represent Blackout at gatherings and conferences
- Serve as a liaison between Blackout and partnering organizations
- Assist with fundraising through grantwriting, grassroots fundraising, and
creative earned-income strategies
- Coordinate travel and lodging arrangements for Blackout artists and
- Coordinate Blackout's national campaigns focused on ending the prison
industrial complex and supporting the development of youth of color as cultural
leaders for social change
- Maintain a database of volunteers, artists, organizations, members, and

Applicants should have:
·         Passion for social justice and the empowerment of communities of
     •      An understanding of the role arts and cultural work play in
social justice movements

·         Experience in grassroots organizing, political education and/or
cultural activism
·         Ability to build relationships with artists, activist groups,
educational institutions, funders, community members and organizers
·         Prior experience in program management, including budget and
finance administration and event planning
·         Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills
including the ability to handle multiple projects
·         Strong oral & written communication skills
·         Commitment to Blackout's mission, vision and principles and
ability to effectively communicate Blackout's focus and work to diverse groups of
     •      Knowledge of and previous involvement in organizing for prison
abolition, youth justice and educational justice preferred


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