Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Split This Rock is Hiring! Be Our New Managing Director!

We're sad to announce that our incredible Managing Director, Elli Nagai-Rothe, is moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area to be closer to family. We're so grateful for all she has done in the months she has been with Split This Rock and will miss her dearly. We wish Elli well on this next chapter in her life!

Below you will find the job description for the Managing Director position. Please have a look at it and forward it along to any and all you think might be interested. You can also find it online here. We're on a tight time-frame--our application deadline is August 16--so your help will be greatly appreciated. We're especially interested in seeing applications from people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities, so that our staff will continue to reflect the diversity of Split This Rock's community. Please spread the word!

About Split This Rock
Split This Rock calls poets to the center of public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. From our home in the nation's capital we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. All of Split This Rock's programs are designed to integrate poetry of provocation and witness into public life and to support the poets who write and perform this critical work.

Split This Rock's cornerstone program is a biennial national festival celebrating poetry and activism, held in Washington, DC. The next festival is scheduled for March, 2014. We also have a robust youth program, publish poetry online, organize social justice campaigns, present readings and workshops, and sponsor year-round local and national programming at the intersection of poetry and social change. For more information, please visit:  

About the Position
The Managing Director's role is to provide organizational, operational, fundraising, and programmatic support to further Split This Rock's mission. The mix of duties varies based on the cycle of the organization; during festival years, the festival is the primary focus. In off years, the focus will be on operations and organizational development, fundraising, and Split This Rock's other programs. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing social justice literary arts organization that is unique in the field, providing leadership on the organization's management, operations, and infrastructural needs.

This position is full-time, including some evening and weekend hours. Split This Rock, though an independent non-profit organization, is housed within the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, located blocks from the White House. We are a small, mission-driven organization fueled by passion for social justice and a love of poetry and the arts.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead festival planning and implementation
    • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Festival Working Group to coordinate festival logistics and develop the festival schedule
    • Maintain a festival work plan and calendar
    • Serve as liaison to panel and workshop facilitators
    • Manage featured poet travel, accommodations, and hospitality
    • Serve as liaison to venues and vendors
    • Administer registrations and scholarships
    • Provide oversight for program book and festival materials
    • Ensure festival accessibility
    • Oversee volunteer recruitment and management
    • Document processes and procedures
    • Develop evaluation tools to measure the festival's impact
  • Plan and implement Split This Rock programming and events
    • Manage workshop planning, registration, and promotion
    • Coordinate logistics and marketing for Split This Rock's monthly poetry series, Sunday Kind of Love
    • Organize other programming in line with Split This Rock's strategic goals
  • Foster and build collaborative external partnerships, both local and national

  • Manage website, including a comprehensive redesign process
  • Coordinate Split This Rock's communications strategy
  • Oversee the timely production of all print and electronic promotional materials
  • Work to effectively integrate the organization's communications platforms, and further develop Split This Rock's social media presence
  • Oversee festival marketing

Fundraising and Development:
  • Support continued implementation of a new donor management system
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop a fundraising calendar and set annual fundraising goals
  • Secure sponsorship-in-kind and monetary-for Split This Rock programs
  • Monitor foundation and government grant and reporting deadlines
  • Oversee direct mail and email fundraising campaigns
  • Assist the Executive Director with grant writing, as needed
  • Work with the Fundraising Committee to organize and carry out fundraising events

  • Develop and update organizational and staff policies
  • Participate in annual strategic planning, and oversee the successful implementation of strategic goals within the day-to-day operations of Split This Rock
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, interns, and fellows. Provide ongoing mentorship and professional development support for all staff
  • Manage electronic and paper filing systems

Reporting: The Managing Director will report to the Executive Director and will work in partnership with staff, board members, interns and volunteers to assist in preparation, organization, implementation, and documentation of Split This Rock's programs.

Skills and Background: The ideal candidate will be driven, adaptable, and believe deeply in our organization's mission. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess the following:
  • A commitment to social justice and the role that the arts can play in social change
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Extremely organized with excellent attention to detail and follow through
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Strong intercultural understanding and comfort working in culturally diverse settings
  • Proven fundraising experience
  • A Bachelor's Degree and 5+ years related work experience or equivalent combination. An advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, program and organizational development
  • Experience in managing and motivating staff, interns, and/or volunteers

The projected start date is mid September, 2013. Salary is in the 40s, plus benefits.

Split This Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, differently-abled, LGBTQ, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination. 

To apply:

Submit a résumé, prose writing sample (no more than 3 pages), 3 references, and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in this position to with
"Application for Managing Director" in the subject line.  

Deadline: August 16, 2013. No calls please.

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