Recess seeks an experienced, creative individual to manage and further develop the ongoing artist initiatives of the organization. The Artist & Community Liaison is a key asset to Recess, envisioning and managing the Session and Critical Writing programs, as well as the integration of artists into all Recess activities and partnerships.

About Recess: Recess partners with artists to build a more just and equitable creative community. By welcoming radical thinkers to imagine and shape networks of resilience and safety, Recess defines and advances the possibilities of contemporary art. For more information visit recessart.org.

The Liaison’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Programs

● Work with artists and staff to craft, plan, budget, facilitate, and manage all artist and writer programs

● Maintain communication with artists, community partners, and youth to ensure that projects are realized to their potential

● Draft, edit and collect written program material in collaboration with Communications Coordinator
● Supervise and facilitate logistics of exhibition and event production

● Perform and sustain outreach to artists, audiences and community partners
● Craft, plan and research future projects, including those in the extension of the Session program
● Develop program and audience engagement evaluations to measure program impact
● Administer annual open call for applications

● Engage an individual Assembly Peer Leader fellow by serving as a mentor

● Work closely with Assembly program coordinators to facilitate ongoing collaborations between Peer Leaders and Recess artists

● Attend and contribute to All-Team meetings including Assembly participants

External

● Represent Recess offsite at events and in working groups

● Research, steward, and nurture external partnerships

● Develop new contacts and opportunities

● Bring school groups and local partners to Recess programs

Fundraising and Communications

● Work closely with the relevant staff to review program-specific grants and communications collateral

● Support staff on community organizing and fundraising initiatives and events Art inventory, archive, and sales

● Assist in production of commissioned artworks if applicable

● Prepare and collect sales agreements and maintain inventory

● Pack and ship print editions and other artworks

● Archive all artist programs

Daily Operations

● Along with the rest of the staff, maintain a clean space stocked with necessary supplies
● Serve as liaison to Recess Building Manager, facilitating physical improvements to the space
● Interface between artists, staff, visiting groups, Assembly youth and public
● Monitor and respond to general email, phone, and walk-in inquiries

Requirements:

● Self define as a mid-career worker with creative non-profit experience; directly in the field of socially engaged art practice a plus

● Passion for the arts and innovative program development;

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

● Flexibility and strong ability to work both independently and on a team;

● Ability to operate within a busy space while completing tasks;

● Passion for and experience working with young populations;

● Computer and online literacy and strong skills in Microsoft Office, Google Suite;
● Demonstrated ability to work well with artists, arts groups, community partners, and key stakeholders (e.g. Board members, donors, community leaders, etc.);
● Familiarity with New York City social practice arts community a plus

Reports to Co-Directors

Schedule: Full time; Tuesday through Saturday and occasional evenings and/or weekends as related to events and programs

Salary: Recess universal salary: 65k year 1; 70k year 2; option to renew contract

Application instructions: As a combined pdf, please submit cover letter, resume, and email addresses for 3 references to employment@recessart.org with the subject line “Artist & Community Liaison” by 8/14/21

Position start date & term length: September 2021-August 2023

Recess does not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, housing status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, or previous houselessness or incarceration.

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