ABOUT VIRTUAL CULTURE
Virtual Culture is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure equal access to world-class, interactive arts and cultural programming for every NYC public school student, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status. Created through partnerships with NYC arts and cultural institutions, Virtual Culture is a living catalog of free and subsidized arts courses for NYC middle and high school students. Virtual Culture presents an unprecedented opportunity to create an integrated and more level playing field helping to provide access to the arts to every NYC public school child.
Over the past year, Virtual Culture has attracted significant city-wide attention from museums, arts institutions, elected officials, and individual- and institutional funders, including The Pinkerton Foundation.
Virtual Culture’s Board of Directors seeks a Cultural Educator to organize and implement a strategic business plan generated at a summer 2021 Virtual Culture Program Design Charette, which the Fellow will help facilitate and participate in. The Educator will identify and cultivate the Charette participants who will advise Virtual Culture on Phase II of its rollout. This next phase follows the organization’s initial steps (in fall 2020 and spring 2021) of concept development, program design, partnership building, and launch. The Fellow will implement the recommendations and next steps that emerge from the Charette as well as handle some aspects of organizational administration. The Charette will be 90 minutes via Zoom to focus on re-envisioning Virtual Culture and building strategy for middle-high school grades culture enrichment. Topics will include scope, vision, outreach, marketing, and funding. The Cultural Educator will have full responsibility for the presentation of the courses and opportunities (from partner organizations, museums, etc.) on the VC website. This includes working with existing partners (cultural institutions), building relationships with new ones, posting and updating the courses and links, and overseeing the look and feel of the site. Initially, this will also include simple website updating to reflect our summer hiatus while we prepare for fall 2021.
This is a unique opportunity for someone committed to the arts, diversity, equity, and inclusion, to make a difference in the lives of New York City’s young people.
The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the arts, humanities, education, or design. A current candidate or recent graduate of a graduate degree program in these fields is preferred. Experience in a fast-paced environment and experience with grant writing and administration is a plus. Applicants should possess:
- Proven ability to take direction but also to work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects while being a committed team player
- Commitment to social justice, equity, and transformative place-based and cultural work
- Superior written communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking, and organizational skills with precise attention to detail
- Facility with website design, and the ability to easily update and edit the course listings
- Interest in community engagement and inclusion and with a strong sense of ethical practice and empathy
- Understanding of, and interest in, arts and culture
- A high degree of competency in the MS Office suite, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, Adobe Suite, also SquareSpace.
- The ability to learn new applications quickly.
- Organizational skills, follow-up, and attention to detail.
Cultural Educator Stipend $5,000 based on three months of work and implementation.
Please note: We are hoping to find a candidate who can continue past this initial period, with an expanded scope and timeline. The successful candidate will begin as soon as possible, ideally June 28th, 2021.
HOW TO APPLY: Deadline end of day July 9, 2021
Please submit your resume and 1-page cover letter outlining why this position is of interest to you and the qualifications that make you a unique candidate. Email your materials to VirtualCultureNYC@gmail.com with the subject line: LAST NAME: Cultural Educator Fellowship. References upon Request for final candidates.
Virtual Culture is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and any other basis or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
Virtual Culture is a 501c3 incorporated in the state of New York.