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NCCAkron is hiring a publications and content creation specialist in Northeast Ohio!
Brief Position Description
Serves as key contact person and coordinator for assigned publication platforms – print, web, and sound. In concert with Executive/Artistic Director, contract writers, and dance thinkers, plans, designs, and produces materials and publications that advocate, archive, and inspire. Performs project management to a prescribed budget. Works independently with minimal supervision in a generative and collaborative environment – sometimes virtually.
Mission & Vision
As a discrete nonprofit organization operating on The University of Akron’s campus, NCCAkron supports the research and development of new work in dance by:
– Strengthening the national dance ecosystem as an anchor space for dance creation;
– Bringing professional choreographers together for in-depth exploration of new ideas and concepts;
– Supporting the full potential of dance artists and their creative process; and
– Serving as a catalyst for community enrichment through art and culture.
Over the past three years, NCCAkron has become an intellectual matchmaker between national choreographers and the robust cultural ecology in and round Akron, OH. The American dance community continues to experience diminishing resources of time, space, and financial support for artistic development and for the creation of new work. Operating as a dance “think tank,” and striving to fill this critical need, NCCAkron hosts dance artists from across the U.S. providing resources and connections to individuals and/or organizations so the artists may be inspired and explore new ideas.
In 2013, DANCECleveland launched a feasibility study to explore the possibility for a National Center for Choreography. The study began with a Blue Ribbon Panel at The University of Akron and included interviews, surveys, asset mappings, curatorial exploration, and pilot residencies. After receiving the feasibility study’s preliminary findings in 2015, the Knight Foundation committed $5 million to fast-track the establishment of NCCAkron. NCCAkron incorporated as a 501(c)3, and in 2016, NCCAkron hired Christy Bolingbroke as the Founding Executive/Artistic Director. Bolingbroke immediately embarked on and a continues a listening tour/practice focused on understanding the range of artists, the variance among their creative processes, and the available resources for dance creation in each region.
Through the feasibility study, pilot residencies and listening tour, NCCAkron observed that most dance residencies are limited to a traditional way of helping a single artist or dance company create a finished product. Consequently, NCCAkron designed programs that support dancemaking and the creative process in all forms:
– Dancing Labs are process-oriented laboratory environments where dance artists come together to collaboratively explore new concepts;
– Creative and Technical/Production Residencies focus on the realization of new work;
– Research Residencies connect choreographers with university level academia;
– Low-Res Dance Writing Lab takes dance writing beyond criticism in order to realize its potential to archive and elevate live performance; and
– Dancing Conversations bring dance into new locations, engaging new communities with dancemaking and offering audiences the opportunity to experiment with dance as an art form.
Full Position Description
This is a brand-new position and short-term hire for a minimum of six (6) months – experimenting with the position to make sure it meets the organization’s needs and the right person is identified to grow with the opportunity.
1. Will serve as liaison to contributors/artists/authors and others directly involved in the published work: supports guest editors in soliciting chapters, editing submissions, conveying editorial comments, resolving issues, and ensuring deadlines are met;
2. May ensure permissions standards for content and image are consistent and documented; may coordinate post-production activities, such as mailing, mail house arrangements, coordinating copyright registration, and permissions activities.
3. May take photographs, maintain photo clip, contact, and media files/archives;
4. Collect source material in a variety of formats that may include, but are not limited to: interviews, writing commissions, republishing, podcast recording and/or editing;
5. Reorganizes text to create consistency in grammar, format, and message. Recommends substantive editorial changes as needed. Reviews, proofs, and fact-checks all copy, and may perform basic layout;
6. Organizes copy flow, coordinates multiple project schedules and printing deadlines; troubleshoots and remedies related issues;
7. Oversee all aspects of production, often multiple projects; copy editing, fact checking, and quality assurance stages;
8. Coordinate relationship with vendors/readers, research and coordinate requests for proposals (RFPs), and make recommendations to Executive/Artistic Director;
9. May be responsible for researching and costing out distribution options;
10. Writes, drafts and/or edits press releases for NCCAkron programming and initiatives; and may organize and oversee related events as directed.
Experience Requirements & Qualifications:
– Three plus years of related experience with proven project management skills.
– Strong working knowledge of printing, publishing, podcasting and/or graphic arts procedures, and related computer software/electronic communications tools.
– Proven command of editorial, grammatical, writing skills and techniques.
– Ability to work across teams and institutions with a variety of projects and constituencies simultaneously.
Initial short-term contract estimates 40-50 hours/month at $25/hour for 6 months. Workload is expected to be somewhat seasonal and flexible so it will need to be discussed and mutually agreed upon. Projected start date: November 1, 2019
NCCAkron is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. All employment decisions at NCCAkron are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. NCCAkron will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. NCCAkron encourages applicants of all ages.
To apply, submit a cover letter (or similar statement of intent) with a resume or curriculum vitae via email at: email@example.com and put the position title in the subject line of your email.
No phone inquiries please.
We look forward to hearing from you!