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UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Please note that the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is not a grantmaking program and is unable to assist artists financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, because we recognize the growing effect that the pandemic is having on artists, we have compiled a growing list of resources for artists affected by COVID-19 and hope that you may find assistance there. Please refer to the "Stories" page to find the list. If you are an artist or cultural practitioner otherwise at risk because of your creative practice, please follow the directions below to contact us.


Please fill out the form to get in touch with us. Submissions are encrypted and ARC understands that your communications are confidential. ARC does not provide direct services, but we will do our best to refer you to organizations that do. You can also find help by exploring our network of resources.

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Employment

ARC Program Assistant

PEN America, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented program assistant to support the day-to-day operations of our Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) program. This is a full-time position based in the New York office. The position is temporarily remote due to guidelines provided by health authorities, but applicants should be available for daily in-office work starting in September 2021 if it is safe to do so.

ARC strives to protect artists from all disciplines around the world by improving access to resources for artists at risk, enhancing connections among supporters of artistic freedom, and raising awareness about threats to artistic freedom. ARC advances this mission primarily by managing a coordination and information-sharing hub that aids, unites, and furthers the work of organizations that provide assistance to artists at risk of persecution globally.

The program assistant will provide direct support to the director of ARC and on a wide range of ARC’s activities, gaining hands-on experience in ARC’s core activity of supporting artists in emergency situations around the world, building a network of partners across the arts and human rights, and developing diverse and dynamic programming. Because the ARC project is small in size but large in scope, the role will afford experience in everything from fundraising and budgeting to casework and advocacy, event planning, and writing and researching. The program assistant will also have access to the ever-changing, thrilling literary and free expression work of PEN America at large and collaborate across departments as necessary. This role will have opportunities for significant growth as the program continues to evolve.

The successful candidate will be an energized and collaborative individual with a highly organized work ethic, exceptional writing skills, and experience working with individuals at risk or otherwise vulnerable communities. They should have a commitment to the arts and human rights internationally. Proficiency in at least one other language is required (target languages: Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, and/or French). Basic familiarity with graphic design programs, content management systems, and/or HTML/CSS is a plus but not required.

Responsibilities

Referral Work

  • Support review of applications from at-risk individuals who are seeking ARC’s assistance, including by conducting research on human rights and artistic freedom concerns in applicants’ home countries and vetting allegations of risk
  • Liaise regularly with imperiled artists and a global network of partner organizations, including NGOs, residencies and fellowships, universities, and international bodies, such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Monitor threats to artistic freedom and draft press statements, open letters, and other public-facing publications as necessary when violations occur

 Content Management

  • Draft, edit, and produce content for website (org) and coordinate with relevant partners and artists
  • Draft social media posts; design graphics; and manage Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and editorial calendar
  • Draft quarterly newsletters and other communications on Mailchimp
  • Draft and edit other publications as necessary

ARC Platform

  • Manage online database of resources, including regularly maintaining organization profiles and reviewing pending submissions
  • Research and update resources provided to artists at risk, collecting additional referral resources which may be of use to artists regarding legal assistance, language courses, mental health, and other identified needs

Administration & Program Operations

  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of ARC’s work by tracking and reporting on project-based metrics
  • Plan and execute in-person and virtual events, including public programs and trainings/workshops
  • Research funding opportunities and assist in drafting of proposals and grant reports
  • Assist with management of program budget, including processing payments, expense tracking, and financial reconciliation
  • Participate in the recruiting and management of interns and fellows
  • Other responsibilities as necessary


Qualifications
  • Minimum of one to two years of relevant office experience or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or artistic freedom
  • Proficiency in at least one other language (target languages: Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, and/or French)
  • Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • Proactive and able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments, and balance multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage verbal and written communications tactfully and professionally with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • A team player with an ability to work on diverse teams with accountability and responsibility
  • Expertise in digital outreach, database development, and international coalition building a plus
  • Familiarity with content management systems, G Suite, Mailchimp, social media management tools, and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) a plus

Salary and Benefits: PEN America offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Priority will be given to applicants who apply before April 30, 2021. Please submit the entire application to jobs@pen.org and arc@pen.org. Please use “ARC Program Assistant” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “ARC Program Assistant – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

Internships

PEN America seeks two summer interns - one program intern and one communications intern - who are passionate about human rights, artistic expression, and serving artists at risk and the organizations that support them to work with our Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) team. This internship is based in New York, but, due to COVID-19 concerns, will be primarily a remote position at this time and is subject to change. The supervisor reserves the right to request interns to come into the office if it is necessary and deemed safe to do so. 

A commitment of four to five days per week (within normal business hours) is required. Internships last for three months, with opportunities for longer engagements for interested candidates. This is an unpaid position, though interns who work at least 15 hours a week are eligible for a local travel stipend. PEN America internships are also eligible for college credit.

Program Internship

Responsibilities
  • Assist with research and outreach to identify and expand the network of organizations assisting artists at risk
  • Support work to identify sources of assistance for artists and development and maintenance of a database inventory of these resources
  • Draft content for social media platforms and media monitoring
  • Data gathering and analysis, and draft content for the website and communications
  • Perform prospect research and supporting other fundraising efforts
  • Assist efforts to expand support for the initiative, including media communications
  • Involvement in communicating with individual artists at risk and the network of organizations that provide them with support
  • Research and monitor issues and cases concerning the repression of artistic expression worldwide
Desired Attributes
  • Must be able to provide proof of authorization to intern in the United States
  • Knowledge of and interest in global free expression and artistic freedom issues
  • Strong research, writing, organizational, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite
  • Experience managing social media accounts and drafting social media content
  • Experience with online databases and website management desirable
  • Experience doing prospect research and grant writing
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or other languages a big plus

Communications Internship

Responsibilities
  • Draft social media text and graphics for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Draft quarterly newsletter on Mailchimp
  • Manage content calendar and workflow for programmatic communications
  • Draft and build content for the website
  • Compile monthly social media and web analytics reports
  • Assist with research and outreach to identify and expand the network of organizations supporting artists at risk
  • Assist with the maintenance of ARC database inventory of these resources
  • Research and monitor issues and cases concerning the repression of artistic expression worldwide
  • Other tasks as necessary
Desired Attributes
  • Knowledge of and interest in global free expression and artistic freedom issues
  • Professional demeanor and the ability to work independently
  • Strong research, writing, organizational, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in internet and social media technology and platforms
  • Interest in learning new skills and the flexibility to pitch in when needed
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or other languages a big plus
To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter (both one-page maximum) and writing sample to arc@pen.org with the subject line “ARC Program Internship – Summer 2021” or "ARC Communications Internship – Summer 2021". Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

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