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If you are an artist at risk seeking assistance, please check the "I need urgent assistance" box.

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.

If you are an individual or an organization looking to connect with ARC but do not need urgent assistance, please fill out the form to get in touch with us.

Your message is end-to-end encrypted and will be marked as urgent. You have the option to write this message in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish. Expect a reply within 72 hours.

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News & Advocacy

We're Hiring!

As threats to artistic freedom reach new heights globally, the fight to protect and uphold the right to artistic expression has become more critical than ever. We are pleased to share that we are currently hiring for two positions. The ARC team is a dedicated, passionate, and caring group of people from around the world, and we would love to welcome you to our team. PEN America offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

Consultant, International Programs

ARC seeks an enterprising and determined International Programs consultant to strengthen and lead our work to fortify and expand ARC’s international programs. The role will oversee ARC’s regional hubs and expand PEN America’s international reach in order to grow the network of organizations and individuals providing assistance to at-risk artists. The ideal candidate will have the vision, expertise, and program management skills to shape ARC’s international programs and manage ARC’s regional representatives while also collaborating with the ARC team and the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center. The role requires strong project management skills and a demonstrated commitment to the arts and human rights internationally. This is a six-month consultancy, preferably based at PEN America’s New York office. The consultant reports to the Director of the Artists at Risk Connection.

Regional Representative for Middle East (Consultancy)

The regional representative for the Middle East will expand ARC’s regional network in the Middle East, establishing new partners that are diverse, representative, and responsive in the region and deepening our collaboration with existing partners at the local, regional, and international level. The regional representative will provide localized expertise to the ARC team and lead local and regional outreach and capacity-building initiatives; engage with regional bodies as needed to push forward ARC’s advocacy goals; support urgent assistance efforts by the ARC team; and increase awareness for ARC within the region while also promoting regional and local opportunities to ARC’s wider network. The regional representative will work closely with the team’s other regional representatives in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, as well as the wider ARC team. This position will report to the Senior Manager, International Programs.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to jobs@pen.org. Please use the position title and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “ARC Senior Manager, Protection Programs – Jane Doe”).

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls, please.

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.

All PEN America staff are considered to be stakeholders in the development of our shared organization. As such, staff play a role in varied activities within the workplace as part of their job responsibilities. These may include committees or task forces to work on office issues, diversity and inclusion, strategy projects, training or other initiatives.

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