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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 several new and exciting 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.

Senior Manager, International Programs

The Senior Manager for International Programs will refine, manage, and elevate ARC’s international portfolio. In this capacity, the individual will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision and oversight of ARC’s four regional representatives, along with program administration and budget management. The senior manager will also oversee the functioning, expansion, and profile-raising of ARC-led regional protective networks, such as Amani: Africa Creative Defence Network and PAR (Protección de Artists en Riesgo).

Senior Manager, Protection Programs

The Senior Manager for Protection Programs will develop and manage ARC’s protection work to successfully connect artists with the support they need, including through ARC’s new emergency and resilience fund for Ukrainian artists. The Senior Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision and oversight of two protection assistants and various protection activities, along with program administration and budget management. The Senior Manager will work closely with the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center team and the ARC’s regional representatives, as well as our regional protection networks, such as Amani: Africa Creative Defence Network and PAR (Protección de Artists en Riesgo).

Assistant, Communication and Operations

The communication and operations assistant will provide direct support to ARC’s program manager on a wide range of activities that enable the work of the ARC team, including but not limited to communications-related content and strategies, particularly social media and newsletters, to grow ARC’s online presence and draw in new audiences while keeping existing ones engaged. The assistant will be in charge of ARC’s social media channels, including drafting and posting content, engaging with other social media accounts, and improving the team’s social media and communications strategy. The assistant will also draft newsletters and e-blasts, help maintain the website and support the team with administrative tasks, including tracking expenses, preparing for internal meetings, updating documents and files, and more. The role also involves collaborating with the ARC leadership to develop management processes and procedures, manage external relationships, and problem solve. 

Regional Representative for the 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, devise strategies, 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.

Regional Representative for Africa (Consultancy)

The regional representative for Africa will expand ARC’s regional network in Africa, 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 also coordinate the Amani network; 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 the Middle East, 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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