Theatre for Change Manager: ¡Óyeme!
- Full Time
Reports to: Artistic Director of Education and Theatre for Change
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Status: Full Time
¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin, as well as in the migration here. Our Project partners include Imagination Stage, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Council member Nancy Navarro, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Street Outreach Network (SON).
¡Óyeme! strives to provide a creative arts outlet for young people, utilizing best practice culturally-based, trauma-informed theatre and arts activities to create a sense of community among the participants, and provide a safe space for immigrant youth to share their stories.
The TfC Coordinator works closely with the Artistic Director for Education and Theatre for Change, TfC faculty and community partners in order to grow artistic and educational partnerships in Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Candidates should possess a passion for community organizing and advocacy work. Candidates must also be willing to have a flexible work schedule.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop relationships with ESOL department heads, principles, humanities instructors and parent liaisons at various public schools. Oversee the Health and Human Services grant with 6 Montgomery County schools, and the Socio emotional learning grant with the F3 DCPS schools with the DCPS Fine Arts liaison.
- Develop new relationships with the Family reunification team and ESOL network in Northern Virginia
- Coordinate special workshops and contracts with Kids in Need of Defense
- Schedule culturally appropriate bilingual teaching artists and set appropriate goals for each individual group that align with ¡Óyeme! curriculum. Observe teaching artists and provide feedback as appropriate
- Oversee a final capstone project at each site that includes key partners and school personnel
- Collect evaluation data for each site and communicate final results with the Imagination Stage development team
- Work with the Artistic Director for Education and Theatre for Change on staffing decisions for each site. Teach at least one group per semester.
- Develop curriculum-aligned modules for Óyeme, the beautiful. Imagination Stage will develop excerpts of pre-recorded Theatre for Change productions and aligned educational materials that can be used as learning units in the classroom. This will allow educators to use filmed plays at their own pace in the classroom and deepen conversation. These modules will be integrated with state standards as well as SEL skills. The units will be created so educators can use them on their own or in cooperation with a teaching artist who joins the classroom live or via video
- Create a learning guide for educators and community group leaders to be utilized with the new ¡Óyeme! play being developed
- Present curricular connections at district wide trainings for middle and high school teachers. Co-lead and organize professional development training for educators, providing educators with skills and techniques to use the arts to have healing-centered conversations that explore complex topics ranging from immigration, race, and identity to working with ESOL learners.
¡Óyeme! Tour Coordination and Digital Distribution
- Schedule performances of our outreach touring productions, Oyeme, to local middle and high schools as well as community groups
- Coordinate the schedule and needs with the production stage manager
- Develop relationships with new community groups and schools
- Assist in post-show audience engagement activity management
- Host digital and live events around the screenings and live performances
Advocacy and Community Building
- Attend community forums and panels around issues of immigration, DACA, migrant children and arts for change.
- Participate on the Theatre for Change Task Force
- Co-lead professional trainings for artists to get involved in our Theatre for Change work and specifically ¡Óyeme!
- Seek non-arts partners such as museums and universities to partner in new ways with our ¡Óyeme! program
- Advocacy or community organizing experience preferred
- Comfortability with public speaking
- Fluency in Spanish language (written and verbal)
- Understanding of trauma informed and healing centered teaching, and experience working with public school teachers
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Proven administrative and organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with students, teachers, district leaders and community partners
- Ability to work independently and with initiative
- Clear understanding of—and passionate commitment to—arts for change
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weeks and to travel to various sites in the immediate region
- Patience, flexibility with work schedule, empathy, and a sense of humor
- Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) initiatives and values
- Reliable transportation a plus; mileage reimbursement available
- Annual Salary: $45,000 annual.
- 100% coverage for HMO individual health insurance
- Paid Time Off: 10 vacation days; 7 personal days; 7 sick days; 16 paid holidays
- Transit/Parking benefit
- Generous free and reduced priced tickets, classes, and summer camps
Please use this form to submit a resumé, a list of 1-3 references, and an additional submission that expands on your experience and why you would be a good fit for this position. This submission can take the form of a cover letter, video essay, etc.
Imagination Stage celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values members of our whole community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.