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American Repertory Theater

64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Date Posted:
July 13, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Administrative

Type:
Part-Time

Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer

Description:
ROLE DESCRIPTION

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University seeks an Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer to serve as an in-house expert on accessibility services, supports for people with disabilities, and competencies in accessibility and disability justice for internal and external stakeholders in a live theater environment. Reporting to the Education and Engagement Director, the ADJ Organizer will work in partnership with the Education and Engagement team to oversee, develop, design, evaluate, and execute accessibility initiatives, programs, and accommodations, as well as training and competency-building for staff and stakeholders.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following duties will be performed by the Accessibility & Disability Justice Organizer, in partnership with the Education and Engagement team:

  • Oversee, develop, design, evaluate, and execute accessibility initiatives, programs, and accommodations for audiences and visitors to the American Repertory Theater.
  • Identify needs within disability communities and how they can best be served by the theater’s programs and operations.
  • Creates accessibility resources for A.R.T. programs, which may include social narratives, video captions, and audio description.
  • Serves as point of contact for patron and staff inquiries on accessibility services and questions.
  • Coordinate relationship-building, communications, scheduling, rehearsal support, vendor setup, and payments for access providers for online and live performances and events, including ASL coaches and interpreters, audio describers, open and CART captioners.
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally on how to create more inclusive working environments, communications, and practices specific to departmental needs and operations, including:
    • Collaborate with production and artistic producing staff on the integration of access services into artistic performances and events.
    • Collaborate with marketing, communications, and patron services staff on implementing best practices for relationship-building and communications with existing and potential audiences.
    • Collaborate with the anti-racism engagement co-leads to develop intersectional strategies towards anti-racism and disability justice.
    • Collaborate with staff responsible for A.R.T.’s current building project and capital campaign with an eye towards both architecture and programming for a new performance space in Allston.
  • Coordinate staff learning and training around competencies related to accessibility and disability justice.
  • Evaluate and advocate for adjustments to the theater’s practices to best serve individuals with disabilities, including assembling and consulting with groups of user experts.
  • Other duties as mutually agreed upon.

SCHEDULE & COMPENSATION

  • $25-30/hr. based on experience
  • This is a part-time, hourly position. Weekly hourly commitments may fluctuate based on needs and are expected to fall between 6-14 hours per week.
  • Some weekday and weekend availability will be required.

Additional Information

During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

DIVERSITY AND BELONGING COMMITMENT STATEMENT

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University strives to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Cambridge and Greater Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States and the world in our programming, artists, audience, boards, partners, and staff. The A.R.T. is committed to developing and producing work and creating environments that embrace the full breadth and beauty of our shared humanity. We unequivocally oppose any attempts to divide our community through acts of discrimination, omission, and violence. We are dedicated to making a welcoming and accessible space for people of any identity, background, or ability, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical/mental ability, appearance, socio-economic status, education level, and political viewpoint.

Qualifications:
· Education: High school graduate or equivalent, preferably with some professional training beyond high school. Three to four years related work experience preferred.

  • Experience integrating accessibility services into live performances.
  • Experience in project management, relationship-building, and disability justice advocacy.
  • General knowledge of live theater operations.
  • Residency and/or experience working with disability communities in Greater Boston.
  • Experience in organizing, working, and communicating effectively with groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experiences.
  • Ability to communicate in writing and in conversation.
  • Ability to work remotely during COVID-19 restrictions. Teams at A.R.T. commonly Zoom, Google Docs, and Slack for co-working.
  • Practical skills in American Sign Language, audio description, and/or live captioning a plus.
How To Apply:
Please send a resume and expression of your interest in supporting accessibility and disability justice in theater (this may be a cover letter, or another format that best expresses your interest and experience) to A.R.T. Education and Engagement Director Brenna Nicely at education@amrep.org. Please use “Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer Application” as your subject line.

Apply by:
July 30, 2021
Salary:
$25
About this Organization:

MISSION

The A.R.T. expands the boundaries of theater by transforming the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced, and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner.


Organization: National Disability Theatre

Position: Managing Director (a new position for the organization)
Status: Part Time
Location: Permanently Remote

Application Deadline:  July 14, 2021

Salary: $40,000 annual salary for part time position (average of 20 hours per week) plus a stipend of $10,000 to support benefits.

 

National Disability Theatre (NDT) is seeking a part time Managing Director, who will lead the implementation of NDT’s strategic plan and develop a robust anti-racist and access-centered organizational structure. The Managing Director will work in tandem with the part time Director of Professional Development and Training, and will lead all aspects of organizational operations.  This key member of the leadership team will embody the organizational skills to uphold NDT’s mission, foster new relationships, and shepherd NDT through its next stage of growth and beyond.

Mission & Vision

NDT strives to create a brave, creative, theatrical space as free from oppression as possible. Click here for more about NDT’s mission and vision.

 

Organizational History

National Disability Theatre was founded in 2018. In spring 2019, NDT embarked on its first organizational partnership with La Jolla Playhouse, and began its strategic planning process. In fall 2019, the strategic plan identified two major needs 1) increase NDT’s focus and understanding of how to be an actively anti-racist organization 2) hire a Managing Director to lead NDT in its next stage of growth and beyond.

Organizational Structure

The founding vision of NDT’s organizational structure was one of radical flexibility. NDT strives to be a non-hierarchical learning community in which people can join our work part time and take advantage of other creative opportunities as well. NDT operates in a partnership model, working with individuals and organizations on a project to project basis. As a start-up organization, NDT has funding for two part time staff (the new Managing Director and Director of Professional Development and Training) at this time.  NDT also works with an Organizational Management consultant and a Social Media contractor.  All other staff/contractors are hired on an as needed basis.

 

NDT is governed by a small board of directors (3 members) and also has the counsel and assistance of theater professionals who serve on the Advisory Company (10+ members) and the Anti Racism Cohort (6+ members).  We have created a small and nimble governing board but are open to growing that group if desired by the incoming Managing Director.

 

About the role:

The Managing Director will steer NDT’s efforts to reach these Organizational Goals:

  • Strengthen NDT’s commitment to creating a radically inclusive, actively anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization while integrating access-centered values, structures, policies, and procedures
  • Define and develop a non-hierarchical, sustainable organizational structure
  • Expand NDT’s networks and partnerships to reflect the beauty, diversity, complexity, and artistry of disability.

 

The Managing Director will lead all aspects of organizational operations, including supporting the following areas: Production, Financial Management, Marketing and Communications, and Human Resources.

 

The ideal candidate will have Knowledge and Skills in these areas:

 

Partnerships and Community Leadership:

  • A demonstrated involvement in and deep knowledge of disability justice frameworks and other intersectional, anti-oppressive civil rights and social justice movements
  • Experience building vibrant, authentic, sustainable, collaborative partnerships
  • A passion for true community engagement and cross-sector alliances

 

Organizational Leadership:

  • Experience with leading, directing, or serving on engaged and responsive boards or a desire to learn these skills
  • Skill in communicating with flexibility and patience
  • Able to address potentially conflicting and/or multiple access needs and comfortable working in Crip Time.
  • Self empowered and willing to communicate needs

 

Production:

  • Passion for and proficiency producing live theatrical events
  • Knowledge of theatre contracts and the ability to negotiate contracts

 

Financial Management:

  • Skilled in budget development and in creating diverse streams of earned and contributed income
  • Able to develop and manage financial systems and protocols

 

Marketing and Communications:

  • Strong communication skills within digital spaces
  • Comfort designing social media calendars, especially creating and implementing advocacy and outreach efforts

 

Human Resources:

  • Experience leading or managing groups of people (volunteers and/or paid staff) for short- and long-term projects and goals
  • Knowledge of Human Resources responsibilities like hiring, benefits, evaluation, and other employment protocols or a desire to learn these skills

 

As an anti-racist, anti-oppression, access-centered organization, National Disability Theatre strongly encourages individuals with disabilities to apply, especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, multiracial, and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, or Gender Non-Conforming.

 

To apply for this position, please choose one of the following options:

  1. Complete this GoogleForm  (written Question and Answer format) OR
  2. Email a Cover Letter and/or Resume

 

If you are more fluent in non-written communication, please email a link to a short video answering the questions in the GoogleForm.

 

For more information about NDT’s organizational structure, anti-racism work, and day to day activities of the Managing Director, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


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