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The fellowships have been filled for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Please check back in the spring!

FELLOWSHIPS

Fellowships for Arts Administration: Producing, Not-for-profit Development and Education

Story Pirates offers valuable training for emerging producers, arts managers,  not-for-profit development, and arts education professionals through its fellowship program. The program has two goals: to generate a new class of powerful arts education advocates, and to produce resourceful, dedicated, and reliable fellows who can navigate any arts environment, having had a wealth of hands-on experience in a vibrant, nationwide arts education organization.

We are currently seeking an Education Fellow for the 2016-17 season.  The other two positions have been filled.

Fellowships run from October through June, with a training period in September. Fellows are expected to devote 26 hours per week, with 3 - 4 days spent in the Story Pirates office and at Story Pirates programs.

Producing Fellowship

Producing Fellows receive mentorship, training, direct experience booking and managing arts education programs, one-on-one meetings with company leaders, site visits to schools and venues, and access to special events. These fellows are given the responsibility of managing educational programs and public bookings from start to finish, working directly with entertainment venues, parents, teachers, and school administrators in a diverse range of communities in and around New York City. Fellows work closely with Story Pirates producers on existing programs and, by the spring, have the opportunity to produce programs on their own.

Development Fellowship

Development Fellows receive mentorship, training, direct experience booking and managing arts education programs, one-on-one meetings with company leaders, site visits to schools and venues, and access to special events. In addition, Development Fellows gain experience in  grant research, fundraising strategy, forming and maintaining donor relationships, and data tracking. While Development Fellows also manage some programs, the focus is more on work with the Development Department on funding for local programs as well as national initiatives.

Education Fellowship

Education Fellows receive mentorship, training, direct experience booking and managing arts education programs, one-on-one meetings with company leaders, site visits to schools and venues, and access to special events. In addition, Education Fellows will assist in managing a large pool of teaching artists, including helping with the logistics of training, staffing, and maintaining program materials. There will also be opportunities to learn more about professional development and curriculum design, or to work alongside teaching artists in the classroom, depending upon interest and experience.

 

Producing, Development and Education Fellows work together to lead the Story Love Initiative, our commitment to give a personal, handwritten response to every child who writes a story for us.  Fellows coordinate story delivery with schools, book and manage volunteer events with partner organizations, and oversee the process that ensures that students get their stories back with a personal message.

MENTORSHIP

A mentor guides the fellow through the year, giving support, feedback, and individual attention on a daily basis. Mentors take responsibility not only for the fellow's progress during the year, but also for helping the fellow to work toward long-term career goals in producing, arts education, arts administration, and not-for-profit development.

TRAINING

Producing fellows receive extensive training in September and throughout the fellowship in the following areas:

  • Maintaining relationships with clients

  • Management of cast , teaching artists, and staff

  • Scheduling workshops, performances, and events Invoicing and payment tracking

  • Company management

  • Advocating for arts education programming

Development fellows receive similar training and also gain experience in the following areas:

  • Grants research and writing

  • Organizing fundraising events

  • Donor relations

Education fellows receive similar training and also gain experience in the following areas:

  • Arts education assessment

  • Classroom best practices

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Producing Fellows are given the responsibility of managing educational programs and public bookings from start to finish, working directly with entertainment venues, parents, teachers, and school administrators in a diverse range of communities in and around New York City. Fellows work closely with Story Pirates producers on existing programs and, by the spring, have the opportunity to produce programs on their own.

Development Fellows also have the opportunity to produce programs, but focus more of their attention on donor relationships, grant writing, outreach, corporate underwriting, and nationwide fundraising campaigns.

Education Fellows also have the opportunity to produce programs, but focus more of their attention on management of employees (especially teaching artists), program assessment, and other specializations based on experience and interest, including curriculum development and on-site work in classrooms.

ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS

Fellows will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with every leader in the organization, to discuss their fields and experiences, as well as the projects they are currently working on at Story Pirates. When possible, meetings will also be arranged with arts and education professionals from outside the company, in the interest of working toward the fellow's career goals. Fellows will also be invited to company forums, presentations, and seminars on special topics as they come up over the course of the year.

SITE VISITS

Fellows will visit schools and performance venues, first to gain an understanding of the programs, and eventually acting as full-fledged representatives of Story Pirates. This is a rare opportunity to witness the effect that a powerful arts education program can have on a school environment, or even on a general audience, and it will sometimes involve travel to other cities and towns in the area.

Education Fellows will have additional opportunities to observe and participate in our work directly with students in the classroom.

ACCESS TO SPECIAL EVENTS

Story Pirates hosts an annual benefit for its low-income school partners, with celebrities joining our mission to inspire kids to write and read. Fellows would have the opportunity to be an integral part of the benefit and would also receive complimentary tickets to many Story Pirates shows, including some of our AfterDark shows for grown-ups.

COMPENSATION

Each fellow receives a $100/week stipend. In addition, fellows receive a monthly Metrocard to cover travel expenses.

REQUIREMENTS

Although the fellowship will not involve much direct work with children, we do prefer to work with people who are comfortable around kids. In addition:

Development and Producing Fellows:

  • Completed undergraduate or graduate degree, or limited coursework for an ongoing degree during the 2016-17 academic year

  • Some experience in arts administration, amateur or professional OR any kind of nonprofit management experience

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment

Education Fellows:

  • Completed undergraduate or graduate degree, or limited coursework for an ongoing degree during the 2016-17 academic year

  • Some experience in arts or education administration, amateur or professional OR any kind of nonprofit management experience

  • A degree in education, AND/OR a strong focus on working with kids in either an academic or arts education setting.

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment

We strongly recommend that all potential fellows have a solid plan for housing in New York City before accepting a position, if they do not already live in the five boroughs. We fully understand that fellows often need to find additional employment to afford living in New York, and we do our best to build the fellow's schedule around other obligations.

HOW TO APPLY

The Producing and Development Fellow positions have already been filled for this year. If you are interested in applying to be an Education Fellow:

Please fill out the form below as soon as possible. We will be accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year until August 19th, but the positions may fill before that time. We can only accept applications through the online form, but if you have any questions before filling out an application, please email Quinton at quinton@storypirates.org and put Fellowship 2016-17 in the subject line. Thank you!

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