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STORY PIRATES FELLOWSHIPS

Education, Artistic, and Arts Administration

The Story Pirates offer valuable training for emerging arts managers 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 fellows for the Artistic, Education, and Arts Administration Departments for the 2018-19 season.

Fellowships run from October through June, with a training period for the month of September. Fellows are expected to devote 20 hours per week, with 3 days spent in the Story Pirates office and at Story Pirates programs.

Arts Administration Fellowship

Arts Administration 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.

Artistic Fellowship

Artistic Fellows work primarily with the Artistic Department, taking on creative, managerial, and administrative roles in the development of both media projects and live theatrical shows.  Artistic Fellows also receive mentorship, training, direct experience managing arts education programs, one-on-one meetings with company leaders, site visits to schools and venues, and access to special events.  While Fellows do not perform with the cast during the course of the fellowship, they work closely with directors and writers in the company and, by the end of the season, begin to take on leadership roles on artistic projects.

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.

STORY LOVE

Artistic, Education and Arts Administration Fellows work together to lead the Story Love Initiative, which provides 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, supervise interns, 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.

TRAINING

Arts Administration 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

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

  • Studio recording

  • Stage directing

  • Creative project development

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

  • Arts education assessment

  • Classroom best practices

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Arts Administration 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.

Artistic Fellows also have the opportunity to produce programs, but focus more of their attention on development and management of media projects and live theatrical performances.

Education Fellows also have the opportunity to produce programs, but focus more of their attention on the day to day running of educational programming, including employee management, supply coordination, 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. 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

The Story Pirates host an annual benefit for our low-income school partners, with celebrities joining our mission to inspire kids to read and write. 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:

Arts Administration Fellows:

  • Graduated from college or graduate school by fall 2018, or part-time student in 2018-19

  • 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:

  • Graduated from college or graduate school by fall 2018, or part-time student in 2018-19

  • 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

  • Not required but preferred: some experience in arts or education administration, amateur or professional OR any kind of nonprofit management experience

Artistic Fellows:

  • Graduated from college or graduate school by fall 2018, or part-time student in 2018-19

  • Some experience with live theatrical production AND/OR media production

  • Strong communication skills, specifically writing

  • 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

Please fill out the form below as soon as possible. We will be accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year on a rolling basis, but the positions are likely to fill by June 1. We can only accept applications through the online form, but if you have any questions before filling out an application, please email Jeremy at jeremy@storypirates.org and put Fellowship 2018-19 in the subject line. Thank you!

The Story Pirates highly value diversity in all areas of our work, both public-facing and behind the scenes, and we invite applications from diverse candidates.

 

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