PEN America, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks an enterprising and determined senior manager to strengthen and lead our work to fortify and expand the Artist at Risk Connection (ARC)’s international programs. The role will oversee ARC’s regional hubs and expand PEN America’s international reach in order to grow the network of organizations and individuals providing assistance to at-risk artists. The ideal candidate will have the vision, expertise, and program management skills to shape ARC’s international programs and manage ARC’s regional representatives, while also collaborating with the ARC team and the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center. The role requires strong project management skills, and a demonstrated commitment to the arts and human rights internationally. This is a new full-time position, expected to be based at PEN America’s New York office. The position reports to the Director, Artists at Risk Connection.
At PEN America, ARC safeguards the right to artistic freedom of expression around the world and works to ensure that artists of all disciplines everywhere can live and work without fear. With a global network of 800 organizations providing crucial resources for artists and cultural practitioners at risk, ARC plays the critical role of liaising between threatened artists and the organizations that support them. Since its inception, ARC has assisted more than 500 artists from over 63 countries in receiving direct support, including fellowships and residencies, emergency funding, legal assistance, and advocacy, among other forms of assistance, from partner organizations.
The Senior Manager, 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, including Amani: Africa Creative Defence Network and PAR (Protección de Artistas en Riesgo) – América Latina y el Caribe, as well as ARC’s regional workshops and public programs. The incumbent will also guide the expansion of our safety trainings and content related to ARC’s Safety Guide for Artists; engage in and spearhead coalitions among partner organizations; and conduct national and international outreach to artists and partner organizations. The senior manager will also work with regional bodies on advocacy actions in close collaboration with the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center team and ARC’s protection programs team. This position provides an excellent opportunity for advancing expertise in human rights and non-profit management skills in the free expression and cultural arenas, joining a growing organization at a time when this work has great urgency.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
PEN America offers competitive compensation and full benefits. The salary range for this position is $75k-80k, commensurate with experience. Candidates whose expectations are outside this range are welcome to apply, as PEN America is open to considering talented individuals at varying stages of their careers. PEN America’s benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision health insurance, paid time off, nine paid holidays, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 403b retirement plan.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to [email protected]. Please use “ARC Senior Manager, International Programs” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “ARC Senior Manager, International Programs – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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