Artist and Culture Organizer

Operations & Special Projects · Brooklyn, New York
Department Operations & Special Projects
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $70,000 to $85,000

About the Artist and Culture Organizer

Working Families Party (WFP) is hiring an Artist and Culture Organizer to help us better engage surrogates and artists who are interested in expanding WFP’s base and profile. The right person for this position will be able to quickly develop a working knowledge of WFP campaigns and priorities and will bring with them a solid understanding of the unique nature of organizing people who have a platform. 


This role will have a top-level view of WFP’s current Artist and Culture reach and will work with the Strategies and Partnerships Director to develop and implement our Artist and Celeb growth strategy. While they don’t need to come to WFP with their own relationships and connections, they must be able to build trust and move surrogates, celebs, and artists into WFP’s ladder of engagement. 


The duties of this position will be responsive to campaigns and election cycles, but can generally be understood as artist and celeb organizing, tracking, and handling, and staff training. The Artist and Culture Organizer will report to the Strategies and Partnerships Director.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Artist & Celeb Tracking 

  • Build and maintain an internal tracking system for the ladder of engagement and Artist and Culture prospects
  • Develop the leadership of prospects and connections
  • Engage artists and celebs around local, regional and national rapid response organizing 
  • Monitor the progress of the Artist and Culture strategic plan implementation 
  • Share information about Artist and Culture projects and strategies with WFP staff


Artist & Celeb Organizing 

  • Learn WFP’s current artist and celeb organizing strategies 
  • Work with the Strategies and Partnerships Director to develop new strategies and plans
  • Support the Strategies and Partnerships Director and other WFP staff to expand our artist and celeb base
  • Experiment with implementing cultural organizing projects such as 
    • Help to create and staff a Culture Council
    • Creating informal networks of Artists and Celebs and 
    • Building relationships with existing Artist and Celeb supporters 


Artist and Celeb Handling

  • Quickly build knowledge base and understanding of industries in which artists and celebs work
  • Exercise substantial confidentiality and discretion to protect our artist and celeb partners
  • Engage directly with artists, celebs, and their teams 
  • Serve as translator between electoral campaigns and staff and organizers on one hand and relevant industry insiders on the other


Staff Training

  • Lead the design and implementation of staff training on artist and celeb tracking, organizing, and handling. 


Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, especially within the arts and culture world and the political sphere
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, and comfort filling a role that will be developed and grow along with the Artist and Culture Organizer
  • Emotional intelligence, teamwork, and collaborative skills are key to success in this role
  • The ability to quickly and easily toggle between formal and informal communication styles depending on the audience
  • Coaching and leadership development skills to build and support the Artist and Culture program
  • Organizing skills


What Else Should You Know?

WFP has a broad understanding of the term Celeb. We believe that anyone with a platform should be supported as they organize via that platform. Our inclusive definition reflects WFP’s theory of change and leadership development strategy. 


Who is a Celeb?

At WFP, a Celeb is anyone with a platform who is interested in leveraging that platform to further the strategic goals of WFP. Our definition of Celeb is not limited to individuals with national or international reach. Good organizers think of Celebs as those with strategic platforms, no matter the size. The goals of a campaign should be considered before determining the Celebs to target and cultivate. In local or regional campaigns, the most effective Celeb partnerships will likely be with individuals who may not be very recognizable outside of their home region. These Celebs often have a much deeper relationship with their fans, have fewer gatekeepers, and have more time to dedicate to the campaign. 


Location

The position is full time and remotely based anywhere in the United States during the current health crisis. When safe to travel, our preference is for you to be based in New York or Los Angeles. 


Salary

The base salary range for this position is $70,000 to $85,000 and will be adjusted based on an internal equitable scale that takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. We also offer excellent benefits, paid holidays, vacation and sick time.


About Working Families Party

The Working Families Party is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. Our People’s Charter spells out our roadmap to a nation that cares for all of us. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win. 

 

The WFP is made up of individual and organizational members who come together to build a new political movement to change America.


Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to racial, economic, and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at jobs@workingfamilies.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.

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  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Department
    Operations & Special Projects
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
  • Compensation
    $70,000 to $85,000