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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 12:03 AM



PEN America seeks a talented, energetic, and highly organized Project Coordinator for a critical role in launching the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a new support system for artists facing threats as a result of their creative expression. This is an exciting opportunity for a detail-oriented, fast-moving professional eager to step up to the demands of a groundbreaking new effort at a growing non-profit organization. The successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment to arts and human rights internationally as well as experience in complex project management. The position also affords the opportunity to work directly with artists at risk worldwide, and the organizations that support them. The capacity to advance multiple workstreams simultaneously, track deliverables, carry out a wide variety of tasks, and ensure efficient deployment of resources are required. Expertise in digital outreach, database development, and international coalition-building will be assets for this position. The Project Coordinator will report to the Artists at Risk Project Director and help to supervise interns and consultants, with opportunities for significant growth as the project evolves.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.


Support the ARC Director in planning and executing the tasks necessary to launch and implement the project, including research, development of partnerships, collection and presentation of information resources, outreach and communications, and tracking of deliverables, budgets, and other administrative requirements

Provide administrative support such as scheduling, travel logistics, record keeping, taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining filing and archiving systems, word processing, photocopying, answering phones, and processing mail

Assist individual artists at risk as well as coordinate relationships with new and established partners engaged in supporting them

Plan and prepare for events and meetings and conduct follow-up;

Administer all electronic communications for the project: prepare, draft, edit, format and distribute materials such as news releases, blog posts, social media posts, tables, charts, briefing papers, op‑eds, publications, multimedia and web content

Conduct research and outreach to build the network of organizations assisting artists at risk, and to identify sources of assistance for artists

Develop and maintain a database inventory of resources including data-gathering and analysis

Track action items and workplans to ensure initiatives are progressing on schedule

Assist in efforts to expand support for the initiative, including media communications, public events, and fundraising proposals

Assist with project finance records

Recruit, manage and train interns and volunteers for the project

Other responsibilities as defined by the ARC Director.


Bachelor’s degree and strong academic credentials

A minimum of 2 years of relevant non-profit and/or project management experience

Superb organizational and process management skills including demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, identify creative solutions to implementation challenges, and advance multiple sub-projects effectively.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with additional language capabilities desirable.

Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills

Strong experience with online databases, website management, and social media

Sensitivity to the needs and circumstances of threatened artists and the organizations that serve them, and commitment to human rights, free expression, and the value of creativity and the arts.

Track record of professional accomplishment, and a demonstrated ability to bring projects to successful conclusion.

Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to think creatively and collaboratively

Formidable work ethic and high energy level, with ability to multi-task effectively

Familiarity with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) a plus

Salary and Benefits: PEN offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to One PDF is preferred. Please use “Artists-At-Risk Project Coordinator” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Artists-At-Risk Project Coordinator – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacte

• Location: Brooklyn, New York, NY

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