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Split This Rock is hiring!

We're looking for a Managing Director and part-time, contracted Grant Writer to join our team. Please review each individual job posting below for more information about each role and how to apply. Each job posting is also available as a Word document which has been formatted for screen readers. The documents are available for download at the top of each posting. If you have questions about the positions or the application instructions, or if these job positings are not accessible to you, please reach out to info@splitthisrock.org

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. As positions are filled, we will remove the job postings on this page. If the job posting is still up, we're still accepting applications for the role. For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, November 9, 2022. 

We look forward to reviewing your application materials! 


Managing Director

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Background of Split This Rock

Split This Rock is a nonprofit organization that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Based in Washington, DC, Split This Rock brings poets and poetry to the center of public life through publication and curation, workshops, poetry readings, and roundtable discussions. Split This Rock’s programming serves audiences of all ages, including programs dedicated to youth. All programs are currently virtual due to the pandemic.

To learn more about Split This Rock, check out the following pages on our website:

Programs at Split This Rock

  • Writing Workshops: Split This Rock has offered both virtual and in-person poetry workshops facilitated by a variety of poets and attended by a wide diversity of practicing writers, from beginners to well established poets. For the time being, all workshop offerings will be virtual.
  • Poetry Readings: Split This Rock has held both in-person and virtual poetry readings for local and national audiences. During the pandemic, Split This Rock has hosted virtual poetry readings. Captioned recordings of recent virtual readings as well as recorded readings from numerous past events and festivals can be accessed on Split This Rock's YouTube channel.
  • Roundtable Discussions: In June 2022, Split This Rock live-streamed "The future lives in our bodies:" A Virtual Disability Justice & Poetry Roundtable. The featured poets were Naomi Ortiz, Meg Day, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Camisha Jones served as moderator. A captioned recording of the roundtable is available on YouTube.
  • Publications & Curation: Split This Rock's Poem of the Week series publishes a contemporary poem online each week and sends each poem to Split This Rock's network via our weekly email newsletter. All poems Split This Rock has published in the series since 2009, along with contest winners and a selection of videos from past festivals and youth programs, are available in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database, searchable by social justice theme, author’s identity, state, and geographic region. Like all of Split This Rock’s programs, Poem of the Week and The Quarry are designed to bring poetry fully to the center of public life.
  • Youth Programs: Split This Rock Youth Programs have included the DC Youth Slam Team (DCYST); Louder Than a Bomb DMV, a youth team poetry slam and festival; Hyper Bole, a youth individual poetry slam and festival; free after school poetry clubs at schools in the DC-metro area; a monthly youth open mic; performances and workshops online and at universities and national youth conferences; extensive youth programming at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, and more.

Overview of Role

The Managing Director role is a full-time position. The Managing Director will focus on fundraising and development, financial management, operations and systems management to further Split This Rock’s mission. The Managing Director partners and collaborates with the staff team and board members to steward a shared, consensus-based leadership structure. They work with staff, board members, contractors, and volunteers to support their areas of responsibilities, including managing the organization’s part-time contracted grant writer and bookkeeper. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Responsibilities of Split This Rock’s Managing Director

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Fundraising & Development

  • Drive Split This Rock’s overall fundraising efforts by developing and executing strategies that ensure a sustainable and diverse funding stream and effectively leverage the expertise and contacts of the board
  • Process donations, maintain donor profiles in database (Giftworks/Panorama), and ensure proper gift acknowledgement
  • Track fundraising progress and create relevant reports
  • Develop a fundraising calendar and set annual fundraising goals in collaboration with staff and board
  • Secure sponsorship—in-kind and monetary—for Split This Rock programs
  • Monitor foundation and government grant application and reporting deadlines and submit completed reports and proposals in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to create direct mail, email, social media fundraising campaigns
  • Manage grant writing contractor and support with grant writing as needed
  • Work with the staff and board to organize and carry out fundraising events

Financial Management

  • Manage and maintain financial systems (QuickBooks Online) in coordination with bookkeeper
  • File annual organizational taxes with support from contracted CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • Issue payments to featured artists, contractors, and vendors and manage recurring bill payment
  • Review and authorize bi-monthly payroll through online payroll platform (SurePayroll)
  • Organize and file invoices, receipts, records of income and expenses, and other necessary documentation for recordkeeping on secure online filing system, Box
  • Serve as an authorized signer on Split This Rock’s accounts
  • Maintain sound financial policies and practices and produce monthly financial reports
  • Prepare annual budget for board approval; manage revenue and expenses to that budget; forecast and adjust to variances as they occur to maintain financial stability
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as accurate, informative reporting as required by the board, our constituents, and by law

Operations

  • Develop the organization’s infrastructure, systems, and processes to facilitate continuous improvement, quality assurance, and values-alignment of the organization’s practices and mission
  • Facilitate and uphold consensus-based decision making processes amongst full staff team to sustain culture of consent and accountability
  • Manage electronic and paper filing systems
  • Develop, update, and refine structures for organizational operations and governance rooted in disability justice and liberatory praxis to keep internal practices aligned with externally stated values
  • Participate in strategic planning processes and facilitate the implementation of strategic goals within Split This Rock’s day-to-day operations
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, contractors, interns, and Fellows specific to area of work
  • Collaborate with other staff to write and review contracts for contractor roles at the organization

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manage part-time bookkeeping and grant writing contractors year-round, and manage contracted CPA to assist with tax filing. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Split This Rock policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training new staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; coordinating accountability processes; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Who We’re Looking For

The Managing Director is…

  • Committed to social justice and the role that the arts can play in social change
  • Someone who is practiced in multitasking, delivering within timelines, and adapting swiftly to change
  • Proactive, highly organized, self-motivated work ethic with a willingness to learn
  • Comfortable managing and facilitating meetings
  • Someone who works both independently and as a team player
  • Flexible in responding and adapting to a work environment in a non-traditional office structure
  • Someone who demonstrates creative and critical-thinking abilities
  • Enthusiastic, creative, patient, flexible, and practices good judgment
  • Able to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for a majority of a typical working day
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Located in or near Washington, DC, or willing to relocate upon acceptance of the position
  • Able to work remotely in a location with no background noise during meetings with reliable internet connection when not working at Split This Rock’s office

The Managing Director has…

  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and associated budgets, resources, and people with emphasis on schedules, leading teams, and managing deliverables
  • Proven experience in various nonprofit fundraising avenues, including writing grant proposals and reports, developing individual fundraising campaigns, and securing program sponsorships
  • Excellent facilitation skills with experience holding space for and facilitating consensus-based decision making processes and collaborative group environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written, with responsive and timely communication habits
  • Strong computer skills
  • Discretion in maintaining confidential information and high degree of ethics and standards of professional conduct
  • Strong people skills, emotional intelligence, and an aptitude to work well with others
  • Focus to handle responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy, accountability, and attention to detail. The Director must manage their own workload with regular check-ins from team members via meetings, email, and chat
  • Fluency in English
  • 5+ years experience in nonprofit fundraising/development or related field
  • Demonstrated experience creating and managing budgets, including pulling and presenting relevant reports and financial data to board, staff, and funders
  • At least 1 year of strategic planning implementation and/or organizational development experience
  • Experience managing contractors, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience navigating and managing donor database systems (Split This Rock uses Frontstream's Panorama, which includes Artez and Giftworks)

Preference for candidates with:

  • A college degree or an equivalent level of experience in arts administration, nonprofit management, human services, fundraising/development
  • Experience and a high level of proficiency is strongly preferred with any of the following: G-suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Analytics, etc.), Quickbooks Online, Zoom (Online Meeting Platform), Box (Cloud-Based Storage System), or experience and proficiency with similar digital tools
  • Knowledge of nonprofit industry’s legal rules and guidelines
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors to cultivate organizational fundraising efforts

Salary, Hours, and Benefits

This role’s salary is $60,000 a year. It is a full-time position, based in Washington, DC. The Managing Director role will operate both remotely and in-person in Washington, DC, at Split This Rock’s offices according to a schedule and/or as needed.  All full-time staff work a 4-day/32-hour work week.

Split This Rock offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, and life insurance with premiums paid by employer. All full-time employees receive paid time off, including three weeks paid vacation, 10 days of paid sick leave annually, as well as all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, apply by Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Send a resume and cover letter to info@splitthisrock.org with “Managing Director –[YOUR NAME]” as the subject line. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Access, Equity, and Inclusion: Split This Rock encourages applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, people with disabilities, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ candidates. Split This Rock is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, family duties, personal appearance, citizenship status, or any basis prohibited by federal or local laws.
 

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Grant Writer

View this job posting as a document formatted for screen readers by clicking to download the Word document.If you experience any difficulty with downloading the document, please send an email to info@splithisrock.org.

Background of Split This Rock

Split This Rock is a nonprofit organization that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Based in Washington, DC, Split This Rock brings poets and poetry to the center of public life through publication and curation, workshops, poetry readings, and roundtable discussions. Split This Rock’s programming serves audiences of all ages, including programs dedicated to youth. All programs are currently virtual due to the pandemic.

To learn more about Split This Rock, check out the following pages on our website:

Programs at Split This Rock

  • Writing Workshops: Split This Rock has offered both virtual and in-person poetry workshops facilitated by a variety of poets and attended by a wide diversity of practicing writers, from beginners to well established poets. For the time being, all workshop offerings will be virtual.
  • Poetry Readings: Split This Rock has held both in-person and virtual poetry readings for local and national audiences. During the pandemic, Split This Rock has hosted virtual poetry readings. Captioned recordings of recent virtual readings as well as recorded readings from numerous past events and festivals can be accessed on Split This Rock's YouTube channel.
  • Roundtable Discussions: In June 2022, Split This Rock live-streamed "The future lives in our bodies:" A Virtual Disability Justice & Poetry Roundtable. The featured poets were Naomi Ortiz, Meg Day, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Camisha Jones served as moderator. A captioned recording of the roundtable is available on YouTube.
  • Publications & Curation: Split This Rock's Poem of the Week series publishes a contemporary poem online each week and sends each poem to Split This Rock's network via our weekly email newsletter. All poems Split This Rock has published in the series since 2009, along with contest winners and a selection of videos from past festivals and youth programs, are available in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database, searchable by social justice theme, author’s identity, state, and geographic region. Like all of Split This Rock’s programs, Poem of the Week and The Quarry are designed to bring poetry fully to the center of public life.
  • Youth Programs: Split This Rock Youth Programs have included the DC Youth Slam Team (DCYST); Louder Than a Bomb DMV, a youth team poetry slam and festival; Hyper Bole, a youth individual poetry slam and festival; free after school poetry clubs at schools in the DC-metro area; a monthly youth open mic; performances and workshops online and at universities and national youth conferences; extensive youth programming at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, and more.

Overview of Role

Split This Rock seeks to engage a part-time, contracted grant writing and reporting consultant to assemble, prepare, and draft applications and reports for our major recurring grants and to provide recommendations for pursuing new short and longer-term funding based on new and existing grant research.

We want to work with a professional who understands and values disability justice, racial equity, and anti-oppression as core organizational operating principles. We're particularly interested in individuals who have experience working with organizations at the intersection of arts and social justice and share our commitment to equity, access, and liberation. Please note any relevant experiences or relationships in your application materials.

We welcome applications from beyond the Washington, DC metro area.

Scope of Work

We invite applications from consultants to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Draft and assemble grant applications & reports for recurring funders. Work with staff to create a grant calendar for all applications and reports. Draft applications and reports based on existing materials, requesting updated information from staff as needed. Enter and save drafts of approved applications and reports using online portals where applicable.
  • Organize, research, document, and assess new annual and multi-year grant prospects. Draw on research already completed and update prospects data based on additional research. On a quarterly basis, present staff and board with 2-3 additional funding prospects that are a best fit for Split This Rock and recommended strategy for pitching each funder.
  • Report to Managing Director. Work in deep collaboration with Managing Director to organize grants and grant reports materials, manage grant calendar, and coordinate submissions.

Timeline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, please send your application materials by Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Consultation contract completed by June 30, 2023, with possibility of renewing for the following fiscal year (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024).

Budget

The ideal budget for this position is $30/hour for 20 hours of work/week. We are open to negotiating payment schedules via retainer, hourly rates, deliverables.

Submission details

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Resume and cover letter that includes: (1) general qualifications of individual consultant, including specific experience working with nonprofits in organizational/leadership transitions and/or operating under a shared leadership model; and (2) demonstrated experience with organizations working at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice.
  • Client list and contact information for three references.

Contact

Send all application materials to info@splitthisrock.org with “Grant Writer–[YOUR NAME]” as the subject line. 

 

Access, Equity, and Inclusion: Split This Rock encourages applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, people with disabilities, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ candidates. Split This Rock is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, family duties, personal appearance, citizenship status, or any basis prohibited by federal or local laws.

 

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