Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) is a new initiative established by Western Arts Alliance (WAA) to deepen support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity, and generosity. The initiative aims to provide education and resources for U.S-based (including Alaska and Hawaii) Indigenous artists and arts presenting professionals that will build audiences for Indigenous arts and culture.
A vital aspect of WAA’s mission is the ongoing training and education of artists, agents, and presenters. Arts professionals today work in an environment that is constantly shifting as we adapt to the challenges and rigors of our current social, economic, cultural, and political climate. WAA’s Professional Development program seeks to enhance artists’ and organizations’ ability to realize their artistic and public service goals by offering an array of educational opportunities that build cultural competency, stimulate ingenuity, and foster leadership.
Duties & Responsibilities
Advancing Indigenous Performance (60%)
The Program Manager is responsible for managing WAA’s new Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program. This work will include assisting the Executive Director in developing, implementing, and evaluating the program. The position manages the work of WAA’s AIP Committee and coordination with the AIP team of consultants and mentors. The Program Manager is also the lead staff contact for Indigenous Artists participating in the program and to the prospective artists and applicants. The Program Manager works collaboratively with AIP team members to ensure accurate program administration and assists with writing, implementing, and monitoring communications regarding WAA’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Program.
Engage and support Indigenous artists, arts professionals, and allies with guidance, feedback, service, and advocacy in relation to AIP and its programs.
- Coordinate with AIP Team (Indigenous Committee, Program Consultants, and WAA Staff) regarding professional development content and delivery.
- Prepare post-conference and event reports for the AIP team and the Indigenous Committee.
- Prepare progress reports required by funder organizations.
- Assist Chair of AIP Committee. Assist with reparation of agenda, hotel accommodations, support materials, and follow-up discussion or action items.
- Support and attend regular AIP Team conference calls.
- Work with WAA Membership & Communications Manager, to promote AIP to members of the Native performing arts community and stakeholders at large.
- Other duties as assigned.
Native Launchpad Artists Awards
- Coordinate Native Launchpad planning, development, and implementation activities.
- Assist with the development process and policies for recruiting, vetting, selecting, and orienting mentors.
- Manage the application and panel review process.
- Assist with the development of the Native Launchpad educational and professional development content.
- Assist with creating the onboarding process and welcoming protocol for all participants (artists and mentors). e. Support the mentor-artist relationship.
- Assist with gathering and analyzing survey data for Native Launchpad Artists and Fellows.
AIP Professional Development
- Assist the committee and staff with the planning, development, and implementation of the Indigenous professional development program
- Work with AIP Team to plan and develop core curricula, sessions, etc.
- Manage AIP Symposium speaker/instructor activities, including confirmation of contractual arrangements, preparation/distribution of speaker information letter, including travel, compensation, program materials, audio/visual requests, handout preparation, and payment of honorariums and expenses following the meeting.
- Assist with Identifying, recommending, and introducing prospective speakers.
- Assist AIP team, speakers, and committee in drafting or editing session abstracts.
- Assist with creation of Welcome Packet content.
- Support preparation and dissemination of the AIP session evaluations.
Support the committee and staff with the planning, development, and implementation of the Indigenous showcase.
- Provide advice and insight to the AIP Team regarding the planning, development, and implementation of the Indigenous Showcase.
- Document the evaluation of applications and selection of awardees.
Travel Support Fund
Advise on the planning, development, and implementation of the Indigenous Artist Travel Fund Provide advice and insight to the AIP Team regarding the planning, development, and implementation of the Indigenous Artist Travel Fund. Participate in evaluation of applications and selection of awardees.
Professional Development Program (40%)
The Program Manager is responsible for organizing and coordinating the professional development opportunities for our members. Assists the Executive Director in developing, implementing, and evaluating professional development opportunities for members. Manages the work of WAA’s Professional Development Committee. The Program Manager works collaboratively with other staff and ensures accurate program administration and assists with writing, implementing, and monitoring communications regarding WAA’s professional development initiatives.
Serve as staff liaison to the Professional Development Committee. Tasks include: supporting administrative management, soliciting proposals, vetting prospective speakers, monitoring committee performance, managing communications, coordinating the work of the committee with other WAA staff, and implementing a volunteer strategy.
- Responsible for the timeliness, processes, and resource allocation of meeting and programs, including but not limited to the WAA Annual Conference, pre-conference symposium, the WAA Institute, webinars, and other special events.
- Gathers and analyzes satisfaction survey data for each program or event and implements appropriate improvement strategies.
- Develops, implements, and evaluates new leadership/professional development opportunities for membership that are timely and focused on member’s needs by contributing ideas and analyzing present programs.
- Monitor and update the program’s web pages.
- Assist in budget development process.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The position requires excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills; computer proficiency; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of performing artist management and booking.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultures.
- Demonstrated success in building positive relationships with Indigenous artists and communities.
- Demonstrated ability to manage training, mentoring, or coaching programs.
- Demonstrated ability to foster a working environment that promotes teamwork, productivity, and collegiality.
- Incumbent must be comfortable working in a small non-profit office with limited support staff.
- Insurance: Medical, Dental, and Vision
- Following probation (six months): Pension benefit equal to 9% of salary
- Personal and Sick Leave: starting at three weeks/year (following probation)
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
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