Details: $20/hr for ~20hrs/wk to start, but open to full-time/salaried once we know it’s a good mutual fit.
126 Northeast Alberta Street
Grains of Salt (GoS) is a collective of artists who come together to work on projects for societal good. We have three lines of work: strategy/ops consulting, design/build, and making cool creative products. Most of what we do happens at the intersection of the arts and community development.
We recently agreed to manage the Alberta Abbey for a year, it’s a nonprofit church-turned-arts-center in NE Portland. Here’s a recent press release about the deal we helped negotiate with the new landlord. We’ve basically been hired to pull together a layered arts-focused adaptive reuse project from the ground up, and transition it to new leadership next year. Working with us will expose you to real estate development/management, architecture/design, arts programming, retail, and a ton of community engagement.
We need someone awesome to come along on this journey with the Abbey and to help galvanized interest in what we’re doing. We’re a lean team and you’d be working most closely with Prentice Onayemi, one of GoS’s founding partners. He’s pretty intense and has high expectations for himself and those closest to him, but he’s also fun to work with and will really care about what’s best for you long-term.
The day-to-day will be a combination of project management, relationship management, and storytelling. You’ll be the go-to note taker and task tracker in meetings; you’ll help coordinate among GoS staff/vendors, Abbey staff/vendors, and various other collaborators; and you’ll be running point on finding effective ways to capture the journey and share it with the world via social media and whatever other channels you think best.
You’d be our second Portland hire, and there’s plenty of room for growth. Demand for our consulting work is healthy in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors—so you could easily head in that direction if strategic planning and financial modeling interest you. And our near-term focus in Portland is to prototype operating models that use real estate to financially sustain creative spaces—so there’ll be plenty of projects and relationships to manage.
- Relentless attention to detail
- Strong writing/editing skills
- Good visual eye (photo, graphic design, etc.)
- Passion for the arts
- Patient confidence when you’re in over your head
- Bachelor’s degree
- Leadership and/or project management experience
- Familiarity w/ Slack, Asana, and social media platforms
- Some kind of creative practice
- The ability to be likeable and no-nonsense at the same time
You’ll have to attend a few daytime meetings per week at the office (in NE Portland), and you’ll have your own desk space. But as long as you meet your deadlines, it doesn’t matter where or what hours you work. We’ll occasionally need you to come out for special events on nights and weekends.
In the initial phase, let us know what you want and we can talk it through.
With the potential transition to full-time we'll be down to start investing more into you (e.g. paid vacation, healthcare, equity, and a professional development stipend).
Level of Language Proficiency
English - native fluency or equivalent
Minimum Education Required