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Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We value experience in addition to education when hiring. We strongly encourage those who reflect the communities we serve to apply, including bilingual individuals and/or people of color.

JOB OPENINGS

Position Title:Grants Manager
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours/week
FLSA: Exempt
Start Date: June 1, 2024
Salary Range:$44,000 $50,000

We seek a Grants Manager to support our institutional giving program within Creative Action’s Development department. This position plays an essential role in our annual institutional giving program, including writing and submitting grant proposals and reports, managing a robust grants calendar, supporting grant and contract administration, researching and identifying new grant opportunities, and working with staff across the organization to ensure we have the stories, data, and other information needed for timely, accurate, and compelling grant narratives and reports.
 
WHO WE ARE

Creative Action is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of nonprofit arts education programs in Central Texas, we use the arts as a medium to inspire creativity, unlock potential, and transform the lives of students of all ages. Through interactive classroom performances, after-school residencies, and community-based programs, our team of professional Teaching Artists inspires youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their communities.
 
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

The Development Team loves building relationships–whether that’s with individual donors, family foundations, corporate partners, or national, state, and local funders. We believe Creative Action donors and supporters deserve to see how their generosity impacts the community. We are a collaborative team, and we strive to
bring excellence to all that we do. We honor each other’s accomplishments, celebrate successes, and lift each other up when things are difficult. We are committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, inclusivity, and belonging and hold each other accountable to those values. 
 
WHO WE WANT

We’re looking for a highly motivated, self-starting, and detail-oriented person who likes to dig into projects. This position requires someone who values collaboration, innovative thinking, and respectful communication. Applicants should be deadline-driven, demonstrate strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, and have excellent writing and communication skills. We are also seeking someone who shares our core values, is committed to anti-racism, and is excited to join our team in helping Creative Action actualize its vision to equip students with 21st-century skills, social and emotional intelligence, a commitment to social justice, and increased creative expression.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Research, monitor, and pursue grant opportunities that support programs and
align with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of Creative Action;
Write, compile, and submit all grant applications and materials according to
the requirements of the grant solicitation, best practices, and ethical
guidelines;
Prepare and submit all grant reports;
Maintain and develop a robust calendar of annual grant submissions in
alignment with our fundraising priorities and goals, including all application
and reporting deadlines;
Work with program staff to ensure the implementation and monitoring of key
grant deliverables and compliance with grant agreements and contracts;
Proactively coordinate staff efforts to collect, analyze, and report data on
grant-funded programs and activities;
Assist the Chief Development Officer with the cultivation and stewardship of
institutional stakeholders and funders;
Ensure timely and complete data collection and entry into our CRM donor
database, DonorPerfect;
Support other fundraising strategies as part of the development team on an
as-needed basis, such as assisting with our annual gala, direct mail
campaigns, and donor stewardship activities;
 
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;
5+ years’ nonprofit work experience, fundraising & development experience preferred;
3+ years’ experience in grant writing and coordination with a proven track record of success;
Excellent written communication skills, including strong grammar, storytelling, editorial, and research skills (you may be asked for a writing sample);
Knowledge of best practices and ethical standards in grant writing, prospecting, cultivation, and reporting processes;
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as key strategies toward broad-based institutional excellence, representing a range of perspectives, thoughts, and actions;
Exceptional organizational and planning skills and attention to detail;
Demonstrated high initiative-taking, professional standards, and integrity;
Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines;
Working knowledge of nonprofit functions, including development and fundraising, operations, and administration;
Strong technical skills in systems and applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Google Suite;
Experience with DonorPerfect or similar CRM donor database is a plus;
Comfort in calling, corresponding, and interacting with businesses and donors on behalf of Creative Action
Comfort with public speaking as necessary to make presentations to potential funders
 
WHAT WE OFFER

Competitive salary, health plan contributions, life insurance, long-term disability, an employee assistance program and unlimited mental health benefits. We also offer generous paid time off and a flexible work environment. Creative Action is an equal-opportunity employer. Creative Action does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving students of all ages through the Arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.
 
Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and
differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward thinking organization.
 
We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA2+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.
 
TO APPLY

Accepting applications through May 24, 2024. Take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. Then, if this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, please email your resume and a cover letter to development@creativeaction.org. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.
Position Title: Brave Schools Program Coordinator
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours/week
FLSA: Exempt
Start Date: July 8th, 2024
Salary Range: $42,000 $46,000
 
WHO WE ARE

Creative Action is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of nonprofit arts education programs in Central Texas, we use the arts as a medium to inspire creativity, unlock potential, and transform the lives of students of all ages. Through interactive classroom performances, after-school residencies, and community-based programs, our team of professional Teaching Artists inspires youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their communities.
 
The School-Based Programs Department reaches an average of 10,000 students per school-year in the Austin Independent School District and surrounding districts. We offer classroom programming through Brave Schools (Interactive Theatre Programs in schools), and Spark Schools (our arts-rich School model). The Brave Schools Program Coordinator handles all logistics and booking requests from schools and community partners for classroom-based programming. This role plays an integral part in sending our Interactive Theatre Programs out to Pre-K through 5th grades in 400 classrooms annually.
 
WHO WE WANT

We’re looking for a highly motivated, organized, systems-thinker who values creative programming in schools with young people. Applicants should have a can-do attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. This position requires the ability to manage communication from various stakeholders (schools and teaching artists), creatively solve problems, and support programming through creation and upkeep of materials required for various programs, including: sets, props, costumes, puppets, student giveaways, etc. This position requires someone who is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression, and is interested in participating in and supporting Creative Action efforts to act as an anti-racist organization. We would prefer a fluent Spanish speaker in this position who can support communication, access and translation needs. 
 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
 
The Brave Schools Program Coordinator is an integral member of the School-Based Team, and works closely with the Director of School Based Residencies, as well as Teaching Artists who deliver programming in the classroom. Primary responsibilities for this position include (details below):
 
  • Manage touring schedule and logistics for all Interactive Theatre Programs
    • The Brave Schools Program Coordinator inputs and updates the bookings and calendars for all Interactive Theatre Programs (ITP), and informs all stakeholders of schedules and changes as they occur.
    • This person is the contact for questions concerning booking times, dates, locations, and space issues and is the go-to for emergency conflicts or last-minute updates to touring calendars/schedules.
    • This role will:
      • Manage all school-based reservations and communications through Airtable project management system
      • Maintain updated google calendars for Teaching Artist schedules
      • Handle all communication with schools through Airtable and email, including: reservations, teacher letters, parent letters, reminders, and updates
      • Respond to all school inquiries and questions
      • Update and manage program details in various databases
      • Track budgeting for programs and department spending ● Consolidate and upkeep billing information on a monthly basis ● Maintain excellent Creative Action representation with all stakeholders ● Coordinate rescheduling, including last minute “emergency” rescheduling and communication
      • Help problem-solve and communicate in the early morning, sometimes as early as 6:30 or 7am (as needed when emergencies arise)
  • Upkeep, management and/or creation of supplies for all Interactive Theatre Programs
    • Manage all supplies for each Interactive Theatre Program and each program team, including sets, props, costumes, puppets and student materials.
    • Delegate upkeep tasks as necessary, make and/or approve purchases
    • Problem-solve set and prop issues as they arise throughout the year
    • Procure costumes for actor-teachers
    • Manage creation of specific props or set pieces as necessary
    • Make sure all “takeaway” materials are prepared and ready for programming
    • Work with volunteers/volunteer coordinate as necessary to create/build material backstock for Interactive Theatre Programs
  • General Responsibilities
    • Supports School-Based events
    • Support Creative Action community events
    • Attend required full-time staff meetings and training
    • Participate in Creative Action Social Justice Initiatives

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Required:
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Must be a self-starter, and able to balance working independently and collaboratively
    • Proficiency with project management systems, Microsoft Office and Google suite, and an aptitude for learning new technology; this role requires a willingness, interest, and aptitude in using project management software (Airtable)
    • Occasional early morning, evening, and weekend work required
  • Preferred:
    • Ability to navigate relationships with a variety of stakeholders
    • Knowledge of Airtable, or other project management systems and be willing or able to learn new technology
    • Design, costuming or visual arts skills for creation and upkeep of programming materials; props, sets, costumes, puppets, etc
    • Spanish fluency

WHAT WE OFFER

Annual salary is $42,000 – $46,000 (depending on experience), health plan contributions, life insurance, long-term disability, an employee assistance program and unlimited mental health benefits. We also offer generous paid time off, including two rejuvenation weeks, 12 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave and a flexible/hybrid work environment.

Creative Action is an equal-opportunity employer. Creative Action does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving students of all ages through the Arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA2+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

TO APPLY

Take some time to familiarize yourself with Creative Action, The School Based Department at Creative action, and the Brave Schools Webpage. Then, if this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, please follow these steps:

  • email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter (required) that describes why you are a good fit for this position to schoolbased@creativeaction.org
  • Posting will remain open until filled. Candidate review will begin June 3rd 2024
  • Ideal start date July 8th, 2024

Job Type:

  • Full-time Salary Range: $ 42,000 – $46,000
Position Title: Brave Schools Performer
Position Type: Part-time
Hourly Rate: $20-$22 per hour

Creative Action is holding auditions to cast 3 PERFORMERS for the 2024-25 school year to tour our Interactive Theatre Programs in elementary schools all over Austin. 
 
Auditions will be Friday May 31st from 9 – 12:30 at Creative Action at 1023 Springdale Rd, Blg 3, Austin, TX 78721. If you are unavailable during this time, please contact us and we can arrange a better time for you to audition. 
 

About Brave Schools

Creative Action’s Brave Schools support inclusive school communities through immersive, multi-day interactive theatre programs. Programs are designed for Pre-K through 5th-grade students and engage young people in solving real-world problems through role-play, puppetry, song, and movement. 

About the Performances/ Roles

  • The Courage to Stand: The Courage to Stand is our longest running interactive theatre program at Creative Action. By exploring historical acts of courage, this interactive performance teaches young people to creatively investigate the idea of courage and how to act as a “courageous bystander.” Students learn to examine the choices, risks, and consequences of intervening to help the target in a bullying situation. 
    • We are looking for…
      • 1 Actor of any race/gender to play Paul/Paul.
      • 1 Actor who identifies as Black or African American to play Alex.
  • Welcome Armadillo, Somos Communidad: Songs and puppetry are used to spark imaginations as we journey into an animal sanctuary to make new friends. Students learn social emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, in this bilingual English/Spanish program.
    • We are looking for…
      • 1 bilingual (Spanish/English) performer.

About the Audition

  • Auditions may be with a group.
  • We will introduce Creative Action Interactive Performances and warm up together.
  • Each audition consists of THREE components:
    • Monologue/Performance (on your own)
    • Facilitate a dialogue/moment of exploration with the group, related to your monologue/performance piece
    • Facilitation worksheet (which will prepare you to facilitate a short dialogue) – this will be handed in at the audition.

More information about these three components, as well as worksheet, will be sent to you once you have signed up. Auditions will be Friday May 31st from 9 – 12:30 at Creative Action at 1023 Springdale Rd, Blg 3, Austin, TX 78721 

SIGN UP HERE TO AUDITION

Please email schoolbased@creativeaction.org with any questions! 
 

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, compensate, uplift and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Creative Action has a clear vision: we are an organization in which a diverse group of unique thinkers and talented people come together to want to do their best work serving our students through the arts. We know that our company would not succeed without the dedication and hard work from our creative and passionate employees.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward-thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

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