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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: 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. 
 

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 who identifies as Black or African American to play Alex.

About Auditions

  • 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 are held 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! 
 
Position Title: Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
FLSA: Exempt
Start Date: September 1, 2024
Salary Range: $85,000-$99,000
Reports to: Executive Director
 

About Creative Action

Creative Action is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of creative learning 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 inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their communities.

About the Opportunity

Creative Action seeks an inspiring, collaborative, creative and experienced professional to build, lead, and manage the organization’s community impact through philanthropy, storytelling, cultivation and stewardship of new and current donors to maximize revenue generation. The Chief Development Officer will serve as a primary fundraiser for Creative Action and this person must have the ability to plan, activate and manage a long-term fundraising vision and strategy along with overseeing the tactics to meet the identified benchmarks and goals.

This position reports directly to Creative Action’s Executive Director and serves as a senior leader of the organization. The Chief Development Officer will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, setting them up for success with signature donors and sponsors. As a senior leader, the Chief Development Officer will also work with Creative Action’s Board of Directors and its Development Committee, meaningfully and effectively engaging them in the organization’s annual fundraising plan.

The Chief Development Officer will be accountable for the day-to-day operations of the development department, managing the team to achieve organizational goals.

Who We Want

The ideal candidate will be an inspiring and transformational leader, an expert in development and fundraising and a relationship builder. This person will be a collaborative leader in Creative Action’s development work, taking ownership of the development program to ensure its success. They will engage staff, board members, and volunteers to participate actively and maximize outcomes for the organization. The candidate will have considerable direct experience with individual giving, with particular expertise in cultivating and growing major gifts ($10,000 or more), leading a team, and creating a culture of philanthropy in previous roles. Experience running a capital campaign is a plus.

Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

  • Lead the creation and execution of Creative Action’s comprehensive annual development plan that aligns with the organization’s strategic plan and ensures continued success and growth in major gifts ($10,000 or more), leadership gifts (less than $10,000), capital campaign, grants, corporate sponsorships, and other campaigns as needed. In this capacity the CDO will effectively set the strategy, manage the team and take ownership of tasks in addition to delegating and coaching the team.
  • Track and assess annual development plan/fundraising campaigns, provide analysis and reporting on progress towards development priorities and goals.
  • Manage, guide, support, and collaborate with the development team.
  • Provide support and fundraising training as needed for board, staff and volunteers.
  • Oversee the development and fundraising areas of Creative Action’s strategic plan.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Chief Program Officer to implement the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Prepare and disseminate detailed reports on development activities for both internal and external audiences.

Major Gifts and Individual Giving

  • Complete Creative Action’s capital campaign and steward donors to become major annual supporters.
  • Design a comprehensive strategy to identify, cultivate, steward and grow individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
  • Successfully manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects.
  • Support the Executive Director in their portfolio management.

Campaigns and Events

  • Recruit corporate donors for Creative Action programs, events and activations.
  • Oversee annual fundraising campaigns, including, but not limited to, end-of-year appeals, Giving Tuesday, and Amplify Austin.
  • Oversee monthly giving program.
  • Oversee fundraising events.

Communications and Operations

  • Ensure development operations run smoothly and administrative functions
    and tasks are completed efficiently and effectively.
  • Collaborate with Creative Action’s marketing lead to develop communications strategies, tell the Creative Action story, and create compelling materials and communications that support the annual development program and help the organization reach its fundraising goals.
  • Work with Head of Marketing to develop a strategy for marketing and storytelling to support Creative Action’s fundraising.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supports development events.
  • Support Creative Action community events.
  • Attend required full-time staff meetings and training.
  • Required participation in social justice lunch ‘n learns, company-wide meetings, and dedication to unlearning and dismantling racism, inherent bias and white supremacist culture.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES

  • 10 or more years of proven successful experience managing a development program, preferably in arts organizations with budgets of $10M or more.
  • Demonstrated success in raising major gifts from individual donors.
  • Knowledge of the best practices and principles of philanthropy and fundraising management.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of grant writing and administration.
  • Experience managing multiple high-priority projects concurrently.
  • Experience working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Proven experience managing teams and fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
  • Ability to collaborate across departments and work towards shared goals.
  • Ability to engage and support employees, board members, donors and volunteers.
  • Ability to learn, think quickly and modify strategies and tactics when necessary.
  • Ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong technical skills and experience working with the Google Suite, Slack, and CRMs.

what we offer

Annual salary is $85,000 – $99,000 per year, 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.

TO APPLY

Accepting applications through July 14th, 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 resumé and a cover letter to Executive Director, Patrick Torres, at patrick@creativeaction.org. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

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.

 

Position Title: Chroma Collective Muralist
Position Type: Part-time
Hourly Rate: $15-$20 per hour, commensurate with experience

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. 

Chroma Collective is a group of creatives dedicated to empowering young artists, uplifting the voices of our community, and creating artworks that are dedicated to place-keeping practices.

who we want

We’re looking for emerging young artists interested in continued mentorship in Public and Community Arts practices, as well as a variety of professional creative skills. We seek applicants ready to learn about careers in the arts through hands-on practice, and who are able to jump in and learn on the job.

Applicants should be alumni of our teen program Color Squad, or have experience in a comparable program (other local teen or after-school arts programs), and be seeking to develop a career in the arts. We are also seeking someone who shares our core values, is committed to anti-racism, a commitment to social justice, and increased creative expression. 

essential duties and responsibilities

  • Attend Monday morning meetings and shift from 10am- 3pm*
  • Create original designs for our upcoming murals  
  • Work collaboratively with other artists on design concepts 
  • Attend at least two shifts per week during mural install
  • Paint for up to 6 hours while on site
  • Be willing to help pack, set up, and clean up after the shift ends 
  • Support logistics and supply needs for all Public Art Projects as needed, such as Art on the Bus or other partner project support 
  • Support Color Squad murals and programs as needed 
  • Assist with documenting the mural progress 
  • Clean up and maintenance of the visual arts studio 
  • Engage with community stakeholders to bring their ideas to life 
  • Assist with the design and installation of UpFront Gallery shows 
  • Participate in gallery hours on Fridays or Saturdays
  • Support the opening of Upfront Gallery events 
  • Keep track of all of your hours in Ceridian for manager to approve 

qualifications & experiences

  • Ages 18-24 
  • Highschool Diploma or GED  
  • Color Squad Alumni or other comparable art preparation program 
  • Skilled artist & painter 
  • Comfortable receiving feedback & checking in with supervisor 
  • Diligent and motivated work ethic 
  • Enjoys working in a collaborative team environment
  • Able to self manage & work independently 
  • Desire to grow as a professional artist 
  • Effective & professional communication 
  • Comfortable working outdoors, up to 90 degree weather 
  • Can lift and move heavy equipment up to 40lbs
  • Comfortable working on a ladder and in high elevations
  • Open to working flexible hours including weekends
  • Has reliable transportation 

Not required but a plus 

  • Experience working with canva, photoshop, and/or illustrator
  • Using social media platforms such as instagram or tiktok 
  • Experience using google suite 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for this unique and vibrant program, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. Because of this, we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the requirements that are listed within this job description.

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 July 28th, 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 apply through the form at this link: https://airtable.com/appaT333zuyrcyNBW/shrxfBOkcnNwwJhss 

Position Title: Teaching Artist
Position Type: Part-time
Hourly Rate: $20 per hour
FLSA: Non-Exempt
 

Who we are

Creative Action is a nationally-recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of creative learning 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 inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their communities. 

Who We Want

We’re looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented and proactive person who is passionate about working with young people. This position requires someone who has a growth mindset, can-do attitude and is a creative problem solver. Applicants must have flexibility, excellent organization and interpersonal skills, and the ability to foster creativity, collaboration and communication. This person must be able to anticipate challenges, set positive intentions, build trust and inspire community. We seek someone who is committed to youth development and believes that all people deserve equal opportunities and are valued for their unique life experience. This position includes a pathway to leadership in the OST Department, through learning more about site management and logistics. 

Key Responsibilities

A Teaching Artist is an integral member of the Out of School Time (OST) site based team. This person works closely with a campus Site Coordinator and Artistic Associate to provide daily enrichment, snacks and class for a cohort of students. Grade levels of students range from PK4 through high school, however, grades are predominantly elementary. This person is responsible for preparing daily lessons. Additional responsibilities include creating unit plans, following Creative Action teaching pedagogy, classroom management,  supply maintenance and ordering, and safety for their assigned class(es). 

  • Regular duties occur from 2:30pm-6pm Monday-Friday when school is in session. This position includes the potential for additional hours of work for Day, Spring Break and Summer work as well. 
  • Creative Action Trainings are regularly on Friday mornings 10am-1pm. Meeting training hours is a requirement of the position.  

additional responsibilities

  • Maintain consistent and timely communication with CA staff and other program staff for your campus and follow all required staff sign in/out procedures when on campus as well as maintain any required paperwork on site.
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment for young people, following the minimum standards and Creative Action’s expectations
  • Attend all required training/meetings throughout the year, including Creative Action training, arts cohort training, online DFPS training, and any training/orientation for your campus program as scheduled
  • Support Creative Action’s Out of School Time events as scheduled
  • Support assessment and evaluation efforts for OST programs 
  • Maintain a consistent and regular attendance record in order to foster relationships, ensure continuity and progress for students, and support afterschool goals and teammates
  • Fulfill other duties that are related to the role in supporting students and the afterschool community
  • Maintain HHS state licensing certification requirements, mandatory training, and minimum required annual training hours
  • Transportation essential–travel expected to and from the program site 

Additional Requirements

  • Participate in Creative Action’s social justice efforts toward anti-racism and inclusive practices.
  • Must be able to pass all required background checks and fingerprinting for HHS state licensing and Austin Independent School District or other applicable school districts.
  • Constantly move and position oneself to facilitate class and supervise students. 
  • Constantly move to accomplish after school tasks from one area of the school to another (for example, transitioning students from the classroom to the outdoor playground, supervising students in the cafeteria during snack time, etc). 
  • Daily exposure to outdoor elements pending inclement weather. 
  • Can include ascending/descending stairs and ramps. 
  • Constantly communicate with young people. Constant verbal communication such as providing verbal reminders and communicating instructions and expectations. Regular use of visuals and written communication with agenda boards and lessons. 
  • Occasionally move and position oneself to ensure student safety in time sensitive situations including but not limited to student injuries, fire drills, and other urgent situations. 
  • Willing to obtain required CPR & First-aid certification prior to start date (paid for by Creative Action).
  • High school diploma or its equivalent.

What We Offer

Salary: Starting at $20 an hour
Training opportunities and pathways to leadership within the organization.

TO APPLY

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, submit your resume (required) and a short letter of interest through our Indeed job posting. This posting will be open until all positions are filled.

Position begins August 5th with paid in service training.

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.

**Please be advised that Creative Action will adjust any health protocols as a direct response to what is happening in the community. This includes a vaccination policy that is not currently a requirement but may be implemented if needed. We adhere to hand-washing and good personal hygiene. We keep our building well-ventilated at all times. Building protocols are implemented and regularly updated to ensure our employee’s safety, health, and well-being.

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.

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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