Below you will find information about involving young leaders in your organization, using interns, two items from the Artful Manager blog, two articles on volunteers, one article on low-wage workers and non-profits, and two job openings.
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Involving Youth in the Arts Project
Phase II – Focus Groups on Next Generation Leadership
see Executive Summary attached – This is about young leaders in arts orgs not arts education. – Beck
Are you faced with budget cuts, staff layoffs, and more work than ever? Do you need some help with marketing, or fundraising, or event planning, or in some other critical area, but don’t have any money to hire people?The economic crisis may just be providing a short-term answer for you.
A SMALL SILVER LINING IN THE ECONOMIC CLOUD
THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009 a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MINIMAL WEB SITE…
I wondered out loud last week (on Twitter, anyway) about our increasing efforts in arts organizations to add more and more internal functions to our web sites. What if we inverted our usual impulses, and did most of our online work outside our web sites, where people actually live and converse in the online world?
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
THE CORPORATION AS SHAPE-SHIFTER…
We tend to think of corporations and organizations as having a fixed and defined boundary around them. Yet this metaphor has always been more of a convenience than a fact. A new book explores the hazy edges the modern corporation.
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Volunteer Who Couldn’t
Word On The Street • By Martin Gorfinkel • June 1, 2009 •
Martin Gorfinkel retired from the technology company he started and ran for 30 years. He is the legendary “retired and willing volunteer” but has run into roadblock after roadblock. We seldom hear from the would-be volunteer who never ended up volunteering; this is the voice of one such person, from whom there is much to learn (and a happy ending).
Trying to volunteer has been a disaster! Over the last five years I have made serious efforts to help at several organizations. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/370
What Are the Board’s Responsibilities for Volunteers?
Board Cafe • By Susan Ellis • May 31, 2009 •
Susan Ellis has one of the smartest voices in volunteerism, and she talks here about a neglected topic on boards: strategic support at the board level for the critical volunteer workforce in our organizations.
Does your organization involve volunteers in service delivery? (It already involves at least some volunteers - on the board!) If so, when did the board last focus attention on this subject?
Don’t allow volunteer involvement to be the invisible personnel issue. If something is neglected, it may thrive by accident. But proactive support of volunteer involvement dramatically increases its potential achievement level. So what can a board of directors do? To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/371
Low-Wage Workers and Nonprofits 6.1.09
Feature Articles • By Jan Masaoka • May 31, 2009 •
Let’s look at two uncomfortable facts:
1. Many, many jobs in the nonprofit sector are low-wage jobs: child care workers, intake workers, database clerks, nonprofit housing custodians, door-to-door canvassers, elder care workers, support staff in the arts, home health care aides . . . in short, a very large proportion of jobs in human services, in advocacy, in education, in the arts, and in health care.
2. While raising salaries would be, by far, the best way to support these important staff, doing so isn’t possible for most nonprofits: certainly not in the short term, and often impossible for the long term given business models and funding constraints.
And, perhaps most uncomfortable of all for nonprofit leaders, the discussion about salaries and job retention has focused on the people at the top of organizations: the executive staff and program leaders. Think about how many articles you’ve seen on executive director retention and compensation (and we don’t dispute for a minute the crucial importance of the executive director), and then think about how many articles you’ve seen on retention and compensation for low-wage nonprofit workers.
to read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/376
The NEA Office of the Deputy Chairman for Grants and Awards , is seeking to fill the position of Theater/Musical Theater Director- GS-0301-15. This position opens today , May 27, 2009, and will remain open until filled.
This is an Excepted Service, Schedule A position; appointment for two years-subject to renewal. This position may also be filled through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). Additional Information regarding the IPA Program is included in the attached vacancy announcement.
Please use the link below to access the vacancy announcement Theater/Musical Theater Director
(If you need to use the actual address below make sure you get all of it. For some reason after the “?” I get a return. Beck)
The Tennessee Arts Commission has an upcoming opening for an Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator. This position works with the Director of Arts Education in all areas of the arts learning division. A full job description is attached. The position is a permanent, full-time position in TN state government and is based in Nashville. Please contact Kim Leavitt, Dir of Arts Education, for more information at email@example.com