Residency Manager — City of Asylum Pittsburgh
This position is responsible for the management and coordination of services for City of Asylum’s artists in residence through pre and post arrival responsibilities. The position enables writers in residence to navigate local systems, access resources, and help them achieve self-sufficiency. Residency Manager also welcomes short term residents of City of Asylum partner organizations. This position reports to the Executive Director.
- Serves as primary point of contact for writers-in-residence and liaison between resident writers and other COA staff
- Work alongside Director of Programs and Executive Director to accept new writers-in- residence. Includes:
- Primary liaison with ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network) to solicit dossiers of potential residents
- Manage partnerships with local universities
- Facilitate initial visa process for US entry
- Facilitate travel arrangements
- Coordinate services and referrals with partner agencies, county human service providers, schools, healthcare and government entities, etc.
- Includes medical insurance, medical teams, bank accounts, mental health services, schools, social connections, English language learning services
- Accompany artists to important appointments
- Facilitates cultural orientation and helps writers navigate initial experiences of culture shock
- Along with Executive Director, serves as point person in event of emergency and/or urgent needs, ensuring needs are promptly addressed and resolved. This includes working with government offices, schools, hospitals, doctors, and other agencies as needed. This may involve evening and weekend work
- Ensure and further long-term success, professional development, and self-sufficiency of resident writers. Includes:
- Communicates goal of City of Asylum to foster future independence and self-sufficiency
- Work with writers to identify long-term professional goals
- Act as liaison with immigration lawyers
- Establish writers’ connections to financial and career counselor and assist in development of monthly budget
- Identify resources to answer artists’ queries about life in the US
- Act as speaking coach to help writers prepare for various speaking events and reading opportunities
- Manage ongoing partnership with sponsoring universities
- Work with regional and national partner organizations to establish speaking and reading engagements for resident writers & artists
- Work with writers on translation and publishing
- Identify translators and project manage translation of manuscripts and other works
- Mentor resident writers on submitting their own work to English language publication outlets
- Manage on-going relationships with independent publishers interested in City of Asylum Writers-in-Residence
- Create exit procedures and methods by which to evaluate City of Asylum’s long term residency program
- Primary point-of-contact and coordinator for short-term residency partners such as the University of Pittsburgh Scholar’s at Risk program, the August Wilson House, CAAPP, Passaporta, Iowa University International Writing Program, etc.
Bachelor’s Degree (or applicable experience) in social service, education or related field. Proficiency in second language a plus. Experience with immigrant services, service coordination or other social service. Alert to cross-cultural differences in working with foreign-born populations. Excellent team player with organizational and communication skills. Comfort with utilizing interpretation. Maintaining valid PA driver’s license is a requirement.
Successfully meeting the physical demands listed below are also essential functions of this job.
- Night, weekend, and daylight work will be required
- Full Covid-19 vaccination by the start of employment
- Commitment to the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the ability to manage with these values centered.
- This is a full-time (40 hours per week) exempt position. Hours are primarily 10-6 Monday – Friday with flexibility to incorporate evening and weekend work.
- $40,000 – $45,000 + benefits
City of Asylum Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is our policy to be fair and equitable in our relations with our employees and applicants. Recruitment, hiring, placements, transfers and promotions, selection for training opportunities, wage and salary administration, decisions regarding separation from employment, layoffs, returns from layoffs, family care leave, social and recreational programs, and the application of all benefits and policies are based on individual qualifications for the positions being filled, and are also to be administered regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age (40 or older), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, veterans’ status, disabilities (physical and mental), medical condition (including cancer and HIV status), and any other characteristic protected by law.
City of Asylum is committed to results-oriented management aimed at achieving equal employment opportunity and shall apply good faith efforts to seek out, employ, train, and promote women and minor group members. If, because of a disability, you need accommodations in completing this application or to participate in an interview, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-435-1110.
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City of Asylum builds a just community by protecting and celebrating freedom of creative expression. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers and artists, so that that they can continue to create and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of free literary, arts, and humanities programs in a community setting to build social equity through cultural exchange. And by transforming blighted properties into homes for our programs, we anchor neighborhood economic development.
City of Asylum was founded in 2004 and is the largest writer sanctuary in the world. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, we are the U.S. headquarters of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), and do important work locally, nationally, and globally. We present over 150 free arts and humanities programs annually in Pittsburgh. Our international peers now deem us “the model for what a City of Asylum can be…expanding the idea of what is possible.” Our neighbors credit us with breaking down barriers of race, gender, and class in our community.
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