STANCE INTERNSHIP

Background: Velocity is Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Its mission is to advance contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation and inter/national exchange.

STANCE is Velocity’s online platform that aims to activate and foster thoughtful discourse on dance, movement-based research and choreographic culture in and beyond Seattle. STANCE publishes informed writing, podcast interviews, responses to Velocity Speakeasy Series events and other online content relevant to Velocity programming; while insuring a diversity of perspectives and areas of expertise are represented. Find STANCE at velocitydancecenter.org/stance.

Position description: The STANCE intern coordinates STANCE. The main responsibilities includes reposting, soliciting, generating, editing and uploading content in collaboration with Velocity’s Artistic Director + Communications Team. Also, works with Velocity Team to foster ways to connect content with issues of interest to targeted communities.

Other typical activities include organizing editorial meetings, conducting open-calls for contributed writing, cultivating contributors from a broad range of disciplines, reminding writers of approaching deadlines, editing submissions, uploading content.

Reports to: Communications Coordinator

Hours: Flexible schedule but must meet established deadlines. On average 10-15 hours a week.

Compensation: During the term of the position the STANCE intern shall receive unlimited discounted dance classes at $5, studio rentals at the staff rate of $7/hr, and a complimentary tickets to all Velocity produced programs and special events.

Term of position: 6 months, April 21, 2014 – October 21, 2014.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage STANCE’s publication
  • Generate and manage editorial calendar to insure deadlines are met
  • Solicit and select contributors
  • Select material based on readership and relevant themes of inquiry
  • Review, revise/edit the work of contributing writers
  • Verify facts
  • Create title language
  • Post or re-post content
  • Meet weekly with Velocity’s Team to discuss content of STANCE
  • Collaborate with local and nationally known artists, writers and cultural organizations
  • Coordinate with Velocity Communications staff to make STANCE accessible via social media

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Interest in communications and community engagement via new media platforms
  • Interest in expanding formats for arts writing and audience engagement
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team player with integrity, humor and honesty
  • WordPress editing skills or willingness to learn
  • Investment in the mission and goals of Velocity as a non-profit arts center dedicated to fostering the creative explorations of dance artists and audiences
  • Beneficial: Previous experience blogging, or other publication-related work
  • Beneficial: Graphic design experience

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Office + Operations Manager Erin erin@velocitydancecenter.org by April 14, 2014. Review will begin immediately. Position open until filled.

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