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Dialogue Catalyst

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Santa Cruz, CA

  • Salary $17 to $19 Hourly
  • Employment Type Contractor

Position Title: Dialogue Catalyst
July 2018- October 4th 2019 Estimated 24 hrs/week Nights and weekends as needed.
Rate: $17-$19/hour depending upon experience.
Reports to: Director of Community Engagement
Start Date: July 2018
End Date: October 4th 2019
Deadline to apply: Ready to review, interview and hire immediately
This is a temporary contract position at the MAH, specifically for this project.

What’s great about this job: You’ll be part of an innovative exhibition model that connects art to social action. You’ll lead the community partnerships, activation, documentation, and evaluation of the issue-driven exhibition focused on the Social Isolation of Seniors in Santa Cruz County. Learn more about this exhibition model in the Issue-Driven Exhibition Model Toolkit.

What you’ll be doing:

Assist in C3 Meetings (C3 is the community group creating this exhibition) preparing material, assisting in logistics, and co-facilitating each meeting.

Be in dialogue with every C3 partner (seniors, elected officials, social workers, educators, senior advocates, county health officials, and social service providers) during exhibition development to identify the most effective and manageable ways for partners to use the exhibition to advance their own goals. Consistently communicate upcoming meeting agendas, updates, and opportunities.

Support C3 partners when the exhibition is open (April 2019-September 2019) in creating their own events, materials, programs, pop up exhibits and projects that extend the exhibition beyond the museum throughout our community.

Lead events and dialogue sessions connected to the exhibition and C3 partner’s goals at the museum. This can range from 2-4 events per month.

Connect MAH staff with C3 members interested in participating in existing MAH programs and events.

Develop, recruit and manage Senior Interns/Volunteers. Work with a cohort of seniors in C3 to support visitor engagement in the exhibition and related events.

Work with our Youth Programs to assist in creating 3-12 grade educational materials for the exhibition that helps achieve our partners goals.

Document the various ways the exhibition is used as a platform by partners.

Evaluate the effectiveness of the exhibition, both for partners and visitors.

Participate on the Engagement Team. Support the goals and initiative of the department. Serve as a helpful partner to colleagues on the team and participate in all-staff events, including the GLOW festival.

Collaborate with other staff. Maintain strong collaborative relationships and clear communication with all staff.

Requirements for this job:

● You have experience working with seniors.

● You have car. You’ll need to attend meetings with partners across our country, it’s important that you have reliable transportation.

You’re a great fit for this job if:

● You’re a clear, confident, thoughtful, prompt and open communicator. You’re a natural at creating dialogue and making people feel comfortable.

● You have experience leading events, especially in partnership with organizations that do not often put on public events.

● You know how to help collaborators feel like true partners.

● You’re confident in public speaking, facilitating large meetings and intimate conversations.

● You work quickly, solve problems proactively and produce exceptional quality work.

● You’re knowledgeable in microsoft word, excel and google drive.

● Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

About our Team working on this project:

The Dialogue Catalyst is a core member of the team developing this project and the primary partner liaison.

The MAH Staff team working on this project include:

● Nina Simon, Executive Director, who will lead facilitation of the kick off meeting and state/regional partnerships to travel the exhibition.

● Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement, who will lead this process, C3 meetings, artist collaborations, content development and project management.

● Whitney Ford-Terry, Exhibitions Catalyst, who will assist in artist collaborations, content development, and lead label writing.

● Michaela Clark Nagaoka, Design Catalyst, who will lead all 2D design for the exhibition.

● Exhibition Fabrication Catalyst, who will lead all 3D design for the exhibition.

● Natalia Cortes, Youth Programs Spark, who will lead school tour curriculum development.

To develop this issue-driven exhibition, the MAH team is:

● Recruiting a community leadership team (C3) of 100 community partners to co-develop the exhibition. This team includes elected officials, seniors, social workers, educators, county health officials, and social service providers. It also includes 10 local artists with an interest in the topic.

● Hosting a series of 8 workshops with C3 (September 2018-April 2019) to develop exhibition goals, content, calls to action, and locally-specific issues to explore.

● Commissioning three C3 artists/artist teams to create original installations for the exhibition, supplementing this with core artworks already created on this topic.

● Designing a 3,000 square foot exhibition, featuring art, artifacts, installations, participatory components, and a program space for C3 partners to lead activities. All exhibition text will be bilingual English/Spanish.

● Designing school tour curriculum (3,000+ youth anticipated during the exhibition run).

● Helping C3 partners identify meaningful ways to extend the exhibition and call to action with their own constituencies, influencers, donors, and clients.

● Working with C3 partners to create community events, at the MAH and throughout the region, related to the topics in the exhibition.

For this project to be an effective call to action, it can’t just live in a gallery in the museum. It has to get out of that gallery and into the community.

Our C3 partners are busy people. They are service providers focused on the crisis walking in the door. They are homeless seniors struggling to find their next meal. While all our partners are tremendously excited about the potential to use this project to ignite positive change, many will need help to turn that excitement into community action.

For that reason, we are seeking a contract Dialogue Catalyst to serve as a continuous liaison for partners throughout this project. We need you to help activate the exhibition, energize our partners, and take this project beyond the museum walls.

How to Apply:

To be considered for an interview, please email a single PDF that includes the following materials:

● Cover Letter that speaks to your specific interest in this opportunity.

● Resume/CV

● Three professional references.

● Answer the following questions (2 page maximum):

  1. You’re meeting a C3 collaborator for the first time to discuss an upcoming event they’d like to create at the MAH. What questions do you come prepared to ask them? What’s your course of action after the meeting?
  2. You’re meeting a C3 collaborator who has hundreds of ideas for how to activate the exhibition in their own space. They only have time to invest into one of these ideas. How do you help them narrow it down?
  3. What kinds of events and exhibition extensions do you imagine being most fruitful for the Social Isolation of Seniors project?

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