Uptown Stories Seeks Part-Time Deputy Director

To apply, click here: https://forms.gle/pLwYuuooGBoXbHKj8

OVERVIEW – The Deputy Director will work closely with our executive director, Kate Reuther, to support the operation and growth of Uptown Stories. The current Uptown Stories staff consists of Kate, the founder and executive director, nine teaching artists, a part-time anthology editor, and a part-time volunteer recruiter.  Therefore, the DD will be taking on a major role in a small organization. Major responsibilities will include marketing upcoming workshops, volunteer management, parent communication, and maintaining digital tools. The DD will act as one of the most important “faces” and “voices” of Uptown Stories, and must have both the warmth and the professionalism to lead by example.

BACKGROUND – At Uptown Stories, our mission is to inspire kids to discover and develop their inner voices in a diverse community of writers. Based in Washington Heights, we offer after-school, weekend, and summer creative writing workshops for children ages 7-16, led by rock-star teachers who are also professional authors and artists. The students learn the art and craft of writing, how to revise their work, and how to give and receive constructive feedback. At the end of each ten-week workshop, we hold a celebratory reading at the WordUp Bookstore where each student reads an original selection for the public. In addition, each student receives a paperback anthology that includes all of the writing and art from the semester. This paperback volume is also available for sale at WordUp and on Amazon, so our young writers leave our program as published authors. To ensure our program is accessible to our ethnically and economically diverse community, our tuition is pay-what-you-can. Uptown Stories creates an exciting, challenging, and supportive community in which young authors thrive.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Marketing and Communication

  • Maintain and grow social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Market upcoming workshops
  • Respond to individual parent emails and phone calls

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, onboard, and maintain volunteer participation for our innovative “Small Job Squad”

Maintain and update digital tools and files

  • Update workshops and staff pages on website
  • Build registration forms
  • Update student roster
  • Create online student anthology
  • Keep Google Team Drive files organized
  • Verify receipt of student writing from teachers

Represent Uptown Stories

  • At readings, PTA meetings, street fairs, volunteer fairs, etc…
  • To develop relationships with local businesses
  • In one-on-one conversations with parents and students

Requirements

  • Strong writer, with a passion for Uptown Stories’ mission
  • Highly productive, organized, and detail oriented.
  • Comfortable multi-tasking, and wearing “many hats”
  • Empathic, inspiring communicator with parents, children, teachers, and volunteers
  • Experienced with or quick learner of digital tools (Trello, Slack, Google Drive, Regfox, Mailchimp, Buffer, WordPress, Adobe)
  • Social media savvy
  • Reliable, accountable, and professional
  • Constructive and collaborative, eager to be a major part of a small team
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English

Hours and Pay

Pay is hourly, $20-$25 per hour depending on experience

Approximately 18 hours a week to begin, with likelihood of increasing

Monday 10:00-4:00 @ 178 Bennett Avenue NY NY 10033

Wednesday 10:00-4:00 @ 178 Bennett Avenue NY NY 10033

& six additional hours to be done remotely

Uptown Stories Seeks Teaching Artists

Uptown Stories, a federally approved non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights, is hiring rock-star writing teachers to develop and lead new after school workshops. We are looking for teachers who write terrific curriculum, who are dynamic and engaging in the classroom, who are self-reliant and responsible, who can differentiate instruction for different ages and different abilities, who enjoy teaching middle-school aged kids (8-14), and who, most of all, feel passionate about the craft and the art of writing.

We want our teachers to follow their passions, and we’re open to any genre or form — if you have a great idea, tell us about it. All classes should be structured primarily as workshops, where the students read and discuss each other’s writing, creating a community of young authors. Workshops meet on a ten-week cycle, with nine two-hour-long classes followed by a celebratory reading in the evening for friends and family.  To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, families pay tuition at a self-determined rate, from $500 for full tuition to $1.

Teachers are expected to help set up and break down the classroom space, to email weekly writing assignments to families and post them on the website, and to be available by email during the week for questions from students. Uptown Stories will handle enrollment, billing, space rental, and provide materials and snacks.

Applicants must have professional experience teaching and writing.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and description of your proposed workshop to kate@uptownstories.org.

TESTIMONIALS

See what parents, teachers and students have to say about Uptown Stories.