Program Coordinator_Restorative Theatre
ABOUT MIRROR IMAGE ARTS
Mirror Image Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. Our passion and purpose is to DISRUPT the school to prison pipeline by Delivering Impactful Strategic Results Utilizing Participatory Theatre. We work for and with young people (ages 7-21) across Metro Denver. The majority of youth we work with are considered “at-risk” due to socioeconomic challenges, and many are dealing with the effects of complex trauma due to violence, abuse, and extreme poverty. While our primary pursuit is supporting and empowering young people, we recognize we must also support the environments in which they spend much of their time. Therefore, we work in deep partnerships with like-minded leaders inside schools and juvenile justice centers to ensure punitive practices are decreased while positive youth development, restorative justice, and trauma-informed care practices are increased.
Our priorities can be seen through our programs and particulars:
- We employ Trusted Adults who are specifically trained to use theatre, trauma-informed care, and culturally responsive teaching practices to help young people find their value and potential through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
- We have 2 distinct programs – Your Voice (Theatre in Education) and Restorative Theatre (Theatre in Juvenile Justice Centers). Specifics about our programs can be found here.
We achieve our purpose by reaching attainable program goals:
- Provide youth a safe, caring relationship with a trusted adult.
- Build self-awareness, understanding, empathy, and compassion (SEL skills) for youth and youth-serving adults.
- Express resilience so youth can better handle difficult social situations and come back stronger.
- Help youth practice positive decision making so that they can de-escalate difficult moments, avoid zero-tolerance policies, and eventually graduate.
- Assist schools and juvenile justice centers in their move from punitive practices to positive youth development and trauma-informed care approaches.
ABOUT THE POSITION We are seeking a full-time Restorative Theatre Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will report to our Program & Partnerships Director.
The person who fills this role needs to wholeheartedly believe that every young person deserves a second chance – that the decisions made leading to incarceration are choices the youth made but do not define who they are. Responsibilities will include program development, facilitation, devising new works, directing incarcerated youth and professional theatre-makers, establishing and maintaining partnerships, supporting evaluation efforts, fundraising, and supporting the implementation of the strategic plan. This is an open-ended position with room for growth. To see the growth potential, check out our Strategic GrowthPlan here.
Candidates who are best suited for the position are excellent relationship-builders, entrepreneurial, organized, boat-rockers, and deeply committed to young people, the arts, and social change. We are looking for someone who enjoys a continuous improvement mindset. We also need someone who has experience with Theatre of the Oppressed and Prison Theatre. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and other candidates who identify with underrepresented groups to apply.
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
- Courage, Curiosity, Empathy, and Compassion
- Emotional intelligence
- Dedication to social-emotional learning
- Motivation and entrepreneurial drive
- Excellent organizational skills
- Highly effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
- Fabulous communication skills (written, verbal, and phone)
- Root cause analysis skills with a non-stop solutions-focus
- Willingness to learn and grow
- Passion for young people, the arts, and social change
- Personal experience navigating identity and privilege
At Mirror Image Arts, we understand that we each have a different journey toward identifying and cultivating our unique gifts. We value culture fit and experience over degrees and accreditations. Tell us your story, demonstrate your accomplishments. We identify as practitioners. We learn through experience and by taking risks. We know failure, and we celebrate and empower the ability to come back stronger. If you are thinking this is a culture for you, please apply.
COMPENSATION + COMMITMENT
- This full-time position starts at $40,000/year.
- Benefits include:
- Healthcare Reimbursement Agreement (HRA) between $400/month (for single) up to $750/month (family with dependents);
- Simple IRA Retirement option (up to 3% employer match);
- Mileage reimbursement;
- Paid-time off (includes vacation, sick time, mental health days, and holidays); and
- We offer and encourage ongoing training opportunities, a casual dress code, and work-from-home options.
- This is primarily a M-F job with occasional night and weekend availability needed.
- Mirror Image Arts office is located in the Converge Denver coworking space in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Converge is a communal work environment with an open floor plan, and we share the space with other creative businesses. This position is predominantly field and home-based but will come to the main office location for meetings, rehearsals, and some programming. A large portion of the Program Coordinator’s role is the facilitation of programming. Due to COVID programming is currently online. It would be very helpful for the coordinator to have a reliable internet connection in their home. If you do not, but you believe you’re the right person for the job, you should apply anyway. We can work on it together. Mirror Image Arts will supply a working laptop.
- *When programming is back to in-person this role will need a reliable vehicle to drive
to multiple locations.
- We work in partnership with the Division of Youth Systems (DYS). Per their policy, all staff working with youth must have a fingerprint background check as well as a drug test.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will meaningfully contribute to the successful growth and sustainability of a radical grassroots nonprofit organization. We define radical as:
rad•i•cal – Relating to or advocating fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions.
We are working hard to make the world a better place – a place where systemic oppression is addressed; where people (especially young people) feel valued, seen, and heard; and where mental health and social-emotional wellbeing are at the center of conversations for social change. You’ll be instrumental in affecting our progress.
- We are a small nonprofit. Your job will look a little bit different every day, and you’ll have a chance to hone a variety of skills. We consider it our responsibility to help equip you to move forward on your career path, and we will offer professional development opportunities so you can achieve the growth you seek.
- You will participate in an intentional work culture that promotes curiosity, freedom to fail, active listening, empathy, perspective-taking, responsible decision-making, and compassionate action.
- You will work hard and stretch your capacity, but you will feel purposeful and proud, knowing that your efforts make a difference to real people in our local community.
- You will feel a part of the larger picture. Our work culture is transparent, hope-fueled, and person-centered.
OUR CORE VALUES + ARTISTIC PRACTICE
These values and practices are the cornerstones of our organizational culture.
Throughout our Theatre and our Organization, we…
Listen deeply and come from a place of curiosity.
Seek to understand humanity by investigating intrinsic motivation and root cause.
Amplify the voices of the oppressed.
Create physical and emotional environments that inspire dialogue.
Provide the “freedom to fail” – to make a bold choice, revise, and come back stronger.
Collaborate with artists and non-arts organizations.
Reflect both the beauty and the complexity of society to open minds and hearts.
Develop a physical, visual, and emotional memory to support intellectual concepts.
If you think you could be a fit for this position, please submit a resume and a cover letter introducing yourself to our team. In the body of your letter, please give concrete examples of how your work history and/or life experiences have equipped you to fulfill the requirements of this position. Also, tell us about your connection to young people, the arts and social change.
Submit both your resume and cover letter as two separate PDF documents attached to one email. Label your documents with both your first and last name, and send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will offer phone interviews to the first round of appropriate candidates. We will then invite a small group of candidates for in-person interviews (either online or physically together depending on what is happening in our world at the time and the comfort level of the candidate). In the final stage of the hiring process, we may require additional tasks as part of the application (like submitting a writing sample, making a short video, answering a questionnaire, etc). We promise we will keep our requests relevant and reasonable and respect each candidate’s time.
The position will be open until filled, but priority will be given to materials received by 5 pm MST on Sunday, January 31st.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Maya Osterman-Van Grack
Program & Partnerships Director
Non-discrimination policy: Mirror Image Arts is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, military status, political service, affiliation, or disability. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We value and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.Apply Here