THE USDAC IS SEEKING AN HONOR NATIVE LAND PROJECT PARTNER
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION FILLED
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is seeking a dynamic, experienced community organizer to help us steward the vision of our #HonorNativeLand program during a significant period of growth and visioning. We envision a teammate who believes in, and has ties to grassroots justice movements, whether hyper-local, national, or in-between.
Over two years ago, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture launched “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment.” Since launching, #HonorNativeLand has built momentum across the country. The guide has been downloaded over 30,000 times. A pledge to orient toward Native sovereignty has been signed by over 900 cultural,
education, civic and municipal entities. Those critical first steps have laid a strong foundation for the steps envisioned in Phase 2, which we invite applicants to join in.
THIS ROLE IS FOR YOU IF…
Have experience and passion for movement building and/or community organizing
You challenge yourself to think critically about the engagement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies in the support of Indigenous sovereignty and justice.
You love working collaboratively, in justice-minded work structures
You’re self-motivated and appreciate the value of an intentionally BIPOC-led, horizontally structured organization
You believe in the power of recognizing, uplifting and championing the truth that “we are on Indigenous land”
The work will ideally begin in February 2021, beginning with a 12-month contract depending on availability and skillset. Our team is currently composed of four contractors, all compensated at an equal solidarity rate. Initial contract would be for an amount of $13,000 to $15,500, depending on agreed upon scope. As a note, our team has historically been solely contractors working on multiple other simultaneous projects, but we are actively moving toward bringing team members into part-time staff positions with benefits.
While this role will be co-created to fit the gifts of the individual joining the team, here is an outline of key objectives we see this role supporting and leading as we cultivate the Honor Native Land program at USDAC:
Engage deeply with #HNL Teammate to strengthen a multi-year organizing strategy, including mapping our network of 30k+, identifying strategic communities to support/amplify, and building bonds with Indigenous and allied projects at the grassroots level
Support the growth of the #HNL program by building strategic partnerships Work in partnership with the #HNL Indigenous-led Working Group and Advisory Committee, including attending regular meetings and staying in close dialogue
Participate in key strategic planning sessions related to USDAC’s broader mission and work. For example, contributing to thinking and strategy around how Indigenous land acknowledgment weaves into USDAC’s economic justice/climate justice/political work
Support with development of communications plans and member engagement
Represent the values and vision of the USDAC in partnerships with allied organizations, stakeholders, network members, elected officials and others.
Practice timely reporting, communication and engagement
Demonstrated experience contributing to projects that center Indigenous people and communities
An understanding of the Native arts and culture field and knowledge of tribal communities across the U.S.
Experience in program development and implementation
A collaborative ethos and interest in organizational models with shared leadership
Experience and passion in one or more of the following: community cultural development, cultural organizing, network-weaving/building, grassroots organizing or movement-building
Willingness to “make the road by walking”
Comfort working remotely
Strong writing and communications skills
Track record of moving ideas into action
Values-alignment. See our statement of values
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) was founded in 2013 as a people-powered department— a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. We connect artists, organizers, and allies in an ever-expanding learning community by sharing vital information and creative tactics, taking action together, and devising policies and programs to catalyze culture shift in the service of social and environmental justice. (The USDAC is not a government agency.)
Over the past six years the USDAC has:
Built a translocal, intergenerational, intercultural network of 30K+ Citizen Artists working across issue areas and media.
Hosted participatory, arts-based community dialogues and actions engaging tens of thousands of people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Created free guides, toolkits, and trainings on cultural policy, artistic response, Indigenous land acknowledgment, creating a culture of health, arts-based community dialogue, cultural organizing for climate justice, and much more. These resources have been used to shift culture in thousands of community, cultural, educational, and civic settings, and been featured in a range of outlets—including Teen Vogue, Native America Calling, and the New York Times.
Developed a network of more than 100 Affiliate Organizations and 20 local Outposts, committed to USDAC values.
Hosted two sold-out national convenings that have been called “life-changing” and “transformative” by artists, activists, policy-makers, and educators in attendance.
Organization/Company: US Department of Arts and Culture Website: http://usdac.us Location: Washington, DC Deadline: Open until filled How to Apply: Click here to access the application form: https://forms.gle/xfKpB5km5UbuqTRi7