Staff

Asari Beale

Executive Director
Asari Beale joined Teachers & Writers in May 2019, bringing her extensive experience as a teacher, writer, fundraiser, and communications professional. Most recently, Ms. Beale served as the Director of Communications and Community Relations at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (LSA), a human services agency dedicated to the wellness of families in East Harlem. Prior to that, she served as Communications Manager at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an early literacy and school readiness program. She has taught literature and creative writing as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Fordham University. In addition, she is a writer of young people’s literature and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Ms. Beale holds a BA from New York University and an MFA from Brooklyn College.

 

Opportunities at Teachers & Writers Collaborative

Education Director

The Education Director will be a dynamic and organized arts administrator who enjoys building community.  This is a senior position with responsibility for managing all aspects of T&W’s creative writing programs for young people and adults in schools and community sites. This position reports to the T&W Executive Director.

The ideal candidate will have a non-profit and/or education background, with experience working in a busy creative office environment where multi-tasking, flexibility and strong communication skills are required.  The candidate will be a self-starter with a positive attitude and a desire to learn and innovate.

 

Responsibilities

  • Manages selection, training, and oversight of writers on T&W’s roster of teaching artists
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with NYC Department of Education personnel and other key decision makers at the cluster, network, and individual school levels
  • Identifies opportunities and implements strategies to promote T&W’s creative writing programs to schools and community organizations
  • Sets up residencies and professional development workshops with school and organizational administrators, including negotiating fees, selecting writers to lead programs, and overseeing program implementation
  • Plans and leads professional development sessions for teaching artists
  • Develops strategies for assessing workshops and residencies, including observing and giving feedback to writers and developing tools for use in program assessment
  • Oversees development and production of materials used in promoting and implementing T&W writing programs
  • Ensures accuracy of program information on T&W website
  • Participates in T&W social media efforts by developing and posting content
  • Oversees processes for publishing anthologies of work written during T&W programs
  • Works with executive director to develop proposals for funding of T&W’s creative writing programs
  • Participates in planning and developing content for T&W print and digital publications
  • Represents T&W at education and literary arts events
  • Participates in T&W Board and committee meetings, including providing primary staff support for committees formed to advance T&W’s creative writing programs
  • Staffs T&W events
  • Assists with general office tasks; e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors, distributing mail
  • Performs other duties as needed

 

Requirements and Qualifications

  • BA plus 8-10 years of experience or MA plus 5-7 years of experience
  • Experience in K-12 education, program development, and program assessment required; literary arts education background preferred
  • Knowledge of education issues, particularly those affecting K-12 public schools in New York City; familiarity with Common Core State Standards a plus
  • Experience in fundraising a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to work effectively with and build community among diverse constituencies
  • Must be computer literate; experience with social media and Constant Contact preferred

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to edsearch@twc.org, subject line: Education Director.

No phone calls please.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer.

Communications and Development Associate

We seek a Communications and Development Associate to help grow our small, thriving nonprofit. The Communications and Development Associate will work closely with the Executive Director and Education Director to support fundraising and other aspects of resource development, and various communications and administrative needs. Although we may consider exceptional candidates without all of the following qualifications, the ideal candidate would have 2+ years experience in a fundraising and development or marketing and communications role. Strong writing skills are essential.

 

Responsibilities

 

Communications

  • Work with staff to develop and implement strategies to improve organizational visibility and public relations activities, including developing and printing marketing materials as needed
  • Oversee creative production and distribution of regular external emails to various constituencies
  • Work with staff and editorial board to maintain and manage content for the twc.org and teachersandwritersmagazine.org websites
  • Managing and developing content for social network profiles including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • Edit and manage print production for workshop anthologies, working with the Education Director

Development

    • Conduct prospect and foundation research
    • Assist in the proposal development process: strategizing on approach, drafting and editing proposals, creating program budgets, tracking opportunities, managing timelines and providing follow-up
    • Manage donor administration activities, including drafting donor reports, donor database entry, updates, invitations, thank you notes, and other materials
    • Develop online fundraising strategies, campaigns and calls to action
    • Work with team to develop and execute consistent communication to cultivate and grow donor base

General Staff Support

  • Coordinate meetings and events  
  • Source and order supplies
  • Assist with contract invoicing and other support related to contract fulfillment, as needed
  • Provide general administrative support, as needed

Qualifications

  • BA/BS Degree
  • Three years of experience in a professional, preferably non-profit, environment
  • Exceptional writing and proofreading skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to help drive projects to completion and multi-task
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to use good judgment, take initiative and make recommendations in resolving problems and provide guidance to staff
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Experience with WordPress, Constant Contact, social media platforms
  • Basic image editing skills; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign or similar tools, a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, online fundraising and marketing is a plus

Other Preferred Characteristics

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Able to thrive in a highly collaborative environment  
  • Creative and compelling storyteller
  • Flexible and a sense of humor
  • Scrappy and resourceful
  • Self-starter, able to take initiative and bring new ideas to the table
  • Responsive to direction and feedback
  • Passion for the literary arts and education

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@twc.org, subject line: Development Associate.

No phone calls please.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer.