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Call for Applicants: Border CrosSing seeks an Operations Coordinator

Thanks to a three-year organizational development grant from the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Border CrosSing is hiring its first major staff position!

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jack@bordercrossingmn.org & natalia@bordercrossingmn.org. Applications will be accepted through January 26, 2019. Qualified applications will be invited to an in-person interview the first full week of February.

Here are the position details:

Border CrosSing Operations Coordinator

Job Summary
The Operations Coordinator ensures the ongoing and smooth execution of regular Border CrosSing activities for all programs (Puentes, Heritage Choir, Community Sings, etc). The successful candidate knows how to effectively engage different groups of people with limited time (board members, volunteers, contractors, singers, donors), minimize the effort of repetitive work, communicate accomplishments and ask for help, keep meticulous track of operational goals and progress, and positively represent Border CrosSing’s mission & vision.

Border CrosSing Mission & Vision
Our mission is to integrate historically-segregated audiences and musicians through the performance of choral music. We envision a landscape where singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.

Job Details
This is a one-year contracted position, with an option to renew.

Location
Twin Cities, Minnesota. The majority of work can be done remotely,

Compensation
$8,500 to $10,000 depending on experience. As a contracted position, there are no additional benefits.

Contract length & hours
Start on hire, through September 18, 2019 (option to renew); between 10 to 14 hours per week, some nights and weekends required. Work ebbs and flows with the event calendar.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop systems and processes for maintaining day-to-day operations.
  • Implement all online marketing content; including website updates, mailing list emails, & social media posts
  • Create & maintain organizational documentation (ensure accuracy has been achieved): all documents related to singer and staff employment including: contracts, union fees, singer related business, and appropriate HR requirements. Maintain score library and other.
  • Organize and supervise event logistics: including programs creation, venue communications, front-of-house, a/v, volunteer and paid-staff coordination
  • Coordinate & track organization fiscal transactions with the board finance officer & fiscal sponsor on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure information for all stakeholder reporting is done in timely manner (e.g. paper concert surveys transcribed to digital; Grant reports; digital data)
  • Ensure all budgetary goals are met, in conjunction with artistic directors and board
  • Ongoing communication with the board on day-to-day operations

Qualifications

  • A strong go-getter attitude – works autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Experience working in non-profit arts organizations

Communication

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds
  • Strong proofreading & editing skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Bilingual Spanish/English strongly preferred

Technology

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of office software suites (we use G Suite, Microsoft suite, & Trello extensively)
  • Experience with Artful.ly (or equivalent CRM platforms)
  • Experience using WordPress (or equivalent website tools)
  • Experience and passion for marketing through social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Desired but not required: experience with accounting software (ex: Quickbooks)

Logistics

  • Successful experience with volunteer cultivation and coordination
  • Experience coordinating concerts
  • Experience creating contracts, marketing copy, and concert programs
  • Desired but not required: experience creating and maintaining budgets

Tenor opening

We are holding auditions for one tenor for the two final programs in our 2018-19 season, “Island Baroque” (March 22 & 23) and “CrosSing Borders: Emerging Latinx Voices” (May 17 & 19). We are looking to establish a relationship with whomever is selected to continue performing with us through 2019-20.
We are looking for candidates with a strong and enthusiastic work ethic and extraordinary musical abilities.
Requirements include:
  • Flexibility to switch between musical styles and sing both as a soloist and ensemble member.
  • Solid singing diction skills in a variety of languages. Familiarity with Spanish variants, non-standard Latin, or Native American languages will be given strong consideration.
  • Special consideration will be given to singers with strong, demonstrable connections with Latinx culture and community, and singers from populations currently underrepresented in classical music.
We are a project-based ensemble. Our per-project rate for our 2018-19 programs is $350 per singer (3 rehearsals and 2 performances). This is a substantial increase from our 2017-18 season ($200 per project) and we are projecting a similar rate increase for our 2019-20 season.
We are based in the Twin Cities and would prefer to work with local musicians since we frequently have performances outside of our regular season, particularly through the MPR Class Notes program.
To apply, please email a current resume and two audio or video recordings in contrasting styles to info@bordercrossingmn.org before December 18. Applicants may then be contacted for an in-person audition.

We won the Knight Arts Challenge!

We’re delighted to announce Border CrosSing as winner of the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge!

Artistic Director Ahmed Anzaldua & Development Director Jack Vishneski were on hand at the James J Hill Library on Wednesday, October 4 to accept the award and meet the other winners.

It’s august company, and we can’t wait to honor it with our upcoming performances on October 27, Song for the Living and Dead and December 15, El Mesías.

With the Knight Foundation‘s $5000 grant, we can afford a fully professional orchestra for El Mesias, where we will perform Handel’s Messiah interspersed with music by his Latin American contemporaries: Ignacio de Jerusalem and Manuel de Sumaya. It will be a true integration of historically-segregated composers, all of whom deserve performances by the best artists, and an audience of every color, tongue and creed.

However, we MUST match that $5000 in donations to realize the award in full. Willing to pitch in?

Either way, see you at the concerts!