Indigo Arts Alliance seeks a Social Media Coordinator. This position will report to the Communications Manager and Executive Director. Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA) is located in the heart of the vibrant East Bayside community of Portland, Maine. 

We are seeking a creative, talented, and driven Social Media Coordinator to join the Indigo Arts Alliance team. As the Social Media Coordinator, you will play a key role in expanding our online presence and engaging with our community through various social media platforms. You will work closely with the Communications Manager to implement effective social media campaigns that align with our organization's mission and goals.

The qualified candidate must be able to organize, manage, design, and execute social campaigns to promote our organization, programming and special events with a view toward growing and diversifying IAA’s audience. This is a part-time: In-Person with possibility of hybrid; Expected attendance on some evenings and weekends for certain events.

Key Areas:

  • Social Media (Meta, Reels, LinkedIn, X, Vimeo, MailChimp)
  • Design (Canva, Adobe Suite)
  • Copywriting
  • Analytics
  • Website Content development and oversight
  • IAA Archive
  • Press


Responsibilities:

  • Execute social media campaigns as directed by the Communications Manager, which promote our programs, events, and initiatives.
  • Compile engaging and compelling content for our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), our Newsletter, and website.
  • Monitor social media channels for trends, news, and conversations relevant to our organization.
  • Crafting clear and engaging copy for social media posts and newsletters. 
  • Respond to comments, messages, and inquiries from our audience in a timely and professional manner.
  • Collaborate with internal teams as well as external advisors to gather content and assets for social media posts.
  • Keep production schedules up to date and organized across all our programming software (Monday.com, Google Drive) up to date with drafts, ideas, and archive final assets.
  • Analyze social media performance metrics and provide regular reports to track progress and identify areas for improvement.
  • Stay up-to-date with best practices and emerging trends in social media marketing.
  • Develop ideas and strategies with the team to further enhance our presence on the above platforms.
  • Record videos and take photos from a smartphone and/or camera to capture the essence of events and programs.


Software/App Knowledge:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Wordpress
  • Mail Chimp / Constant Contact / Klayvio
  • Later.com
  • Monday.com
  • Canva
  • Zoom
  • Google Suite including Drive
  • Microsoft Suite
  • Instagram/Meta: Reels, Ads
  • Canon digital cameras


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, or a related field.
  • 2-5 years of experience in social media management, preferably in a non-profit or arts organization.
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms and their respective audiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative thinker with a passion for storytelling.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in social media management tools and analytics platforms.


This is a part-time career with opportunity to grow

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Paid time off and holidays.
  • Professional development opportunities.


Indigo Arts Alliance is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. 

Please send any questions regarding the position to jobs@indigoartsalliance.me. Applications for the position will remain open until filled. Ideal starting date for this position is June 2024.

The Communication and Marketing Administration Intern provides support to Indigo Arts Alliance through the creation, implementation and support of internal and external communication efforts. The selected interns are given projects that span across the organization, and grow transferable skills such as project management, copywriting, graphic design, and more. They play a valuable role by creating new ways and assisting in maintaining methods for our audiences to remain engaged through social media efforts, newsletters, and printed materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:
 - Assist Marketing and Communications Coordinator in streamlining internal/external communications software
 - Assist in researching and setting up new communications
 - Assist communications team in maintaining active social media presence for the organization with guidance from Executive Director (utilizing guidelines and branding elements provided).
 - Assist in the design and creation of various printed materials
 - Maintain and organize internal IAA Google Drive
 - Assist in internal/external communication document creation (Information Templates, Studio Guidelines, Artist in Residence Handbook, etc)
 - Sourcing, researching, and creating content to be used for our various social media platforms
 - Maintaining the IAA content archives
 - Assist in writing social media post copy, and keeping all communication tools consistent and up to date

Qualifications:
 - Currently enrolled, or recently graduated from a college or university - Positive attitude and strong work ethic
 - Strong written and verbal communication skills
 - Strong technical skills in computer literacy
 - Aptitude in digital/social media and all its platforms
 - Good organization skills with attention to detail
 - Ability to receive feedback and critique with humility, modesty, and respect - Exceptional attention to detail
 - Desire to find creative solutions to all challenges and problems
 - Personal qualities of kindness, integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission - Art education or experience (painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking experience preferred but not required)
 - Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow specific step-by-step instructions

Staffing
IAA is currently being led by co-founder and Chief Officer of Strategic Growth and Innovation, Marcia Minter; co-founder and Artist Director Daniel Minter, Executive Director Jordia Benjamin; Studio and Programs Coordinator, Ashley Page and Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Veronica Pounds. Indigo Arts Alliance is also supported by a robust community of partners, sponsors and funders.

Compensation and Hours
Spanning 135 hours, this internship accounts for 3 credits and has also been funded a total of $1500. For students of Maine College of Art, this stipend is administered by MECA and funded through the Crewe Foundation. For non-MECA students, funding for this internship is provided by The David Driskell Foundation, and will be administered by Indigo Arts Alliance. This internship is possible through the generous philanthropy of our community organizations to help foster and grow young brown and black artists that are emerging within their careers. While introducing young students to established, mid-career and budding POC artists in the local Portland community, and hosting space for talking about work from a different perspective, this opportunity allows for artists of all kinds to learn and grow. This internship is now available for recent graduates who graduated within a year of applying. The rate of compensation does not change with graduate status.
 

The Studio and Programming Administration Intern provides support to Indigo Arts Alliance by executing day to day tasks and representing Indigo in a positive manner to the community. Our interns play a valuable role in implementing our programming and utilizing skill sets such as program planning, event set up & breakdown, archive management, and more! They get hands-on learning in nonprofit management and are exposed to a wide range of artists, creative professionals, and project management tools that help fuel an exciting career in the arts. This position is available to currently enrolled students pursuing an undergraduate, or graduate degree as well as recent graduates who graduated within a year of the application period and offers a hybrid internship model (virtual and in-person), dependent on COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.

Roles and Responsibilities:
   - Research relevant studio facilities to better inform the IAA print/studio community workshop
   - Regularly audit and populate studio supplies inventory documents
   - Assist in researching and setting up new studio furniture/equipment
   - Maintain the general organization and cleanliness of all Indigo Arts Alliance facilities
   - Maintain and organize internal IAA Google Drive
   - Assist in internal/external communication document creation (Information Templates, Studio Guidelines, Artist in Residence Handbook, etc)

Qualifications:
   - Currently enrolled, or recently graduated from a college or university
   - Positive attitude and strong work ethic
   - Strong written and verbal communication skills
   - Strong technical skills in computer literacy
   - Aptitude in digital/social media and all its platforms
   - Good organization skills with attention to detail
   - Ability to receive feedback and critique with humility, modesty, and respect
   - Exceptional attention to detail
   - Desire to find creative solutions to all challenges and problems
   - Personal qualities of kindness, integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission
   - Art education and/or experience (painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking experience preferred but not required)
   - Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow specific step-by-step instructions
   - Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs.

Staffing
IAA is currently being led by co-founder and Chief Officer of Strategic Growth and Innovation, Marcia Minter; co-founder and Artist Director Daniel Minter, Executive Director Jordia Benjamin; Studio and Programs Manager, Ashley Page and Communications Manager, Coco McCracken. Indigo Arts Alliance is also supported by a robust community of partners, sponsors and funders.

Compensation and Hours
 Spanning 135 hours, this internship accounts for 3 credits and has also been funded a total of $1500. For students of Maine College of Art, this stipend is administered by MECA and funded through the Crewe Foundation. For non-MECA students, funding for this internship is provided by The David Driskell Foundation, and will be administered by Indigo Arts Alliance. This internship is possible through the generous philanthropy of our community organizations to help foster and grow young brown and black artists that are emerging within their careers. While introducing young students to established, mid-career and budding POC artists in the local Portland community, and hosting space for talking about work from a different perspective, this opportunity allows for artists of all kinds to learn and grow. This internship is now available for recent graduates who graduated within a year of applying. The rate of compensation does not change with graduate status.

Indigo Arts Alliance provides an environment for the production of artwork in all media across disciplines. It is intended for professional, mid-career and emerging artists to explore and grow their work in a creative atmosphere. Our residency aims to connect Black and Brown artists from across the globe to local artists of African descent. In this way, we facilitate working opportunities for critical feedback, relationship building and increased awareness of creative practices and resources. Selected artists offer and participate in public talks, symposiums and workshops, increasing their visibility and disseminating intellectual discourse.


The Mentorship Residency Program is a pioneering residency concept that serves as an arts incubator with generous workspace and modern facilities enabling the creative work of visual artists across disciplines. We foster mentorship by pairing two artists together during a residency period to cultivate rich conversation, collaboration, and exchange experiences, knowledge, art industry information and technical skills. The artist-pairing consists of a National or International artist who is traveling to the state of Maine from their respective homes to be in residence with a Local/Regional artist. The goal of the pairing is to build positive relationships that enhance the individual artists as human beings and thought leaders. We want to create healthy relationships for artists of color who are navigating their art practice and create avenues of success that build networks.


About Mentorship:
We situate mentoring as a dialogue between and among artists who share cultural histories and experiences. Essentially, a co-mentorship, as the dialogue is one that goes both ways and equally enriches the artist pairing. While in residence, the mentorship pairing shall also receive 1:1 feedback and support by the Indigo Arts Alliance staff and will participate in studio visits with a selection of artists, curators, cultural workers, scholars, and community organizers. To be in residence with Indigo Arts Alliance is to enter into an ecosystem of sustained community building, intellectual development and cultural production.


The Mentorship Relationship:
We encourage our two paired artists to work independently in their practice, however we ask each to dedicate a minimum of 8-10 hours a week to work together. This commitment often looks like:
- An equal exchange of creative practices while increasing awareness of the skill and thought leadership of diverse talent; and an opportunity to advance skills outside of traditional mediums.
- Joint community engagement connecting the artists to the general public
- Joint projects; artistic collaborations; conceptual exchange


Please Note: We are currently accepting rolling applications from artists based in the Northeastern region (also known as Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island).
- We do not provide housing for Local/Regional artists. IAA Staff will assist as best we can to support the search for housing. However, ultimately it is the responsibility of the candidate to finance and book their housing accommodations should they need it. 

 - Submission of an application does not guarantee selection as an artist in resident. Your name will go directly into our Local/Regional artist pool which we will pull from as the right Mentorship opportunity arises.


Eligibility:
- Applicants must be a descendent from any of the African nations, African-American, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, i.e., the communities inhabiting the geographic breadth of all the places where Africans were displaced as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx, Southeast Asian (i.e African/Indian oceanic world), the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. It is important to our mission to serve communities that have been impacted by colonialism and cultural erasure.
- Applicants must be 21+ at the time of the proposed residency.
- Artists of all disciplines are encouraged (Painting, sculpture, illustration, writing, dance, music, theater/performance, photography, fiber/textiles, etc).
- Applicants cannot be enrolled in a full-time academic program at the time of the residency.
- Applicants must have the most up to date COVID-19 vaccination at least 3 months prior to the start of their proposed residency. You may learn more about our COVID-19 policy here.


Please visit our Artist Residency FAQ page for more information. Should you have any direct questions please email ashley@indigoartsalliance.me. 

Indigo Arts Alliance