Arts Conference Coordinator – Fixed Contract

Deadline March 04, 2019

Position Summary: This is a short term contract position to support a weekend-long arts conference to be held in Portland in April 2019. The organizers of this conference and the sponsoring organization (The Field) are dedicated to serving artists and challenging systemic inequities and challenges in the arts sector. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQs, and members of other historically undervalued groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

The Conference Coordinator will coordinate all public facing events during The Field’s 2019 National Network Conference (April 5-7, 2019). This will require approximately 20 hours during the weekend of the conference and approximately 30 in the weeks leading up to the conference. The ideal candidate has an interest in the arts and event design and experience running nonprofit or academic events. They are proficient with google mail, docs and calendar programs. Graphic design skills a plus but not required.

The Conference Coordinator will be responsible for:
Coordinating with artists and speakers to ensure that they have event details
Coordinating with venues and artists about their technical needs (video, sound, furniture, etc.)
Organizing snacks and beverages throughout the conference
Organizing and helping to host a casual cocktail event

The Coordinator may also be asked to help with publication design and printing as well as some marketing assistance.

To apply: Please send a resume and short email (2 paragraphs) introducing yourself, your event experience and your availability plus 2 references. Please also indicate how you learned of this opportunity in your email. Send to
Subject line should include “Application – Conference Coordinator”. The Field is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Targeted Start Date: March 10, 2019
Position Status: Part-time, fixed contract for 40-50 hours
Compensation: $20 per hour
Reports to: Conference Producer (Jen Mitas)

About The Field
Founded by artists for artists 32 years ago, The Field is a leading nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to providing strategic services to thousands of performing and media artists and companies in New York City and beyond. With accessibility and social justice at our core, our small but mighty team fosters creative development (through residencies, space programs, peer-to-peer creative feedback salons, and more), and stewards innovative management strategies (with fiscal sponsorship, career consultations, entrepreneurial workshops, leadership training, and more). We are determined to help a plurality of artists reach their fullest potential by providing responsive, friendly, and personalized service.

The Field’s 2019 National Network Conference is a biennial event that happens in different locations across the US. This year’s conference will take place at New Expressive Works in Portland April 5-7, 2019. Organizers include: Field Network Manager Katherine Longstreth, N.E.W.’s Executive Director Suba Ganesan and Conference Producer Jen Mitas.

The Field is an equal opportunity employer
Equity and inclusion are core values of The Field. Our work is strengthened by the broad and deep range of experiences, identities, perspectives, and skills of our present and future staff. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Portland, Oregon

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