ArtistCorps Position Description

ArtistCorps is seeking artists who are interested in serving high-need youth populations through the arts.

ArtistCorps is an AmeriCorps program serving nonprofits, Title 1 public schools, after-school centers, and other community-based institutions in the Forsyth County, North Carolina area. It is a project of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina area

Time frame: September 1, 2017 – August 10, 2018 (or portions of this time depending on service hours outlined below)

ArtistCorps members will have different time commitments depending on member type. Full-time members will serve a minimum of 1700 hours, half-time members will serve a minimum of 900 hours, reduced half-time will serve a minimum of 675 hours, quarter-time will serve a minimum of 450 hours and minimum-time will serve a minimum of 300 hours. Service will include: developing arts instruction and engagement activities; building program capacity at service sites through recruiting, training, and tracking volunteers; assisting with program assessment and evaluation; spearheading arts and service related projects at service sites; working as a team with other ArtistCorps members; and developing and utilizing good communication and administrative skills. Professional development in all of these areas will be provided.

ArtistCorps seeks creative and/or performing artists who have a desire to use their talents to serve local communities. ArtistCorps members will use their existing skills in the arts and will develop other skills in planning and implementing engagement activities, administration, communication, and other responsibilities as determined in conjunction with site partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Meet the minimum service hours as outlined above.
  • Attend regularly scheduled professional development sessions and initial training.
  • Planning and implementation of arts services at sites.
  • Assist service sites with capacity building through volunteer generation and training.
  • Assist with assessment and evaluation reporting as assigned.
  • Commit to service on the Community Days of Service.
  • In the event of a local, state, or national emergency, AmeriCorps members may be called on to serve. Emergency preparedness training will be provided.

Qualifications and Characteristics of ArtistCorps Members

  • An interest in arts-based community service and a deep proficiency in one or more area(s) of the performing, visual, and motion-picture arts.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Commitment to working with diverse individuals and communities, especially youth.
  • Being well organized and able to meet goals and deadlines.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain service portfolio, blog posts (once every two weeks), and other social media posts on behalf of ArtistCorps.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required; high school diploma required.
  • AmeriCorps members must be US citizens.

ArtistCorps Members Will Receive:

  • A living stipend of $16,000 for full-time members, $8470 for half-time members, $6353 for reduced half-time, $4235 for quarter-time members and $2824 for minimum-time members.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of service ($5815 for full-time members, $2907.50 for half-time members, $2215.24 for reduced half-time members, $1538.36 for quarter-time members and $1230.69 for minimum-time members).
  • Health insurance reimbursement up to $200 a month for full-time members.
  • Childcare assistance if eligible.
  • Training and professional development.
  • The opportunity to use arts-skills and training in a way that positively impacts the lives of others.

To Apply:

  • Send a letter of interest, résumé, and the contact information for three references to pyattd@uncsa.edu.
  • An interview will be scheduled once materials have been received.

ArtistCorps will fill member slots by qualified artists on a rolling basis. If selected to serve as an ArtistCorps member, the National Service Criminal History Check will be mandatory.

ArtistCorps does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Find out more about AmeriCorps 

If you have questions, contact Rebecca Nussbaum, ArtistCorps Program Director, at nussbaumr@uncsa.edu.

The UNCSA ArtistCorps program is contingent on receiving funding for FY2017. Historically, this is announced in late July. Members will be contracted once funding is official. Interviews will be scheduled once materials have been received.

Contingent on funding, the ArtistCorps AmeriCorps program will be made possible through a FY2017 State Formula AmeriCorps grant supported by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.