Location: New York-New York City
Mission(s): Arts, History and Culture
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Network of Nonprofit Organizations
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: Jun 24, 2019

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: Mid Career (2+ Years Experience)
Nonprofit Experience: 2-10 Yrs



PEN America seeks a talented, energetic, and highly organized Project Coordinator for a critical role at the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), an initiative of PEN America that seeks to improve the support to artists facing threats as a result of their creative expression. This is an exciting opportunity for a detail-oriented, fast-moving professional eager to step up to the demands of a groundbreaking new effort at a growing non-profit organization. The successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment to arts and human rights internationally as well as experience in complex project management. The position also affords the opportunity to work directly with artists at risk worldwide, and the organizations that support them. The capacity to advance multiple workstreams simultaneously, track deliverables, carry out a wide variety of tasks and ensure efficient deployment of resources are required. Expertise in international coalition-building, working with and supporting artists, activists and/or victims of trauma, advocacy, and project management and evaluation will be assets for this position. The Project Coordinator will report to the Artists at Risk Project Director and help to supervise the ARC Program Assistant, interns and consultants, with opportunities for growth as the project evolves.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.


  • Support the ARC Director in planning and executing the tasks necessary to continue
    to develop and implement the project, including research, development of
    partnerships, collection and presentation of information resources, outreach, and
    communications, and tracking of deliverables, budgets, and other administrative
  • Conduct research and outreach to build the network of organizations assisting artists
    at risk, and to identify sources of assistance for artists
  • Maintain a database inventory of resources including data-gathering and analysis
  • Track action items and work plans to ensure initiatives are progressing on schedule
  • Administer all electronic communications for the project: prepare, draft, edit, format
    and distribute materials such as news releases, blog posts, tables, charts, briefing
    papers, op-eds, publications, multimedia, and web content
  • Provide administrative support such as scheduling, travel logistics, record keeping,
    taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining filing and archiving systems,
    word processing, photocopying, answering phones, and processing mail
  • Coordinate relationships with new and established partners engaged in order to
    provide effective support to artists at risk
  • Support planning and implementation public programs, workshops and meetings and conduct follow-up
  • Assist in efforts to expand support for the initiative, including media communications, public events, and fundraising proposals
  • Assist with project finance records
  • Recruit, manage and train interns and volunteers for the project
  • Other responsibilities as defined by the ARC Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant non-profit and/or project management experience
  • Commitment to, and passion for, the mission and values of PEN America
  •  Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or artistic freedom
  •  Experience working with global projects and/or teams particularly in MENA and/or
  • Superb organizational and process management skills including demonstrated ability
    to meet deadlines, identify creative solutions to implementation challenges, and
    advance multiple sub-projects effectively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with additional languages
    capabilities highly desirable
  •  Experience with online databases, website management, and social media
  • Sensitivity to the needs and circumstances of threatened artists, activists, human
    rights defenders and/or victims of trauma and the organizations that serve them
  • Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multi-task in a fast-paced
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and ability to think creatively and collaboratively
  •  Familiarity with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) a

Salary and Benefits: PEN offers competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to One PDF is preferred. Please use “Artists-At-Risk Project Coordinator” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Artists-At-Risk Project Coordinator – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

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