ROOTS is Hiring: Part-Time Programs Associate

ROOTS is Hiring: Part-Time Programs Associate 

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social, and economic justice, and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere. ROOTS is committed to social, and economic justice, and the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through our programs and services.

Job Description

The Programs Associate provides the Managing Director direct support by managing the administration and implementation of Alternate ROOTS grants programs, strategic partnerships, community engagement and support programming. The Programs Associate will be supervised by the Managing Director.

The Associate will support the planning and execution of in-person and digital regional meetings, workshops, and artistic re-granting funding and partnership programs. The Program Associate will work in close partnership with a number of projects throughout the ROOTS 14-state region.

The Programs Associate will support the Managing Director and  is responsible for the regranting programs of Alternate ROOTS and support programming that bolsters the work. ROOTS current regranting and partnership programs include Artistic Assistance, Partners for Action, and Partners in Change.

Responsibilities include:

Program Design 

  • Co-manage the design, panel and selection processes with the Managing Director, including coordinating site visits.
  • Provide input in the long range planning and budgeting of re-granting program activity.
  • Support projects and program activities through technical assistance that deepen grantee capacity, create opportunities for learning and skill building, and foster reciprocal relationships within the ROOTS region.

Community Engagement & Organizing 

  • Travel to project sites throughout the ROOTS 14-state region and represent the organization at convenings and specified meetings across the country.
  • Serve as liaison between Alternate ROOTS and select projects, members, and community partners.
  • Work with Programs Director to strategically connect grantees and partners to other ROOTS programs including ROOTS Week, ROOTS Weekends, and public policy and communications initiatives.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead site visits and meetings using ROOTS’ principles of resources for social change or other popular education and community based practices.


  • Workload will include community engagement, travel coordination, event planning and logistics support, scheduling meetings and conference calls, taking minutes, filing, and managing program reports.
  • Using and updating GQueues project management workload/ flow and ensure it is populated and updated.
  • Coordinate logistics for presentations, site visits, workshops, presentations, and professional development opportunities within the ROOTS region.
  • Book travel as needed for site visits and funding program support team members when appropriate including ROOTS Week presenters, special guests, facilitators and members.
  • Serve as the primary on-the-ground event support for site visits and funding programming related events.
  • Develop rough copy for programs activities to be shared with communications team.
  • Develop first draft of contract agreements.
  • Coordinate meeting schedules and prepare agenda, memos, documents, and notes for program related meetings as well as updating the ROOTS staff Google calendar with key re-granting programs dates.
  • Support Operations Team in preparation and submission of final reports associated with  re-granting programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The knowledge, skills, and abilities of the Programs Associate include:

  • Self-motivated and the ability to work independently.
  • Flexibility to function well in a team structure, while working remotely.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills; comfortable speaking in public on the intersection of arts and activism.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in community organizing and ability to work across diverse cultures.
  • Excited about building strategic partnerships with artists, community organizations, and policy makers across the south.
  • Ability to review, understand, and evaluate community-based artistic projects.
  • Good writing and documentation skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce, Google Suite and Microsoft Suite, especially Word and Excel.


  • Ability to work from home/remotely.
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time.
  • Ability to show a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive on the job (transporting people and meeting materials) as needed if hired (company rental vehicle and insurance provided).


  • Familiar with the ROOTS network/ community or southern artists or activists in the US South.
  • Experience facilitating, teaching or building curriculum.
  • Experience with Project Management Software.


Alternate ROOTS has a 100% remote office and the team collaborates using a series of digital tools. The Programs Associate can work remotely anywhere in the Alternate ROOTS region.* There are ROOTS staff members in Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS.


The position is a part-time position that will work between 20-25 hours a week with approximately 8 hours weekly dedicated to remote collaboration through online platforms with team members as needed based on program activity.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a part-time termed position paid at a rate of $20/ $25,000 a year. ROOTS has secured funding for the position from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021, subject to annual grant renewal and pending additional funding.

Desired Start Date
January 6, 2020

How to Apply
Please review the Programs Associate Job Description and the Alternate ROOTS website.

The application period is now open. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to by November 1, 2019. Interviews will take place December 2-6, 2019.   Please send PDFs only. If you have any questions, please email All applications and expressed interest in this position will be handled confidentially.

*The Alternate ROOTS 14-state region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Alternate ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, and progressive visionaries are encouraged to apply.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.