ROOTS is Hiring: Partnerships Programs Associate (Part-Time)


January 19, 2021 | ROOTS Staff


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 also  committed to the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through our programs and services.

Job Description

The Partnerships Programs Associate will support the Director and Team of Strategic Partnerships by overseeing the administration and implementation of details and logistics for Alternate ROOTS Partnerships Programs, community and field engagement opportunities, and Support Programming that bolsters the work. ROOTS current Strategic Partnership Programs include Artistic Assistance, Partners in Action, Partners for Change, Solidarity Fund 2.0, and our forthcoming Leadership Programming.

The Associate will support the planning and execution of regional meetings, workshops, and partnership re-granting funding and programs. The Partnerships Program Associate will work in close partnership with several projects throughout the ROOTS 14-state service region. All meetings and gatherings are expected to occur virtually in 2021.

Responsibilities include:

Program Design 

  • Co-manage the design, panel and selection processes with the Director of Strategic Partnerships, 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 

  • Virtually connect with 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 the Director of Strategic Partnerships to strategically connect grantees and partners to other ROOTS programs including ROOTS Week, ROOTS Weekends, and public policy and communications initiatives.
  • 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 ensuring 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 point of contact for (virtual) site visits/meetings and program related events.
  • Develop rough copy for programs activities to be shared with the Communications team.
  • Develop the first draft of contract agreements.
  • Coordinate meeting schedules and prepare agendas, 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 Partnerships 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.

If/when travel conditions are safely permitted, this position typically needs:

  • Ability to travel 30% of the time (if/when travel conditions are safely permitted)
  • 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 Partnerships Programs Associate can work remotely anywhere in the Alternate ROOTS region.


The position is a part-time position that will work 30 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/hour, benefits eligible. ROOTS has secured funding for the position from March 8, 2021 – December 31, 2021, subject to annual grant renewal and pending additional funding.

Desired Start Date

March 8, 2021

How to Apply

The position 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 5 pm EST on Friday, February 5, 2021. Interviews will begin Tuesday, February 9, 2021.   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.