Now Hiring: ROOTS Week Team

Dr. Patricia Jones and Nicole Garneau at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. 

It takes A LOT of people-power to make ROOTS Week run. We’re looking to hire amazing individuals to fill out the ROOTS Week Team!

Team members receive complimentary registration, small stipends, and possible travel assistance when available. If you are interested please send a resumé and cover letter to rootsweek@alternateroots.org by Friday, March 16, 2018. Since ROOTS Week is such a unique gathering, preference in hiring will be given to applicants who have attended ROOTS Week previously.

ROOTS Week Team Responsibilities

The team members work with ROOTS staff, the member-led ROOTS Week Work Group, and the Executive Committee, to produce and support awesomely delightful experiences for everyone at ROOTS Week. Every person on the team is expected to:

  • Attend weekly production meetings starting July 2018
  • Communicate with other team members on a regular and timely basis
  • Work with other coordinators to schedule activities for the week
  • Adhere to green practices to plan and run ROOTS Week
  • Evaluate the process and document your work, during and after ROOTS Week

We are hiring for the following positions:

Spanish/English Interpreters

ROOTS Week Artistic Programming Associate

Green Team Captain

Social Media Captain

ROOTS 101 Captain

Hospitality Captain

Accessibility Captain

Youth Village Captain

Youth Village Child Care Provider

Camp Counselors

Stage Management Team

Technical Direction Team

Late Night Technical Director

Late Night Coordinator

Visual Arts Coordinator

Registration Assistant

 

Spanish/English Interpreters

We are seeking to hire a team to help support our continued language justice efforts at ROOTS Week. The Spanish/English Interpreters will be responsible for providing interpretation for attendees who are monolingual Spanish or Spanish dominant speakers, as well as monolingual English speakers if workshops are offered in Spanish. Throughout the week, each individual member of this team will provide approximately 20 hours of Spanish/English interpretation (mostly simultaneous, with the possibility of occasional consecutive interpretation needed). Prior to ROOTS Week, team members may be asked to help identify other interpreters as needed.

Requirements: Strong Spanish/English interpretation skills. Experience working in the Language Justice field a plus. Good people skills.

ROOTS Week Artistic Programming Associate

The Artistic Programming Associates will work closely with ROOTS’ staff and the ROOTS Week Work Group to support the curation and selection of the programming for ROOTS Week, including learning exchanges, performances, and late night activities. The associate will support compiling, gathering, and reviewing programming proposals, as well as setting up a peer review panel for final curation. The associate will be the main point of contact for all performers and facilitators prior to, and during, ROOTS Week. This person will report to ROOTS’ Programs Manager, and will work closely with the Stage Management Team to ensure that all performers and facilitators understand their schedule, and that ROOTS Week programming runs smoothly.

Requirements: Strong organizational, supervisory, communication, and interpersonal skills. Experience with logistical planning. Ability to creatively problem solve. Experience with ROOTS Week is a plus.

Green Team Captain

The Green Team Captain serves as the superhero/heroine for green practices at ROOTS Week. This person organizes and leads composting, recycling, and education activities around green practices for ROOTS folks. As Lutheridge does not have its own compost, the captain will work in advance of ROOTS Week to secure the off-site compost facility, ensure that ROOTS has all of the needed equipment (garbage pails, etc.), and create a schedule for work co-op participants.

Requirements: A working knowledge of green practices, especially for large groups. A passion for teaching and mentoring others, and leading both small and large groups. Good organizational skills.

Kim Savarino at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Social Media Captain

The Social Media Captain will work closely with ROOTS’ Communications team to build and implement a grassroots social media strategy for ROOTS Week. They will supervise the Social Media Work Co-op team members in gathering video, audio, and photos of ROOTS Week, and posting to social media.

Requirements: Experience with, and knowledge of, social media strategy and platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Ability to rally a group of people to complete assignments independently. Love of preserving dynamic moments.

ROOTS 101 Captain

The ROOTS 101 Captain will coordinate with ROOTS’ Operations and Programs staff to develop and facilitate ROOTS 101 and 201 sessions. These sessions introduce new (or nearly new) attendees and members to ROOTS’ history, programs, and practices.

Requirements: Organizational and communication skills, and an understanding of Alternate ROOTS.

Hospitality Captain

The Hospitality Captain will coordinate with ROOTS’ Operations and Programs staff to organize and manage the Hospitality Co-op team. Duties include organizing and managing volunteers, assisting with registration, coffee service, and golf cart transportation.

Requirements: Dependable and organized, volunteer management experience is a plus.

Accessibility Captain

The Accessibility Captain will coordinate with ROOTS’ Operations staff to organize and manage the Accessibility Co-op team. Duties include ensuring that accessibility needs of ROOTS Week participants are being met, prior to and throughout the event. The captain will meet with and support participants that have communicated to ROOTS that they are in need of additional support (such as golf cart transportation, meal delivery, etc.) and coordinate the Accessibility Co-op team to meet these needs.

Requirements: Dependable and organized, experience working with people with varying abilities, volunteer management experience is a plus.

Youth Village Captain

The Youth Village Captain will work with ROOTS’ staff to develop and curate youth activities throughout ROOTS Week. Activities will include art-making and creative play, as well as time for reading and reflection.

Requirements: Experience with, and passion for, working with children ages 5-13 years old, and developing an arts-based curriculum. Must pass a background check.

Christine Gautreaux, 2017 ROOTS Week Camp Counselor. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Youth Village Child Care Provider

This professional child care provider will work with ROOTS’ Programs Manager and the Youth Village Captain to provide care and supervision for children 5-13 years old. This person will work Wednesday, August 9-Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9am-6pm, with an hour lunch break.

Requirements: Licensed child care provider. Must pass a background check, and love working with children ages 5-13 years old.

Camp Counselors

The Camp Counselors serve as ambassadors for emotional health to the ROOTS Week population. This resource person participates in all-conference sessions as able, serving as an emotions monitor, and suggesting we take a breath or break when appropriate. Additionally, this practitioner is available for private meetings with individual ROOTS Week participants. These meetings are offered pro-bono to participants and are considered to be a part of the service of ROOTS Week.

Requirements: A licensed degree in mental health (MSW, LCP, etc.) or other established professional healing modality. A commitment to, and familiarity, with ROOTS’ mission.

Stage Management Team

The Stage Management Team works closely with the Technical Direction team in support of all curated performances. They will help to coordinate rehearsal and call times, manage the stage during performances, and work closely with the Performance Technical Directors to ensure performers’ needs are met. Each person on the team will work approximately 20 hours during the week, including rehearsals during the day, and performances from 7-10 pm nightly. The Stage Management team is the main point of contact for all performers during ROOTS Week.

Requirements: Experience with stage management; organizational and communication skills.

Technical Direction Team

Billy Muñoz, 2017 ROOTS Week Technical Director. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

The Technical Direction Team will be comprised of 2-3 members, who will serve as the Audio Visual Technicians for Learning Exchanges and performances that take place from 9am-10pm. The Technical Direction Team will work with the Stage Management Team to prepare a schedule so that each technician works approximately 25 hours during the week. These persons provide technical assistance to performances as needed, including audio, visual projection, and basic lighting. They will work closely with ROOTS’ Programs Manager.

Requirements: Experience with technical direction, including audio, video projection, and basic lighting. Ability to work well in an energetic environment late into the night.

Late Night Technical Director

The Late Night Technical Director will serve as the Audio Visual Technician for Late Night, a cabaret/open-mic that runs from 10pm-2am (or later) each night of ROOTS Week. This person provides technical assistance to performers as needed, including audio, visual projection, and basic lighting. They will work approximately 20 hours during the week, and work closely with ROOTS’ Programs Manager.

Requirements: Experience with technical direction, including audio, video projection, and basic lighting. Ability to work well in a raucous environment late into the night.

Late Night Coordinator

The Late Night Coordinator will work closely with ROOTS’ Programs Manager, Wendy Shenefelt and Late Night Team. This person will assist with identifying and securing hosts for each Late Night, provide orientation and guidance for Late Night hosts, and will post Late Night Meeting Agreements.  

Visual Arts Coordinator

The Visual Arts Coordinator will facilitate safe & respectful installation and de-installation of visual arts work in careful communication with the artist, ROOTS staff, and Lutheridge. This person will communicate the specific needs of visual artists with the leadership team members, and will create the schedule for visual artists at ROOTS Week in conjunction with other staff. The Visual Arts Coordinator ensures that visual arts work is not kept in silos or presented as separate from the greater work of the organization.

Kerry Lee at the ROOTS Week Registration Office. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Registration Assistant

The ROOTS Week Registration Assistant will work alongside ROOTS’ Operations Manager and Operations Associate in the Registration office at ROOTS Week. Duties include greeting and checking in ROOTS Week attendees, answering questions and assisting attendees, processing payments for fees, memberships and donations, and coordinating on campus golf cart transportation with Hospitality and Accessibility Captains. The Registration Assistant will work approximately 3-4 hours per day in the office, and be the “on call” person for nights and evenings.

Requirements: Dependable and organized, good people and interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to drive a golf cart, quick thinker and creative problem solver, ROOTS Week experience is a plus but not required.

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