Documentarian in Community Co-creation

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Documentarian in Community Co-creation



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11 Months

Position Band/Level:

140 = AP28

Pay Range:

$52,000 - $57,300 commensurate with experience for this full time, 11 months per year position

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Job Summary:

The Documentarian in Community Co-creation (DCC) coordinates the programming for, and serves as a creative principle of the Co-creation Initiative, which is supported MDOCS’s 4-year, $798,500 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “MDOCS as a Center for Documentary Co-creation: College-Community Partnerships for Global and Local Impact.” Coordinating and supporting the work of a number of collaborating “clusters” that bridge participants from on and off campus, the DCC will be the main point of contact between MDOCS and production clusters consisting of artists, scholars, teachers, students, activists, leaders, and community members who are engaged with the grant’s programming: the planning, production, and exhibition of co-created documentary works that address topics and themes of urgent relevance to our region and world. The DCC is responsible for shepherding these clusters through all phases of production including ideation, partnership agreements, creation and distribution. The DCC will support a wide range of documentary mediums including but not limited to writing, audio, video, photography, exhibitions, print or digital multimedia, and emerging/interactive/immersive forms. Working with the rest of the MDOCS team and the grant’s advisory board, the DCC will help shape the unfolding of the grant project, engaging new collaborators, convening events and gatherings around the grant themes, and assessing the results throughout the grant period. In addition to these facilitator duties, DCC may take up various artistic/production roles within one or more of the grant-supported co-created projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor Degree

Experience: 2+ yrs experience working on projects or in organizations that utilize documentary co-creation methodologies

Must have extensive knowledge of documentary co-creation practice, including familiarity with current works, debates, and theories. Should demonstrate artistic vision and production competency in at least one medium in or adjacent to the nonfiction arts. Must show comfort within, or minimally a high capacity to learn, a variety of disparate production, collaboration, and art-making practices and processes.

Practical experience in facilitating group processes – whether in or out of creative/artistic contexts — is a must. In such settings, must be able to think and react to situations quickly, communicate complex ideas orally, and build trust across lines of difference. Should demonstrate comfort with offering feedback on processes and creative works.
This role requires an attention to detail and the ability to coordinate multiple moving parts effectively, professionally and creatively. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and project management skills, with previous experience working collaboratively and creatively, is a must.

Knowledge of and working experience — whether in creative fields, civic life, or social services — in or near Saratoga Springs and the surrounding region is desirable, but not required.

EEO Statement:

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


Special Instructions to Applicant:

At least 1 of the 2 letters of recommendation should represent a non-academic affiliation, and will ideally be written by an individual or a representative of a group with whom the applicant has worked as a facilitator or co-creator.

Work sample may represent your individual work, co-created work, or both. If co-created, work sample should make explicit who the collaborators were, and what role they played. Work sample may include up to 10 images and up to 10 mins of video/audio

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Posted: 11/18/2020
Application Due: 2/16/2021
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