The Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam is holding open applications for 2019! We are looking for staff to organize our annual tournament and festival programming. We are a grassroots organizing team that orients itself toward compassion while maintaining an expectation of efficiency and are looking for diligent, motivated folx interested in organizing curated spaces within the performance poetry community.
If you are interested in applying for any of the positions below, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position you would like to apply for in the subject line.
If you are interested in sponsoring any of the positions below, please email us at email@example.com with the position to which you would like your funds allocated in the subject line. FEMS Staff can process your funds via Venmo or paper check dependent upon your preference. These positions will be funded in some way regardless of your contribution, but FEMS is a community-run organization and every cent brings us closer to our goal of radical accessibility for both our staff and our participants.
What is FEMS?
FEMS (the foreshortened name for the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam) is a community based, grassroots initiative that aims to be radically accessible. Radical accessibility looks like welcoming people of all ages, incomes, using venues that are wheelchair accessible, creating affinity space, using language that is gender inclusive and engaging with our community to make our spaces better. We aim to provide financial accommodations for any team that cannot afford the fees. As a grassroots initiative we rely on our community for support and hope that you will consider sponsoring a team today! This slam is being organized by queer femmes of color and accepting help lovingly from non-feminine people from the community.
FEMS Volunteer Coordinator – ($200 Stipend) April to October 2019
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising the volunteer staff of the 2019 FEMS Tournament. This position will work closely with the Marketing Manager and Social Media Manager to create a call for volunteers and publicize this call online/at FEMS events. After verifying the volunteers’ availability from October 19th to the 21st, the Volunteer Coordinator will work alongside the Tournament Coordinator to create and maintain a volunteer schedule that addresses the festival’s needs (ex. bout management, bout hosting, active listening, aesthetics assistance). Finally, it is the Volunteer Coordinator’s responsibility to conduct general orientation with their volunteer staff as well as give volunteers tours of the event spaces at the start of the tournament. FEMS is interested in building community amongst volunteers prior to the tournament and festival weekend, and to that end, interested candidates should be prepared to discuss potential bonding initiatives to be held in advance of the event.
FEMS Sponsorship/Outreach Coordinator – April to October 2019
The Sponsorship/Outreach Coordinator is responsible for soliciting and building relationships with Boston and Cambridge businesses in order to provide the 2019 FEMS Tournament with sponsorship opportunities. After working alongside the Tournament Coordinator to assess the event’s sponsorship needs, this individual will develop proposals to send to various businesses and organizations in order to secure funds or services. This individual will work closely with the Marketing Manager to produce and print tournament advertising flyers for dissemination to the public. It is the Sponsorship/Outreach Coordinator’s responsibility to act as liaison between FEMS and potential sponsors as well as to ensure that any agreement reached furthers the tournament’s objectives. Finally, the Sponsorship/Outreach Coordinator will be expected to write and file sponsorship reports for the benefit of documentation and review. This position is currently offered on a volunteer basis; however, FEMS is actively pursuing funds for compensation.
FEMS Aesthetics Coordinator – April to October 2019
The Aesthetics Coordinator is responsible for curating the visual design of the 2019 tournament and training a small team of volunteers to assist with their graphic initiatives. This position will work closely with the Marketing Manager to create a unified artistic scheme based on the tournament’s values and goals. The Aesthetics Coordinator will fashion all the decoration elements for the tournament’s venues as well as manage the design budget by documenting and reporting all creative expenses. Finally, the Aesthetics Coordinator will be present during the festival to address any issues with staging, tabling, and/or other aspects of their various interior design projects. This position is currently offered on a volunteer basis; however, FEMS is actively pursuing funds for compensation.
FEMS Wellness Coordinator – April to October 2019
The Wellness Coordinator is responsible for facilitating active listening and Narcan training sessions for volunteers and acting as the FEMS point of contact in the event of an emergency during the festival. [FEMS is willing to provide training in the aforementioned areas for interested candidates.] This individual will work alongside the Accessibility Coordinator to organize and manage a quiet space for participants to decompress throughout the weekend as well as provide comforting items in the tournament venues (ex. fidget tools, stress balls, etc.). The Wellness Coordinator will work alongside the Tournament and Volunteer Coordinators to create and maintain an active listener schedule that addresses the festival’s needs, as each bout will require at least two active listeners in each venue. Finally, it is the responsibility of the Wellness Coordinator to carry a first aid kit and act as liaison between FEMS and emergency response personnel in the event of a medical crisis. This position is currently offered on a volunteer basis; however, FEMS is actively pursuing funds for compensation.
FEMS Youth Coordinator - ($200 Stipend) April to October 2019
The Youth Coordinator is responsible for recruiting youth competing poets and participants for the 2019 Tournament and training a small team of volunteers to assist with their youth initiatives. This individual will coordinate community relations campaigns to inform youth of the FEMS organization and the festival’s mission of inclusion. The Youth Coordinator will work alongside the Tournament Coordinator to create and maintain an action plan of youth outreach in schools and via social media. This position will act as liaison between FEMS and youth tournament competitors, festival participants, and their parents/guardians in the event that any of the aforementioned are under 18 years of age. Finally, it is the responsibility of the Youth Coordinator to coordinate and submit a budget report for all logistics involving youth transport, housing, and tournament participation.