AAWW Muslim Communities Program Coordinator (2017)
Post date: 8/15/17

Deadline: Wednesday 30 August 2017, but we will be processing submissions on a rolling basis

The Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)—an alternative arts space dedicated to literature at the intersection of race, migration and social justice—is hiring a Muslim Communities Program Coordinator who will lead and support programs engaging with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities in New York City, as well as nationally.

We are looking for a highly entrepreneurial self-starter who possesses work experience creating and implementing projects. The Muslim Communities Program Coordinator will (1) provide support to AAWW staff to execute Profile This!, our preexisting Muslim communities initiatives, and (2) help envision, organize, and launch new programs responding to the new political climate. We currently see this as a half-time position with health benefits, but we are fundraising to make this full-time. This position is great for a highly ambitious, organized individual who’s good at spotting opportunities and potential growth, and who would love to build experience in a cool, collegial, socially progressive arts center.

This list describes a range of projects that AAWW sees itself accomplishing under the banner of Profile This!. We see the Program Coordinator taking on a portion of these projects and helping manage and support other AAWW staff members to accomplish the rest.
(1) PHASE 1: The Muslim Communities Program Coordinator will support preexisting MASA programs within the AAWW program platforms. Most of these programs will be executed by current staff. The Muslim Communities Program Coordinator will coordinate, advise, and execute specific portions of projects. Some of these projects might include:
• Work with our Open City Editor to edit and publish our Muslim Communities Fellows who will be producing community-based creative nonfiction and journalism.
• Write stories about contemporary Muslim, Arab, and South Asian literary, intellectual, and political culture. Edit, write, and curate a Muslim writer/activist profile series, as well as essays for our arts and ideas magazine, The Margins. We are also looking into producing ebooks and high-definition video and audio.
• Coordinate instructor and partner organizations for youth photography/writing workshops serving Muslim, Arab, and South Asian youth. Help coordinate live author events in our space.
(2) PHASE 2: The Muslim Communities Program Coordinator will ideally spend more time launching new programs reacting to the quickly changing new political environment in which Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and immigrant communities find themselves increasingly under attack. This might include:
• Executing rapid response events to breaking news.
• Writing and editing narratives from small Muslim, Arab, and South Asian community-based organizations across the country.
• Building relationships with Arab, Muslim, and South Asian writers, cultural organizations, and community groups to look for ways to collaborate and provide capacity. (We have done this with about 10-20 organizations already.)
• Creating coalitional relationships with non-Muslim arts and political organizations to build political education programs against Islamophobia and attacks on immigrant and undocumented communities.
• Potentially work to package stories/content/videos produced (and through AAWW's existing work) for use in high school and college classrooms, with the guidance and consultation of K-12 educators and curriculum developers.

• You have a lot of energy and are ready to use it. You can fly the plane while building it.
• You appreciate literary criticism, but also journalism. You like talking about books, but you also like getting your hands dirty and getting stuff done. You are devoted to both cultural production and on-the-ground stories within Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities.
• You can be thoughtful quickly. Past journalism experience is a plus.

• Fill out the online google doc at aaww.org/mcpc.
• Prepare a resume, cover letter and two writing samples as PDFs. Please include your first and last name in the title of all documents.
• Upload them to our Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/TkYTHJZ1lzYaVxyIy4ec.

AAWW is the preeminent national arts nonprofit dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. We define “Asian” with radical inclusivity to also encompass West Asia (Arab, Iranian and Afghan Americans) and South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka). We are an alternative arts space dedicated to literature at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Our main program areas include: 1) curating events with Asian American writers; 2) granting fellowships to emerging Asian American writers; 3) publishing the online magazine The Margins and Open City; and 4) creating community through immigrant, senior, and youth programs. Since 1991, The Asian American Writers' Workshop has served as a national home for Asian American stories. A quirky yet curated literary community dedicated to Asian American alternative culture, we host more than 50 events a year, featuring nearly 200 writers and artists, such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, Porochista Khakpour, Moustafa Bayoumi, Hari Kunzru, Ashok Kondabolu, Hari Kondabolu, Bushra Rehman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tarfia Faizullah, Vijay Prashad, Favianna Rodriguez, Jeff Chang, Chang-rae Lee, Teju Cole, Claudia Rankine, and Alexander Chee. We publish the online magazines The Margins, our magazine of arts and ideas, and Open City, which is dedicated to chronicling low-income immigrant communities in New York. We distribute grants to emerging Asian American writers, having re-granted more than $100,000 in the last few years. We helped found the pro-immigrant initiative, CultureStrike, which sent 50 writers and artists to a weeklong witnessing delegation at the Arizona border. Invited to the White House, and covered by the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR, we seek to invent the future of Asian American culture.

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