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Arts Midwest

Date Posted July 08, 2024
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Arts/Lifestyle
Job Status Part-time

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Job Type


Posting Date: July 8, 2024 

Department: Communications  

Reports to: Managing Editor  

FLSA: Non-Exempt  

Classification: Part-time/hourly; 20 hours/week. Grant funded through June 30, 2025.  

Revision Date: June 2024  

Pay: $30/hour, plus benefits.  

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, ~5 hours a day (time flexible based on editorial schedule and applicant needs)  

Job Location: Remote. Must reside in Arts Midwest’s nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or a Native Nation that shares this geography. 

Application Instructions: Please apply by completing our online application with your resume, cover letter, two written work samples and one work sample that showcases short-form video, and contact information for three references by Monday, July 22.    

Potential Interview Dates: First Round: August 12-15. Second Round: August 22-28 

Preferred Start Date: September 16, 2024  

About the Position

Arts Midwest’s Creativity News Desk team is growing! We are looking to hire a Culture Reporter to support our coverage of creativity and culture in the Midwest. This work includes conducting interviews, writing and filing ten 500-word articles every month, setting up stories in Arts Midwest’s website, creating at least two social media reels per month based on stories you are writing, as well supporting other editorial tasks as needed.

This is a remote position, with some travel through the year to meet with the Arts Midwest team. This role relies on embracing remote work systems and technology to coordinate tasks, connect with the team, and report on stories.

This position is funded through a grant and is only guaranteed through June 30, 2025. We are currently seeking funding to continue this work beyond that date.

This work seeks to advance the vision, goals, and impact of the organization and is rooted in Arts Midwest’s commitment to equity, integrity, and learning.

About You   

You are passionate about telling stories that highlight Midwestern creativity. You want to celebrate the multifaceted people, cultures, and histories present in this region. You should have a journalism and/or writing background, with at least two years of experience reporting on arts, culture, and community. You love experimentation and enjoy creating content that quickly engages in formats that appeal to general audiences, both in written form and on social media. Good interpersonal skills, cultural competency, thoughtful storytelling skills, and a commitment to DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) are essential.

Arts Midwest is committed to maintaining a workforce that is diverse across many lines of difference. We strongly encourage people of color, Indigenous people, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply for this position.

About Arts Midwest  

Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest supports, informs, and celebrates creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and the Native nations that share these geographies. We are one of six United States Regional Arts Organizations, a national collective of six place-based nonprofit arts service organizations committed to strengthening America’s infrastructure by increasing access to creativity for all Americans.


Planning + Setting Vision

  • Assist team in identifying and achieving departmental goals and strategies that align with the organization’s strategic direction. 
  • Share regular reports on task progress and challenges with supervisor.

Content Production

  • Develop, source, and share at least 2-3 new story ideas at weekly editorial meetings.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews for assigned stories in a timely manner.
  • File 2-3 500-word articles for editing weekly; make revisions as needed.
  • Source photographs (including caption and credit information) and other assets for stories.
  • Layout articles for publishing on the Arts Midwest website.
  • Produce and edit at least 2 Instagram Reels per month based on stories you are creating.
  • Assist the Communications team in writing social media copy related to stories.
  • Assist with editorial tasks and projects as needed.

Organization Integration 

  • Embraces and uses organization’s technology tools and systems to further goals of information transparency and operational efficiency.
  • Collaborates with IT and other function areas to identify systems and training needs.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access 

  • Maintain and grow personal intercultural competence. Continue to develop intercultural competency and seek opportunities for all staff to continue to make change together.

Organizational Culture 

  • Work collaboratively across the organization–communicating courteously and professionally and maintaining working relationships with others.
  • Attend all-staff meetings monthly.
  • Represent the organization nationally, regionally, and locally, in the community, with funders and stakeholders, as applicable.

Core Competencies and Commitments 

  • Adaptability: willingness to embrace change, test innovative ideas, and learn new ways of working.
  • Collaboration: eagerness to share resources and work with others toward organizational goals.
  • Fluency with technology: understanding that much of our work occurs in digital systems, which require ongoing learning.
  • Our values and mission: understand and embrace our values and missions, particularly how they reflect our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Sharing power/takes on leadership and followership roles.

Technical Competencies 

  • Knowledge of and ability to work with writing, publishing, and video editing software.
  • Ability to produce content for digital publishing and social media.
  • Ability to effectively organize time, anticipate, plan, and manage multiple priorities with deadlines.
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work within creative constraints.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with staff, sources, interview subjects, etc.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborate as a part of a team.
  • Ability to conduct research, organize information, analyze results, and make recommendations.
  • Ability to maintain the highest confidentiality when dealing with sensitive or confidential information.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and to big picture.

Physical and Mental Requirements 

Physical effort is light, with lifting or carrying limited to 25 pounds intermittently. Work includes making presentations in front of groups. There is pressure associated with project or activity deadlines. Work will require extended use of a computer keyboard and monitor. Work is performed in a fast-paced environment, where interruptions are frequent.

All requirements are subject to modification to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Working Conditions 

Work is primarily remote, with potentially some travel locally for reporting and regionally to meet with the Arts Midwest editorial team. Assigned and planned travel will be covered by Arts Midwest.

Salary Description

$30/hour, 20 hours/week

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