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Opportunities

Roulette offers a wide range of professional opportunities to join our administrative and technical staff. Our employees come from various backgrounds and fields and work collaboratively to accomplish mission-based projects and objectives.

Roulette is an equal opportunity employer. Our roles are filled without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

Available Opportunities:

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Roulette Intermedium, New York’s premier space for the promotion and presentation of contemporary experimental performing arts, seeks a dynamic, experienced, and energetic Director of Communications to engage new and existing audiences and promote adventurous music, dance, and intermedia performances. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Reporting to the Managing Director and working closely with the Artistic Director, the Director of Communications manages strategic planning for communications and oversees the creative development and production of all outward-facing materials, marketing efforts, and public relations initiatives aimed at raising Roulette’s public profile and engaging donors and audiences. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Regularly communicate with programmed artists to obtain marketing materials for press releases and Roulette’s website, zine, and concert programs; work with artists to understand their projects and determine strategies for communicating them clearly and compellingly to distinct audiences and the press; develop promotional plans and pitch stories to the press; cultivate and build lasting relationships with members of the media.
  • Maintain a consistent visual identity for Roulette while introducing new creative elements; oversee or collaborate on the design of a variety of assets, both physical and digital, including significant outdoor signage, the Roulette zine, annual reports and fundraising materials, invitations to special events, video highlight reels, etc.
  • Manage a department of two: the Visual Identity and Social Media Manager, who is responsible for the organization’s design and social media marketing, and the Media Manager & Content Producer, who photographs, films, and edits performances for press, promotional assets, and Roulette TV. Provide guidance to both members of this department with an eye toward developing compelling editorial and promotional content. The Communications Director may also oversee seasonal interns or fellows and outside consultants.
  • Work with the Director of Special Projects to determine strategies to strategically mobilize archival content and incorporate Roulette’s radio offerings and podcast into a broader communications strategy.
  • Oversee the creation, production, printing, and distribution of the Roulette Zine (three issues per year): develop content; oversee design elements; gather information about the season’s performances, funding, and other regular institutional information to be included in the zine; secure advertisers; create a distribution plan.
  • Create campaigns and send regular e-blasts to promote Roulette performances and other institutional priorities (e.g. fundraising campaigns and Roulette’s venue rental program); significantly grow and meaningfully segment Roulette’s mailing lists; pursue cross-promotional opportunities with other arts and cultural organizations.
  • Oversee the web and public-facing aspects of Roulette’s livestreams; maintain the online livestream archive; oversee copyright policies and infringement; oversee livestream branding and instream marketing; pursue new platforms and explore ways to deepen audience engagement as the program evolves; work with Development to explore sponsorship opportunities.

 GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have five or more years of professional marketing and communications experience, preferably working for a contemporary performing arts venue or non-profit. Familiarity with Roulette’s programming and contemporary experimental music, dance, and the media arts in NYC and beyond is crucial. The position requires excellent writing and superior project management skills, in particular the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a timely, organized fashion. Candidates must be creative and strategic thinkers with strong and informed points of view about visual identity and communication strategies. This position, like all roles at Roulette, involves extensive collaboration with Roulette staff across multiple departments, so the ability to both lead a team efficiently and serve as a responsive and respectful team member is essential. Expert knowledge of WordPress and MailChimp and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects) is required. The ideal candidate will also have strong graphic design skills, with a keen aesthetic sense and point of view. Experience working with AudienceView, SalesForce, or other CRM is a plus.

Some evening and weekend availability is required. The Director of Communications is highly encouraged and at times expected to attend Roulette performances and special events.

ABOUT ROULETTE

Founded in 1978 by four artists in a TriBeCa loft in NYC, Roulette has grown into an internationally recognized performing arts venue and presenter of experimental music, dance, and intermedia featuring some of today's most prolific artists and their extraordinary emerging counterparts. Historically, Roulette presents 120 annual performances alongside an additional 150 community/rental events, serving up to 70,000 annual visitors in our 12,000-square-foot venue in Downtown Brooklyn. In addition to its robust live programming, Roulette presents a monthly podcast, weekly and monthly radio shows, and weekly TV segments on Manhattan and Brooklyn public access. Our mission is to support artists creating new and adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources to realize their creative visions, and to build an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art.

SAFETY

As of their first day, new hires must be in compliance with the health and safety policies outlined on roulette.org/safety, including the requirement that Roulette staff be up to date with their Covid-19 vaccinations (as of Feb 1, 2022 this means staff must have completed a Covid-19 vaccination series and received a Covid-19 booster).

TO APPLY

Candidates should email jobs@roulette.org with their cover letter in the body of the email and “Director of Communications - Candidate Name” in the subject line (e.g. Director of Communications - Jax Doe). Please attach a professional resume and cover letter as a single PDF. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Roulette is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive team. People of color, women, transgender and queer people, disabled people, and people from culturally, socially, and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Roulette offers hands-on internships for college students and recent graduates throughout the year. This unique opportunity provides working knowledge of a non-profit music venue with access to some of the world’s most exciting contemporary composers and musicians.

Roulette operates with a small staff and our interns will interact with all departments on a regular basis. Responsibilities will range from event production to press and public relations to administrative tasks. Intern candidates must possess a strong command of the English language, excellent communication and writing skills, as well the ability to work and function in a dynamic and creative environment.

Interns work a minimum of two days per week for a full trimester on a voluntary basis. In addition, interns may be asked to assist staff with evening and weekend programs, special events, and other Roulette projects. The internship may be used to fulfill academic credits or requirements. Roulette is unable to provide intern candidates with visas or stipends.

Marketing & Online Communications
An internship with Roulette’s communications department is an excellent opportunity to learn more about public and media relations, online communication, and graphic design. Interested applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, as well as familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, Web editing, and design.

Non-Profit Administration
Interns gain insight into the administration of a non-profit music venue, which includes event production, outreach and community partnerships. Applicants should be enthusiastic about interacting with the public and engaging Roulette’s diverse audience. This position may require working some weeknights and occasional weekends, as needed.

Development and Fundraising Interns
This internship is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the fundraising process, from cultivation to stewardship. This department requires interns who have experience or education in donor handling and research, membership, grants, and other aspects of non-profit development.

Applications Due Dates:

Fall — (September–December)
Applications due by August 1st

Winter — (January–March)
Applications due by December 1st

Spring — (April–June)
Applications due by March 13th

Summer — (July–August)
Applications due by May 1st

*In special cases, applications are also considered on a rolling basis.

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Roulette is committed to remaining accessible to all members of our community. Volunteer at Roulette and see shows for free!

For more information about volunteering at Roulette, please email us at volunteer@roulette.org.

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Roulette offers an open call for performance proposals and submissions once per year, closing on May 1st. At this time, we are unable to accept proposals for dance performances.

Please note that in order to complete the application you will need to include 3 to 5 Work Samples representative of your proposed performance. Music files must be mp3 format ONLY and must not exceed 10mb each. You may provide links to video and Intermedia work. Current press reviews or clippings are not required, but are highly encouraged.

All applications are reviewed after the May 1st deadline. Due to a heavy volume of applications, only those applicants being considered for performances will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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