Hiring an Executive Assistant For Artist Jesse Krimes
deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022
Executive Assistant to Jesse Krimes – Position Description and Overview
Jesse Krimes, Artist and Co-Founder of the national Right of Return USA fellowship, is hiring a full-time Executive Assistant. Krimes and Right of Return are looking for a versatile, intuitive, and highly organized person to perform administrative, logistical, and personal tasks for Jesse Krimes’ independent art practice and assist him in his capacity as the President of Right of Return.
This role is multifaceted and a successful candidate must be an adept and experienced communicator with strong organizational skills. Prior experience as a personal or executive assistant is required. Experience in criminal legal reform and/or the art world is preferred, as is experience drafting grants and grant reports.
Discretion, confidentiality, and trustworthiness are of the utmost importance. The assistant will be party to confidential personal and professional information as well as information regarding high profile individuals and institutions. The Executive Assistant will be in charge of maintaining and organizing Krimes’ professional and personal life and schedule across multiple sectors, requiring dedication, flexibility, and strong initiative. The Executive Assistant must be adept at corresponding effectively and efficiently with a range of people. Tact and diplomacy are a must, as are exceptional interpersonal skills. Krimes is looking for someone who wants to grow and stay in this position and develop an enduring professional relationship.
About Jesse Krimes and Right of Return USA
Krimes is a Philadelphia based artist and curator whose work explores how contemporary media shapes and reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control, with a particular focus on criminal and racial justice. He co-founded Right of Return USA, the only national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists. The fellowship’s mission is to build a community of practice and support artists creating new work that advances criminal justice reform, racial justice, and narrative change.
Full-time, $26-$35, based on experience and qualifications. The Assistant will be hired as an independent contractor and benefits will not be included. Preference for candidates based in or near Philadelphia, PA, but exceptionally strong candidates located within ~100 miles of Philadelphia will be considered.
Responsibilities as Assistant to Jesse Krimes:
– Act as the first point of contact for Krimes: field emails, phone calls, correspondences; record notes and relay messages for Krimes.
– Respond to requests and emails as needed; draft emails for Krimes to review and send to high profile people and funders (persons to whom it is important that Krimes respond directly and personally).
– Miscellaneous tasks to support Krimes as needed. Examples may include: conducting and compiling background research on studio materials and project concepts; managing travel arrangements and itineraries on behalf of Krimes; errands.
– Write, compile and prepare grants and reports for Jesse’s personal practice.
Manage schedule and arrange meetings in calendar (this means often controlling access to Krimes). Time management, including reminding Krimes of important tasks and deadlines
– Act as a liaison between Krimes, Right of Return staff, and studio assistants, as required.
Responsibilities pertaining to Right of Return:
– Act as the first point of contact for Krimes at his Right of Return email: field emails, phone calls, correspondences; record notes and relay messages for Krimes.
– Maintain contact lists, mailing and correspondence with funders in coordination with the Managing Director.
– Support the Managing Director in scheduling Board Meetings or other relevant meetings with Krimes.
Qualifications for Personal Assistant:
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
– Experience writing grant proposals or reports preferred.
– Exceptional organizational and time-management, ability to multitask: follows instructions clearly, accurately, and in a timely fashion.
– Prior experience as an assistant required; artistic practice a plus.
– Familiarity with social and criminal justice issues and a commitment to ending mass incarceration. General knowledge of contemporary art preferred.
– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to Jesse Krimes at firstname.lastname@example.org, no phone calls, please. Finalists will be asked to submit an unedited writing sample.