Opportunities

Current Work Opportunities:


Director of Development
Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project

Overview
We are seeking a Director of Development to work closely with Executive Director, senior staff and Board of Directors in meeting annual fundraising goals, and to represent organization in advancing these goals in the community and with funders.

This is a full-time position offering medical and dental benefits, and others.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Fund Development Committee and senior staff to create a fund development plan
  • Develop and manage timelines and activities related to fundraising events and donor campaigns
  • Have a strong commitment to identifying and developing new corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities
  • Build upon relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization
  • Develop grant proposals to solicit private, corporate and government funding sources
  • Work with senior staff on budgeting as necessary for applying for and implementing grant-funded programs
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation
  • Work with senior staff to ensure development and use of program evaluation tools as a basis for grant reporting
  • Manage annual membership program
  • Develop and implement all aspects of direct donor mailings, appeal letters, and other donor mailings as needed
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate
  • Acknowledge all gifts and donations
  • Ensure that sponsors and funders are promoted in organizational literature and social media applications as agreed
  • Plan, execute and track sponsorship campaigns targeting area businesses
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements for Position

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in development, grant writing and event planning
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Donor Perfect a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to represent organization and build external relationships
  • Integrity, and a dedication to the mission of Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resumé and references to employment.


Accounting Professional – part-time/contract
Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project

Position and Responsibilities
Organization is seeking an accounting professional to work closely with the Executive Director, Development Director and Director of Operations. Reporting to the ED, and working directly with several key Board committees including Finance and Audit, the accounting professional will plan, direct, and carry out the day-to-day financial operations of the combined organization and oversee limited HR duties:

Financial Operations

  • Oversee bookkeeping and billing processes;
  • Build a new Chart of Accounts;
  • Prepare and present financial reports;
  • Working with external auditor, coordinate the annual audit process;
  • Working with ED, prepare and monitor annual budget, financial plans and reports;
  • Working with ED and Director of Development, prepare budgets and reports for institutional proposals, grants and awards;
  • Analyze programmatic budgets to measure sustainability over time;
  • Keep senior leadership team apprised of organization’s financial status;
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting;
  • Schedule and prepare materials for full Board and Finance Committee meetings;
  • Oversee financial/accounting policies and practices, including internal controls and bank reconciliations;
  • Communicate and present critical financial matters to ED and Board of Directors;
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federally mandated reports and requirements.

Employee Benefits and Personnel Responsibilities

  • Advance Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project’s human resources with administration of policies and practices for compensation and benefits;
  • Manage, prepare and submit payroll, payroll reporting, and tax forms;
  • Update and manage a training program to inform and support employees regarding policies, procedures, and practices;
  • Ensure compliance with all state- and federally-mandated programs and requirements.

Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will be a proactive team player who is able to direct and drive Mill Street Loft + Spark Media
  • Project financial functions while working collaboratively with the organization’s senior staff and key committee chairpersons to maintain a culture of financial accountability and transparency. Candidate must have:
  • CPA and/or equivalent experience with a non-profit organization of comparable scope and scale;
  • Solid knowledge of and experience in not-for-profit financial policy, management, and practice;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience overall in the not-for-profit sector; experience in the arts and/or education is a plus;
  • Ability to communicate financial concepts to – and effectively collaborate with – programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds;
  • Proficiency in accounting and reporting software including Quickbooks online, as well as in Microsoft Office;
  • Integrity, and a dedication to the mission of Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project.

Schedule and salary to be negotiated.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resumé and references to employment.


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Assistant Teaching Media Artist (Part-time Staff)

Spark Media Project (formerly Children’s Media Project) is seeking dynamic, engaging teachers with interest in media literacy and production to join Spark’s Media Education team.

Spark Media Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization focusing on media and technology.  Education at Spark Media Project takes a variety of forms:

  • After-school programs for 1st/2nd grade, 4th/5th grade, and middle school students (21st Century Learning Communities Program)
  • After-school and summer youth job training programs for high school students (Media Magic and DROP TV)
  • In-school residencies for public and private K-12 and undergraduate educational institutions
  • After-school, weekend, and summer workshops at libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson library system (Mobile Media Labs)

Spark is seeking Assistant Teaching Artists/Media Educators for programs across all of these departments. Spark media educators/ teaching artists teach and mentor youth through the process of creating a diverse range of media, including planning, producing, finalizing and exhibiting their projects.

This position is supervised by Spark Media Project’s Director of Education.

Responsibilities:

  • Taking an active role within the teaching team, helping to create a vibrant, engaged classroom
  • Sharing in curriculum planning and implementation
  • Serving as a positive role model for the youth in our programs
  • Assisting with editing media produced in the program
  • Assisting with tracking attendance, activity logs, and other administrative duties that may be relevant to program.

Requirements:

  • A strong work ethic and a positive attitude.
  • A minimum of six months direct experience working with children or youth
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work well with team members
  • Experience creating media
  • An aptitude for learning new programs easily
  • A strong desire to take initiative and grow professionally

Compensation: (Commensurate with Experience)

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, work samples, and three references in PDF form to info@sparkmediaproject.org. Application process is on-going.


Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

An internship at Spark Media Project can and will open doors for you, regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in film and media production, education, or nonprofit administrative/management. At Spark, interns and volunteers become integral members of our team, as we rely heavily on intern support to help deliver our quality programing and to advance the organization’s mission of engaging the area’s youth through media arts. While Intern and Volunteer positions are unpaid, if you are a student, you may be able to work with us for school credit or to fulfill community service requirements. While experience is always helpful, for those with the rigorous work ethic and passion-driven mindset we expect here at Spark, lack of experience won’t be a problem.

See what some of our past interns have to say about the value of a Spark internship:

“My internship at Spark Media Project was truly a rewarding experience! I was able to share my passion for media and the arts with so many eager kids while refining my own creativity and skills at the same time. I always felt like my suggestions and opinions were taken seriously and that I was truly a part of the amazing Spark team. I left at the end of the summer with more confidence in my ideas and abilities and the skills needed to succeed professionally in this industry.”
– S. Catherine McCabe

“Working as an intern at Spark really paved the way for the work I do now as a Spark staff person. My internship gave me insight into how a non-profit organization like Spark Media Project operates while providing me with the opportunity to practice my teaching skills. Spark makes sure you are supported to ‘level-up’ professionally, as a teacher or media maker, and does a lot to ensure you grow possitively as an employee and a person.”
– Ethan Hofmayer

“Interning at Spark Media Project has provided me with invaluable workplace, technological, and interpersonal skills.  I’ve learned how to use specialized software and programs, had the opportunity to lead and collaborate with youth and my co-workers,  and have gotten the chance to learn skills — from writing promotional materials to initiating partnerships with other organizations — that will be useful in any career I choose.  Not only have I acquired exceptional professional experience, but it’s wonderful to intern in a place where the staff is friendly, supportive, and genuinely wants to help me to succeed and grow. My internship experience at Spark Media Project has been a vital supplement to my college education, and it’s allowed me contribute to providing indispensable services to youth in the Hudson Valley communities.”
– Nicole Schonitzer

Production/Post Production Assistant

Spark is seeking production interns to support our production house, Forge Media.The ideal candidate is a motivated, self-starter who has passionate career interests in film. Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in pre-production, production, post-production at a professional level. Experience working with camera operating and/or non-linear editing systems (Final Cut, Premiere, or  Avid) preferred.

To apply, please contact Head of Production Kyle Bahl at kyle@sparkmediaproject.org.

Media Arts Teaching Intern

Media Arts Teaching interns support the development, implementation, and assessment of Spark media arts curricula and programming. This includes the opportunity to gain experience in: helping run workshops and after school classes, assisting in curriculum development, and creating new teaching materials, as well as programming, planning and promotion of screenings and events; researching film festivals and venues seeking youth-produced work and coordinating submissions of Spark’s student-produced work.

To apply, please contact Director of Education Mary-Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org.

Non-Profit Admin Intern 

Non-Profit Admin Interns assist with communications and development, as well as fundraising and public relations. Responsibilities include: keeping our website up-to-date – creating content and uploading it to the web, connecting with local and national media outlets, creating and sending out press releases, writing articles for web release, connecting with local agencies and youth groups, and organizing and rebuilding the Spark press kit, developing and executing fundraising campaigns, and conducting outreach to the community for support.

Both those who have prior experience with/knowledge of website administration, fundraising, marketing etc. and those who would need training in these areas are welcome to apply.

To apply, please contact Director of Education Mary-Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org.


JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE!!

Spark is looking for volunteers to help drive its fundraising and development efforts. Although prior experience is not necessary, it is certainly helpful. Volunteers will assist with developing and executing a fundraising campaign, and will be encouraged to call on the community for support. Join our team of awesome community members and help fund youth media education in the Hudson Valley.