CSC is hiring an Executive Director

Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. CSC is rooted in a racial equity imperative – maintaining majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color through every aspect of the organization. Our offerings include: community and youth programs, interactive performances and workshops, consulting, leadership and professional development. 

The Executive Director (ED) is a member of the collaborative team that stewards CSC mission, vision, and values. This dynamic team and community member will be responsible for the efficient administration of day to day organizational operations, budgetary and fiscal matters, Human Resources, board development and relations, as well as hiring, training, guiding, and evaluating administrative staff. The ED is a member of CSC’s Executive Committee, also including two Co-Directors of Arts and Education, and the Director of Development. This collaborative leadership structure allows each member of the committee to be accountable to one another, and report to the committee as a whole, not solely the ED as in traditional nonprofit models. The ED’s priorities are maintaining a sustainable organization with a focus on administrative, Human Resources, board, and financial leadership and capacity building. In collaboration with the board, staff, and community, the ED will galvanize our internal and external commitment to equity, excellence, and wellness.

Scheduling-wise, you’d be looking at 40 hours a week between 8am – 6pm, M-F. (some evenings and weekends will be required). This position is based in the CSC office space at 2900 N. Downing St. Suite 1B. Typically we have 1-2 flex days / work from home days each month. While covid restrictions are in place, we honor individual needs, have all precautions in place, with most staff continuing to work from the office.

Preferred start date April 2021.

The salary range is $60,000-$80,000 annually (depending on experience). CSC currently offers the following benefits to all employees, this is negotiable as an area we want to improve and may be able to provide supplementary pay to cover a transition period of onboarding a new health insurance / benefits package.

  • Health Care Contributions : $400/month (FTE)
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month

As an ideal candidate, you…

  • Know that social justice is a lifestyle commitment and align with the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative.
  • Wield the magical skill of aligning organizational fiscal and operational scope with the goals, mission and vision of a small organization with big ideas.
  • Find joy in managing nonprofit budgets and operations, and have extensive experience and expertise in the field.
  • Have 3-5 years consecutive experience as an executive director or similar administrative leadership role with a nonprofit, arts, or community-based organization. 
  • Have experience with organizational change and growth, and guiding a committed team through the start up to sustainable experience.
  • Are familiar with some or all of the following: community organizing, performing arts and arts education, youth leadership development, restorative /transformative justice.
  • Know and adore the nimble workings of nonprofit boards, including relationships, development, management and fundraising. 
  • Recognize that hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel are relational and not transactional aspects of this work, and have experience navigating the balancing act.
  • Radiate confidence with organizational systems, financial management and database management.
  • Are a collaborative communicator! Practiced in culturally responsive interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Are proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Enjoy working with diverse teams and communities. 
  • Get down with critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Actively engage in restorative practices and conflict transformation, giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Believe in the value of the arts as an expression and foundation to the work at CSC.

The work of the ED includes the following tasks and responsibilities…

ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS

  • Collaborative stewardship of the organizational mission, vision, and values.
  • Leadership in coordinating, executing, and evaluating CSC administrative systems and operations.
  • Build organizational administrative capacity for efficient and effective management. 
  • Collaborate with the programs team and board of directors to develop and implement an annual and 3-5 year strategic plan. 
  • Provide leadership with space and facilities needs, rent, maintenance, relationships, etc.
  • Provide leadership for administrative support staff including hiring, training, orientation, schedules, contracts, evaluation, and paperwork.
  • Provide leadership to develop, refine, and maintain efficient organizational systems and procedures including but not limited to: calendars, documentation, assessment, work plans, handbooks, manuals, database, etc. 

FISCAL MANAGEMENT

  • Improve CSC financial capacity and fiscal solvency to increase organizational capacity.
  • Collaborate with the CSC board, executive committee, and administrative team to develop, review, refine, and implement annual operating budget in alignment with program budgets and needs.
  • Build a lasting relationship with the CSC accountant to assure compliance with all IRS, national, state and local regulations and requirements for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, including up to date files, filing systems, necessary certificates, licenses, etc.
  • Work with the CSC accountant to manage all organizational bookkeeping and finances as required by law and in alignment with CSC mission, vision, and values. 
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to operationalize the CSC fundraising plan, including grants, donors, sponsors, and special events. 

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Navigate, improve and manage all organizational HR needs, including operationalizing the CSC Restorative System through collaboration with the staff and board of directors.
  • Attend regular staff, board, and team meetings.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide leadership for the board of directors, including engagement, development, and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Nurture relationships with the board of directors and recruit new board members, especially to fill current gaps.
  • Plan and budget for annual board and staff retreat as an opportunity for community and culture building as well as strategic planning and other administrative / operational needs. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Nurture new and existing partnerships with cultural, artistic and social justice organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Process information requests from current and prospective donors, sponsors, foundations, and board members.
  • Nurture a culture of integrity with internal and external relationships, developing and maintaining open lines of communication. 

ADDITIONAL TASKS AS NEEDED 🙂

This position is not for you if are not willing to disrupt and dismantle the following norms:

  • Perfectionism
  • False Sense of Urgency
  • Value Quantity over Quality 
  • Power Hoarding 
  • Fear of Open Conflict 
  • Defensiveness
  • Paternalism
  • Either / Or Thinking
  • Any other White Supremacy Cultural Norms… 

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse women and BIPOC leaders for all positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities. 

If you’re interested in applying, please submit your application here.

Spring Virtual Workshop Series

CSC Spring Virtual Workshop Series 2020

REGISTER TODAY BY CLICKING ON THE EVENTS BELOW!

Come connect and exchange creative wellness strategies in celebration of Mental Health Month!

We will utilize music, freewriting and other tools to foster a space of rejuvenation. People participating will receive culturally responsive facilitation honing the opportunities available for centering self and others.

DONATION BASED. Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn.

Explore the arts as a tool for communication and change in this interactive zoom workshop

Social Imagination describes our human capacity to connect across our differences and not only build empathy and understanding, but take action for equity and justice.

Experiment with creative activities and facilitation tools in this trauma informed workshop for facilitators, educators, artists, social workers, and anyone navigating challenging conversations and topics in the current zoomisphere.

Bring your whole self, there will be room for movement and somatics, emotions, ideas, and questions. Come together and get creative as we navigate individual and collective wellness in this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn and Rachael Sharp.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

6/4: 4-6PM MST: RACIAL EQUITY FOUNDATIONS 

Dive into key concepts, terms, and tools for combatting racism and cultivating racial equity in this interactive zoom workshop.

Racial Equity Foundations is a primer introductory workshop that starts at square one. Defining race and relevant terms, understading how structural racism functions, addressing specific issues in the time of Covid-19, and engaging tools for equity. This is a great opportunity for facilitators, educators, artists, social workers, and anyone ready to begin the journey toward racial equity in your work and your community.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn and Rachael Sharp.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

6/9: 4:30-6:30PM MST: CHECK YOUR HEAD: CREATIVE TOOLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Explore the arts as a tool for mental health in this interactive zoom workshop.

This interactive program creates a safe environment to identify mental health needs and explore issues such as identity, conflict navigation, and stress, through the use of creative art and self-expression. CYH incorporates artistic practices from journaling and lyric writing to painting and drawing.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

CSC Workshops and #GivingTuesdayNow

CSC is busy applying for emergency relief funds and adapting all of our programs to virtual formats. Check out our list of offerings and our virtual workshop series kicking off May 19.

 “I learned about culture. I also learned about teamwork. I also learned about how people are different and how we can appreciate that. I also learned that I can express myself in front of others and be proud of who I am. I also learned that people can have a different perspective than you but it’s okay.”  – CSC Middle School Student

We know that meaningful arts programming, social-emotional learning, communication and conflict navigation skills are especially important for our young people right now. We are working on creative ways to fund our innovative and impactful youth programs in lieu of standard school funding. Our goal is to not only stay open, but to continue to provide our programs for our constituents, and support the talented and diverse team of artists who work with us as independent contractors. In addition to working with the foundations that support us, and applying for emergency relief, we are asking our supporters like you to contribute in any of the following ways. If you are reading this on May 5, it is #GivingTuesdayNow, a great time to give if you can!

Colorado Gives: Give what you can anytime, every dollar counts!

Mixtape – Bandcamp: Make your donation and purchase the mixtape.

Social Imagination 5/19: Register or Donate for CSC’s Virtual PD Workshop Kickoff!

You can also give through cashapp $CreativeStrategies or send a check to: CSC 2900 N. Downing St., Suite 1B, Denver, CO, 80205.

We are so grateful for your support of CSC’s work for justice and equity, it is as essential as ever during this pandemic!  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or would like to connect!

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CSC Interactive Virtual Offerings for All Ages

CSC is now facilitating our innovative programs online! Below is a list of offerings that can be adapted for young people, adults, and intergenerational formats. And don’t forget about our donation based monthly open mic, hosted by Bianca Mikahn, with amazing featured artists! This is just the beginning… stay tuned to our social media for all of the latest updates!

CSC Workshops and Circles are for youth, adult or intergenerational groups. The innovative CSC3 facilitation model integrates the arts, restorative practices, and an intersectional social justice (anti-oppression) framework.

Through large and small group activities and facilitated dialogue, participants build shared language and experiences with individualized opportunities for reflection. CSC’s diverse team brings a breadth of perspective and experience. Workshops and Circles can be tailored to meet your unique needs and budget. Let us know if you would like more information!

WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

  • Arts for Action
    • Applied Theater
    • Digital Storytelling
    • Drumming and Beyond
    • Hip Hop
    • Spoken Word
    • Visual Arts
  • Beyond the Bully: Relate & Communicate   
  • Check Your Head: Creative Tools for Mental Health 
  • Cultural Responsiveness [in Virtual Space]
  • Cyber Somatics
  • Disrupting White Supremacy Cultural Norms 
  • Embodying Equity
    • CSC Anti-Oppression Framework  
    • Racial Equity Foundations   
    • Understanding and Interrupting Implicit Bias  
    • Racial Equity Systems: Analysis, Vision, & Action  
  • Health Equity & Covid 19 
  • Social Imagination: Art for Empathy and Action 
  • Somatics, Equity & Inclusion [in Virtual Space]  
  • Trauma Informed Facilitation [in Virtual Space]  

INDIVIDUAL OR RECURRING CIRCLES 

  • Collaborative Learning Circles 
  • Empathy Circles  
  • Racial Equity Caucus Circles  
  • Restorative Circles 

*All workshops currently occur through Zoom. Varying streaming platforms can be established in collaboration with client requests.*

CSC’s diverse team of artists and consultants bring a breadth of perspective and experience to our clients. We do our best to work with each organization’s unique needs and budgets, while maintaining equitable rates for our facilitators. Please let us know if the rates are prohibitive, we may be able to help find funding, offer an adapted program or presentation with 1 facilitator, or provide a discount.

Get in touch to find out more!

720-437-0195 | csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

Get Involved: September 2019 Facilitator Training

Close out 2019 with strong skills to incite change:

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place September 20th-22nd! Register here to claim your space:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103

Creative Strategies for Change flyer for September 2019 Facilitator WorkshopAt this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.

This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of yourself, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters!

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound and accessible ways, and also learn the antidote: how to achieve liberation!

We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with the amazing new people around us!

You’ll walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of yourself and your place in the world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make your own unique mark on the world!

Here’s what some of our past attendees have said:

“The workshop was phenomenal and truly a gift. The information present far exceeded my expectations in depth and clarity. 

The artistic expression and interactive games truly highlighted concepts that I otherwise would have had a hard time explain to constituents in classrooms.”
“Thank you so much for your creativity. Your content was wonderful, but *how* you taught the content really made an impression.”
 
“This was an amazing workshop! The facilitators were amazing and the experience proved to be inclusive not just across our identities, but our experiences as well.”
 
There is a clear commitment to continued growth, and this was probably the best training of this nature that I’ve been a part of.”
“LOVED IT! The facilitators were engaging, as was the material. It was reflective and introspective, as well as collaborative and eye-opening.”
The next step is to see for yourself– register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Claim your spot here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103
We meet first on Friday from 6-9pm, then from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Food is provided, and there are plenty of breaks.

If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to e-mail us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com.  We hope to see you on September 20th!

Autumn Programs & Events

 

TO Tree10/2: THEATER FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

TUESDAYS | 10/2-11/27 | 6-8PM | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Take a deep dive into creative tools for structural change in this 9 week Theatre of the Oppressed workshop series. Our collective devised work will be shared at a culminating community presentation on November 29. Applicable for individuals engaged with all types of institutions: schools, universities, businesses, organizations, families, communities, collectives…. no experience necessary, all are welcome! 
 
Tuition: $240 Sliding Scale, Scholarship, Work Exchange Options
 
The first workshop on October 2 will be donation based and open to the public, all are welcome!

Register today or get in touch to find out more! 


10/11: Restorative Practice Sessions

Thursday | October 11 | 6-8pm | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Navigating conflict takes practice! These sessions are meant for us to come together in community and practice transforming conflict through restorative practices and circle facilitation. We also aim to build our collective capacity for community accountability. This work has roots in aboriginal and indigenous cultures around the world. It aims to transform relationships, increase safety, heal harm, and build capacity amongst communities. Communities practice in the ways that are specific to them, though the practices have common principles.

Open to the public, all are welcome!

Donation-based. No one will be turned away; any donations really make a difference in continuing restorative practice events and circles.  

10/25 & 11/29: Place Matters Community Cypher Fall Series

ARTS. DIALOGUE. ACTION | GUEST HOST: QUEENZ OF HIP HOP!CSC PLACE MATTERS FALL SERIES-2

These monthly sessions cultivate creative spaces for cultivating community across social divides. The intergenerational events incorporate a wide range of arts (music, spoken word, dance, healing arts, visual arts, etc.) with dialogue and action related to place, history, culture, and identity. The fall series will be co-facilitated by guest host: The Queenz of Hip Hop. Light refreshments are included. Sessions are donation based and open to all, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 
*Made possible in part with generous support from Moew Wolf Denver!
October 25: 6-8pm
November 29: 6-9pm
Light refreshments / Donation Based

11/1 Cervezas for Causes 

Thursday | 11/1  | 6-9pm
Cerveceria Colorado: 1635 Platte St. Denver, CO 80202
Cypher_CPR_2017Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit!

All funds raised from your drink purchases on 11/1 will directly support CSC’s innovative arts and social justice programs in Denver Public Schools. Your support contributes to equitable access to the arts for young people, and equitable pay for local artists!

11/19: Place Matters Performance Event

Blair Caldwell Library 6pm

This event will take place in coordination with the Undesign the Redline exhibit. The 2018 Social Imagination production Place Matters is place-based, happening in non-traditional venues and amplifying their relationship to the shifting landscape of community, culture, and access, both in Denver, and in a more universal sense. Place Matters is an interactive performance, locating the audience in the midst of the story, as an invitation to reckon with diverse perspectives and the roles we play. The cast will explore the complexity and nuance of redlining, gentrification, and displacement through one woman’s story of her family over 3 generations.