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OPEN POSITIONS + CALLS

Although we are a majority volunteer organization, we offer several paid positions and volunteer positions that were created in a way that lets you build your own role. Starting with the responsibilities of the positions we need filled, you will choose your focus or have the chance to work with our team and create a position based on your current skills and the ones you wish to nurture or develop. The positions vary when it comes to compensation, time commitment, and remote/in-person work. We also offer occasional editorial residencies, preparator/exhibition installation work, commission opportunities for artists, and opportunities for guest editors.

Currently, we do not have any open positions.
The following are past positions and calls that are now closed.


How to Apply

To be considered for any of the following positions, please send an email with your your CV, a link or up to 10 attachments from your online portfolio and/or writing samples, a brief statement of why you’re interested in the position (in the body of the email, 300 words or less on why you’re interested in this role and the energy and experience you’ll bring to it), your weekly availability, and the title of the position you’re applying for (written in the subject line) to Tempestt Hazel at tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.


Feature Writers

Application Requirements: CV, up to 5 writing samples (link or attachment), statement of interest (include your top two focus area choices); Compensation: $50/article; Time Commitment: varies, approximately 3 hrs/week, including editorial meetings every two weeks.

Sixty is looking for five Feature Writers to join our writing team and eventually work their way up to a Senior Writer position based on the consistency of their contributions. These writers will be required to keep tabs on the latest activity in their focus area in order to provide monthly suggestions for Sixty’s Art Picks, attend bi-weekly editorial meetings, and contribute at least one article, essay, or interview per month on a topic of their choice within their focus area. After a 1-year period of consistent contributions, Sixty’s Feature Writers will be paid a higher rate per article  once moved to a Senior Writer position. Our writers have access to our team of editors, transcribers, and photographers to support their writing.

Keeping in mind that Sixty’s mission is to support and promote art and writing that thrives primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives and prioritizes coverage that is by, for, and about writers and artists who identify as women, LGBTQ, people of color, or with disabilities, the Feature Writer focus areas we’re hoping to fill include:

  • Arts + Culture Archives of Chicago and Artist/Archive Projects
  • LGBTQ + POC Artists/Orgs, Spaces + Events
  • Artists with Disabilities
  • Art/Artist Book Reviews
  • Live and Performance Art (dance, theater, and other performance)
  • Galleries and Artist-Run Spaces
  • Live Coverage of Events
  • Art, artists, and communities from the focuses listed above in cities across the Midwest (Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, etc.)
  • Note: Please include your top two focus area choices in your statement of interest.

Feature Photographers

Application Requirements: CV, work samples or online portfolio, 3 writing samples (if applicable, link or attached); Compensation: $50/article or assignment + travel costs; Time Commitment: 2-4 hrs per week, including editorial meetings every two weeks.

Sixty is looking for two Feature Photographers to work with Sixty writers and editors, and to attend events as requested. Photographers are also welcome to pitch their own ideas including photo-essays, or experimental photo projects to be featured on Sixty, if desired. This person will work directly with our editorial team to pitch ideas and take assignments. Photographers will also be asked to attend bi-weekly editorial meetings on Sundays when available.

Illustrators + Comic Artists

Application Requirements: CV, up to 10 work samples or online portfolio (linked or as attachments); Compensation: $50-75/article or assignment; Time Commitment: 2-4 hrs per week (depending on your process), including editorial meetings every two weeks.

Sixty is looking for two Illustrators or Comic Artists to assist our writers with providing visuals (portraits, landscape sketches, etc.) for their interviews. Experience is preferred but not required–though experience drawing and illustrating is required.


Chicago Archives + Artists Project | Preparator for Exhibition at the Leather Archives & Museum

Deadline to apply: Saturday, November 24, 2018. We will review applications as they come in and select the first strong, available, and responsive candidate.
TO APPLY: Send a note of interest, work experience, and availability to tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

  • About the Project: Artists + Archives: Pilots is the end of a yearlong collaboration between artists Ivan Lozano, H. Melt, and Aay Preston Myint with the Media Burn Archives, Newberry Library, and Leather Archives and Museum (6418 N Greenview Ave). This exhibition will show the works that they created inspired from these collections as well as the archival materials that inspired their new works. You can find out more about the event here. The exhibition includes media of all types–2D to video to installations.
  • Installation Dates/Times: Monday, November 26th – Wednesday, November 28th, 5-8pm each day at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 Greenview Ave). The artists, Sixty team, and LA&M staff will be there assisting with install throughout. We will work until the show is fully installed. If this happens quickly then we might end early or only need two days, but we have three days set aside to give ourselves time to thoughtfully layout and install the work.
  • Scope of Preparatory Work: The removal and storage of some artwork currently hanging at the Leather Archives, light patching and painting, the moving around of display cases, the hanging and installation of multimedia works (2D, 3D, projector/video/sound, sculptural works, ceiling pieces), the install of vinyl lettering and labels, and any other general install needs. You will likely need to be comfortable on ladders.
  • What to bring: Although Leather Archives + Museum will have some tools, we encourage that you bring your own toolbox of basic things if you have some that you’re already comfortable with and like to use. We will provide all other materials needed for install (paint, spackle, nails, hooks, vinyl, labels, etc.)
  • Compensation: $125 per day, plus transportation and unexpected material costs; paid within 1-2 days of project completion if you use Chase Quickpay or Paypal. Within 5 business days if you prefer a mailed check.

How to Apply

To be considered for any of the following positions, please follow the link under each call. At the link you will be asked a few questions about your interests and your work, and you’ll be asked to attach your CV and work samples, and share your availability for editorial meetings. If you have questions contact Tempestt Hazel at tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

Envisioning Justice | Residency for Writers and Photographers; Guest Editor

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

About the Project
Envisioning Justice is an initiative of Illinois Humanities that will engage Chicagoans of all neighborhoods, races, socio-economic backgrounds, and with a diversity of perspectives, in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration in local communities and will invite residents to use the arts and humanities to devise strategies for lessening this impact. Envisioning Justice seeks to strengthen efforts to reimagine our criminal legal system and is inspired by the goals of justice, accountability, safety, support, and restoration for all people.  

About the Residency
The Envisioning Justice Residency is a 9-month residency supported by Illinois Humanities and created as part of Envisioning Justice for Chicago-based writers and photographers who demonstrate a deep interest and commitment to community-born arts, humanities, and justice work, particularly the topic of how incarceration and the criminal legal system impacts our city’s neighborhoods, communities, families, artists, and activists.

Each Writer-in-Residence and Photographer-in-Residence will be dedicated to a specific community hub (or hubs) and will spend the residency period getting to know the organizers, artists, and programming produced at that hub by attending and documenting events happening there throughout the year. Writers and photographers will work together to publish monthly articles (interviews, essays, experimental writings) on Sixty Inches From Center that highlight the events, artists, and themes that emerge within each hub. Additionally, their words and images will help to contextualize the programs of Envisioning Justice within a larger discussion across Chicago and the country around the topics of incarceration and criminal legal systems.

Priority will be given to those who have experience from living and working directly with and within communities most impacted by incarceration and the criminal legal system and those who demonstrate a knowledge of, ongoing concern with, and sensitivity to social justice issues across race, gender, ability, nationality, geography, and socio-economic status in Chicago.

One writer or photographer can be assigned to multiple community hubs depending on availability and will receive a $1,000 stipend per hub they are assigned to. One guest editor will oversee the editorial vision for the project. Envisioning Justice Community Hubs include Circles & Ciphers (Rogers Park), the Restorative Justice Community Court with Lawndale Christian Leadership and BBF Family Services (North Lawndale), Open Center for the Arts (Little Village), Breathing Room/LetUsBreathe Collective (Back of the Yards), Bright Star Community Outreach (Bronzeville), Cook County Jail (through a program called Just Art), and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (through Free Write Literacy and Arts).

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Details on how to apply to each call are below.


Envisioning Justice Writer-in-Residence

Application Requirements: CV, writing samples (link or attachment), statement of interest, availability; Stipend: $1,000; Commitment: 7+ articles over 9 months, March – December 2018; monthly editorial meeting. Start Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018.

WRITERS APPLY HERE

Writers-in-Residence will act as the scribes for Envisioning Justice’s community hubs by articulating the art and dialogues being generated throughout their residency. Writers will work closely with the Guest Editor, Photographers-in-Residence, and Sixty’s editorial team to publish 7+ articles (approx. one article per month) about their observations and interactions at their designated community hub(s). Writers will also collaborate with the Photographers-in-Residence assigned to their hub to choose which events to document and what images will be used to complement written work. During the residency, writers will have full access to Sixty’s resources including transcription services, marketing support, an open invitation to continue writing for Sixty after the residency ends, and any other needs that will help make their writing successful.

Writers are welcome and encouraged to choose more than one community hub to be assigned to, depending on their availability.

 

Envisioning Justice Photographer-in-Residence

Application Requirements: CV, photography samples (link or attachment), statement of interest, availability; Stipend: $1,000; Commitment: documenting 7+ events and/or contributing photography to 7+ articles over 9 months, March – December 2018, monthly editorial meeting. Start Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018.

PHOTOGRAPHERS APPLY HERE

Photographers-in-Residence will bring their distinct photographic style into the Envisioning Justice residency and serve as a documentarian for their community hub(s). They will work closely with the Guest Editor, Writers-in-Residence, and Sixty’s editorial team to provide photography for 7+ articles (approx one article per month) on their designated community hub(s). Photographers will collaborate with the Writers-in-Residence assigned to their hub to choose which events to document and what images will be used to complement written work. During the residency, photographers will have full access to Sixty’s resources including marketing support and an open invitation to continue photographing for Sixty after the residency ends, and any other needs that will help make their residency successful.

Photographers are welcome and encouraged to choose more than one community hub to be assigned to, depending on their availability.


Envisioning Justice Guest Editor

Application Requirements: CV with examples of editing experience, up to 3 writing samples (link or attachment), statement of interest,  availability; Stipend: $3,000; Time Commitment: 7 articles per month for 9 months, March – December 2018, monthly editorial meetings. Start Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 (possibly sooner so the Guest Editor can have input in selecting writers-in-residence and photographers-in-residence.

EDITORS APPLY HERE

Sixty is looking for a Guest Editor to serve as the editorial lead for Sixty’s Envisioning Justice Residency for Writers and Photographers.  The Guest Editor will provide support to the Writers-in-Residence and Photographers-in-Residence and manage the editorial calendar for the duration of the project. The Guest Editor will oversee the editorial calendar, work directly with and be the point of contact for residents and community hubs, and be a connector between the Envisioning Justice writings and Sixty’s larger editorial scope.  As the person reading and editing all of the content generated through the residency, the Guest Editor will serve as a curator of sorts, helping to identify points of overlap between residents, writings, and even Sixty’s other editorial content and interests that could be used to promote the project and artists involved or lead into other ideas.

Duties include working with a team of writers and photographers to create thoughtful content, editing up to 7 articles per month and publishing them on Sixty’s website, corresponding with residents in order to collect the required components of articles, promoting articles and Envisioning Justice events on social media and other outlets, making suggestions to strengthen the editorial quality and reach of articles, and finding stronger connections between the Envisioning Justice content and Sixty’s other editorial content. The Guest Editor will also determine the availability of residents in order to attend monthly staff meetings with the Sixty team.

This is largely a remote, work-from-anywhere position. The ideal candidate will have experience with this kind of work dynamic, and find meeting deadlines, timely and open communication, and self-direction to be important qualities and characteristics of their work style and ethic. Experience writing about, documenting, or leading art and education programs within detention centers, jails, or with formerly incarcerated people is a plus. We also encourage that they highlight any editorial experience that includes working with writers of all experience levels and across writing styles—which could mean everything from experimental to confessional, poetry, or academic.


PAST POSITIONS

We’re currently looking to fill the following positions: Guest Editor, Writer-in-Residence (up to 7), and Photographer-in-Residence (up to 7) for the Envisioning Justice Residency.

Serious inquiries only, friends!

[Applications for the below positions are now closed. If you still have inquiries, contact tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.]

How to Apply

To be considered for any of the following positions, please send an email with your your CV, a link or up to 10 attachments from your online portfolio and/or writing samples, a brief statement of why you’re interested in the position (in the body of the email, 300 words or less on why you’re interested in this role and the energy and experience you’ll bring to it), your weekly availability, and the title of the position you’re applying for (written in the subject line) to Tempestt Hazel at tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.

Editorial Assistant

Application Requirements: CV, up to 3 writing samples (link or attachment), statement of interest, availability; Compensation: Volunteer position w/ contributing writer option at $50/article; Time Commitment: 6-8 hrs per week.

Sixty is looking for an Editorial Assistant to work closely with our editorial team. Duties may include copy-writing for our events calendar and Sixty’s Art Picks, promoting articles on social media, and helping to manage our editorial calendar. This person should have some administrative experience but be interested in picking up new skills in the fields of arts journalism and copy-writing. They are also encouraged to use this time to be a contribing writer for Sixty, for which they will get paid $50 per article. The Editorial Assistant will need to have availability on Sundays in order to attend Sixty’s staff meetings in addition to some remote work and working meetings each week as needed.

Feature Writers

Application Requirements: CV, up to 3 writing samples (link or attachment), statement of interest (include your top two focus area choices); Compensation: $50/article; Time Commitment: varies, approximately 3 hrs/week.

Sixty is looking for three Feature Writers to join our writing team and eventually work their way up to a Senior Writer position. These writers will be required to keep tabs on the latest activity in their focus area in order to provide monthly suggestions for Sixty’s Art Picks, attend bi-weekly editorial meetings, and contribute at least one article, essay, or interview per month on a topic of their choice within their focus area. After a 1-year period of consistent contributions, Sixty’s Feature Writers will be paid a higher rate per article  once moved to a Senior Writer position.

Keeping in mind that Sixty’s mission is to support and promote art and writing that thrives primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives and prioritizes coverage that is by, for, and about writers and artists who identify as women, LGBTQ, people of color, or with disabilities, the Feature Writer focus areas we’re hoping to fill include:

  • Arts + Culture Archives of Chicago and Artist/Archive Projects
  • LGBTQ + POC Artists/Orgs, Spaces + Events
  • Artists with Disabilities
  • Art/Artist Book Reviews
  • Live and Performance Art (dance, theater, and other performance)
  • Galleries and Artist-Run Spaces
  • Art + Design
  • Chicago Neighborhoods (different neighborhoods each month)
  • Note: Please include your top two focus area choices in your statement of interest.

Feature Photographers

Application Requirements: CV, work samples or online portfolio, 3 writing samples (if applicable, link or attached); Compensation: $50/article or assignment; Time Commitment: 4-6 hrs per week.

Sixty is looking for two Feature Photographers to work with Sixty writers and editors, and to attend events as requested. Photographers are also welcome to pitch their own ideas including photo-essays, or experimental photo projects to be featured on Sixty, if desired. This person will work directly with our editorial team to pitch ideas and take assignments. Photographers will also be asked to attend bi-weekly editorial meetings on Sundays when available.

Transcribers

Application Requirements: CV, 3 writing samples (if applicable, link or attached); Compensation: $45/audio hour; Time Commitment: 2-3 hrs per interview.

Sixty is looking for two Transcribers to assist our writers with their audio interviews. Experience is preferred but not necessary. We will help to train you in basic transcription techniques if you need them. Transcribers will work on an as-needed basis and receive up to two audio files to transcribe per month.

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If you have questions, send them to tempestt.hazel@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.