Job Opportunities

Join the CATA team and help us create opportunities for artists with disabilities.

 

Click the links below for full details on CATA’s available staff and faculty positions.

Office Manager

Organization

 

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is a non-profit 501©3 with a mission to nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts. To support our organization’s dynamic growth, we are looking for an Office Manager to join our top-notch team. The Office Manager, reporting to the Executive Director and the Administrative Director, will be a highly organized self-starter who will keep CATA’s busy office humming. Though we are hoping for full-time we are flexible for the right candidate.

If you are highly motivated and love managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment while working with a caring, talented, fun-loving team, we want to hear from you!

 

Responsibilities

 

● Oversee and support all administrative duties in the office and ensure the office is operating smoothly

● Manage reception, answer phone calls, and greet visitors and CATA artists, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment

● Oversee clerical systems so that files are organized, complete, and secure

● Develop office policies and procedures and ensure they are implemented appropriately

● Identify opportunities for process and office management improvements, and design and implement new systems

● Process payments and deposits, maintain financial records and serve as a liaison with the outside bookkeeper.

● Manage the general office Google calendar, and create and circulate weekly staff meeting agenda.

● Monitor and oversee facility needs, managing relationships with outside vendors including cleaners, landscapers, condo association, and handyperson.

● Manage office and kitchen supplies inventory and place orders as necessary

● Support Executive Director with meeting management and outside communications.

● Provide other administrative support as necessary, including scheduling group meetings, preparing materials for board of directors, and creating reports.

 

Qualifications

 

● Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required

● 6+ years’ experience in office environment (would consider 3+ years)

● Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite; Database, QuickBooks experience, and technological savvy is a plus

● Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to prioritize

● Zeal for detail and accuracy

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

● Ability to multi-task and to ask questions necessary to learn new processes

● Ability to relate to a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and commit to deeper professional development on racial and social justice and disability

● Must have reliable transportation to Great Barrington, MA. Local travel is required on occasion, to assist with errands and attend CATA events. Mileage reimbursement is available for qualifying trips.

● Must be fully vaccinated against Covid, in accordance with CATA’s health and safety protocols

 

Benefits

 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a salary range of $50,000 – $70,000 and excellent, comprehensive benefits including:

 

● 100% employer-paid health & dental insurance premiums for employees (retroactively effective to hire date)

● Family health and dental packages

● Retirement savings program of Simple IRA plan with 3% employer match

● Generous paid vacation (120 hours after second year) plus separate sick time

● Paid holidays including all federal holidays plus days before and after Thanksgiving; three extra December days, two floating religious holidays, and birthday holiday, plus special office closures

● Short- and long-term disability coverage

● Life insurance

● Paid family leave

● Paid professional development opportunities

● CATA is a qualified employer under the PSLF federal student loan forgiveness plan

● Active participation in a mission-driven organization with wonderful colleagues, a positive and inclusive work culture, and a strong impact on the community.

 

How to Apply:

 

CATA is an equal opportunity employer with a mission rooted in equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates who contribute to the diversity of our organization.

 

Applications for this position are being accepted through our posting at ApplicantPro.com. CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this position and how your past experience and accomplishments make you qualified for it. Cover letters will be read as writing samples. Non-local candidates must include plans and timeline for relocation to Berkshire County in cover letter.

 

Program Associate

Organization

 

For 28 years, Community Access to the Arts (CATA) has been a trailblazer in artistic inclusion, as an innovative nonprofit that nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts. In CATA programs, teens, adults, and elders with disabilities explore new interests and express themselves creatively, developing personally and artistically through dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, painting, yoga, creative writing, and more. Their vibrant work is showcased in our public events– dynamic performances, readings, and art exhibits, presented in collaboration with premier cultural institutions including The Clark Art Institute, Shakespeare & Company, and The Mount. 

 

CATA has cultivated robust partnerships with 50 community-based organizations, including disability agencies, residences, and schools, to serve over 800 artists with disabilities through 1,500 annual arts workshops. Programs focus especially on people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism, and brain injuries–historically among the most underserved  groups in the arts–and are taught by a professional faculty of talented teaching artists.

 

Located in Great Barrington MA, CATA has an annual budget of $1.8M and is led by a dedicated team of 10 full-time staff with 25 part-time teaching faculty and an 18-member board of directors. CATA prizes its intentional organizational culture, which is characterized by collaboration, inclusivity, respect and a shared commitment to innovation, bold thinking, and excellence. CATA has been recognized for its groundbreaking work through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award, NEPR Arts & Humanities Award, Mass Nonprofit Network Excellence Award, 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award, and the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.

 

Opportunity

 

As Program Associate, you would join an innovative arts organization that is on the rise, working with a dynamic team to create opportunities for artists with disabilities. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone with excellent administrative skills, interest in the arts, and a commitment to inclusion to use their talents to create broad community impact. CATA has a strong track record for nurturing employees’ growth and promoting from within. Staff members are highly dedicated self-starters who share a passion for CATA’s mission and genuinely enjoy working together. 

 

The organization is at an especially exciting stage in its growth, with a beautiful new building, robust partnerships, and expanding programs. CATA successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic financially and artistically, deepening its commitment to artists with disabilities by piloting new art forms, strengthening equity and inclusion initiatives, and developing innovative programs including a virtual gala performance attended by over 2,000 people.

 

Description

 

Full-Time. Reports to the Program Director Team. 40 hours a week. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

 

CATA seeks a highly motivated, organized individual ready to make a difference at our innovative, award-winning arts organization. As Program Associate, you will apply your talents to support CATA’s dynamic mission of art and inclusion. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and self-motivated and will lead with initiative while supporting day-to-day tasks of the program team. Project management and interpersonal communication skills are essential.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

• Support program staff in coordinating a robust series of arts workshops in partnership with 50 social service agencies, public schools, residences, and nursing homes;

• Correspond with artists, families, and partner organizations to communicate program logistics and details; support artists and families in registering for workshops; create invoices and process program payments;

• Work closely with teaching artists to help schedule workshops and follow up on time-sensitive correspondence; maintain workshop calendar and communicate with faculty and partners about changes;

• Maintain contact information for program-related individuals and organizations and keep database records up-to-date;

• Help plan and coordinate public arts programs and participate hands-on at events;

• Assist in planning, curating, and installing art exhibits at local museums and galleries and create price lists, labels, signage and other materials as needed;

• Supervise program assistant, interns, and volunteers;

• Manage art supply inventory and oversee studio organization, cleaning, and upkeep;

• Draft other correspondence and written materials as assigned, with scrupulous attention to proofreading;

• Other duties as assigned including filing and modest schlepping.

 

Qualifications

 

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;

• 2 or more years of relevant work experience;

• Excellent computer skills. Must be highly proficient in MS Office Suite, MS Word, Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Zoom;

• Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and meet deadlines;

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member;

• Ability to relate to a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and commit to deeper learning and professional development on racial and social justice;

• Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail;

• Ability to juggle multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and shift direction when needed;

• Must have reliable transportation to Great Barrington, MA and be available to work in person;

• Must be fully vaccinated against Covid, in accordance with CATA’s health and safety protocols

 

Personal Characteristics

 

• You are professional, creative, resourceful, and can work independently and in a team

• You are flexible, adapt easily to a fast-moving environment with changing priorities, and are at ease working with tight deadlines. Your friends and colleagues think of you as unflappable and not easily rattled.

• You are a positive, outgoing person with effective relationship-building skills. You recognize the importance of engaging diverse communities and you know how to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment when you interact with people.

• You have the ability to solve practical problems, establish priorities, and accomplish tasks in order of importance, and you’re comfortable receiving feedback on your work.

• You have a solid work ethic with proven reliability and dependability, and you demonstrate thoughtfulness, sound judgment, and discretion in regard to sensitive matters and confidential information.

 

How to Apply:

 

CATA is an equal opportunity employer with a mission rooted in equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates who contribute to the diversity of our organization.

 

Non-local candidates must include plans and timeline for relocation to Berkshire County in cover letter.

Please email resume and cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this position and how your past experience and accomplishments make you qualified for it. Cover letters will be read as writing samples. Send to:

 

Hiring Manager
[email protected]

 

Compensation:

 

The Program Associate is a full time non-exempt position. Local travel is required to meet with partners and observe CATA programs on site. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience, within the framework of the organization’s operating budget, and in the range of $40,000 to $50,000 annually. An excellent benefits package includes:

 

• 100% employer-paid health & dental insurance premiums for employees (retroactively effective to hire date)

• Family health and dental packages

• Retirement savings program of Simple IRA plan with 3% employer match

• Generous paid vacation (80 hours in first year increasing to 120 hours after second year) plus separate sick time

• Paid holidays including all federal holidays plus days before and after Thanksgiving; three extra December days, two floating religious holidays, and birthday holiday

• Short- and long-term disability coverage

• Life insurance

• Paid family leave

• Paid professional development opportunities

• CATA is a qualified employer under the PSLF federal student loan forgiveness plan

• Active participation in a mission driven organization with a positive and inclusive work culture and a strong impact on the community.

 

Salary range: $40,000 – $50,000

Program Assistant

Description

 

We are seeking a motivated, organized person ready to make a difference at our innovative arts organization. The CATA Program Assistant applies their talents to support our dynamic mission of art and inclusion. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, has a can-do attitude and a strong interest in the arts and CATA’s mission, and can balance multiple projects while supporting day-to-day tasks of the program team. This position reports to the Program Associate and Program Director.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Support day-to-day needs of high-quality studio arts workshops provided to artists with disabilities across a number of art forms and genres in the visual and performing arts

• Help faculty with set-up and clean-up for workshops (organizing tables and chairs, setting up audio-visual equipment, printing and distributing materials)

• Support CATA artists during workshops by answering questions, providing one-on-one assistance, and helping them experiment with materials and techniques

• Welcome CATA artists into the facility, creating an inclusive, nurturing environment and supporting Covid safety protocols by helping artists and caregivers check-in.

• Take photos to document workshops and upload to Flickr, tagging and adding notes

• Monitor virtual Zoom workshops, providing tech support to artists and faculty as needed

• Help prepare art exhibits for museums, galleries, and community spaces: Photograph artwork, collect and organize supplies for installations, help frame artwork and prepare it for transport, collect information for exhibit pricelists and exhibit materials

• Maintain art supply organization and inventory

• Regularly check and maintain art studios and framing studio, cleaning and tidying counters, tables, and chairs so the studio is neat and ready for the next workshop.  

• Help prepare program-related mailings and packets

• Communicate daily with program staff in person and by email regarding ongoing projects as well as any questions or concerns that arise throughout the day. 

• Other duties as assigned, including modest schlepping.

 

Qualifications

 

Interest in the arts, disability, and/or related fields, with a basic understanding of art materials and techniques 

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a welcoming presence

• Strong work ethic with curiosity and eagerness to learn

• Ability to work collaboratively, follow guidelines and instructions, meet deadlines, and communicate clearly and effectively about challenges and opportunities you are encountering in your day-to-day work. 

• Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail 

• Ability to juggle multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and shift direction when needed.

• Excellent computer skills, with preference for candidates proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite, Gmail, and Zoom. 

• Ability to successfully engage with people who are diverse by race, class, ethnicity,  gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodivergence, and ability; exercise cultural competence and inclusion; and commit to deeper learning and professional development  in areas including racial and social justice and disability rights. 

• Must have reliable transportation to Great Barrington, MA. Local travel is required on occasion, to deliver art supplies to CATA partners and attend CATA events.

 

Personal Characteristics

 

You are professional, creative, and resourceful, can work independently and as a team player. 

 • You are a positive, outgoing person with effective relationship-building skills. You  recognize the importance of engaging diverse communities and you know how to create a  welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment when you interact with people. 

• You have the ability to solve practical problems, establish priorities, and accomplish tasks in order of importance, and you’re comfortable receiving feedback on your work. 

• You are flexible, can adapt easily to a fast-moving environment, and are at ease working with tight deadlines. Your friends and colleagues think of you as not easily rattled. 

• You have a solid work ethic with proven reliability and dependability, and you demonstrate thoughtfulness, sound judgment and discretion in regard to sensitive matters  and confidential information.

 

Schedule, Compensation & Benefits:

 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a salary of $35,000-$40,000 and excellent, comprehensive benefits including:

 

• 100% employer-paid health & dental insurance premiums for employees (retroactively effective to hire date)

• Family health and dental packages

• Retirement savings program of Simple IRA plan with 3% employer match

• Generous paid vacation (80 hours in first year increasing to 120 hours after second year) plus separate sick time

• Paid holidays including all federal holidays plus days before and after Thanksgiving; three extra December days, two floating religious holidays, and birthday holiday

• Short- and long-term disability coverage

• Life insurance

• Paid family leave

• Paid professional development opportunities

• CATA is a qualified employer under the PSLF federal student loan forgiveness plan

Active participation in a mission driven organization with a positive and inclusive work culture and a strong impact on the community.

How to Apply:

 

CATA is an equal opportunity employer with a mission rooted in equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates who contribute to the diversity of our organization. 

Non-local candidates must include plans and timeline for relocation to Berkshire County in cover letter.

Please email resume and cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this position and how your past experience and accomplishments make you qualified for it. Cover letters will be read as writing samples. Send to: 

 

Hiring Manager
[email protected]

Faculty Artist

CATA employs highly skilled visual and performing artists who can use their artistic passion, talents, and skills as teachers to nurture the creativity of our artists with disabilities. 

 

CATA Teaching Artists work throughout Berkshire and Columbia counties leading arts workshops for over 800 artists with disabilities and collectively teaching 1,500 workshops annually. Workshops take place in residential settings, day programs, schools, and community centers throughout our region, as well as in CATA’s Great Barrington home, featuring two professionally-designed studios for visual and performing arts. Current workshops encompass a wide array of art forms and disciplines including painting, drawing, singing, songwriting, drumming, modern dance, tap dance, hip hop, creative writing and poetry, and acting. CATA artists participating in these workshops include people of disabilities across a wide span of ability and ages, including children, teens, adults, and elders. Most CATA workshops are designed for a specific age group (for example, a painting workshop for adults with disabilities, or a dance class for high school students in special education programs). 

 

CATA invites qualified local Teaching Artists to apply to join our faculty roster. Applications will be reviewed periodically by CATA staff, with new faculty being chosen based on the applicant’s qualifications and our areas of need.

 

We believe every human being has a deep well of creativity inside them, along with an innate desire to express who they are and what they feel, think, and believe. We see our faculty as fundamental to our mission and programs, and we strive to create a vibrant, active, creative community with and through our faculty. We invite you to learn more about CATA and to consider joining our team.

 

CATA offers

 

A generous rate for compensation: $85 for each individual workshop including one hour of instruction, plus setup, break down, and curricular development. Note that workshops are provided in series typically made up of 8 – 30 weekly workshops per series, making compensation for each full series much higher ($85 x # workshops).
Dedicated trainings for our faculty to further develop teaching skills across different areas, including trauma-informed teaching, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, with compensation provided for your time.
Stipends for reimbursement for round trip travel exceeding 42 miles
Benefits for part-time staff include: sick leave, birthday bonus, bereavement leave, Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave, opportunity to participate in Simple IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match from CATA for employees making more than $5,000 annually.
CATA supplies all non-durable materials for programs and workshops, including general art supplies, props for music, dance, and theater. CATA will also consider the purchase of durable supplies and equipment for specified purposes in conversation with faculty artists.
The opportunity to apply for additional funds to support your individual professional development
Invitations to special events and programs

 

Faculty Artist Responsibilities

 

Working closely with CATA staff: Develop, plan, and teach compelling workshop series in  particular art forms or disciplines to nurture the creativity of CATA artists with disabilities. Workshops are typically provided in weekly, one hour classes, with at least 8 workshops per series, with date and time coordinated by CATA staff in conversation with our program partners and artists.
Identify and articulate learning objectives and goals for each series you teach and where possible, connect curriculum with CATA’s annual theme.
Work with staff to evaluate and assess your classes and the outcomes for CATA artists, and refine and adjust classes as needed to meet the need of CATA artists with disabilities
Communicate consistently, reliably, and effectively with CATA staff about scheduling, your availability, supply needs, challenges, and insights related to the classes you are teaching.
Attend quarterly meetings, trainings, and annual faculty retreat. We welcome and encourage  collaborations between faculty artists, and we intend these trainings and meetings to not only help you further develop as a Teaching Artist but also to help you meaningfully engage in the CATA community of creative professionals.  You will be compensated for your time.
Determine materials needed for your classes in advance and communicate these needs to CATA staff.
Set-up and clean up for each workshop.
Fill out bi-weekly time cards in our Paychex system so that you can be paid.

 

Qualifications

 

Working artist in your specified field with a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience
Excellent time management and communication skills
Ability to adapt and modify learning experiences for people of all abilities
Ability to successfully engage with people who are diverse by race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodivergence, and ability; exercise cultural competence and inclusion; and commit to deeper learning and professional development in areas including racial and social justice and disability rights.
An empathetic and intuitive personality

Reliable transportation and willingness to travel throughout Berkshire County, MA and Columbia County, NY

 

 

Acceptance to the CATA Roster does not guarantee employment. When CATA has opportunities for growth, the roster will serve as our primary source for new faculty.

 

 

To apply: Email a cover letter, CV/resume, work samples (photos, videos), and lesson plan examples to Jeff Gagnon, Program Manager ([email protected])