Friday, October 14, 2011

We're hiring!

Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)

Position: Events Assistant

Overview: The new ISLAND Events Assistant position supports the work of the Events Coordinator. The position is responsible for a wide variety of activities related to events and workshops to support ISLAND’s mission. ISLAND hosts over 100 workshops and events each year, designed to build community and self-reliance skills and provide cultural experiences for the community. Examples include the green world (growing shiitakes, organic gardening, animal husbandry, raising bees), the real home ec (cheese making, fermenting, brewing, canning), tinkering (welding, cordwood building, carpentry), and arts and music (concerts, film series, book binding).

Time commitment: Averages 32 hours per week. Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work some evenings and weekends is a must. Position runs from January to November 2012 (the position after November 2012 is contingent on funding).

Location: The ISLAND office is located in Bellaire, Michigan. Events and workshops are held throughout northwest lower Michigan. The Events Assistant will both telecommute and work from the ISLAND office.

Salary: $10 per hour. Some benefits, like paid days off, are available after six months of employment. As much as we’d like to, we are unable to offer health benefits at this time.

Main Job Tasks & Responsibilities
  • Planning, managing, executing and evaluating events and workshops
  • Work closely with the Events Coordinator
Education & Experience
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of and passion for ISLAND’s mission
  • Basic knowledge of non-profit structure
  • Proficient in email, word processing and spreadsheet programs (i.e., Google Docs or Microsoft Office)
  • Prior experience working in a team environment
  • Prior experience organizing events

Key Competencies & Requirements
  • Ability to plan, organize and meet deadlines
  • A reliable car/method of transportation is necessary for travel to events and workshops
  • Must have reliable and regular access to email, a personal computer and a cell phone
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in and be highly productive in a self-directed work environment
Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit the following application materials via email to Amanda Kik, Co-Director, at
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of references
Applications materials received by November 11, 2011 will receive first review and preference for first round interviews. Position will remain open until filled by the right candidate.

For more information about ISLAND, visit

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