Special Projects Associate
Williamstown, MA Artistic and Producing
Job Type

POSITION:   Special Projects Associate


STATUS:   Exempt

REPORTS TO:   Artistic Associate


LOCATION:   On-site in Williamstown, MA

COMPENSATION: Range is $800-$900 per week

HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until position is filled with a priority application 

deadline of March 17. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting March 20, with an anticipated start date of no earlier than June 26.

Job Summary

The Special Projects Associate (SPA) reports to the Artistic Associate and works closely with the rest of the artistic and producing teams.  The SPA provides administrative and producing support for projects including Fridays@3, Weissberger Prize adjudication, residencies, workshops and other projects as designated by the AD. Duties include but are not limited to: 

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations
  • With Artistic Associate (AA), produces the Fridays@3 series, a new work reading series culminating in public presentations  
  • Supports the AA in all activities related to the summer phase of Weissberger Prize adjudication. This includes tracking nominated scripts, helping manage readers, and providing coverage on dozens of scripts
  • With AA, supports several residencies (up to 14 days in length) for generative artists. 
  • With artistic and producing teams, produces and supports new work development workshops and adjacent events that may be part of the 2023 season. Liaises with Business Office and Company Management regarding logistics for all residencies and workshops.
  • Exercises discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
  • Embrace the Festival’s commitment to EDIA and Anti-Racism by actively participating in and encouraging behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect; interrupting microaggressions and other behaviors that hinder our EDIA and Anti-Racism efforts; engaging in the diversification of the workforce; demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that encourages healthy relationships with all company members
  • Adhering to all Festival safety protocols
  • Other duties as assigned
  • An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a literary office writing script coverage 
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Experience with heavy email communication 
  • Experience managing a team 
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once 
  • Experience interacting with artists in a close capacity 
  • Familiarity with new work development
About Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together for 68 years to create a thrilling summer festival of world premiere work alongside fresh, new revivals. New plays and musicals commissioned, developed, and produced at the Festival fill theaters around the world. In recent years, WTF has been represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Grand Horizons, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, among others. Cost of Living, which premiered at WTF, received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Learn more at wtfestival.org.

Working and Living in Williamstown

Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season takes place on the beautiful campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA with backdrops of the Berkshire, Green, and Taconic mountain ranges. Williamstown, MA (estimated pop. 7,813) is located in Berkshire County (estimated pop. 128,657) in Western Massachusetts and is an hour’s drive from Albany, NY and 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA. 

The Williams College campus and the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance are within walking distance of Spring Street, which has several restaurants with dine-in and takeout options, a pharmacy, a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a movie theater, and several stores. The nearest grocery store is a 10-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance. Having a personal vehicle does provide more flexibility in grocery-shopping and expands dining and activities options. For those who bring vehicles, parking is free at designated locations on Williams campus with a parking pass.  For a list of all the things to do and see in Williamstown and the Northern Berkshires, visit DestinationWilliamstown.org.  

All seasonal staff are provided housing free of charge on campus at Williams College. Housing is dorm-style with private bedrooms and shared common areas, including bathroom and kitchen. Williams College housing is not air-conditioned. Weather ranges from evenings on the cooler side but can also be quite warm with temperatures in the 90s with high humidity.

We acknowledge that Williamstown Theatre Festival is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) located in a county that is 91% white, according to the US Census Bureau. We are actively engaged in the work of becoming a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive institution that not only welcomes BIPOC artists and staff but nurtures an environment that allows everyone to thrive. More specific actions on these efforts can be found in our Progress Report on our website: https://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.

Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We believe that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Therefore, WTF is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

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