project manager for ten, tiny, talks

Ten, Tiny, Talks is accepting applications for a Project Manager for our 2022 season!

about Ten, tiny, talks

Ten, Tiny, Talks is a groundbreaking multi-disciplinary artist residency program with a festival-bent based in Portland, Oregon, but with global reach. Every year, we select ten BIPOC LGBTQIA+ artists and/or projects to develop ten creative works; we pay our resident artists for their time, and we provide resources to help them succeed in creating their art on a larger scale or to a larger audience than they have before. Artists come from all walks of life and we encourage them to tap into their deepest wishes for creating. Our core belief in Ten, Tiny, Talks is to stand out of the way of artists of color, who know their visions best, and tell them “Yes, you can!” while closely guiding them through creative and professional processes. 

Ten, Tiny, Talks works with Black and Indigenous trans, Two Spirit, gender expansive and queer creatives from many different cultures and a complexity of various art genres. The season’s ten projects may involve live drag performance art, large scale paintings, plays, cirque-infused performance, or a completely different art form, so versatility is key! In addition to facilitating live events (when possible), we collaborate with film and technical directors to push recorded content to pay walls on Vimeo, YouTube and other practical visual networks. Our resident artists have presented works both digital and in person, with all creations being recorded and made available to the artists and their audiences if that is what the artists wish. 

scope of work

The Project Manager position is currently an independent contractor role and provides support for the Ten Tiny Talks program from January 1st (when artist submissions open) until October 31st (when the season closes for Fall and Winter break).  The Project Manager is responsible for collaborating with the executive team and the stage manager to create a detailed mentoring, production, rehearsal, performance and film schedule for each of the ten artists/projects in the Ten, Tiny, Talk’s artist in residency program. 

Central tasks may include but might not be limited to:

  • Bi-weekly meetings with the Artistic Director and Community sponsors 

  • Leading weekly production meetings

  • Coordinating the project plan with the Stage Manager (when applicable)

  • Ensure project deadlines are met and/or adjusting schedule to meet artist needs when necessary

  • Attending and being on site for the performances and filmings for all ten artists (dates TBD)

  • Growing the TTT network through community connections, promoting the program through word-of-mouth and connecting resident artists with opportunities when possible

  • Developing and maintaining supportive rapport with the resident artists in the program to make sure artists and projects are receiving the resources they need.

Desired skills


  • Expert organizer

  • Forward thinking, with the ability to anticipate or react to conflicts in overlapping plans

  • Strong self-management and time-management skills

  • Problem-solving powerhouse

  • Drive to see projects through to completion

  • Clear communication abilities

  • People person! This require requires some social versatility in order to assist a variety of personalities and artistic disciplines

  • Willingness to collaborate 

  • Appreciation for the multidisciplinary art world

Those who are familiar with working in a diverse, intersectional, fast paced environment will be a good fit for this position as Ten, Tiny, Talks works with Black and Indigenous trans, Two Spirit, gender expansive and queer creatives from many different cultures and a complexity of various art genres. The person in this position must be adept at working with contrasting personality types, nuances in different global communities, languages, communication styles, political backgrounds and creative expressions. They must also be adept and comfortable with centering Black and Indigenous people in mainstream art conversations. Providing an environment of tangible advocacy and empowerment is one of the most important aspects to this job. 

Task Breakdown

Time in this role is approximately distributed as follows:

  • 50% of time in Google Suite, Trello, Zoom and Excel

  • 25% of time assisting the Stage Manager and Executive staff

  • 25% of time mentoring incoming artists


Text, phone calls and Zoom have been the primary way leadership teams have communicated with each other; however, we honor and respect each individual’s personal time and recognize “off hours” when a staff person does not or cannot respond to messages. 


The total stipend for this position is $3000. Payments of $1500 will be paid upon signing and the last payment of $1500 will be paid on October 31st, 2022 upon closing. Any requests for advances in pay need to be made to management in writing.

How to Apply

To apply, please email We ask that you provide a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, along with a copy of your resume, and two references. When emailing, please include “Application for Project Manager” in the subject line.


Applications are due no later than January 20th. You will hear back from us regarding next steps in the application process by  January 25th, 2022.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Ten Tiny Talks follows equal opportunity hiring practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, citizenship status or any other classification protected by Federal, State, or Local law. We strive to collaborate with a range of individuals who are representative of the community we serve and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply

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