Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and presentation of Balinese performing arts. GSJ’s mission is to foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, performances, and the creation of innovative new works of music and dance; and to share the excitement of this exchange with diverse audiences in California, the US, and abroad. GSJ has built a unique and thriving community that is both diverse and multi-generational. Widely known for its artistry as a performance group, GSJ’s greatest pride is the meaningful contribution it has made to a profound cultural exchange, one that has affected the lives of countless people both in the US and in Indonesia. As an organization, GSJ is deeply committed to fostering a spirit of inclusivity that both attracts and celebrates the cultural diversity that makes its community so unique.
GSJ is currently seeking a Program and Administrative Assistant to ensure the successful operation of GSJ’s unique intercultural arts programming by handling day to day office responsibilities. The Program and Administrative Assistant will report directly to the General Manager, and regularly assist the General Manager and Operations Manager with program, communications, and development tasks. This is a part-time position at 20 hours per week with potential for additional hours in busy times. The Program and Administrative Assistant will be expected to work at least three days per week. Hours and specific days are flexible. The position is based out of our “Banjar” (community center) in Berkeley, CA. All GSJ programming is currently remote. This position will work remotely until public health guidelines allow for in-person office work, except when duties occasionally require an on-site visit.
Performances and rehearsal visits necessitate weekend and/or evening work at least once per week during the performance season (generally September-June).
- Ensure smooth day-of logistics for performances, classes, and events
- Respond professionally to general inquiries and/or direct inquiries to relevant parties
- Process donations (log in Salesforce, ensure proper follow-up)
- Process and log bill payments, bank deposits and reimbursements
- Scheduling and calendar maintenance for rehearsals and events.
- GSJ website and member intranet maintenance, including updating events and classes
- Member administration, tracking member contributions and processing reimbursements
- Take ownership of GSJ social media presence and spearhead compelling digital and print campaigns
- Prepare and send mass paper/electronic mailings including fund letters, surveys, etc
- Coordinate regular facility maintenance and serve as point of contact with subtenants
- Attend weekly staff check-ins and participate in a collaborative work culture
- Support General Manager, and Operations Manager, with occasional administrative and/or logistical tasks
- Strong organizational skills with excellent record keeping and good attention to details
- Ability to independently track and manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Minimum technical skills must include basic familiarity with Mac and Windows operating systems, Word, Excel, and
- Google Suite. Knowledge of any or all of the following is a plus: Salesforce, Quickbooks, Mailchimp, Squarespace, Adobe Suite.
- Good customer service skills including professional phone manner and email etiquette
- Expertise in developing marketing strategies and utilizing social media platforms to reach new audiences
- Experience working and communicating cross-culturally
- Flexibility and willingness to work at least one night and/or weekend day per week during performance seasons.
- 2+ years experience in an administrative assistant and/or program management role
- Experience in a non-profit arts organization
- Interest in Balinese or Indonesian arts
- Indonesian language skills
This is a part-time .5 FTE position at 20 hours per week, with an hourly wage of $18 to $20 (depending on experience), a monthly benefits stipend, and opportunities for additional hours during busy periods. GSJ employees receive paid time off and 13 paid holidays annually. PTO and holidays are commensurate with the position’s FTE rate, in this case 4 hours of PTO per month and 4 paid hours for each paid holiday. The GSJ work environment is dynamic, creative, and supportive, with great flexibility.
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GSJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to veteran status or on the basis of disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. GSJ is happy to make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.
Racial Equity Statement
GSJ acknowledges that the Bay Area is a region of deep inequity, where Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color disproportionately face gentrification, systematic exclusion from housing and jobs, and lack of access to arts and cultural spaces.
As part of GSJ’s mission to “foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, performances, and the creation of innovative new works of music and dance; and to share the excitement of this exchange with diverse audiences”, GSJ pledges to advance anti-racist ideals through its intercultural arts programming and within its organizational culture.
About Gamelan Sekar Jaya
GSJ’s mission is to foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, performances, and the creation of innovative new works of music and dance; and to share the excitement of this exchange with diverse audiences in California, the US, and abroad.
In October of 1979, when we first met in a borrowed Berkeley living room to begin a workshop in Balinese music, none of us were thinking of anything but the challenge at hand: learning gamelan. We had the idealism of beginners, a fresh love for Balinese music, and — overfilling the cramped space — a fine set of instruments just off the container ship from Bali. Among us was I Wayan Suweca (co-founder of the group with Rachel Cooper and Michael Tenzer), whose supreme skill and artistic fire made us putty in his hands. Soon, by some alchemy of culture contact and group experience, something marvelous began to grow.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya is seen in Indonesia not only as a flowering of traditional Balinese arts in a distant land, but also as a laboratory for the creation of new ideas, many of which have an impact on artistic development in Bali. Through our Master Artists in Residency program, GSJ serves as an incubator for the world’s top creative minds in both traditional and innovative Balinese arts.
In 2000, during Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s fifth tour to Bali, the Governor of Bali awarded GSJ the Dharma Kusuma, Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement, never before awarded to a foreign group. The name “Sekar Jaya” is now a household term in Bali.
Locally, GSJ is a thriving multi-generational community that provides invaluable cross-cultural benefits to its members, the larger Bay Area community, and beyond. Through performance, educational programming, and community outreach, the group introduces thousands of people each year to the beauty and complexity of Balinese arts and culture. GSJ’s community, and the spirit of cultural exchange at its core, is also of great importance to the Indonesian population of Northern California.