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Bad seeds
Josef Sudek Studio
Curated by Jen Kratochvil

In a concealed valley, somewhere in the middle of the Forbidden Hills, a dying monk, the last member of an order so ancient that neither he nor the historic documents in the library of the masters reach back to its beginning, with the utmost exertion, drawing on the last of the remaining strength in his shrivelled arm, he reaches towards the little mahogany table at the side of his otherwise humble bedroom. For a moment it seems that his body, tested by the centuries, refuses to perform this basic task. The monk’s perfect mental discipline, however, still has his earthly body firmly under control. And finally, he grabs hold of his iPhone and with slow movements, and boundless elegance, his fingers literally dance over the screen as he reviews his order in the Amazon Prime application.

The order for spare parts that are essential for the operation of the generator of the whole monastery complex has successfully been placed. The quiet beyond the boundaries of civilized imagination is soon disturb by the gentle buzzing of the props of several delivery drones that place the crucial components at the destination and the data storage of the ancient secrets remains fully functional for future millennia. The monk exhales for the last time, with a clear conscience that the message of his order will remain preserved.

With the recent United Nations report on climate change the dystopian vision has officially become our future. Doomsday stopwatches are set at twenty years and their ticking is so loud that you need a considerable dose of pills to get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, only a mere 49 per cent, or with momentary good will 51 per cent, of the population, hear that stinging ticking. If sensitive people have until recently reduced the stress by recycling or vegetarianism, now we know that personal initiatives are not enough, that aggressive political collective participation is required. At the same time, art was never far removed from that sensitivity, but its reach remains more or less within a closed elite circle. The information value or, perhaps better, emotional strength of the image is indisputable. An extreme example is the acclaimed BBC documentary series Blue Planet from 2001, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the sequel of which premiered last autumn. The whole series was extraordinarily well received, but nothing evoked such a public reaction as the last six-minute sequence of the final episode drawing attention to the impact of global pollution caused by plastic waste. The shots of a turtle imprisoned in a plastic sack, or a dead albatross whose cut-up body reveals its guts full of bits of consumer plastic, all in the uncompromising literalness of 4K UHD, forcing viewers of the programme around the world to call for the changes to the existing approach to the everyday use of plastic products, as if none of them, before been confronted with the reproduced image of the suffering animal, had ever had reason to be concerned with the problem.

In his work, Adam Vačkář has from the start reflected on the condition of post-humanism in the general and probably insurmountable conditions of the neoliberal system. The ties between the organic and the industrial, which every day shift further towards organic industry, constitute the backbone of his photographic and installation work. In his hands, the found bits of woody plants covered in lichen and moss change into elastic forms having the appearance of prefabricated products. The differences between a plastic bottle and bit of woody plant vanish. A stone can be a drone and potable water crude oil. Everything in the aesthetics correspond to the high standards of advertising photo or product design. His poetic criticism – if you are in sync with the stinging ticking all around – can sometimes even seem too literal. Yet it is still dominated by the artful process of making facts visible and putting further strains on antagonisms that to many people are invisible.

As we know from reading countless critiques of the contemporary political and economic status quo, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the fall of rapacious capitalism. Similarly, it is clear to us that no matter how critical we may be, we are always an inseparable part of what we are attacking. This is something Adam has repeatedly emphasized in his work, for example, in his performances, when he puts himself, as an artist, in a shop window of a department store, or with his stable use of the visual language of the global market, stripped of actual advertising or propagandistic rhetoric and thus converted to the abstraction of the apparently glorified ruins of our civilization.
The vision of the last monk, who devotedly leaves his legacy of countless preceding generations to digital emptiness, or the possible future AI, may seem like another generic sci-fi story or a metaphor of our future. It depends on the point of view. Bad Seeds are sown, and no one knows how to get rid of their fruits.

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Employment & Careers

Seeds of Literacy is run by a very small team thanks in large part to a veritable army of volunteers. Each member of the staff is curious, creative, and passionate about Adult Literacy. They aren’t afraid to jump in and assist in other areas. They are expert problem-solvers and trouble-shooters, and they value clear communication to make the operation work. If these are qualities you possess and you are interested in joining the Seeds Family, check out our job postings below.

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

***BENEFITS BEYOND COMPENSATION***

Full-time employees are eligible for a robust benefits package which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision (includes majority-paid premiums by the employer: employee weekly contribution less than $30.)
  • Flexible Health Spending Account
  • 401(k) + match
  • Life and Disability Insurance (Indicated by Offices Closed)
  • Paid Vacation Days
  • Paid Sick Days

The benefits package has a monetary value equivalent of an additional 30% of the employee’s salary.

Some positions may offer flexible schedules after 90 days, and all staff enjoy a variety of free books from our many wonderful donors.

Please read each description carefully before applying. Applications will only be accepted through Indeed.com unless otherwise stated below. If the position is expired on Indeed, but still listed below, it remains unfilled.

***None of our positions are remote. We are located in Cleveland, Ohio. Relocation not provided.***

Director of Donor Engagement

SCHEDULE

  • Full-time, typically: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm
  • Some evenings and weekends for fundraising events
  • Work-from-home 2 days/week may be considered AFTER 90 days of successful employment

SALARY

  • $60,000 – $70,000

LOCATION

  • Seeds West – 3104 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109

SUMMARY

The Director of Donor Engagement will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts. This person will work closely with Seeds of Literacy’s 30-member Board of Directors and CEO to create a plan for stewarding current supporters and cultivating new relationships, and then execute that plan accordingly. This position will also provide management and execution of Seeds of Literacy’s fundraising events, annual appeals, and donor database.

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • an experienced fundraising professional with demonstrated success securing major gifts and planning and executing special events.
  • someone who is eager to use their experience, expertise, and creativity to help Seeds of Literacy keep its donors engaged and acknowledged.
  • a confident fundraiser who enjoys making new connections and can speak to the mission and value of Seeds of Literacy in a clear and compelling way.
  • a person who has led the process (from start to finish) of planning and executing large events.
  • someone who enjoys researching and pursuing fundraising leads and cultivating new relationships.
  • a team player who can work successfully with communications and grant writing colleagues to move Seeds of Literacy’s fundraising efforts forward using unified, consistent messaging and methods.
  • a person who is highly motivated, understands the expectations for their role, and can jump right in.

Tools To Help This Role Succeed

  • A meaningful mission creating real change and brighter futures for students and their families.
  • An engaged, enthusiastic 30-member board of directors committed to engaging their networks and supporting the organization’s advancement.
  • A large pool of generous donors and volunteers dedicated to Seeds of Literacy’s mission and eager to hear more about the impact of their gifts.
  • A small (but mighty!) team of professionals who love what they do and bring empathy, energy, and humor to Seeds’ classrooms.
  • A clear organizational mission, vision, and direction for the future.
  • An environment of collaboration, commitment, and enthusiasm for helping Seeds’ students accomplish their goals.
  • A supportive, collaborative team, including a Director of Grant Development and Director of Communications to help further fundraising efforts and initiatives.
  • An opportunity to join a team that values diverse opinions and welcomes new ideas and fresh perspectives.

The Non-negotiables:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3 years of successful, proven fundraising experience (5+ preferred)
  • All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.

APPLY ON INDEED If the position is not listed, or is expired on Indeed (and only then):

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

Front Desk Officer (full-time day shift)

SCHEDULE

  • Full-time, 8-hour shifts, typically: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm

LOCATION

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Front Desk Officer (FDO) welcomes and graciously greets and directs all stakeholders. This includes notifying appropriate staff members of arrivals. The FDO provides program information to prospective tutors and students. The Front Desk Officer maintains telecommunication systems.

SOME JOB FUNCTIONS:

Provide technical support and guidance to callers

(Onto Zoom for Virtual Classroom)

  • calmly walk the caller through the process
  • assist with troubleshooting
  • transfer calls to the Zoom room when video is unavailable

Provide administrative support

  • conduct timely data entry into various databases (LACES, Excel, Google Sheets)
  • ensure accuracy of data
  • maintain inventory of office and program supplies
  • assist with directing on-site volunteers.
  • may be involved in implementation of special events or department-specific projects and seasonal program changes
  • other duties as assigned based on need

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school Diploma/GED required, Associates Degree preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel and Word)
  • Extreme attention to detail for flawless data-entry
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to calm anxious callers by instilling confidence
  • Ability to manage time and multi-task effectively
  • Ability to maintain confidential of sensitive information

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • An empathetic and energetic person who is excited to help others achieve their goals.
  • Someone who is able to work with people of different backgrounds and abilities.
  • A person who is comfortable and/or has experience working with diverse groups.
  • A creative and curious person who can help maintain and organize the site
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with a non-judgmental approach and style.
  • A team player who is willing to dive in and assist with other related tasks.
  • A person who is highly motivated, understands their role, and can jump right in.

Please see section above to learn more about additional benefits beyond compensation for full-time employees.

Education:

High School Diploma/GED (Required), Associate’s (Preferred)

APPLY ON INDEED If the position is not listed, or is expired on Indeed (and only then):

Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

Evening Site Coordinator (GED Teacher, Virtual Classroom) – (part-time)

SCHEDULE: 10-19 hours per week

Monday through Thursday 4:30pm – 8:30pm, flexible hours on some Fridays and Saturdays

PAY:

$19 – $22 per hour

LOCATION

Although the classroom is virtual, the position is on-site at Seeds East – 13815 Kinsman Road , Cleveland, OH 44120 (Mt. Pleasant Area)

SUMMARY:

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Virtual Evening Coordinator (VEC) serves as both a classroom manager and lead teacher, formulating, communicating and evaluating clear learning goals for students and pairing them with our volunteer tutors. The VEC oversees and manages the evening class which includes student instruction, student and tutor supervision, and detailed student progress/achievement record keeping. This position is responsible for our virtual evening class, which takes place on Zoom.

Knowledge, Skills, Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required.
  • Knowledge of adult education and family literacy
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • A passionate educator who is excited to help others achieve their educational goals
  • A person who is empathetic with a non-judgmental approach and style
  • Someone who can manage a diverse group of people, pairing students with tutors based on students’ needs and tutors’ strengths
  • Someone who is able to accommodate different learning styles
  • A person who is familiar with a variety of instructional techniques
  • A creative problem solver who can help students overcome obstacles academic and otherwise
  • Someone who has strong computer skills, including experience using Zoom as well as Google Suite
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with coworkers and students
  • A team player who is willing to dive in and assist with other related tasks
  • A person who is highly motivated, understands their role, and can jump right in

APPLY ON INDEED If the position is expired on Indeed (and only then): Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

College Internships

Gain real-world experience at Seeds!

NON-PROFIT GENERALIST INTERN

This opportunity is project-based and will rotate throughout departments for full exposure to the management of a literacy-focused nonprofit organization. Interns will work with leadership positions on volunteer engagement, grant research, social media advertising, community partnerships, and any special events.

Potential projects could include:

  • creation of satisfaction surveys and compiling feedback of current and past volunteers
  • developing lists of social media handles for local, regional, and national government officials, literacy agencies, and referral sources
  • brainstorming and creation of social media campaign and content ideas to achieve student recruitment goals
  • identify potential partnerships in key sectors: workforce, health, post secondary ed, training, and work to develop a referral system to produce a resource to be given to students at graduation
  • assist with logistics and execution of special events (tutor training, professional development workshops, etc)

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate senior or above, pursuing nonprofit management, education, social work, or other related field
  • Writing samples demonstrating excellent communication skills
  • Skilled at listening and responding effectively
  • Skilled using Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and the ability to learn new software
  • Working knowledge of social media advertising preferred

Perks

  • Flexible hours typically Monday through Friday, 8:30pm – 5pm
  • Free books!

TO APPLY: For consideration, please email a letter of interest, along with any writing samples, to [email protected]

*All Seeds of Literacy staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*