The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Springfield, MA Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership

Springfield, MA Job Opportunity:
Executive Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership

The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), the umbrella organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, seeks a full-time creative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial Director to manage, promote, and fundraise for the Partnership’s initiatives. These include: establishing annual and long-term goals for arts and culture to make Springfield the center for creative arts in the region, and establishing networks among cultural, business, educational, and governmental organizations. This role is 35 hours/week, results-oriented, flexible, and requires some evening and weekend commitments.

The Springfield Central Cultural District, founded in 2013, is a growing initiative to bring arts and culture to Downtown Springfield. Our mission is to bring more vitality to the city by highlighting its outstanding cultural offerings and adding new creative opportunities for artists and the greater community. We aim to make arts and culture in Springfield more accessible, while creating connections among artists, cultural landmarks, and visitors.

Past program highlights include the Utility Box Mural Program – a placemaking initiative designed to make Springfield more vibrant and beautiful. 26 artists were hired, and matched with local businesses, to create unique murals on utility boxes throughout the District in order to create a brighter, more walkable streetscape, and establish a culture of creativity downtown. More recently, the SCCD has begun programs such as, Art Stop(s), a series of pop-up galleries in unexpected spaces, and the Painted Piano project. These programs show the power of the arts to transform spaces, boosts public perception of Springfield, and provides valuable income and visibility to local artists. The District is also actively engaged in advocacy to increase arts funding, a Citywide focus on arts as economic development, and educating people about Springfield’s vibrant creative community, culture, and strengths.

The SCP Director will oversee all District activities and report directly to the chair of the SCCD board. They will serve as a liaison between Springfield’s arts and cultural community, the business community, and city officials to increase foot traffic, encourage participation in cultural events, and positively impact the downtown Springfield economy.

Duties and Responsibilities
§ Serve as a spokesperson for the Springfield arts and cultural community both locally and statewide.
§ Oversee the implementation of arts and cultural marketing initiatives, including a strong media plan with the goal of reaching a wide audience.
§ Advocate for the arts and culture and represent local needs and goals to appropriate legislative bodies.
§ Actively and consistently identify, garner, and administer funding prospects for SCCD programs through ongoing grant writing, member retention, and partnerships.
§ Establish an annual arts and cultural agenda and long-term goals for the arts and culture in the Cultural district in cooperation with representatives from Springfield’s numerous arts and culture groups.
§ Work directly with members of the SCCD to establish, plan and execute a yearly calendar of community engagement events in the cultural district.
§ Work closely with the City’s Office of Planning and Economic Development and city officials to ensure that arts and culture play a prominent role in all city initiatives through the Cultural Compact.
§ Prepare financial statements and reports for review and approval by Board as directed. Coordinate yearly reporting requirements by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the State of Massachusetts, and Federal government.
§ Schedule, plan, and attend monthly board meetings and board committee work.
§ Supervise future staff, as funds are available, such as an administrative assistant and/or grant writer.

Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree or special certifications in the field of philanthropy, fundraising, arts management, or business preferred. Minimum of three years successful experience in a related field, working with non-profit organizations, city government, and business and community organizations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse community partners. Knowledge and expertise with social media platforms and website management, preferably familiar with SquareSpace web platform. Strong grant writing skills and experience. Expertise in producing events and event planning. Knowledge of Quickbooks.

Desirable: Knowledge of Springfield’s art and cultural community, familiarity with development of budgets and fundraising plans, knowledge of city government structure. Graphic design and public presentation experience.

Other Requirements
§ Excellent relationship management skills; Ability to communicate effectively with member organizations and stakeholders, and to build consensus across diverse constituencies
§ Strong project management skills; ability to assign, direct, and coordinate the activities of others and monitor progress on delegated work assignments
§ Excellent oral and written communication skills
§ Cultural competence through knowledge, awareness, and behavioral sensitivity
§ Demonstrated success in grant writing, strategic planning, program implementation, community relations
§ Strong marketing background and demonstrated experience using social media platforms
§ Work performance consistent with organizational core values
§ Ability to inspire others with creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset
§ Knowledge and execution of the SCP strategic plan, mission, vision, and core values
§ Strong working knowledge of personal computers and standard software applications such as Microsoft Office suite, internet, and database management
§ Ability to work a flexible schedule which involves weekends and evenings
§ Ability to work independently on projects and initiatives. Board committees will assist with certain projects

Salary and Benefits
This is a 35 hour/week, benefitted position with options for employer-sponsored health insurance, 401k, and flexible paid time off (15 days/year plus holidays). Salary range $45,000 - $47,000 based on experience.

How To Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume as pdfs to, attention Beth Spong.

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