Reports To: VP, Cultural & Community Investment
Department: Cultural & Community Investment
The Program Director (PD) is a key member of Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) Cultural and Community Investment (CCI) department. Reporting to the ASC Vice President for Cultural & Community Investment (VP), the PD has primary responsibility for implementation of CCI’s new “Culture Blocks” program, a partnership with Mecklenburg County to deliver arts and culture programming in geographic areas with historically low levels of participation with other ASC funded programs.
The PD’s core responsibility will be community organizing work among a broad and diverse range of constituents – identifying allies and advocates, establishing trusting relationships with the citizenry of the defined geographic areas, employing listening and dialogue to build understanding of the cultural life of citizens and connecting appropriate partners (cultural organizations, individual artists, county service locations, etc.) to invest in activity that will be of relevance and interest to the intended audience.
The PD will represent ASC as a lead community level staff person and must have the capacity to guide and lead CCI’s “Culture Blocks” and other programs in the context of best business practices and their impact on the community’s growing demands for relevance, access and excellence.
The PD will have additional responsibilities around the implementation of other CCI event-driven initiatives, including but not limited to the Community Supported Art program.
• Support the design and manage implementation of ASC’s new “Culture Blocks” program:
– In partnership with VP and utilizing partner organization data, identify geographic areas of focus with historically low levels of participation with ASC funded programs.
– In partnership with VP, communicate and plan with stakeholders, including staff members from cultural organizations, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation in the identified geographic areas.
– In partnership with cultural organizations, manage logistics associated with the delivery of an initial menu of programmatic offerings in each geographic area.
– In partnership with county service locations, design and execute a series of informal and formal listening and dialogue opportunities with citizens in each geographic area to drive understanding that embraces and celebrates the cultural life and desires of these citizens.
– In partnership with cultural organizations, local artists and by leveraging other necessary resources, design and manage implementation of cultural programming investments that reflect understandings from listening and dialogue sessions specific to each geographic area.
– Produce content for ASC’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Instagram) that is meaningful and relevant in order to engage ASC’s fans/followers and tell the story of the project.
• In partnership with other CCI staff, support the implementation of the Community Supported Art program.
• Develop and maintain good relations with staff and board of area cultural organizations, area parks and recreation personnel, ASC grantees, community and civic leaders, volunteers, media and the general public.
• Assist with the submission of accurate and timely reports and updates to government entities and funders.
• Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative program data for programs managed by the PD.
• Monitor the effectiveness of program delivery through:
– Regular on site visits to programs and activities.
– Consistent program evaluations.
– Quarterly statistical reports and other engagement data.
• Perform other duties as apparent or assigned by the Vice President of Cultural & Community Investment.
Should include minimum educational and experience qualifications, required skills, specialized knowledge, computer proficiencies, and required certifications.
• This position requires a Bachelor’s degree.
• Competitive candidates will meld 3-5 years practical experience in community organizing with a nuanced understanding of arts and culture program delivery.
• Competitive candidates will be bilingual (English/Spanish preferred).
• Demonstrated success building relationships (including strong problem solving, listening, coaching and counseling skills) with a diverse range of constituents relative to the demands of a centralized initiative.
• Demonstrated success managing simultaneous programs with competing priorities, including ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
• Demonstrated success setting goals and implementing plans relative to a time-sensitive initiative.
• Independent and cooperative decision making and proactive strategic thinking, with demonstrated ability to apply overall mission of the organization to make informed decisions
• Commitment to service excellence and added value for organization stakeholders
• Ability to communicate effectively and interact with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and community representatives
• Computer skills – must be adept in use of MS Office, particularly Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Prior database experience is an added value. Environment Describe the work environment and physical requirements of the position.
• Work is performed both in a fast-paced office environment and other community settings with frequent interruptions from phone calls and conversation.
• Occasionally will be asked to lift, carry, set-up and clean-up materials
• Attendance and participation at events and activities throughout the cultural community will be expected from time-to-time outside of normal office hours and on weekends.
How to Apply
Please email application – cover letter and resume – using subject header:
Program Director, CCI to: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 21, 2015. No phone calls please.