DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Asian Arts Initiative
Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary community-based arts organization founded with the belief that the arts can provide an important voice for telling the stories of Asian Americans and building relationships among diverse groups of people. Now approaching our 25th anniversary, Asian Arts Initiative recently adopted an ambitious strategic plan that renews the organization’s commitment to racial equity and social justice, and outlines the next phase of growth and development of programs including exhibitions, performances and events, artist residencies and commissions, youth and education workshops, and neighborhood placemaking work.
The Director of Programs is a new senior-level leadership and management position that will be responsible for establishing content and administration of all artistic, educational, and organizational programs; hiring and supervising program staff, consultants, and volunteers; and identifying resources and partners to plan and implement programs to maximize impact for audiences and community members. The Director of Programs will report to the Executive Director and be part of the senior staff team, and will have a key role in setting future direction and priorities for the organization and our programs. Duties include:
1. Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of content and administration for all programs, serving a wide array of artists, youth, and community members within the Asian American community and broader cultural sector.
2. Lead program planning and curatorial process(es) for the organization, including the identification of key theme(s) for each programming season, engaging fellow staff, artists, and volunteers as appropriate.
3. Hire, train, and supervise programming staff, consultants, and volunteers, including curators and artists. Guide program staff to effectively manage program logistics and implementation in order to achieve program goals.
4. Develop relationships and partnerships with peer organizations, individual artists, and other community members to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of programs.
5. With guidance from the Executive Director and other senior staff, coordinate the development of a new Community Advisory Board and structure activities to engage a range of community participation within the program planning process.
6. Along with the Executive Director and other senior staff, be prepared to serve as a public spokesperson for the organization and its programs, representing the organization at community events and outreach efforts.
7. In coordination with Development and Communications staff, plan marketing and outreach activities for all artistic and educational events and programs. Ensure that all information about programs is provided in a timely manner.
8. In coordination with Development and Communications staff, participate in grant writing and reporting, corporate and individual donor solicitation, and other efforts to develop resources to sustain and grow the organization and its programs.
9. Oversee documentation and evaluation of all programs, and ensure that results are effectively archived and disseminated.
10. Propose and manage the Program department’s annual budget.
11. Work with senior staff and board members in strategic planning and related processes.
12. Facilitate any necessary meetings and communication among program staff, the Executive Director, and/or other organizational departments.
13. Other duties that may be identified or assigned by the Executive Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
- A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice work that integrates and/or addresses race, gender, social, and economic justice.
- Familiarity with and passion for community-engaged arts and cultural programming in Philadelphia and/or other parts of the country. Working relationships with artists and curators in the field. Experience with Asian American communities preferred.
- A minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience supervising staff members and projects. Ability to build teams and relate effectively to diverse individuals and groups including artists, community partners, staff, board, volunteers, and consultants.
- Demonstrated success in project development, management, and evaluation. Ability to think proactively and creatively, build partnerships, and maximize opportunities to promote the work of the organization.
- A high degree of personal organization and self-management. Comfortable working with multiple projects and competing priorities at any given time, and able to turn work around quickly and be flexible when duties change.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, comfortable with public speaking and facilitation. Willingness to learn and be open to new ideas.
- Experience working on a team with responsibilities for fundraising and/or marketing preferred but not required.
- Proficiency in English required, proficiency in additional language(s) related to local Asian American community-engagement a plus.
E-mail cover letter explaining your interest and relevant experience; salary requirements; resume; and 3 work-related references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Director of Programs” on subject line of email. Asian Arts Initiative is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages Asian Americans and other people of color to apply.
DEADLINE: Open until position is filled.
Asian Arts Initiative is an equal opportunity employer. Our services and employment are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability and age.