Director, Artistic Programming

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Artistic Programming
Target Hire Date
04/26/2021 - 2 months to go
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The Office of the Arts (OA) has established a new senior management team position for overseeing the strategies, programs, activities, and outcomes of ArtsEmerson's signature work in Artistic and Civic Engagement. At ArtsEmerson (AE), our artistic programming is twinned with our engagement programming and the Director of Artistic Programing (DoAP) and the Creative Producers work together to produce an entirely integrated and highly synergistic program that connects artists to communities in performance, residency, and innovative engagement platforms.

Reporting to the Vice President/Executive Director, the Director will lead the team on a course that:
  • Embraces and champions ArtsEmerson's core values, namely that the arts belong to everybody, the arts are an essential agent of civic transformation, and the diversity and experience of our audiences is paramount to the mission, strategies and achievements of the organization
  • Galvanizes and inspires departmental staff around engagement programs that deeply connect throughout our city and campus community
  • Enhances relations with existing partners and develops new ones
  • Designs processes rooted in ArtsEmerson's Theory of Change that embed our artists and performances in our engagement efforts and organizational values, and
  • Fosters a culture of equity, accessibility, inclusion and belonging for both traditional theatergoers and new audience members.

The Director will draw on ArtsEmerson's well-developed theory of change and deploy a celebrated set of engagement tools to position the organization as a leading Citizen/Arts organization in our community and in the field. They will be responsible for the development and delivery of an innovative, multi-year audience demand-building and engagement strategy in support of ArtsEmerson's mission. This includes setting key goals, objectives, and outputs for the department, supporting the development of resources for this work, overseeing the team's budget, and ensuring a vibrant, relevant and exceptional program of activities that lead to the engaged, diverse, and activist audiences ArtsEmerson seeks to support its vision of a thriving world.

The position is part of the Office of the Arts Senior Management Team and will also play a role in shared leadership and strategic direction. The Director of Artistic Programs will proactively represent the organization externally to a range of stakeholders, building and managing networks of strong external partnerships with cultural leaders, community organizations, nonprofits, local businesses, etc.

Specific duties include:

Artistic Planning and Implementation
  • Develops and leads the strategy, scope and sequence of all AE artistic and engagement programming in consultation with the Executive Director, and the team's Associate Producers, towards the growth and diversification of ArtsEmerson audiences.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and General Manager, plan, coordinate and strategize all aspects of the artistic programming including overseeing scheduling, contracting, negotiating, researching, viewing potential artists and proposal writing.
  • Supervises the Associate Producers of the Engagement Team.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the Creative Producer team of student workers.
  • In collaboration with the GM, develops and manages the Artistic and Engagement budgets.
  • Collaborates closely with the Senior Management Team to advance the internal culture, fiscal health, and public reputation of Office of the Arts.
  • Serves as a creative resource and active participant in fundraising and marketing strategies; and shares information necessary to the fundraising and marketing efforts of the organization.

Civic Leadership
  • Develops and oversees the team's portfolio of civic partnerships to aid in the advancement of ArtsEmerson's Engagement objectives and strengthen the position of ArtsEmerson as a civic leader on matters of priority and consequence for the city of Boston, including the city's ongoing challenges around race, resilience, and social cohesion.
  • Supervises the relationships between ArtsEmerson and community partners intrinsic to the success of our artistic programming and our audience engagement strategies.
  • Liaises with Faculty Leadership to ensure meaningful collaboration with faculty and students

  • Leads on the creation of focused engagements with communities building partnerships and making creative work in partnership with the neighborhoods.
  • Ensures that effective evaluation and monitoring is undertaken and that all stakeholder reporting requirements are met in a timely and professional manner.

Artistic Development
  • ArtsEmerson maintains an active calendar of artistic development activities and, while primarily a presenter, devotes significant energy to the commissioning, development, and production of new works that advance our vision.
  • Leads the design and planning for workshops, residencies, and readings of works developing at ArtsEmerson. Supervises the associate producers in implementing these plans.
  • Prepares and leads the Season Planning team, scouting, reviewing works under consideration, managing the season planning process.
  • In collaboration with the General Manager, oversees the artist/artist manager relationship strategy; develops and maintains positive relationships with artist managers.

Skills & Experience
● A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. A master's degree or equivalent experience is preferred.

● Expected credentials include 10 -15 years of experience related to the career discipline, of which 5-7 years is progressive management experience

In addition, applicants will demonstrate
  • An evident understanding of, and passion for, the theater and direct experience of its capacity to foster transformation on the personal, organizational, and civic levels.
  • A commitment to and experience with international and intercultural exchange and performance.
  • Evidence of skills and a passion for working in an environment committed to diversity and connection across differences.
  • A personal and professional commitment linking the theater to its community.
  • Evidence of skills for managing teams and fostering a culture of collaboration.
  • Evidence of successful accountability for achieving the stated objectives of the organization.
  • Evidence of a connection with the vision, framework, and strategies of ArtsEmerson.
  • Ability to manage, mentor and retain talent through a commitment to training and professional development of staff.
  • A record of success in managing budgets, developing resources, and fiscal responsibility.

Grade of Position: A20E

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25

Hiring Range: $131,550.00 - $138,750.00

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