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Arts Nonprofit Program Director

Fine Arts Work Center
Massachusetts, United States
$65,000.00 - $80,000.00
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Purpose of Position:

The Program Director plays a key role on the senior leadership team at the Fine Arts Work Center and is responsible for ensuring programmatic excellence across the Work Center’s programmatic, community engagement, and partnership offerings. Specifically, the Program Director oversees the implementation of several signature initiatives at the Fine Arts Work Center, including the eleven-week Summer Workshop Program, ongoing online writing program 24PearlStreet, and free year-round series of cultural events and exhibitions. The Program Director also supports efforts to engage the Work Center’s local community as well as the community of past Fellows, a diverse network of visual artists and writers who participated in the acclaimed seven-month Fellowship program, through offerings such as the Returning Residency Program and Opening to Wonder series. 


Visual Arts and Creative Writing Education Programs

    Initiate and set goals for visual arts and creative writing programs based on the Fine Arts Work Center’s strategic priorities and objectives. Ensure that program systems and operations are effective, impactful, and aligned with strategic goals. Collaborate with the Education Program team to oversee all aspects of program development including planning, scheduling, and implementing Summer Workshop Program and 24PearlStreet Online Writing Program. Research, hire, and support world-class visual arts and creative writing faculty. Make recommendations for and enact new educational program models that support learning and drive new earned revenue. Work in collaboration with the External Relations Director to market and promote open enrollment education programs, to reach annual student enrollment goals. Oversee Education Program revenue and expenses to ensure programming achieves financial projections and expenses remain within budget. Serve as point of contact for Finance and Administration teams. Collaborate with staff and faculty to ensure smooth operations of both in-person and virtual classes and events. Oversee meaningful student and faculty evaluation processes and implement program changes as necessary. Ensure that education programs reflect the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values and participants have an exceptional experience every time they interact with the organization. Oversee scholarship program to engage new and emerging voices in our work.

Community Engagement and Partnership Offerings

    Engage a broad and diverse audience in the Fine Arts Work Center’s free year-round series of cultural events and exhibitions, including the newly launched Opening to Wonder series. Maintain gallery exhibition and public presentation calendar and align cross-department staff around its successful implementation. Connect with past Fellows to carefully listen and explore how The Work Center can best engage with this community.  Oversee ongoing and new Fellows network offerings, such as the Returning Residency Program and other past Fellows outreach programs. Manage all aspects of select community-based partnerships, including bookstore collaboration with local independent book seller. Identify opportunities to create collaborative alliances and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with regional and national visual art and writing programs, schools, galleries, and other mission aligned organizations. Deepen relationships with local community-based partners and organizations through innovative programming partnerships. Represent the Work Center in national meetings and conversations as appropriate.


    Track and report on earned revenue and program development progress to the Executive Director and Board of Trustees. Supervise Summer Program Manager and 24PearlStreet Manager. Promote a culture of quality performance and continuous improvement that values learning and collaboration. Work with Buildings and Grounds and Housekeeping teams to ensure summer residential program participants have a quality on-site living experience. Identify opportunities to make Work Center programming more accessible to audiences with disabilities. Play a key role in Strategic Plan development and implementation.


  • Five to seven years of experience in non-profit program management.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in developing and implementing programming and community engagement strategies.
  • Knowledge of the field of adult education creative writing and visual arts programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with multiple stakeholders and advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values.
  • Ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, problem-solve, adhere to deadlines, and lead a team to success.
  • Interest, expertise, and background in visual arts and/or creative writing. 


The Work Center provides a competitive salary, as well as the opportunity for subsidized housing in beautiful Provincetown. Benefits also include employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurances. The quality of life that Provincetown provides is also a substantial benefit.


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