Category Archives: Job Opening

Job Opening: Training/ Networking Specialist

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hiring a Training/Networking Specialist. Deadline to apply is March 10. Complete the application on-line at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobAppNWMAC and email/mail our office your cover letter showing interest.  The on-line application form goes through all the work activities listed below and has a box for you to comment on your skills related to doing this important work for our office.  If you have questions or trouble accessing the application survey, please contact Mara at director@nwartscouncil.org. 

Training Specialist Contract Position Details

$11,000 annual budget

·         Teaching Artist Roster Training: coordinate and conduct Summer 2020 training sessions.  Approximately 165 hours.

·         Performing artists tech skills training: coordinate and conduct Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 training sessions.  Approximately 100 hours.

·         Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshop series within this contract period.  Coordinate with Springboard for the Arts and attend the sessions providing administration. Approximately 40 hours.

·         Minnesota’s Creative Northwest network.   Coordinate/attend.  Provide content into landing page on our website related to Minnesota’s Creative Northwest.  Approximately 50 hours.

·         Training in Folk Arts/Festival coordinators network if time.  Approximately 40 hours.

·         Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.  Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.  Approximately 4 hours.

The rate of pay is $25 an hour.  There are no benefits and you need to provide your own office equipment that is sufficient for the work.  You do need to show that you can work with current technology and on-line platforms that we use or be easily trained in those systems.  It is a job that people do out of their home as a contract worker.  The budget is $11,000 for wage and some mileage reimbursement for an entire year plus a couple months.  The contract period will be from hire to June 30, 2021.  Candidates should reside in our seven-county area.

Minnesota State Arts Board Accepting Applications for Assistant Finance Director

Employment opportunity: assistant finance director

The Minnesota State Arts Board has launched a search for an accounting technician. This important position is responsible for helping to ensure accountability for public funds by completing financial reviews and reconciliations for competitive and legislatively mandated grants. The accountant also will manage and track agency administrative expenditures. Minimum qualifications include: an associate’s degree in accounting; a minimum of two years’ professional experience in an accounting position; ability to understand and explain state financial policies and procedures; and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents including agency staff, vendors, and grantees.


Interested individuals must apply online, and must submit a cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications. More details about the position, required qualifications, and application instructions are available on the State of Minnesota’s Careers Web portal https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/

  • Select “Search for Jobs Now”  
  • In the Keywords field, enter “Arts Board” or “32207”

    Applications must be submitted by Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Engagement & Outreach position open at MN State Arts Board

Employment opportunity: Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

The Minnesota Arts Board has launched a search for an engagement and outreach coordinator. This important full-time position assists in increasing awareness, understanding, and participation in Arts Board program and services. 

Well qualified applicants will have at least two years’ experience working in community outreach or engagement, excellent verbal and written communications skills, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and a bachelor’s degree in arts, communications, marketing, or other related areas. 

More details about the position, other required qualifications, and application instructions are available on the Arts Board’s employment Web page: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/about/employment.htm

Applications must be submitted by January 27, 2020.

Please share this information with any one that you think might be a strong candidate.  

MCA Creative Minnesota Internship

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in November 2019. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $10/hr.

ABOUT MCA: MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA: Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, will conduct the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on updates of a report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015, 2017, and 2019 documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.


Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.


Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2021.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations, or do online research, to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:

    – Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
    – Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press.
    – Interest in working with the arts community.

    – Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
    – A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.

    – Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
    – Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel 

    – Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email résumé and cover letter by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 
Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org 


Showcase Specialist position is Open

NWMAC Showcase Specialist Contract Position is Open. Deadline to Apply is September 12.

Job Description includes:

  • Coordinate 8 different showcases in Thief River Falls at Northland CTC gallery.  Coordinate all the artist receptions.  Attend and evaluate each event by collecting statistics, interviews, and pictures.  Report by email twice a month to the Director of the NWMAC about changes or concerns regarding exhibits. Exhibits include:
    1. Four exhibits featuring artists with one featuring artists of color
    2. One exhibit featuring students
    3. One exhibit featuring folk arts
    4. Two exhibits featuring art by a variety of people as art for all        
  • Display enhanced listing art with labeling at location selected.    
  • Research traveling cart idea including budget and logistics.  
  • Research other art crawl events in our area and prepare a plan related to connecting our artists with these showcases. 
  • Assist the Director of the NWMAC with the display set-up for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit.  This is two full days of work each Spring.  Attend the reception (a third full day), count people’s choice ballots, assist with awards presentation, and help dismantle the exhibit.  Select 12-15 pieces for the traveling exhibit during the set-up day.  Announce the traveling exhibit names at the reception and inform the public about exhibiting opportunities.  Collect pieces in bins at the end of the reception and transport pieces to the first traveling exhibit library location.     
  • Arrange dates and locations for the mini-traveling exhibit to area libraries.  Move the exhibit throughout the locations.  Work with locations on press release and announcements including providing text and pictures to our Promotions Specialist for social media posts.  Move the exhibit twelve times, once a month from May through April to each county.  Drop artwork off with the artists at the end of the exhibit or bring to the registration day of the next annual exhibit and return to them as they drop off a new piece.  While at the location, advertise that you will meet with artists at the library to talk about showcasing at our gallery and upcoming trainings and more.  
  • Design marketing pieces for showcase projects.  Create press releases and media announcements for projects.
  • Provide a print-out of completed work activities for the NWMAC meetings in June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.  

$12,000 annual budget. All contract positions work out of their home, with their own computer and office equipment and supplies. We pay at the specialist rate of $25.00 per hour. Time tracking related to tasks completed is submitted monthly for reimbursement from the budgeted contract amount annually. Extremely flexible hours to complete tasks. Approximately 8 hours a week.

Deadline of September 12 for applicants to apply.  Please submit a cover letter and complete an application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobAppNWMAC. It will work best if you prepare your response before starting the job application within the link. Each part of the work activities is included in the job application and you will write about your qualifications, communication style and ability to connect with others and build good relationships.

Please contact NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel with any questions at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.