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Job Opening: Rural Program Manager

Rural Program Manager

Location: MN – Fergus Falls
Type: Full Time
Category: Executive and management
Deadline: February 5, 2021

City: Fergus Falls, MN
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 / yr.
Website: http://www.springboardforthearts.org
Is this a remote / WFH position?: Yes

Job description

POSITION TITLE: Rural Program Manager
POSITION STATUS: Full time, exempt, regular position
SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – $55,000, excellent benefits
REPORTS TO: Rural Program Director
SUPERVISES: Contractors

POSITION PURPOSE: To manage and implement Springboard’s rural programs. Springboard’s rural office in Fergus Falls, MN was launched in 2011 and has become a hub for thought and action about arts-based community development and creative placemaking in rural settings. Our rural programs include local, state and national projects: the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Artists on Main Street, and the Hinge Arts Residency Program. The rural program staff collaborates closely with Springboard’s St Paul staff to ensure relevance, impact and representation of rural artists in its organization-wide programs. In 2021, Springboard will launch a new fellowship program for rural artists in the upper midwest, which will be a significant component of the Rural Program Manager position responsibilities.

This position is based in Fergus Falls, MN, however, for the right candidate we are open to discussing a hybrid remote/in-person position. The ideal candidate will live no more than a 2 hour drive from Fergus Falls and be willing to spend time in the office at least two days per week, and occasionally for several days at a time to staff programs and events. (note: currently, due to the pandemic, all Springboard staff are working remotely until further notice).

Responsibilities include:
• Collaborate with Rural Program Director, partners, and other Springboard staff to develop, plan and evaluate rural programs, including:
○ Rural Regenerator Fellowship (new program to be launched in 2021)
○ Rural Arts and Culture Summit (a biannual national rural arts conference)
○ Hinge Residency (an artist residency program based in Fergus Falls)
○ Ongoing Rural Artist Resources and Economic Opportunity efforts

• Manage and implement rural programs and partnerships by:
○ Overseeing program logistics, ensuring projects stay on time and on budget
○ Organize and support program planning meetings with partners, artists and staff
○ Support and supervise contractors
○ Assist with communication, storytelling/documentation and evaluation tasks

• Support and/or facilitate rural program events/workshops (both online and in person)
• Informal consultations with rural community leaders/artists looking for support and guidance
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications or requirements

Required qualifications:
• 3-5 years (formal or informal) experience in project, event and/or program management
• Demonstrated experience and familiarity with rural community and economic development, rural arts and culture leadership, and/or rural community organizing
• Familiarity with asset-based community development, place-based community organizing, social justice, arts and nonprofits.
• Excellent writer and communicator.
• Track record of organizing and managing complex, collaborative projects, including communicating with artists, partners and stakeholders, creating planning timelines, keeping projects on schedule, and delegating tasks.
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of racial equity and equitable community development practices.
• Ability to work well in a team and also autonomously.
• Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job.
• Interest in creating and managing new programs to meet the needs of a highly innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative organization.

Qualified applicants must be friendly, organized, have a sense of humor and patience, experience with artists and the arts community and be unafraid to ask questions. Experience as a practicing artist, creative worker or culture bearer from a rural community highly preferred. We are looking for someone who brings the project management skills and knowledge of rural artist and community needs to help us build on our recent success and ensure the continuing health, vibrancy and growth of Springboard. Some travel, mostly regional and some national, is required for this position. We estimate that travel will be 10 – 15% of this position.

High levels of verbal and written communications will be required in this job. Day-to-day, this role will use MacOSX, MS Office Suite, and Zoom. Ability to work well in a team and also autonomously.

Hours, compensation and benefits

Full time, 40 hours a week
Salary range: $50,000-$55,000 + excellent benefits
Benefits: 100% employer paid health insurance for employee and 50% employer paid for family members
100% employer paid dental insurance for employee
Simple IRA with 3% employer contribution
Paid time off, sick leave, vacation and holidays
Flexible work schedule
Creative, artist-led work environment

How to apply

Upload your application by 11:59pm Friday, February 5, 2021 using this form.

Please name your files:
Lastname_Firstname_Rural _Program_Manager_Cover.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Rural _Program_Manager_Resume.pdf
Cover letters can be addressed to Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director

No phone calls, please.

Springboard for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

Designer Needed — Please Apply

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers

5th Edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet

Bid Deadline: December 15, 2020

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for a design/layout artist to complete the 5th Edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet.   This contract will start December 17, 2020 and complete in April 2021 or earlier.  We anticipate that the project will take about 46 hours of time.  Specialists with NWMAC are paid no more than $25.00 an hour.  Our budgeted amount to spend on this contract is $1,150.   

The booklet will be a half page glossy publication, similar to version 1, 2, 3, and 4 to date.  Look to our 4th version to see the accepted design layout.  Pitch your concept for color, font, page design, cover design to the selection panel. 

Letters of interest should be accompanied with mock-ups of your proposed design; examples of your past work and qualifications as a designer.  Address in your letter your ability to do the job in a timely manner and stay to the timeline, referencing successful projects within the last five years. This project involves back and form communication with artists to check their submitted info and make revisions through email and phone calls.  The designer will work with the Forum Communications print shop to provide a high quality file for printing.  Designer will create a hyperlink active pdf suitable for our website.  Note:  a great example is our 4th edition located here.

Preference will be given to local designers.

Approximate time for work activities hours

  • Learn about project/Finalize Design                             4
  • Data Entry/Design Artist and Org Pages                    20
  • Link all emails and webpages                                           6
  • Design Covers & Interior Pages                                        6
  • Info check w/artists                                                                  5
  • Revisions                                                                                      3
  • File Export/Organize/Delivery                                         2

Here are the terms of the contract for the designer and our draft timeline: 

  1. The Designer will return a signed copy of this contract by December 21, 2021.
  2. The Designer will conceptualize the design and provide an example to the Arts Council by January 15, 2021.
  3. The Designer will enter data and design all cover and interior pages.
  4. The Designer will work with the Arts Council Director and the printer to complete the Artist booklet by March 1, 2021 in the format suitable for the printing shop.
  5. Prior to submittal for printing, the Designer will check all information contained within, with the individual artists and the Arts Council staff in the months of January and February 2021.
  6. The Designer will create a pdf for the entire booklet suitable for our website and give an electronic copy of the booklet to the Council.
  7.  The Designer will submit to the Arts Council a completed evaluation form.  The form will be provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and must be returned at the completion of the booklet project.

Thank you for your interest.  Please call our office if you have questions 218-745-8886 or email director@nwartscouncil.org

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