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Sod House Theater Looking for Managing Director

Managing Director, Sod House Theater

Reports to: Artistic Directors

Sod House Theater seeks to hire a Managing Director to help build sustainable processes with budgets, strategic goals and fund development. This position is 15 to 20 hours per week and collaborates and reports to the Artistic Directors.

Sod House’s mission is to bring theater experiences to greater Minnesota residents that are high-quality, relevant and accessible, and that inspire people to embrace theater as a powerful vehicle for individual and communal reflection. Sod House chooses works that are germane to the communities in which they are presented, and perform them in venues that are connected to the community’s history. They work with both professional artists based in the Twin Cities and local artists from host communities to create and present the work. The resulting theater experiences are transformational for artists and audiences alike. Their ultimate goal is that after these communities experience their productions, they will be inspired to support theater productions in the future and embrace theater as a part of a reflective and thoughtful life.

Since its founding in 2012 by Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen, Sod House Theater has produced and successfully toured an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Durrenmatt’s The Visit, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a newly developed piece entitled The Hoopla Train: Yard Master Yip and His Polkastraand Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Since its inception, Sod House has received nearly a half a million dollars for summer tours and has performed to over 20,000 Minnesota residents.

The Position: The Managing Director is responsible for Sod House Theater’s financial objectives, including Fund Development, Grants and the Annual Budget. Additionally, the Managing Director, in close coordination with the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors, is responsible for strategic planning and goal setting, developing and managing budgets and organizational systems; and day-to-day operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

Fund Development (60%):Create a comprehensive development plan that includes government, private foundation, corporate, and individual donor support:

  • Implement strategies outlined in the development plan, including donor research and prospecting, relationship building, grant writing and reporting, and event planning
  • Maintain an accurate and up to date donor database that reflects and helps to build donor relations in all areas
  • Maintain an accurate grant calendar including narrative writing, organizational data and history, financial data, work samples and demographic data
  • Develop and implement a planned giving program and work with board to enhance
  • development efforts
  • Write and submit all interim and final reports, as well as any associated requests for payment

Financial Management (25%):Manage the annual budget and finances:

  • Oversee budget, financial reporting, annual audit, contract management and insurance.
  • Work with the AD and BOD to prepare annual operating budget and meet projected goals throughout the year
  • Manage all financial reporting to the IRS, MN Department of Revenue, Secretary of State and Attorney General
  • Jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents
  • Manage staff and production payroll
  • Manage all accounts payable and receivable operations
  • Maintain book-keeping and payroll

Communications and Marketing (15%): Work with Artistic Directors and Board of Directors to ensure strong communications to strengthen SHT’s marketing strategies:

  • Collaborate with the Artistic Directors, consultants, Board, greater MN contacts, and performers to gather stories and statistics that demonstrate the organization’s work to funders and the general public.
  • Collaborate with consultants and Artistic staff on online content.

Education, Experience and Abilities:The desired candidate will have some or all of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) required, or three years’ experience in performing arts management.
  • Demonstrated success in securing major and annual gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting annual fund goals, development management, grant writing, sponsorships and special events.
  • Demonstrated track record with respect to detail orientation and accuracy
  • Knowledge of Twin Cities and Minnesota philanthropic communities and granting organizations.
  • Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor tracking systems
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing.

Compensation:Part time salary of $25,000

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Darcey Engen, Artistic Director, Sod House Theater engen@augsburg.edu

Deadline: Position open until filled

Job Opening for Exhibition Coordinator at NDMOA

Interested in working at an art museum?

The North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks has a position opening

Job Description: Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator
Opening: August 2019
Applications accepted now with on the job training beginning summer 2019.
The North Dakota Museum of Art researches, collects, conserves and exhibits works of contemporary art. The Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator is responsible for supporting the mission, vision and philosophy of the Museum as it pertains to the above actions. The position will interpret and display objects of artistic and historical importance, with the additional responsibility of carrying out and documenting the following activities:
Object entry and acquisition of new and existing works in the collection
Management of all incoming and outgoing artworks
Care of physical objects and storage procedures
Digital photography documentation of the collection and exhibitions
Crating, packing, and coordinating the shipping of exhibition materials
Preparing objects for exhibition by matting, framing or mounting, including performing condition reports on all artwork for exhibitions and the collection
Exhibitions installation of 2 and 3-dimensional and audio/visual projects
Exhibition tour management of statewide and national traveling exhibitions
Organize and maintain off-site storage facilities
Management of insurance coverage of art collection
Interpretation and advice on legal and regulatory issues
Ability to gain proficiency in the Museum’s permanent collection database
Knowledge of best practices of contemporary display techniques (lighting, audio/video installation, hanging artwork)

Some general building upkeep and maintenance

Email your resume and cover letter to Matthew Wallace at mwallace@ndmoa.com.

Job Openings at MCA: Applications Due Soon!

Job Openings at MCA:
Applications Due Soon
MCA is staffing up for the coming year. There are big challenges ahead, including:

  • keeping the arts in front of candidates during the election with candidate questionnaires, educational events, and other projects
  • preparing for the next appropriations session that will determine the next two years of arts funding, and
  • producing the 2019 Creative Minnesota report.

Two positions are open (and note that the Field Worker posting ends in just a few days).

MCA GRASSROOTS FIELD WORKER

The deadline for applications is due soon!

The position is full time (40hrs.wk) and will begin in July and last for 11 months. Salary $2500/month for 11 months.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes the arts community to lobby the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress. Our mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts.

Working closely with staff and board, the Field Worker will be a part of organizing the arts community for the 2019 legislative session. The Field Worker’s duties include, but are not limited to, compiling legislative surveys, organizing legislative coffee parties, mass mailings, candidate forums, moderating public meetings, arts all-star award events and drumming up calls and letters at pivotal moments. The Field Worker will also participate in the day-to-day workings of the office and will assist the Executive Director as needed.

This person must be alert, flexible, and willing to work on changing projects that become identified during the year to reach our goals at the Legislature. Applicants must have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to greater Minnesota, although the majority of time will be spent at the office.

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

A qualified applicant would possess the following skills:

  • Interest in, experience with, and an understanding of the state legislature and Minnesota’s political process and experience in community organizing.
  • Good communication skills, especially when speaking to crowds or with people on the phone.
  • Experience and interest in working with a non-profit board and the arts community.
  • College degree preferred, but not required if experienced.
  • An organized, self-starting, positive personality with a sense of humor.
  • Filemaker and database system Powerpoint preferably experience with Apple Computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Computer literacy.

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP

Applications Due July 20

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 July, 2018. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $9.00/hr.

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  advocates 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.

Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, is about to conduct the 2019 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 a new report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015 and 2017, documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also begin to 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 gain 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 2019 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2019.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations 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. For both positions, please mail or email résumé and cover letter to:

Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220

St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org


Searching for new Showcase Specialist: deadline June 1

Are you interested in joining the team at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council?  We are hiring our contract workers for FY 2019!

NWMAC’s three contract positions:

  • Showcase Specialist
  • Promotions/Marketing Specialist
  • Networking/Training Specialist

Each contract is a maximum of $16,000 from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.  The pay scale is specialist at $25.00 per hour and a government rate for mileage reimbursement.  These positions are flexible based on your own schedule to complete the work listed in the contract.  You work from your home on your personal equipment.  You are not an employee.

Right now, in May, our office is receiving letters of interest and resumes from candidates to be considered for these three positions.   We are especially searching for the Showcase Specialist since that position will be vacant.   Note:  Our gallery is in East Grand Forks so distance from EGF will be a factor due to budget constraints.

How to apply?  Write a letter that states your interest and qualifications to complete the tasks, and send your resume.  You can email your information to Director@NWArtsCouncil.org or mail your information to our office at NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN  56762.   All materials are due by June 1, 2018.    All contracts will begin July 1, 2018.

Showcase Specialist tasks:  (Please email our office for a more detailed list of tasks if you are interested.)

  • Riverwalk Gallery:  Coordinate eight different gallery showcases and receptions in East Grand Forks.   Update the publications section of our gallery with new brochures and printouts, etc.
  • Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit:  Assist with the display set-up and Artist Reception for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit in Badger in April 2019.
  •  Traveling Show:  Select pieces, arrange tour,  move the exhibit throughout the library locations.  Distribute booklets.
  • E-newsletter:  Create a monthly artist opportunities e-newsletter in Constant Contact.
  • Media:  Design marketing pieces, press releases and media announcements for showcase projects .
  • Artist Training: Share information with artists on our training and opportunities.  Bring forward ideas for more workshops/training for artists based on their feedback.
  • Three anticipated extra activities outside our region: Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Bemidji MN in June 2019.  Arts Advocacy Day in St Paul in February 2019.  RAC’s of MN Staff Retreat in St Cloud in August of 2018.  All these events need contract staff to write to the board for approval of pre-approved maximum for time/travel used within contract or in additional to contract.
  • Provide a print-out of your completed work activities for Arts Council meetings in Nov and June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.   Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Promotions Specialist tasks:

  • Continual website updates and coordination
  • Continue to develop and increase our promotion on social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
  • Attend the NWMAC Artist Reception annually to take pictures and post to our social media about the event. Attend other events locally as schedule and budget permits to promote and announce our/their activities.
  • Complete a once a month e-newsletter with information for organizations.
  • Improve the NWMAC on-line directory, Artist of NW Minnesota booklet, and include only updated relevant information.
  • Arrange for one artist or arts leader monthly to talk about their artform on our radio spot as a feature. Coordinate all weekly radio guests and our staff including communication with the radio station and guests to ensure that they are informed and available.
  • Work with the Training Specialist to market workshops through our e-newsletter, flyers to libraries/arts locations, word of mouth, and press release announcements. Inform participants about workshop specifics and provide technical assistance to individuals involved in the process of business development.
  • Continue to create a platforms and campaigns for individuals and businesses to give charitable donations to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through GiveMN.
  • Work with groups to get their information into Explore Minnesota Tourism. Learn the Explore Minnesota Tourism system.  Put NWMAC announcements on the site.
  • Use Remind App for announcements.
  • Create two six-month reports for the NWMAC Board of Directors on statistics related to promotion and marketing. Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Training Specialist tasks:  (email for a detailed list of tasks)

  • Teaching Artist Roster Training: coordinate and conduct Fall 2018 training sessions in Warren and Roseau.
  • Theater Tech training and theater skills training day/conference coordination
  • Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshop series in Warren.    Coordinate and attend.
  • Minnesota’s Creative Northwest network meetings in Thief River Falls monthly for one hour, and branching out to more communities throughout the contract year.  Coordinate/attend.
  • Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.  Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

 

Applications Open for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Executive Director

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Organization Overview

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is a nonprofit organization serving formal and informal groups with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000, and artists in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils throughout the state of Minnesota. For info about MRAC: https://mrac.org/about/.

Position Description

The next Executive Director will lead MRAC in their efforts to manage and maintain a highly effective grant-making system, work to advance and deepen the organization’s commitment to racial equity, lead and develop staff, and represent MRAC throughout the seven-county metropolitan area. The Executive Director will advance a shared vision for the organization, provide decisive leadership on the strategic direction of our work, and represent MRAC to a wide and diverse range of artists, constituents, stakeholders, and other Regional Arts Councils throughout Minnesota. As an engaged and dynamic leader, the Executive Director must be knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of art, grant making and racial equity, and collaborate with Board and staff to innovate and guide the future work of MRAC.

To Apply

Visit their website here for detailed information about the position and how to apply.

Position will remain open until filled. Submit information by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 to be considered in the first screening. Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, and include a description of racial equity work experience, as one .pdf document (maximum of 6 pages) to hr@mrac.org. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt. Questions about the search can be directed to Melissa Martinez-Sones at Meyer Consulting: melissa@meyerconsulting.org. Finalists will be required to complete a background check.