The Mass Cultural Council is the state agency responsible for cultivating a rich cultural life for Massachusetts communities through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy work. We are currently seeking an individual for the position of Program Manager in the Community Initiative.
The Community Initiative staff supports the Local Cultural Council program, the Cultural District initiative, and the Festival program and engages municipalities and other partners through a regional approach. The position reports to the Community Initiative Program Manager and works closely with four Program Officers.
The position will serve as the primary staff contact for Cultural Districts and Local Cultural Councils in two regions, be primarily responsible for managing the Cultural District Initiative, and will play an important role coordinating the team’s support of the Cultural Compact Program. Because the agency is dynamic and responsive, over time, the workload will change and a flexible attitude is crucial.
Regional Staff Contact
The Program Manager will serve as the primary contact for Cultural Districts (CDs) and Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) in two regions and should be able to communicate clearly and effectively, successfully establish relationships with constituents, offer high levels of customer service, diplomatically handle sensitive situations, and respond to constituent requests while meeting other important deadlines. The Program Manager will:
- Assist in the development and administration of services and programs for CDs and LCCs
- Respond to inquiries from CD and LCC volunteers, staff, applicants, partners, and municipal officials.
- Work to support smooth administration of the Cultural District Initiative and LCC Programs on the local level.
Cultural District Initiative
The Program Manager will be responsible for the Cultural District initiative, will serve as staff contact to districts in their assigned regions, and will provide guidance to the Program Officers as they support the Cultural Districts in their regions. The Program Manager will:
- Manage the administration of the Cultural Districts designation process from inception to completion, including protocol design and execution
- Identify and cultivate potential cultural districts.
- Manage grant application processes, including guideline development, grant review and administration, grant notifications, and annual reporting requirements.
- Select, train, and manage a roster of site visitors that assist the designation process.
The Mass Cultural Council launched a pilot of the Cultural Compacts in six communities in FY18. The Program Manager will play a key role in coordinating, tracking, and evaluating the Cultural Compact work moving forward, this includes:
- Work with the supervising Program Manager and Community Team to develop systems, procedures, and timelines to support and track the Cultural Compact work in communities.
- Coordinate the Community team’s outreach to, support of, and activities with the compact communities as well as the execution of compact related activities such as meetings, signing ceremonies, community convening’s etc.
- Ensure all materials, timelines, logistical details attended to or produced by the team members are complete, accurate, and have the necessary approvals and staffing.
- Represent the Mass Cultural Council in a wide range of public settings, meetings, events, conferences, etc.
- Play an active role in agency wide activities and initiatives
- Other duties mutually agreed
The above position description is a high level summary of the responsibilities. We will provide more detailed information during the interview process.
Qualifications – Please consider applying if…
1. You have ten or more years relevant work experience including 3 to 5 years in a managerial capacity. Relevant experience can include work in areas such as:
- Municipal government
- Cultural organizations
- Arts administration
- Grantmaking and grants management
- Community Development or organizing
- Economic Development
2. You have worked in and with communities to effect change.
3. If you have experience in research/data analysis and/or a background in assessment/evaluation that is a plus, but not required.
4. You are willing to work occasional nights and weekends, knowing that the agency is committed to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. You have a driver’s license and are want to travel in state (you don't have to own a car).
Required Skills - We are looking for someone that…
- Is committed to practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Can successfully build relationships with and between a wide variety of constituents.
- Has excellent writing and communication skills – i.e. public speaking, interpersonal, diplomacy, and negotiation.
- Is a skilled presenter, trainer, and facilitator.
- Provides excellent customer or constituent support.
- Has strong administrative, organizational, and time management skills.
- Works well as part of a team.
- Manages details well under pressure.
- Is proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel/Access.
Starting Date: July 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Applicants should provide:
1. A letter of interest
2. A résumé
Email materials to email@example.com with the subject line “Community Program Manager Search”.
Please attach letter of interest and resume as one Word or PDF document. Do not send materials as text within an email. You may address your letter of interest to “Community Program Manager Search Committee”.
Material review will begin on June 5 but position will remain open until filled.