The Manager of Public Programs and Community Engagement is responsible for cultivating a vibrant community around the Oklahoma Contemporary campus through envisioning, developing, producing and evaluating innovative, creative and participatory public programs, activities, experiences and multi-faceted initiatives for visitors of all ages.
Essential Job Functions
- Confers with the Director of Education and Public Programs to identify and develop public program and community partnership strategies to support the goal to serve as a cultural resource and destination for Oklahoma City and the state.
- Leads the conceptualization, development and implementation of exhibition- and contemporary art-related public programs and experiences including, but not limited to, lectures, artist talks, symposia, films, gallery talks, performances, teen programs, college programs, community days, and new audience initiatives.
- Oversees the development and management of the Interactive Learning Gallery in collaboration with the Director of Education and Public Programs.
- Builds relationships with local, regional and national artists, scholars, thinkers and professionals within the fields of art, art history, film, design, architecture and other fields related to contemporary art.
- Maintains active contact with a variety of neighborhood leaders and organizations and seeks to collaborate with them in new and innovative ways. Possesses an interest in, and the ability to understand, the various dynamics at play in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods and develops personal relationships through spending time and being an effective listener and community partner.
- Participates in national dialogue about public programs and community engagement in museums/art centers. Remains aware and informed about current public program and lifelong learning research and best practices.
- Analyzes data to determine prospective users audiences, and potential funding sources for programs and partnerships.
- Prepares grant project narratives and reports for public programs in collaboration with Development staff.
- Evaluates public programs and community collaborations to assess quality and determines improvements needed in development and presentation of programs.
- Contributes to strategic plans for the organization that relate to the future of programs and community engagement.
- Possesses strong decision-making capabilities and a flexible nature to accommodate many ideas and working styles.
- Works closely with the Director of Education and Public Programs and Finance Department to draft the annual program budget and monitor expenses throughout the year ensuring adherence to budget.
- Works with Communications Department to produce key communications and promotional materials and shape the language used to describe programs and community engagement.
- Other duties as requested.
Essential Job Requirements and Qualifications
- Minimum of five to seven years of experience developing community partnerships and managing and facilitating public programs.
- Master’s degree or equivalent preferred; bachelor’s degree required.
- Demonstrated ability to both envision and execute a broad range of public programs and activities inspired by the exhibitions on view and contemporary art and artistic practice.
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks while managing time efficiently.
- Ability to articulate strategy and provide ongoing direction to implement that strategy.
- Strong interest in working to develop Oklahoma Contemporary’s relationships with currently underserved populations.
- Appreciates and relentlessly pursues the high level of excellence required in all aspects of operations.
- Promotes public space as a key democratic element of city life and believes that access to cultural and educational activities improves lives.
- Crisis resilient and comfortable with navigating the unexpected.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and public presentation skills.
- Experience in creating and sustaining productive relationships with senior leadership.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office required; experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Tessitura is a plus; able to navigate or learn other platforms as needed.
Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package which includes healthcare, dental, vision and retirement plan.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this job description is to be construed as a contract of employment. All job duties are subject to change as business needs necessitate.
Other Requirements and Working Conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use
- Use of a computer/monitor, telephone and copier daily
- Flexible schedule with ability to participate in evening or weekend events
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 50 lbs. - combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis
Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.
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