The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center seeks a Program Director.

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC) of Worthington seeks a motivated arts professional to lead programmatic efforts in the visual and performing arts and arts education offerings for the multi-disciplinary arts center serving Worthington and the greater central Ohio region.

In this role you will work closely with the Executive Director in setting program priorities and spend time in the community building relationships with artists, arts educators, and arts organizations to bring a diverse offering of programs and events to the MAC. The Director will also manage the gallery exhibition schedule and devise arts education curriculum for year-round art classes for both youth and adults.

About the MAC: The McConnell Arts Center is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts center located in Worthington, Ohio in the historic former Worthington High School building. The MAC opened in 2009 through a partnership between Worthington Schools, the City of Worthington and the Worthington Arts Council, and has created a vibrant and dynamic arts program of the highest quality that is enjoyed by patrons throughout the central Ohio. Featuring established and emerging artists on view, on stage, and in class, the MAC provides exhibition and performance opportunities to local artists. Through diverse programming including art education classes, exhibitions, and live performances, the MAC builds connections between artists and the community in a comfortable setting, inspiring personal growth and promoting a well-rounded and balanced life.

The MAC remained open through most of the COVID-19 pandemic with limited programs and vacant positions remaining unfilled. As programs start to expand, we are working back toward a fully staffed team of 7 members with additional support from independent arts instructors and passionate volunteers. Benefits include vacation and sick time and access to a company sponsored healthcare plan, complimentary tickets to performances at the MAC and from our partners, and a flexible working environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate with partner organizations across Worthington and Columbus to create arts education opportunities at the MAC.
  • Develop course curriculum and recruit and contract instructors needed to teach each course.
  • Develop integrated programming across disciplines such as educational programs or lectures in conjunction with visual and performing artists presented.
  • Oversee the visual arts program, managing the schedule of exhibitions and events.
  • Lead the design and coordination of gallery exhibitions, serving as the lead point of contact to artists on view and those applying to exhibit.
  • Lead creative development of performance series through ticketed and free events.
  • Consult with producers, performers and partners to determine content in line with the MAC’s program priorities.
  • Work with local groups to provide outreach and engagement opportunities at and outside the MAC.
  • Build and manage the budget for program income and expense, ensuring documented revenue goals are met based on financial policies of the MAC
  • Recruit and supervise interns to support programmatic efforts.
  • Work with Executive Director and Development Director to identify additional sources of program revenue through sponsorship or other opportunities.
  • Represent the MAC to key stakeholders, educators, and artists and continue to broaden our artistic community through community engagement initiatives.

Program Expectations: The McConnell Arts Center presents programs through collaboration with local and regional artists. More a presenter than producer, the MAC works with existing performing arts groups, visual artists, and educators to bring a variety of free and ticketed events to the MAC. Arts education offerings vary from traditional weekly art classes to day-long intensive workshops and introductory instruction through outreach and engagement efforts. The visual arts series features the work of local artists and arts groups who live and work in the central Ohio region. Live performances range from venue rentals from local arts groups to MAC sponsored programs designed to attract a wide variety of audiences. MAC programs are also designed to work across disciplines to engage artists in new and exciting ways, bringing patrons into direct contact with artists and creators.

Work Environment: To perform this job successfully, you should be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The physical demands and work environment described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this role.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, you will be regularly required to use a computer and communicate with co-workers in an office environment. You will frequently need to stand or sit to complete work, make a presentation in front of an audience, and when supporting programs and events, you will need to lift and/or move up to 40 lbs.

Our Ideal Candidate: To be selected, you should be passionate about visual and performing arts programming and arts education, and have a career and academic history demonstrating that commitment. Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3-5 years professional program or arts management experience and an appreciation for community-driven initiatives. Personal artistic discipline is a plus, but not required. You should be goal-oriented and mission-driven. You should be comfortable and successful networking with artists and other arts professionals at galleries, performances, and other public events. Flexibility and creativity are essential qualities. An ability to motivate and guide instructors, interns and volunteers is essential as well working independently, managing self-directed weekly and monthly goals. You should have a great rapport with fellow staff and artists and the ability to work with all kinds of people. Most importantly, you should be a proactive communicator, friendly, approachable, and creative.

The MAC is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined in federal, state or local laws.

Salary range: $50,000-$57,000

Job classification: full-time

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to [email protected]larts.org. No phone calls please. Posting will remain active until position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted: June 23, 2021

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