The Roxbury Cultural District (RCD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Dudley Square, with the mission to identify and recognize Roxbury's cultural assets and establish the tools, strategies, resources, and spaces that elevate the community of Roxbury as a living repository of arts and cultural expression--past, present, and future.
In May 2017, the RCD was formally designated as a cultural district in the City of Boston by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Recognized by the Mayor and the City Council, the formation of the RCD fulfills a longstanding community goal and is the result of a two-year community effort by residents and community partners.
The RCD is guided by four locally driven goals that respond to the district’s unique conditions: activating assets and marketing community programming in order to celebrate and share Roxbury’s arts and cultural assets with expanded audiences; economic development; the built environment; and governance and sustainability. More specifically, the RCD will amplify existing arts and cultural programming and develop new large-scale public events; it will increase access to arts and culture for the residents of Roxbury and expand economic opportunity by increasing the number of visitors to the district. Programs will be open to Roxbury residents, to visitors, and to tourists.
The district has already cemented the effective collaboration among the more than 40 organizations and businesses involved in the effort: conducted a two-year inclusive community planning process; established a strong system of governance; documented existing community needs and opportunities of locally-owned businesses and artists; publicized Roxbury’s arts and cultural events through a digital calendar; and launched the district with a community celebration of performing arts.
This is an exciting time to work in the vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community of Roxbury. The RCD seeks a creative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial professional to develop, support, and strengthen the RCD’s goals as follows:
• Build strong relationships with key community stakeholders including, artists, businesses, cultural organizations, and city representatives to further the mission and vision of the RCD. This includes coordinating events and marketing; increase participation of local vendors and artists in support of economic development; enhancement of the RCD’s mission by being visible and active in the community; and the persistent communication of an exciting vision to all constituencies in a way that creates strong support and develops relationships with core supporters in the arts, culture, and funding communities.
• Implement a fund-raising strategy with a measurable plan for fundraising to meet agreed upon annual goals. This includes the nurturing and expansion of donor relationships among individuals, foundations, and businesses; actively and consistently identify, solicit, and administer funding prospects for RCD programs through grant writing, sponsorship requests, and donor relationship cultivation; researching grant/foundation sources and produce grant applications; implement the Annual Gala and develop fundraising events in addition to the Gala to help meet agreed upon fundraising goals.
• Develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy including serving as a spokesperson for the RCD and advocate for local arts and culture needs and goals. This will include developing marketing content; working with local and regional news, social media outlets, and community partners to accomplish marketing goals; the management of the website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to build awareness, promote the vision, and advertise the activities and programs; managing print and media campaigns, including the creation, development, execution and distribution of collateral materials including, but not limited to, membership materials, sponsorship opportunities, promotional materials, and newsletter.
• Responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration. This includes effective communication with the Board leadership and Board committees; preparation of financial statements, board materials, and committee and board minutes for review and approval; reporting to various funders; and processing of payments including, but not limited to, donations, sponsorships, vendors, and other payments.
- Excellent organizational skills, problem solving approach, and ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects with strong attention to detail with a commitment to goals and timelines.
- Excellent relationship management skills and the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and to build consensus across diverse constituencies.
- Demonstrated success in grant writing, strategic planning, program implementation, and communications and outreach experience.
- A strong desire to work in a small team with a big agenda and with a high degree of personal and professional integrity
- Strong written and interpersonal communications skills.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, detail-oriented, punctual, and responsible
- Available to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
• Strong entrepreneurial orientation and competency to think creatively and strategically about complex challenges and opportunities to advance the cultural and economic development agenda.
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, both in setting and achieving objectives as well as defining and implementing strategy, with minimal supervision.
• Strong writing, speaking and group facilitation skills, with an ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
• A strong background in: technology skills including Microsoft Office, Quickbooks and Adobe products; and marketing tools such as MailChimp, Squarespace, and other web-based applications.
- A combination of 5 to 10 years non-profit leadership and management experience and/or arts management experience.
- A Bachelor’s degree or significant experience in a non-profit arts organization.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.
To apply, send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
RCD seeks to build a staff that reflects the community in which we work and strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates.