Outreach/Education, Production Services, Programming
FirstWorks seeks a Program Manager to coordinate the development and operations of the FirstWorks Season including The Artistic Icons and Frontier Series, arts learning, and PVDFest. S/he reports to the Executive Artistic Director, who sets the curatorial direction, on the development, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of programs.
FirstWorks is a fast-paced non-profit arts organization that enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs. Candidates will be considered for either a full-time position with benefits or ¾ time position. Job includes some evenings and weekends. Start Date: January 2019
Scope of responsibilities includes:
Assist EAD in researching and curating FirstWorks season
Serve as overall project manager for the PVD Fest, coordinating with staff, City, and partners
Build and strengthen relationships with community partners and artists
Create backgrounders and communications materials on artists and projects
Generate artist contracts and assist in negotiations
Screen/respond to booking inquiries from artists and agents
Maintain artist database and production calendar
Track program budgets and monitor projected expense
Preview local artist performances
Provide programming support to donor events
Oversee evaluation and documentation
Create production schedules, distribute and coordinate production staff
Coordinate venues for performance and engagement activities
Develop Festival work plan, Asana communications, and schedule of performances
Track the details of all artist contracts and tech riders
Work to negotiate and fulfill artist production requirements, within budget
Coordinate all requirements/details with venue technical director/staff
Provide or secure stage and/or house management at FirstWorks events
Oversee on-site front of house, signage plan and installation
Manage artist hospitality
Coordinate Artist transport, including curb-to-curb delivery, vehicle rentals, reservations
Work with Education & Community Coordinator to plan and implement engagement activities
Marketing & Fundraising
Provide information about artists and programs for grants and reports
Maintain knowledge of the organization’s Strategic Plan, and participate in its implementation
Compile and edit artist descriptions
Coordinate performers for promotional appearances
Assist in developing marketing campaigns
Assist in developing sponsorship proposals, attending sponsor meetings as requested
To apply: Submit cover letter, resume and writing and/or work sample to email@example.com. Position will remain open until filled.
3-4 years experience in performing arts/program development and management as well as production, logistics and/or stage management
Broad knowledge of performing arts
Excellent writing skills (writing samples to be provided)
Facility and knowledge of Powerpoint, Asana (project management programs), and excel
Experience negotiating and managing contracts
Good communication skills
Excellent organizational skills & attention to detail
Effective computer skills and facility with databases and spreadsheets
A team player willing to roll up sleeves and help the organization thrive
FirstWorks presents world-class performing arts programs that
build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community.
Since 2004, FirstWorks festivals, performances and programs have attracted more than 400,000 participants.
The FirstWorks Arts Learning Program reaches more than 4,000 students from public and charter schools across Rhode Island with transformative arts-based learning experiences. FirstWorks is Founding Partner for PVDFest, partnering with the City of Providence to produce an international arts celebration held each June that draws tens of thousands of visitors to Providence to experience music, art and spectacular performances.
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