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    Manager, Arts and Cultural Engagement


    Manager, Arts and Cultural Engagement


    Organizational Overview: NACDI is a non-profit community development intermediary organization working within the urban American Indian community focused on community engagement and organizing, economic and community development, planning, training and education, and research.


    Job Summary: The Arts and Culture Engagement Manager will develop, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate a range of community arts and culture initiatives. These initiatives will be implemented by using creative community development strategies in collaboration with key agencies and partner organizations across the urban American Indian community.



    Chief Operating Officer of NACDI Exempt/Full-time


    Primary Duties and Responsibilities


    Community Engagement

    • Coordinate and manage arts and cultural programming

    • Coordinate and manage community events and programs with Native artists.

    • (Open Streets, Northern Sparks, Indian Month) especially along the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

    • Build relationships with non-Native and Native arts and cultural organizations, artists, and community members by attending meetings, public events, and initiating one on one contact.

    • Establish long-term and sustainable partnerships with funders, arts organizations, and cultural agencies to support the NACDI and other arts and cultural initiatives.

    • Develop and implement arts and culture educational and engagement activities for all-ages (tours, speaking presentations, workshops, etc.).

    • Recruit and oversee assistants, volunteers, and program participants related to arts and culture initiatives.

    • NACDI/AMRA point person for the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), including the design, organization, and execution of a bi-annual artists residency program held at the All My Relations Gallery.

    • Assist COO with all tasks, development, and promotion related to the Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE) cohort

    • Carry out other arts and culture engagement tasks as assigned by the COO

    • Assist with preparing relevant reports for the American Indian community and funders

    • Meet the expectations and produce the outcomes established in work plans co-created by the staff team with oversight of the Chief Operating Officer.


    Communications/Public Relations

    • Maintain www.nacdi.org and www.allmyrelationsarts.com website functionality

    • In coordination with other NACDI/AMRA staff, prepare, draft, and publish all online content as it pertains to NACDI

    • Post on NACDI/AMRA official social media channels two to three times per week.

    • Prepare, draft, and publish all advertisement material as it pertains to NACDI/AMRA and it’s programming

    • Prepare and update a press kit including media contacts, addresses, and high quality images

    • In coordination with COO, develop a marketing plan to expand and track NACDI/AMRA outreach to artists and broader community

    • Generate, edit, and publish weekly content including press releases, quarterly newsletters, social media content, and print materials to promote the initiatives, news, and outreach efforts of NACDI.

    • Prepare and submit for review all NACDI press releases, 5 - 8 per year


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Four-year degree or equivalent experience.

    • 2-4 years experience working in community development and/or arts and culture based organizations.

    • Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills.

    • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.

    • Proficient knowledge of the American Indian urban and tribal communities, particularly in Minnesota and the region.

    • Computer literacy with strong proficiency in database management, web-based communications, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    • Demonstrated success in project management and evaluation .

    • Must have personal transportation available for use, ability and willingness to travel as needed.

    • Must have excellent communication skills (both written and oral), be an effective speaker in front of groups and large crowds, and be able to interact well with NACDI staff, volunteers, artists, and the general public.

    • Proven ability to work well as a team member and to coordinate/assist diverse groups of people.

    • Demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.

    • Must be a critical thinker with the ability to self-educate and learn quickly on the job.

    • Flexible with ability to change gears quickly as needed and when new opportunities present themselves.

    • Strong leadership skills and the initiative and competence to manage and lead the outlined activities with limited supervision.

    • Passion for environmental, social, racial and economic justice.

    • Significant experience working with community groups, youth, and organizations.

    • Knowledge of various creative community development approaches, arts and culture public programming and the urban American Indian context.


    Preferred experience:

    • Strong knowledge of best art handling practices.

    • Experience in hanging/display and design of exhibitions.



    Hours: Office hours 9am to 5pm weekdays; evenings and/or weekends as needed


    Salary: $42,000 to $52,000, depending on qualifications. Includes benefits package.


    To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, references and one writing sample via e-mail to Robert Lilligren, NACDI President & CEO, at rlilligren@nacdi.org


    Posted until filled