Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
The Arts Manager is responsible for providing leadership and growth to OLCDC’s Arts Program. The Director will be responsible for leading, executing, and securing the necessary resources, partnerships, and artistic relationships in furthering the City of Opa-Locka becoming one of the region’s arts and cultural destinations. He/she will be primarily responsible for serving as OLCDC’s project manager for the installation of art in the public realm. Oversee execution of major art installations by proactively interacting with the artist team, the city, staff, and, others whose timely participation is required. Our goal is not to limit OLCDC to just the city of Opa Locka but also to consider working with other surrounding cities who may also be interested in furthering the Arts in their community.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Understand and keep track of the several major initiatives that are underway at any given time. Set priorities, coordinating
with others when appropriate, in the interest of devoting sufficient attention to major initiatives.
• Take the lead in developing and promoting the Karg collection exhibition.
• Take the lead as well as participate in attracting public and philanthropic funds to support OLCDC’s arts initiatives, which
include public art installations, community arts programming, exhibits and performance events, and artist housing.
• Contribute to the writing of proposals and progress reports for donors
• Oversee follow through to assure quality proposals are produced with sufficient time to meet grant deadlines
• Maintain relationships with donors, keeping them informed about the projects they are supporting
• Maintain an updated summary of major and minor public art projects and programs, together with potential funding
sources, cost ranges, and timeline.
• Work with the Executive team to develop strategies for approaching potential donors for their support
• Maintain electronic files of standard information, project blurbs, financial data, bios, etc.
• Hold regular team coordination meetings, with follow-up assignments clearly articulated
• Draft written descriptions of artists’ deliverables (including in-process reviews and status reports) for inclusion in OLCDC
contracts with them; prepare and monitor budgets for art installations that take into consideration all costs for artwork, site
preparation, and installation.
• Convene regular meetings of key players as appropriate, seeking to identify early in the process any needs for additional
information, permissions, permits, and to assure coordination of in-kind services provided by the City of Opa-Locka.
• Establish and maintain frequent and effective communication between OLCDC, contracted artists, and others involved in
site preparation and installation. Identify issues well in advance of their becoming problems and find a solution or bring to
the attention of the CEO or COO if the resolution requires their participation.
• Understand and keep track of several major initiatives that are underway at any given time. Set priorities in the interest of
devoting sufficient attention to major initiatives.
• Stay on top of artist contracts, invoicing, and prompt payment, assuring that invoices are paid promptly.
• Assure financial reporting requirements for grants are met in a timely and accurate manner.
• Work with the Executive team in the development and implementation of a 5-year strategic plan for the Arts.
• Coordinate with the Executive team the managing and promoting the Karg Collection at OLCDC.
The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating public art exhibitions or installations
• Minimum Bachelors degree in architecture, planning, design, engineering, arts management, or related field; with at least
five years’ project management experience in the art field
• Self-starter, team leader who can cross disciplines, facilitates collaboration.
• Highly organized, motivated to achieve results
• Innovative problem-solver, able to work independently but with mature judgment about when and how to bring issues to
the attention of COO.
• Team experience facilitating and leading successful projects with tangible results.
• Demonstrated commitment to working in low-income communities and advancing African Diaspora Art
• Compelling written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Manage time strategically, improving efficiencies.
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Flexibility and a “can-do” attitude are musts.
• Willingness to learn and take on new challenges.