The Assistant Director for Arts Programming is responsible for visioning, developing, leveraging, delivering, and evaluating arts programs. The person in this role will work closely with the Director of Community Programming, the Arts Program Coordinator (who reports to the ADAP and manages the operations of the Crossings Gallery), other HPAC and Ed Portal staff, and a myriad of other internal and external collaborators on program development.
The Assistant Director for the Arts will be responsible for events and programs including exhibitions, performances, festivals, special events, talks, film screenings, public art, art-making opportunities, and/or scholarships and free/subsidized ticket offerings. While the primary audience for this free programming is the Allston-Brighton community, the Arts Program team also works to make north Allston-Brighton a cultural destination that attracts an audience from beyond the neighborhood. Another key programmatic focus of the ADAP role is identifying opportunities to support and amplify local artists, creatives, and cultural workers, often in close collaboration with the Ed Portal's economic and workforce development staff.
Alongside these two strands of programming (free, public programming, and programming focused on professional development for creatives), the ADAP serves as a strategic leader and point person for internal and external partners working to activate the Western Ave. corridor and focused on community engagement through an arts and culture lens. The person in this role may occasionally be tapped by internal colleagues to serve as a subject area expert in placemaking, public realm and public art, and the local and city-wide arts community. The ADAP acts as a representative of HPAC across the University and of Harvard to a broad range of external stakeholders and the general public. The ADAP works with other members of the Ed Portal team to develop cross-cutting programs and to ensure logistics and operations go smoothly. Administrative and operational considerations include coordinating the scheduling of events and programs, budgeting and managing finances and contracts, gathering and interpreting data, developing relevant systems and processes, supporting marketing efforts, and supporting Harvard arts partners (such as offices and departments) and community arts partners (including both artists and non-profits) in the delivery of programs.
Candidate Profile: The Assistant Director for Arts Programming position requires a person with a varied set of competencies and traits. An ideal candidate for the role would be able to:
Move quickly and frequently between topics and tasks (ex. from program planning to relationship management) and from small details to strategic thinking.
Communicate thoughtfully in written and verbal form with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including University faculty and senior staff, artists, members of the public, and more; listening carefully and responding sincerely to all stakeholders.
Balance and blend creative visioning and an experimental mindset with analytical rigor and competence in operationalizing ideas.
Work flexibly and effectively to collaborate in and with diverse teams, with a sustained focus on purpose and mission.
Effectively steward ideas from concept to execution, with attention to detail, capacity to work independently, and a strong sense of responsibility.
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications is committed to diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission. Harvard University Benefits Package Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holidays: Harvard offers 3 (union roles) - 4 (exempt) weeks paid vacation, a paid holiday break between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days each year. Medical/Dental/Vision Benefit: Harvard offers a variety of excellent medical, dental, and vision plans which all begin on the first day of employment. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted study options through participating Harvard Graduate Schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as parking options to assist employees in their daily commute to campus. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. There are also fee-based athletic facility memberships available at various locations around the university for employees.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree or higher
A minimum of five years of work experience, including demonstrated success with project management
Computer literacy, including with Microsoft Office and databases
The ability to manage relationships (including those that may be complex), and excellent judgement
A demonstrated interest managing staff and commitment to growth as a manager
Experience programming and/or producing large-scale events, preferably arts events
A broad knowledge of the arts and culture field in Boston, and preferably some depth of knowledge in one or more performing arts disciplines
Curiosity, flexibility, and comfort with change
A positive and pro-active approach to working through challenges
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50737BR
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