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Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Volunteer & Internship Coordinator with Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Employer: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: November 21, 2017


Overview: The Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a regular full time non-exempt position, reporting to the COO. Primary responsibilities are to assist with a wide range of Finance/Admin Department related office functions in addition to coordinating the volunteer program.

Maintaining an efficient, organized Chief Operating Officer’s office:
• Manages the appointment schedule and notifies COO in advance of schedule changes to ensure an efficient work day.
• Assembles correspondence, files and other materials in preparation for meetings so that the meetings are run in an organized fashion.
• Exercises sound judgment, tact and courtesy when answering telephone calls, emails and correspondence for the Chief Operating Officer maintaining a professional image of the office.
• Provides information/answers to routine inquiries from community groups, representatives of organizations, city agency directors/employees and the general public not requiring the Chief Operating Officer’s attention to ensure information is disseminated in a timely manner.
• Maintains personal and confidential files so that sensitive information is kept up to date.
• Writes and types letters, reports, emails, etc. involving a variety of materials and situations so the office remains organized.
• Routes and controls correspondence, information or work instructions to staff; control responses to items requiring action to ensure all deadlines are met.
• Maintains files/binders of the Chief Operating Officer to ensure information is accessible and current.
• Reconciles monthly credit card reports, providing proper account coding and receipts via Tallie.

Provide team work environment with general office functions:
• Relieves receptionist of front desk responsibilities resulting in a team approach that promotes cross training.
• Assists with special projects to guarantee information is disseminated in a timely manner.

Provide support to the Finance/Admin/HR Department:
• Serve as back-up to Director of HR for processing bi-weekly payroll.
• Serve as the Account Administrator for Docusign in addition to BOPA’s Contracts Administrator.
• Assist the Finance department by reconciling weekly deposit reports via

Organize professional meetings for BOPA events:
• Contacts others to schedule dates or conferences for the Chief Operating Officer.
• Prepares meeting agendas, notices, minutes and follow-up material per the directive of the Chief Operating Officer.
• Disseminates agendas or other pertinent information to meeting attendees.

Create and maintain permit and special events calendars:
• Keeps Chief Operating Officer informed of non-BOPA events for planning purposes.
• Tracks permits authorized by the Chief Operating Officer.

Assist HR Director with building a vibrant volunteer corps to assist with the organizations’ events:
• Communicates with BOPA staff to determine their volunteer needs.
• Outreach to current and potential volunteers for BOPA events through internet, social media, clubs and organizations, etc. to recruit and communicate volunteer opportunities to all volunteers.
• Maintain a volunteer database so that a corps of people can be engaged in BOPA events.
• Identifies a working relationship with other volunteer organizations resulting in wider reach to new audiences for upcoming events.
• Create and maintain community and school volunteer outreach programs to increase the volunteer base.
• Create and send out periodic email blasts to potential volunteers to engage volunteers on a regular basis.
• Arrange volunteer appreciation events/opportunities to engage current volunteers and reward them for their time donated to the organization.
• Write and communicate detailed information and procedures to volunteers of an event in order to clarify roles, responsibilities and standards.
• Correspond via email, social media, mail or phone with explicit instructions of where to park, what times to report and what duties they will be assigned to so that volunteers are efficient and knowledgeable about their job.
• Answer any and all questions volunteers may have on their assignments to ensure clear direction of their role.
• Ensure that critical volunteer roles are filled as much as practical.
• Match volunteers with positions that require specific skills or experience.
• Manage volunteer headquarters at events for check-in and monitors on-site fulfillment of volunteer positions, making adjustments on-site as needed to ensure a well-run, positive and safe event.
• Create and distribute post-event surveys to volunteers regarding their experience.

Assist HR Director with maintaining and building a successful collegiate internship program:
• Recruit students from colleges and universities to participate in a semester internship.
• Work with BOPA staff to determine the need and work load of the intern resulting in a defined role of the intern and positive experience.
• Arrange interview appointments for potential students of the internship positions to properly select a qualified candidate.
• Conduct the interview of the potential intern with BOPA staff to ensure all office policies and expectations are reviewed.
• Provide parking locations, report times and general office information; providing clarity on their internship role and responsibilities.
• Update Intern Handbook to ensure consistency with BOPA Employee Handbook.

Assist HR Director with hiring production assistants (PAs) for festivals:
• Recruit, interview, conduct reference checks, and hire staff that provides a consistent, high quality level of support to Festival Director, Festival Coordinators, Chief Financial Officer and other BOPA staff at Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, Light City and other special events.
• Issue contracts and new hire paperwork to ensure that all legal requirements are met.
• Submit check requests as needed with appropriate back-up to ensure that PAs are reimbursed for parking/other expenses in a timely fashion post-event.

• Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills
• Proficient in MS Word and Excel
• Database experience preferred
• General knowledge of computer operations and database programs
• Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment a must

Salary range is mid 30’s with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and employer paid Health Savings Account, dental, vision, 403B Retirement plan with employer match, free parking or monthly transit pass and more.

Application Process
Email cover letter and resume (with applicant’s name and job title in subject line) as one pdf document to: No phone calls please.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Director of Cultural Affairs with Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Employer: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: November 21, 2017


Overview: The Director of Cultural Affairs for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. This position is responsible for meeting the organization’s mission to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by developing, implementing, and directing cultural arts initiatives. BOPA is the city’s designated arts council charged with engaging city residents and arts organizations by providing public programs, funding opportunities, and professional support.

• Develop and administer strategic initiatives to enhance and support arts institutions, organizations, programs and individual artists throughout the city of Baltimore.
• Provide guidance and information on financial, legislative, political and creative issues affecting the arts in the City at the local, state, regional, national and international level so that artist and arts organization have a strong channel of communication.
• Oversee special cultural projects and activities including, but not limited to, arts education programs such as Bright Starts, Artist in Residence and the Baltimore Mural program creating innovative and engaging opportunities for the public to participate in the arts.
• Direct the activities of the 1% for Public Art program by administering the staff and resources to support an effective and engaged Public Art Commission and public art program. Direct and implement the annual Free Fall Baltimore program, including, but not limited to, generating the call for proposals, distributing grants, updating the website, and collecting final reports.
• Oversee the annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize and related exhibitions to provide local/regional visual artists with opportunities to exhibit their work to the public.
• Implement and manage grants and contractual agreements with non-profit and community organizations and individual artists to provide arts programs in the community.
• Work closely with the Development Department to identify grant opportunities for re-granting as well as grants for programs produced by the cultural affairs department.
• Provide overall direction for the cultural affairs marketing initiatives including website, social media, blog, and traditional promotions to create an exciting and broad communication mechanism for the arts.
• Initiate and produce annual Mayor’s Cultural Town Meeting creating a public forum for the arts community.
• Provide technical assistance in all areas of arts administration and programming.
• Serve as a liaison with other cities, municipalities, and organizations interested in local cultural activities. As needed, serve as an ex officio on non-profit and government boards and advisory committees to ensure strong communication and council to the arts community. Plan, market and oversee special cultural art events and promotions.
• Manage Cultural Affairs department and staff ensuring a collegial and productive work environment.
• Oversee the program and administration of the School 33 Art Center including, but not limited to exhibitions, artist studio rental and mentor program, art classes, fundraisers, special events, and requisite staff.
• Develop, implement and monitor all program budgets for Cultural Affairs to ensure adequate funding and resources.
• Oversee and implement the artistic components of the annual Artscape festival including, but not limited to, visual arts and performing arts, creating an entertaining and exciting experience for the 350,000+ attendees to the event.
• Provide arts administration and programming assistance to artists and art organizations through workshops, grants, fundraising, etc.
• Increase awareness of public art by encouraging and promoting new construction, city-sponsored capital improvement projects, and redevelopment.
• Represent the office at local and state-wide meetings and national conventions and conferences.

Other Duties as Assigned
• Participates in all staff support during BOPA events and festivals;
• Displays leadership within BOPA and to external partners
• Completes other projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Undergraduate degree required; MFA or similar advanced degree highly preferred
• 5 or more years of experience in non-profit fundraising
• Ability to think strategically with strong organizational skills
• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• Ability to attract and lead a diverse staff and constituencies

• Salary commensurate with experience
• BOPA offers a robust benefits package including medical, vision, dental, life, 403B retirement plan with employer match, vacation, sick leave, and transportation subsidy
• Intrinsic benefits include a front row seat to the visual and performing arts throughout Baltimore City and the region

Application Process
Submit cover letter and resume (with your name and job title in subject line) as one pdf document by November 27, 2017 to: No Phone Calls Accepted

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Museum Director with Captain Avery Museum

Employer: Captain Avery Museum
Location: Shady Side
Date of post: November 20, 2017


Overview: Effective leader with exceptional development/fundraising experience sought for position as Director of the Captain Avery Museum (

Major responsibilities include fund raising, grant writing public relations and external communication. The Director reports to the Board, serves as Museum’s primary community representative and oversees Museum operations.

Required: Bachelor’s degree; 3-5 years development and public relations experience and excellent writing/editing, organizational and budget skills. Ideal candidate will also possess non-profit management experience, preferably with a museum, and knowledge of /keen interest in the Chesapeake Bay and its history.

This is a half-time position at a salary of $ 30,000, with the possibility of becoming full time.  See detailed position description at


Submit cover letter, resume and references  to: Captain Avery Museum, PO Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764 or CAPTAINAVERYDIRECTOR@GMAIL.COM.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic art with The Walters Art Museum

Employer: The Walters Art Museum
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: October 31, 2017


Overview: The Walters Art Museum seeks a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Islamic art, to be fully integrated into the daily working environment of the Curatorial staff and work closely with the Curator of Islamic and South & Southeast Asian art. In addition, s/he will collaborate with conservators and educators in service of the museum and its mission. The fellow has access to the museum collections, research libraries both within the museum and in the region, and enjoys all the professional privileges afforded other museum staff members.

The fellow will divide her/his time between general curatorial work and specific research projects. General curatorial activities will include cataloguing the Islamic collections; research and plan for the reinstallation of Islamic art; and participate in exhibition projects. The fellow will also be expected to participate in the museum’s education and public programs, and deliver public lectures and gallery talks. The fellow will receive an annual stipend and a travel allowance.

Education: PhD or equivalent with demonstrated experience in the history of  Islamic art. Candidates with a PhD or equivalent in Middle Eastern Studies, and a strong interest in visual arts or visual culture are also encouraged to apply.



  • Experience working in museum, gallery, or academic institution during or following the completion of doctoral studies.
  • Demonstrated fluency in English, both in terms of writing and speaking, as well as fluency in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or other language(s) necessary for scholarship.
  • Excellent writing skills and record of scholarly publications
  • Facility with recent ideas and methods common to the practice of art history and/or other academic disciplines related to the study of the arts
  • An ability to negotiate, to think strategically, and to advocate for a particular course of action
  • Able to communicate comfortably and confidently with members of the public, with academic/museum peer groups, with museum funders, and with other museum staff.
  • Able to travel internationally

We offer an attractive benefits package. For consideration, send a completed application to  Applications deadline date is are due January 5th, 2018

Applications must include the following materials: 1) A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the fellowship. It should include home address, phone number, fax number, and email address. 2) A statement, not to exceed four typed pages double-spaced, describing the applicant’s area of research, language study, and their potential relationship to the museum’s collections 3) A copy of a published paper or a writing sample. 4) Complete curriculum vitae. 5) Names and contact information for three referees (academic and professional). We will request that two letters of recommendation be sent directly from professionals in the field familiar with the applicant’s work for finalists for this fellowship.

Interviews for finalists may be held at the Annual Conference of College Art Association in February.

An Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer. A smoke and drug free workplace.

Artistic Administrator with Baltimore Center Stage

Employer: Baltimore Center Stage
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: October 5, 2017


Overview: Baltimore Center Stage is seeking an Artistic Administrator. The Artistic Administrator is primarily responsible for the communication and fiscal management of the Artistic budget; is the primary point of contact and responsible party with Actors Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors, and the local musicians’ union. The Artistic Administrator supervises Company Management.

Specific responsibilities include:

Develop and manage annual Artistic budgets

  • Provide DOF with budget numbers for artistic programming when developing annual operating budget
  • Track and project monthly, current year artistic operating expenses
  • Participate in the presentation of budget line responsibilities (both current and future) to critical staff and at board presentations when necessary

Participation in Artistic staff meetings with a focus on the fiscal and operational impact of artistic programming, season planning, and strategic planning

  • Attend Artistic staff meetings and hold responsibility for the development of budget projections in the planning process
  • Represent union requirements and operational consideration in programming discussions

The contracting of guest artists including: actors, directors, musicians, choreographers, and production related consultants (e.g., casting director, fight consultant, speech consultant, guest dramaturgs)

  • Represent Center Stage with union affiliations (AEA, SDC, and local Musicians) and hold responsibility for maintenance of those union agreements
  • Negotiation of contract terms for all guest artists and consultants
  • Communication on status of contracting to those required
  • Creation of contracts for above
  • Communication of contractual information to those who need to know

Manage the filing of AEA and SDC union contracts, and the disbursement of other information necessary to other departments (e.g., public relations for press releases, show programs)

  • Insure appropriate distribution of union contract filings
  • Responsible for the payment process of AEA and SDC contracts for/with the Business Office
  • Communicate agent payments to Business Office

Conduct local auditions and required union auditions as required

  • Coordinate the logistics of auditions in collaboration with Artistic colleagues
  • Act as casting director for ‘in-house’ casting needs (e.g., YPF, workshops, readings)
  • Oversee maintenance of actor database and response to actor submissions

Supervision of Company Management

  • Provide Artist contact information for transportation and housing coordination
  • Oversee concierge services to maintain excellence
  • Conduct regular check-ins with visiting artist on their Center Stage experience


Undergraduate degree required; a minimum of three years of related work experience, excellent interpersonal communication skills, including active listening; strong organizational skills with excellent attention to details, accuracy, and dependability; proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, and other Microsoft software is essential; ability to navigate and collaborate with a diverse workforce across all levels of the organization; commitment to Baltimore Center Stage’s core mission and an enthusiasm for the performing arts.

Position is fulltime with benefits.
Reports to: Associate Artistic Director
Start Date: Immediate.

To apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Please put “Artistic Administrator” in the subject line. No Calls Please.

Grants Specialist with Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Employer: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: October 4, 2017


Overview: The Grants Specialist is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Development Officer. With oversight from the Development Officer, this individual is responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to maintain and increase charitable contributions from foundations, city and government agencies, and corporations, including preparing and submitting grant proposals, tracking grant activities, and reporting outcomes to funders. This also includes prospect research, data management and stewardship, along with the Development Officer and development team. The position will be based at BOPA’s administrative office in downtown Baltimore, where she/he will have the opportunity to participate in our fast paced environment and spectrum of events.

• Collaborate with Development and other departments to write and edit all grant materials such as Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, reports, contract administration, and grant tracking
• Work with program staff (Festivals, Events, Cultural Affairs) to track statistics required for grant reporting and/or relevant to development department; provide colleagues with written materials as necessary for donor stewardship
• Work with the Department of Finance to gather information necessary to report to funders on current grant programs
• Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting
• Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate/city and government donors
• Conduct prospect research to evaluate prospects for government, corporate, and foundation grants
• With oversight from the Development Officer, provide stewardship to current donors, including providing regular written updates (press, newsletters, etc.) when needed.
• Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

• Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of previous grant writing/development experience with nonprofit organizations. Prior work in arts and/or humanities field preferred.
• Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals; strong editing skills (Writing samples will be required of all final candidates.)
• Knowledge of local and national philanthropic community
• Effective time management skills with ability to multi-task, problem solve, establish priorities and meet deadlines
• Proficiency in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Outlook) and familiarity with donor management software experience is preferred
• Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies along with prospect research
• Self-motivated, highly organized with attention to detail and accuracy
• Ability to thrive and work effectively as part of a development team of seven in a fast-paced and growing program
• Availability to work BOPA events on some weekends and holidays
• Confidentiality, discretion and ethical gathering of information presumed

• Salary commensurate with experience
• BOPA offers a robust benefits package that includes an excellent medical, vision, dental, life insurance, 403b retirement plan with employer match and monthly transportation subsidy or free parking pass.

Application Process
Email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Job will be posted until filled. No phone calls accepted.

Arts Marketing Programs Manager with Americans for the Arts

Employer: Americans for the Arts
Location: Washington, DC
Date of post: September 26, 2017


Overview: The Local Arts Advancement Department works to incite a feeling of relevance and necessity around the arts in America.  It does so by cultivating local arts programming in communities across the country that strengthen and validate local arts agencies and the many other individuals and organizations that promote arts, culture, and artists at the local level. The team also creates opportunities for professional and leadership development, field convening’s, and peer networking opportunities. Local Arts Advancement brings to bear Americans for the Arts’ unique strengths in research, policy, professional development, visibility, advocacy, and strategic partnership in order to provide vital tools, information and resources to advocates, arts professionals and allies on the ground, all in an effort to establish and implement favorable policies benefiting arts organizations, artists and local cultural development across America.

Working with and reporting to the Director of Local Arts Services, the manager focuses on skill building around earned revenue, audience development and advocacy for arts and culture organizations, LAAs/nexus organizations and, where applicable, individual practitioners. The manager works with our Arts Marketers Network to guide and inform peers working to promote arts and culture and design innovative programming to meet their needs. The manager uses the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) portfolio to advance the field’s ability to maintain and increase audience engagement and development, responding to changing demographics and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion practices.


  • Develop year-round training initiative that includes digital and in-person training programs to teach new methodologies for growing earned revenue through audience development and engagement and other products.
    • Propose and, where needed, develop appropriately-themed sessions and networking opportunities at national convening’s which include Arts Advocacy Day, Annual Convention and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
  • Continue to share trends and innovations in the field through an ongoing communication initiative that includes blogs, social media, e-newsletters, fresh website content and more.
    • Manage an Arts Marketers Network by building a connected network of arts marketers around the country working to advance and promote arts in their communities through:
      • Administration of the Arts Marketers Steering Committee.
      • Drive traffic to by drafting regular newsworthy e-blasts and post regular contributions to the site and blog.
      • Maintain editorial calendar for content creation and distribution.
      • Regularly update the NAMP Facebook and Linkedin pages with engaging content.
      • Work with the Marketing, Communication and Technology departments on meeting deadlines for the organization of web and digital content.
      • Work with Membership to generate value driven benefits to improve conversion and retention rates
  • Produce an annual Conference.
    • Develop 3-year cycle of programming that aligns with learning goals and objectives set for the field in arts marketing and communication, audience engagement and development and advocacy.
      • Manage conference committees and local hosts to add local touch and nuance to the conference program and support fundraising and marketing efforts
      • Develop conference content including keynotes/featured speakers, pre-conference experiences, sessions, keynotes, and other related events
      • Manage the annual field-wide call for proposals and the creation of session descriptions
      • Work with the Section Committee to curate conference sessions
      • Work with internal development staff to raise contributed and sponsorship revenue
      • Work with the meetings and events team on all logistical details including registration, website, site selection, contract negotiation, budgeting, and staffing schedules with support from Local Arts Services Associate, as appropriate.
      • Work with Research Services team to develop and implement conference evaluation.
      • In collaboration with the marketing and communications, and technology departments, develop print and digital materials to promote the conference and inform plans and content.

Similarly, this position works with arts leaders to help them develop a myriad of revenue streams to build their organizations’ sustainability by considering new strategies to grow earned and contributed dollars.  Through professional development, communications, research and advocacy strategies arts leaders will learn to develop and implement new ideas for overall revenue generation.

  • Curate a field education program that enables organizations to build their sustainability through a myriad of revenue streams and enhance their ability to promote their work and serve their communities.
    • Create and maintain an annual master plan for field education with clear learning objectives
    • Develop and execute a communications and marketing plan to promote learning opportunities and events
    • Leverage and utilize ArtsU as a primary delivery mechanism for learning and engagement
    • Develop a regional and localized workshop program (with Local Arts Services team)
      • Developing short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for workshop offerings
      • Support and guide planning and integration of offerings from other content areas on the team and in the organization.
      • Identify, recruit and secure faculty.
      • Create, maintain and actively pursue prospect list.
      • Development and execution of a communications and marketing plan to promote learning opportunities and events
      • Manage logistics with support from the Local Arts Services Associate
      • Analyze evaluation results and adjust program/process/pricing structures.
  • Develop and deploy steady, constant, informative modes of evaluating the impact and success of the program,set and develop strategy for achieving success around benchmarks associated with those metrics, and share both the metrics and the strategies/results with department leadership on a regular and timely basis.
  • Work with the Director of Local Arts Services to develop, maintain and account for program budgets including participating in the identification and development of proposals for prospective funders as directed.
  • Develop short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for field advancement in conjunction with the Director of Local Arts Services.
  • Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) concepts and strategies to promote and foster more diverse arts and cultural administration practice.
  • Support other projects, as directed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree, or equivalent experience in the arts and culture field.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in arts or non-profit management, with particular emphasis on arts marketing, audience development and engagement, advocacy, and DEI concepts
  • Project management experience including leading teams, adhering to timelines, documenting progress, and keeping multiple projects within scope and budget. Conference programming experience preferred
  • Demonstrated strength in program development including design, implementation and evaluation
  • Current knowledge and expertise in the areas of arts marketing, audience development and general consumer marketing trends that impact the arts
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple interests against organizational and departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain strong interpersonal relationships with staff, members and field at all levels
  • Experience working with local arts agencies and local arts development—programs, services, and operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Travel required.
  • A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing excellent customer service to our members and partners.
  • A commitment to advancing arts and culture in America.

Click here to apply.

Executive Director with BlackRock Center for the Arts

Employer: BlackRock Center for the Arts
Location: Germantown
Date of post: September 5, 2017


Overview: The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of BlackRock Center for the Arts, working closely with BlackRock’s Board of Trustees. The Executive Director (ED) will report directly to the Chair of the Board. The ED is responsible for the oversight of budget management, programming, operations, fundraising, marketing and communications, and stakeholder relations for the organization.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Mission Execution and Board Relations:
Achieve the mission of BlackRock through providing leadership and direction to staff and collaborating with the Board of Trustees.
Effectively communicate and collaborate with the Board Chair as staff liaison to Board and Executive Committee meetings.
Update the Strategic Plan and manage its implementation on an ongoing basis.

Development/ Fundraising
Accountable for supervising the development and implementation of a strategy and plan for fundraising, including a high-profile annual gala, working with staff, and collaborating with the Board of Trustees.
Plan, organize and solicit major donations in collaboration with the Board of Trustees; establish and maintain contacts with individual and corporate donors; build relationships with foundations and community partners.
Oversee and support the grant process (conducted by development staff or contractors); advocate for funding with county and state arts councils.
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with Blackrock’s stakeholders including; donors, patrons, Board, staff, volunteers, artists, members, and the community.
Be a dynamic and regular presence at Blackrock performances, gallery receptions, fundraising and donor cultivation events, as well as key community events.

Marketing/ Public Relations/Communications
Accountable for the development and implementation of marketing and public relations plans to achieve earned income goals for ticket sales, class fees, and other revenue streams, supervising marketing staff. This includes oversight of content and outreach on social media and the BlackRock website.
Accountable for the development of strategies that ensure the branding of the organization aligns with the Center’s mission, is consistent, and enhances BlackRock’s image.
Working with the Director of Marketing and Communications, develop and maintain effective working relationships with media, strategic partners, other arts organizations and public agencies.

Management and Finance:
Collaborate with Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and senior staff on preparation of an annual budget, and manage all BlackRock activity to stay within budget.
Collaborate with CAO on human resources issues, insurance, licensing and compliance matters, and to ensure the financial health of the organization.
Review and sign all contracts for performances. (Chief Administrative Officer will review and sign contracts for teachers, summer camp counselors, maintenance contractors, and other vendors related to facilities and education activity).

Direct oversight of all aspects of planning the performing arts season, including contracting with 20 – 30 performing artists and supervising the Technical Director to ensure performances of the highest quality, including hospitality and technical requirements.
Oversee the Gallery Manager in selecting, coordinating and managing art gallery exhibits.
Oversee the Education Director to ensure that classes, workshops and camps are programmed with standards of high quality and that they meet the needs of our community and align with BlackRock’s mission.

To apply: email

Artistic Director with Annapolis Opera

Employer: Annapolis Opera Company
Location: Annapolis
Date of post: September 5, 2017


Overview: The Annapolis Opera is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Artistic Director

The Annapolis Opera is entering its 45th year of providing professionally staged operas and concerts for the mid-Atlantic region. The Annapolis Opera is a vibrant and robust company that produces an array of performances annually, including two fully staged operas, two or more concert programs, a Children’s Opera, a Vocal Competition, an annual fundraising gala, and a series of educational events related to these performances. The company enjoys a reputation in the community as a valued cultural resource. The FY2018 operating budget is $530,000.

The mission of the Annapolis Opera is to enhance the cultural life of the region by presenting artistically excellent opera programming and educational experiences while furthering the development of emerging performing arts professionals.

Position Description:
The Artistic Director will plan, articulate and implement the mission and vision of the company in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the General Director. S/he will report to the President of the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for achieving the highest possible standards of excellence in all artistic activities conducted in the name of the Annapolis Opera. The Artistic Director supervises and directs all aspects of the Annapolis Opera’s artistic operations and is responsible for the selection of programming and implementation; selection and supervision of artistic and production staff; and budget management. In collaboration with the General Director, other areas of responsibility are long-term programming development, educational outreach, audience development, and community relations. The successful candidate, once engaged, will be the Artistic Director-Designate, and will be officially named Artistic Director July 1, 2020.

Artistic Operations
● Develop and implement long-term artistic programs to be presented in fully staged, semi-staged, and concert formats according to the vision and mission of the Annapolis Opera;
● Select critical editions and lead production concepts;
● Create, maintain and communicate production calendar to assure timely execution of day-to-day artistic operations;
● Audition/select and engage artists for roles for all programs;
● Audition/select members of the chorus/ensemble for all programs;
● Achieve a high level of artistic excellence for all productions and programming;
● Attend meetings of the Artistic Committee and, when requested, the Executive Committee and Board of Trustee meetings;
● Recruit, engage and supervise high caliber artistic team members including stage directors, conductors, stage crew, set/lighting/sound designers, and costume designer.

Fundraising and Development
● Participate in the planning and implementation of the Annual Gala Event and other special fundraising events;
● Collaborate with the General Director and the Development Committee to engage potential and current donor support at events and through community outreach programs.

Production Management
● Communicate regularly and effectively with the Operations Associate and production/programming staff;
● Recommend objectives, policies and procedures;
● Manage artistic operations within budget;
● Work with the General Director to develop the annual season event plan, including venues, schedule and budget estimates;
● Coordinate with Operations Associate on all contracts for performers, production staff, equipment, set storage and transport, and venues;
● Attend production meetings for all programs with General Director, Operations Associate, Maryland Hall Technical Director, and other facility management to ensure technical requirements and space needs are met.

Marketing and Outreach
● Work with Marketing Committee to present programming that will enhance the company’s visibility within the greater Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis region;
● Share marketing concepts, perspectives and overall production/event aesthetics to enhance the marketing plan and imagery;
● Develop relationships with community organizations and arrange outreach presentations.
Public Relations
● Represent and promote the Company as the face of the organization, and attend events that enhance the reputation of the Annapolis Opera, to gain recognition in the community and generate interest in the Annapolis Opera by potential supporters;
● Collaborate with similar arts organizations to form strategic partnerships in order to maximize public awareness of the Company and to capitalize on potential economies.

● In coordination with the General Director and Education Committee, plan and implement educational events for the general public such as opera appreciation classes, presentations, and pre-performance lectures.
● Work with the Education Committee to implement and promote educational events for public and private school students, including the annual children’s opera, in-school presentations, and student attendance at rehearsals.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
● A record of artistic achievement in opera production, programming, and musicianship;
● A deep and broad knowledge of the opera canon, including all aspects of production;
● Leadership to inspire and excite artists and audiences alike;
● Ability to bring a broad range of artists to their individual best by instilling confidence, and by creating a supportive environment;
● Excellent communication and organizational skills;
● The ability to bring innovation in order to enhance the mission and vision of the company;
● Understanding of development campaigns, fundraising, audience development, and marketing strategies;
● A deep network of relationships in the industry (singers, agents, designers, etc.) and with other potential artistic partners.

Preferences – Any of these attributes will be considered a plus
● Ability to act as an accompanist;
● Experience in preparing and conducting the opera orchestra;
● Experience in stage directing productions.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Please submit a letter outlining specific interest in and qualifications for the position with a resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to: Kathy Swekel, General Director at
Submissions should be limited to five pages or less. DO NOT send press releases, repertoire list or promotional materials.

All applications should be submitted electronically. No phone calls please.

Annapolis Opera is an EOE


Chief Executive Officer with Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Employer: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Location: Baltimore
Date of post: September 5, 2017


Overview: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) sets the vision and future strategy for BOPA in conjunction with the Board of Directors and city administration and is responsible for establishing and facilitating the successful execution of the organization’s strategic and tactical plans. Responsibilities include the marketing and promotion of the City and BOPA events and to serve as a catalyst for civic engagement that positively positions Baltimore locally. BOPA is comprised of two non-profit 501(c)(3) corporations Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts (BFAI) with a combined Board of Directors. BOPA also manages the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower LLC. (BSAT). Leading a diverse and experienced team of professionals, the Chief Executive Officer broadens the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore through a multi-faceted program of public art, art education, special events, festivals, cultural tourism and film industry growth that also provides significant economic impact for the City.

• Manage operations and report on same to the Board.
• Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals in accordance with budget parameters and strategic objectives. This includes but is not limited to overseeing recruiting, managing and evaluating the staff on a regular basis, establishing specific annual objectives for each direct report.
• The Chief Operating Officer, Chief of External Affairs, Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Assistant report directly to the Chief Executive Officer with respect to their areas of responsibility.
• Work closely with Human Resource Director regarding hiring practices, payroll and benefits.

City Arts 
• Serve on the Mayor’s Cabinet at her request and act as the primary liaison on behalf of the Mayor on issues related to City’s established and emerging creative industries, cultural and performing arts attractions and city-wide special event production to ensure strong communication across city agencies and between all stakeholders.
• Ensure that BOPA’s/BFAI’s programs are aligned with the Mayor’s initiatives addressing quality of life, diversity, economic development, cultural tourism and the goals of a City rich in cultural opportunities.
• BOPA serves as the City’s designated Arts Council and the CEO serves as the City’s primary representative on national arts and events organizations such as Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United States Urban Arts Federation, etc. Attend annual meetings, provide regular reports and monitor national trends and implications for local initiatives.
• Represent BOPA and the City on city-wide and national/international promotions and all major arts related events that are produced in the City. In addition, represent BOPA when designated as the lead organization providing logistical support as well as the fiduciary responsibility ensuring the highest quality and standards are met.
• Serve as the City administration’s liaison and/or as a board member to major municipal art and cultural organizations such as Maryland Historical Society, Municipal Arts Society, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Visit Baltimore and the Friends of Army/Navy Executive Committee.
• Represent BOPA as required, including attendance at important City functions, and annual meetings of member organizations such as the Greater Baltimore Committee, Visit Baltimore, Waterfront Partnership and Downtown Partnership.

• Oversee the necessary resources and the implementation of BOPA’s/BFAI’s 40+ annual events, activities, programs and facilities to produce creative and educational programming that is artistically and thematically diverse and that enriches artistic experiences for the citizens of and visitors to Baltimore.
• Evaluate programming to ensure high quality, high impact and efficiency.

Promotion and Marketing
• Promote Baltimore to Baltimoreans to promote civic pride. Working with staff to create and market programs and events that engage a broad cross section of Baltimore’s residents and businesses.
• Using BOPA programs and events to promote positive stories and good news about Baltimore locally, regionally and nationally.
• Elevate and sustain the visibility of BOPA and its activities among existing and potential foundations and sponsors.
• Collaborate with other appropriate city organizations and stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to attract visitors to the city to take full advantage of our arts and culture offerings.

Fiduciary Role 
• Oversee strategies developed and implemented by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to successfully balance the operating budgets for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower LLC.
• Manage an annual operating budget of $12 million.
• Execute strategies, policies and operating procedures to ensure strong internal controls and efficiency.
• Work closely with the CFO to prepare annual budgets, complete risk analysis on potential investments, and advise the Board of Directors with regard to investment risk or deficits.
• Ensure that all financial operations meet best practices so that BOPA/BFAI maintains sound financial footing. Oversight includes operating, endowment, and investment accounts.
• Oversee and assist the Chief of External Affairs and Development Director in raising sponsorship dollars from local, regional and national sources, and identifying grants to fund programs and events of BOPA/BFAI.

• Act as the primary liaison to the BOPA/BFAI Boards of Directors and serves as an officer on both of the boards.
• Provide reporting and communications to keep the Boards involved and engaged.
• Seek both in-kind and monetary support from Board members to encourage 100% giving/philanthropic support.
• Assist in recruiting new Board members to ensure diversity and professional representation on each board.

To apply: email