Executive Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership

Job Description:

The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), which is the umbrella organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, seeks a creative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial Director to manage, promote, and fundraise for the Partnership’s initiatives. These include: establishing annual and long-term goals for arts and culture to make Springfield the center of creative arts in the region, and establishing networks among cultural, business, educational, and governmental organizations. This role is 35 hours/week, results-oriented, flexible, and requires some evening and weekend commitments.

The SCP Director will oversee all District activities and report directly to the chair of the SCCD board. They will serve as a liaison between Springfield’s arts and cultural community, the business community, and city officials to increase foot traffic, encourage participation in cultural events, and positively impact the downtown Springfield economy.


Duties and Responsibilities

§  Serve as a spokesperson for the Springfield arts and cultural community both locally and statewide.

§  Oversee the implementation of arts and cultural marketing initiatives, including a strong media plan with the goal of reaching a wide audience.

§  Advocate for the arts and culture and represent local needs and goals to appropriate legislative bodies.

§  Actively and consistently identify, garner, and administer funding prospects for SCCD programs through ongoing grant writing, member retention, and partnerships.

§  Establish an annual arts and cultural agenda and long-term goals for the arts and culture in the Cultural district in cooperation with representatives from Springfield’s numerous arts and culture groups.

§  Work directly with members of the SCCD to establish, plan and execute a yearly calendar of community engagement events in the cultural district.

§  Work closely with the City’s Office of Planning and Economic Development and city officials to ensure that arts and culture play a prominent role in all city initiatives through the Cultural Compact.

§  Prepare financial statements and reports for review and approval by Board as directed. Coordinate yearly reporting requirements by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the State of Massachusetts, and Federal government.

§  Schedule, plan, and attend monthly board meetings and board committee work.

§  Supervises future staff, as funds are available, such as an administrative assistant and/or grant writer



Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree or special certifications in the field of philanthropy, fundraising, arts management, or business preferred. Minimum of three years successful experience in a related field, working with non-profit organizations, city government, and business and community organizations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse community partners. Knowledge and expertise with social media platforms and website management, preferably familiar with SquareSpace web platform. Strong grant writing skills and experience. Knowledge of Quickbooks. Experience in producing events and event planning.

Desirable: Knowledge of Springfield’s art and cultural community, development of budgets and fundraising plans, knowledge of city government structure. Graphic design and public presentation experience.

Other Requirements

§  Excellent relationship management skills; Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and build consensus across diverse constituencies

§  Strong project management skills; ability to assign, direct, and coordinate the activities of others and monitor progress on delegated work assignments

§  Cultural competence through knowledge, awareness, and behavioral sensitivity

§  Work performance is consistent with organizational core values

§  Ability to inspire others with creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset

§  Knowledge and execution of the strategic plan, mission, vision, and core values

§  Demonstrated success in grant writing, strategic planning, program implementation, community relations

§  Strong marketing background and demonstrated experience using social media platforms.

§  Strong working knowledge of personal computers and standard software applications such as Microsoft Office suite, internet, and database management.

§  Ability to communicate accurately both orally and written.

§  Ability to work a flexible schedule which involves weekends and evenings.

§  Ability to work independently on projects and initiatives. Board committees will assist with certain projects.


Salary and Benefits

This is a 35 hour/week, benefitted role with options for employer-sponsored health insurance, 401k, and flexible paid time off (15 days/year plus holidays). Salary range $45,000 - $47,000 based on experience.  


How To Apply
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@springfieldculture.org, attention Beth Spong.


Apply by
July 11, 2018