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Arts Center Manager Job Description

The Arts Center Manager is a self-motivated, independent full-time manager leading our operations within the Creative Spirit Community Arts Center. The manager will handle sales and inventory, artist communications and recruitment, community programs, and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate must have an organized and collaborative planning approach, have a welcoming attitude, communicate in a professional manner sometimes under pressure, be willing to learn and adapt, and be able to manage a variety of tasks to reach specific outcomes. 

What you will do:

  • Work directly with Co-Executive Directors to manage earned income programs in the Arts Center including store sales, space rental, equipment rental, and classes/workshops.
  • Collaborate with Finance Manager on monthly sales and consignment reports.
  • Assist in the development and execution of educational programs including but not limited to, weekly community class workshops, multi-week educational programs, and Teen Summer camp
  • Organize and photograph store inventory on Point of Sale to be available for in-person and online sales.
  • Communicate with artists selling work in the store to replace and shift inventory in order to increase sales.
  • Recruit new artists to become Creative Partners, sell in the store, run programs, teach classes, etc.
  • Collaborate on informative and interesting marketing campaigns to promote the center operations, including, but not limited to press releases, press kits, newsletters, print newsletter, blog, regular weekly email newsletter, social media, and website.
  • Maintain a routine cleaning schedule of the arts center, which includes semi-frequent reorganizing of store layout to ensure a fresh and inviting appearance.
  • Build relationships with companies and nonprofit partners.
  • Work with other staff and community partners to generate new ideas and strategies.
  • Supervise interns and volunteer support to grow center operations.
  • Keep abreast of best practices of retail and gallery spaces and bring ideas and solutions for implementing to Co-ED’s and BOD to enhance value for SLC Arts
  • Identify barriers that hold back the center's potential, and find solutions for eliminating the barriers
  • Other duties as assigned.

SLC Arts’ mission is to enrich the vibrancy of the North Country community by cultivating art appreciation and inspiring creative expression. SLC Arts is a small non-profit organization based in Potsdam, NY serving St. Lawrence County that provides multi-disciplinary arts opportunities to local communities and supporting local artists. We are developing the Creative Spirit Community Arts Center, planning the annual North Country Arts Festival, and building our grant funding and professional development support services for artists and arts organizations. 

The position is full-time, 35 hours per week at $20/hour. In your first year, you will receive performance evaluations at 3-month and 6-month intervals, and then annually, at minimum. Annual benefits, as well as other policies about the position, are laid out in the SLC Arts Employee Handbook. The Arts Center Manager and all other employees of SLC Arts must adhere to the policies of the SLC Arts Employee Handbook. This position reports directly to the Co-Executive Directors.

Work schedule for this position includes store coverage from 12 pm - 7 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am - 5 pm on Saturdays with some additional evening and weekend events. Other weekly work hours can be flexibly scheduled based on the needs of the candidate.

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