Company: City of Somerville

Job description:

The Mayor’s Office, working in tandem with the Somerville Arts Council (SAC), OSPCD Planning, Preservation, & Zoning (PPZ) and Economic Development (Econ) divisions, promotes equitable access to arts and cultural space and equitable representation of diverse communities, histories, and artistic expression. The Arts Development Manager is a leadership position and requires team building across multiple city departments and with the city’s cultural sector as well as property owners and/or development teams. The selected candidate will be charged with implementing the recommendations in the recent report, Arts Space Risk Assessment, performed by the City of Somerville and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. These recommendations will ensure that Somerville preserves existing arts spaces and generates new arts and cultural spaces within new developments to ensure Somerville’s Cultural Landscape, and its arts community, not only survives but flourishes.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Project manage arts and culture space initiatives as they relate to Arts and Creative Enterprise (ACE) uses relative to new development and zoning regulations
  • Set priorities and assign tasks to implementing ACE guidelines
  • Lead interdisciplinary team meetings with members of Mayor’s Office, SAC, PPZ, and Econ, and ISD departments/divisions to provide progress updates
  • Serve as liaison with various city departments to share planning process and ensure they are in line with and reflect recommendations and goals of ACE guidelines; enhance communication between departments about this work
  • Create communication/promotion systems so that available ACE use space is common knowledge—for all city departments, the arts community, and general public
  • Create a system in which the Mayor’s Office and SAC can sign off on chosen arts use within new developments
  • Develop systems, working with PPZ, to match real estate opportunities and arts space needs within the cultural community
  • Liaison with SAC and arts community to ensure and propel creation of new arts spaces
  • Liaison with Racial & Social Justice Department to ensure work is embedded with an equity lens
  • Work with SAC and Communications Department to create transparency and community awareness through broad and innovative outreach methods
  • Work to ensure tasks outlined in the Arts Space Risk Assessment report is implemented
  • Work with Econ & PPZ divisions to implement ACE buy back provisions, establish an Arts Space Trust Fund, and other arts-based zoning, policy, or economic initiatives

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in planning, urban studies, arts or related field and three (3) years’ experience in cultural development; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:

  • Knowledge: Demonstrated track record of working with arts community in leadership capacity, conducting arts advocacy, and/or on arts-related development work; familiarity with current issues related to cultural planning and zoning; understanding of best practices for managing real estate spaces and monitoring uses; experience managing projects with an equitable and collaborative decision-making approach.
  • Ability: Ability to cultivate relationships with a variety of stakeholders; ability to draft and present reports and work in a diverse work environment; ability to read architectural plans and other schematic design or construction drawings.
  • Skill: A public speaker and communicator who is flexible, adaptable, and a team builder; excellent written and verbal communication skills across all platforms; excellent organizational skills; superior social media, web content, digital communication skills; able to write compelling, concise press releases and speeches; strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Filemaker database, with ability to learn Drupal web software.

Work Environment:

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.

Physical and Mental Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills:
Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  Work may require some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain or standing or walking most of the work period.  May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs).

Motor Skills:
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.

Visual Cognitive Skills:
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: No

Salary range: $70,358.09

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts


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