Post Date: 12/23/2019
Close Date: 01/27/2020
Job Posting: HP#2020-71
Position: Cultural Arts District Program Manager
Department: Parks & Recreation Department
$80,457 - $105,876 annually depending on qualifications.
Full-time, exempt position with benefits.
Close: January 27, 2020
Persons who are not current City of Hillsboro employees are welcome to apply through our online application process found here: www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Jobs. Email applications will not be accepted for external applicants.
Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.
There is a genuine “buzz” about the arts in Hillsboro and that’s good for local business, tourism, and the community as a whole.
The Hillsboro City Council recently adopted a resolution designating a Cultural Arts District in Downtown Hillsboro. This new designation, along with the City's adoption of the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Action Plan in 2018, will support and enhance arts and culture in the City by contributing to a vibrant, thriving, and historic Downtown. In addition, the Hillsboro Downtown Cultural Arts District aims to drive economic revitalization by building on existing arts, partnering with local businesses, encouraging entertainment activity, and broadening the community's emphasis on inclusion and equity. This position truly is the epitome of arts, culture, tourism, and community collaboration!
This is where you come in!
The Parks & Recreation department seeks a collaborative and community-focused candidate to lead as the City’s newly approved Cultural Arts District Program Manager. This position will be responsible for design and implementation of the Hillsboro Downtown Cultural Arts District Plan and will lead and coordinate the District Arts Advisory Board - an advisory board of downtown stakeholders. The position will operate under the direction of the Senior Parks Manager for Arts, Culture and Special Events and will work closely with the City’s Economic Development department, various City departments, and partner organizations.
The last few years have seen extraordinary, first-ever developments in the cultural life of Hillsboro. In addition to the City’s own Walters Cultural Art Center, professionally run organizations are finding a home and audience in Hillsboro. There are now several new and restored theatres, galleries, and venues in operation.
We believe a thriving arts and culture scene is essential to cultivate community pride and economic vitality.
Hillsboro is Oregon’s fifth largest city with over 100,000 residents. Hillsboro enjoys award-winning urban planning, an affordable cost of living, a strong economic base and one of the state’s most diverse populations. On any given day, you’ll find community events from free concerts and art exhibits to local fairs, cultural festivals and farmer’s markets bustling with activity.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual possessing the right balance of skills in the following areas: management, marketing, business and economic development, arts administration, and a passion for community engagement. This position also requires a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as direct communication, flexibility, tact, problem-solving, and strong social skills.
An initial year-one work plan will entail establishing strategies in three focus areas:
a. Design of and implementation strategy for a Hillsboro Downtown Cultural Arts District (CAD) Plan.
b. Program leadership and coordination: compiling Hillsboro Downtown CAD research/data/resources, stakeholder communications and networking.
c. Program Funding Strategies: identify potential funding streams for CAD operations as well as special projects.
d. District Arts Advisory Board (DAAB) leadership and coordination.
2. Promotions and Marketing
a. Website, Social Media, Press Releases, Press communications, Bi-annual reports to City leadership, and general program marketing and promotion.
3. CAD Special Projects
a. Work with partners to develop and execute CAD Signature Event.
Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:
Research – Identify national best practices for Cultural Arts Districts using the Americans for the Arts Toolkit, National Endowment for the Arts research, and current findings in the field. Evaluate successes and challenges of other CAD’s and their relevant application to Downtown Hillsboro.
Design & Planning - Lead operational planning, establishment, execution, and evaluation of the Cultural Arts District and its programs. Develop priorities and identify special projects.
Coordinate a City team – Utilize team members from various departments to embrace and advance the work of the District; (Building, Parks & Rec, Economic Development, CMO, etc.) Identify existing policy, roles, activities, as well as the directives of other relevant adopted City plans and ways to better collectively support the CAD.
Administration – Provide staff support for the District Arts Advisory Board (DAAB). Coordinate DAAB monthly meetings and District working group meetings. Act as primary point of contact for all programs and communication relating to the CAD. Act as liaison with City departments and divisions (Cultural Arts, Economic Development, and others), Downtown district stakeholder groups, non-profits, arts organizations, and others.
Branding – Define the District identity. Work with partners to design and install visual markers to identify the District. Work with partners to execute a Downtown beautification plan, including public art, landscaping, lighting, etc.
Marketing – Create District website, online calendar and promotional materials. Work with county, regional and state visitor’s associations and tourism bureaus.
Fundraising – Create and execute strategies for resource development in support of the District, such as developing incentives, grant writing and event planning.
General Statement of Duties
The principal function of an employee in this class is to manage the Cultural Arts program and serve to supervise the activities, process, function, budget and staff in support of an assigned division or functional area. Responsibilities may include overseeing program and staff; developing strategic and operational plans; developing and managing multiple program budgets; developing and implementing grants; coordinating and participating in the development of marketing materials; managing program databases; resolving complex customer service issues; preparing financial and operational reports; developing and implementing policies and procedures; overseeing risk management for assigned programmatic area; and coordinating program resources. Incumbents supervise other recreation staff including conducting performance evaluations, coordinating training; and implementing hiring, discipline and termination procedures.
Acceptable Experience and Training
Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Public Relations, or a closely related field and 5 years of events and facility management experience, including 3 years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Preference may be given to candidates with experience in any of the following:
Marketing, branding & public relations; arts administration; tourism & cultural affairs; economic development & small business development; experience in the tourism industry, municipal government agencies, arts and cultural institutions; experience working with chambers of commerce; and/or bilingual skills in both English and Spanish.
• Valid Driver’s License and safe driving record