1. VISUAL ARTS MANAGER
The Visual Arts Manager facilitates current and new visual arts programming at the Northfield Arts
Guild. This includes, but is not limited to, successful management and coordination of the Guild’s gallery
spaces, satellite gallery spaces in the community, and the Guild’s gift shop and storefront. The Visual
Arts Manager builds relationships with artists, volunteers, staff, and patrons to coordinate logistics and
is responsible for supporting and building successful, high quality arts programs and experiences.
Duties and responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities listed below give a general overview of the primary task areas this role
fulfills in the organization. As is the nature of working in a small non-profit organization with limited
resources, all roles are expected to be flexible and assist with operations outside of their normal scope
of work as needed.
Visual Arts Program Logistics
• Maintain and schedule visual arts facilities (gallery and gift shop) and seek out volunteer and
professional help when necessary
• Support and facilitate needs of visual arts exhibitions and programming
• Plan, oversee, and lead gallery receptions and artist talks
• Facilitate and manage gallery season curation and logistics, including Call for Artists, jury
selection, scheduling, artist receptions, and implementation in Main Gallery and four satellite
• Develop and implement curatorial and retail plan for gift shop, develop online shopping
presence as necessary
• Maintain accurate records of inventory in gallery and shop, gallery and shop sales, archival
materials, and program documentation
• Develop a plan and series of professional development events and networking opportunities for
• Coordinate and manage the Riverwalk Fine Arts Fair in collaboration with other staff
• Create, monitor, and manage Visual Arts program budgets
• Assist Executive Director with soliciting sponsorships for visual arts programs
Volunteer and Artist Engagement
• Train and manage volunteers associated with Visual Arts programming
• Attend and conduct meetings of the Gallery committee
• Communicate and professionally implement policies and procedures with gallery and gift shop
artists and volunteers
• Ensure accountability for artists and volunteers, assist all in following standard operating
procedures, ensure highest quality in visual arts opportunities
• Submit monthly reports to Executive Director and Board of Directors
• Work with designated staff or outside contractors to ensure appropriate marketing materials
and strategies for visual arts programs
• Attend regular staff meetings, members meetings, and other meetings as necessary
EDUCATION: Essential: AA Degree
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts, arts management, or
EXPERIENCE: Essential: Minimum of one year post-graduate experience in arts
management/leadership or gallery experience.
Preferred: 3+ years arts management with proven success in visual
arts program management. Previous retail experience a
Knowledge, skills, abilities:
• A flexible and friendly communication style
• Customer service approach and knowledge
• Willingness to integrate into, and serve the Northfield community
• Proven ability to work with and appreciate volunteers, the backbone of our non-profit
• Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate appropriately
• Ability to focus on the “big picture” of the organization while being detail-oriented with regard
to individual programs
• Understanding of visual arts exhibition and sales processes, requirements, and standards
• Knowledge of local artists and trends in visual arts
• Action-oriented team player
• Solid work ethic
• Passion for creating vibrant artistic communities
• Computer skills in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher), Blackbaud Altru
(desirable), and social media platforms
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time (30-40 hours per week, 0.75-1.0 FTE)
Times: Days with occasional evening work
COMPENSATION PACKAGE: $39,000-$41,000 starting salary (based on 1.0 FTE); this position offers an
additional $4000 of salary in lieu of health insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays and more. This is an
This job will require both the ability to sit at a desk for extended periods of time as well as perform
manual labor involved in gallery and gift shop exhibition, such as occasional lifting of heavy objects
and/or boxes of materials, moving displays, climbing ladders, and repair of gallery and gift shop spaces.
Shop staff, volunteers, and work study students assigned to the Gift Shop and community members
serving on the Gallery Committee report to the Visual Arts Manager.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please include these items in your application.
• Cover letter
• Three references
Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Northfield Arts Guild
304 Division St. S.
Northfield, MN 55057
No phone calls please.
The Northfield Arts Guild is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
2. PERFORMING ARTS MANAGER
The Performing Arts Manager generates and supervises current and new performing arts programming at the Northfield Arts Guild in collaboration with key partners within the organization and the community. The Performing Arts Manager builds relationships with staff, board, volunteers, and audience members in theater, music, dance, and related areas while coordinating, planning, promoting, and managing production logistics in order to produce high quality arts programs and experiences.
The duties and responsibilities listed below give a general overview of the primary task areas this role fulfills in the organization. As is the nature of working in a small non-profit, all staff are expected to be flexible and assist with operations outside of their normal scope of work as necessary.
General Performing Arts Management Duties
- Develop annual theater, dance, and music seasons/programs that excite performers and patrons alike in conjunction with appropriate program producers
- Facilitate and manage theater season logistics, including play selection, director selection, scheduling, rights, royalties, etc.
- Serve as a liaison with other performing arts program personnel, including 411 Concert Series organizers and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra council members
- Maintain and schedule theater facilities, including building, technical shop, and costume storage, and seek out paid, volunteer, and professional help per production and as needed
- Support and facilitate production needs of all performing arts programs
- Maintain and manage ticketing system (Blackbaud Altru) for all performing arts programs in coordination with the Executive Director and other staff
- Maintain accurate records of ticket sales, archival materials, and program documentation
- Create, monitor, and manage Performing Arts budgets, in consultation with the Executive Director
- Assist Executive Director with soliciting sponsorships for performing arts programs/seasons and managing season ticket sales campaigns
Volunteer and Facility Management
- Coordinate and manage volunteer efforts for the Guild Theater, including recruitment, training systems, retention, and accountability
- Supervise and facilitate the Theater Committee, working closely with the chairperson and members to set agenda, follow up on action items, and ensure support for productions, projects, and overall program
- Monitor facility issues at the Guild Theater and work with the Executive Director to plan updates and/or repairs and monitor general facility needs
- Serve as a resource for the Education and Engagement Manager in relation to educational theater, dance, and music programming and provide consultation for Purple Door Youth Theater program, as needed
- Create strong connections throughout the Northfield community, especially among nonprofit and academic institutions
- Create a strong network of local and regional performers, directors, creative personnel, etc.
- Work to increase audience volume and satisfaction in all areas of programming
- Submit monthly report to Executive Director as necessary
- Coordinate all performing arts program marketing materials and strategies with the Executive Director; conduct marketing email campaigns for ticket sales, program awareness, and information purposes
- Attend regular staff meetings, theater committee meetings, and other meetings as necessary
Essential: AA Degree
Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree in theater (preferred), performing arts, or arts management field
Essential: Minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in arts management and artistic programming.
Desirable: 3+ years arts management with proven success in volunteer management and theater and performing arts programming.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Understanding of performing arts production processes, requirements, and standards
- A flexible and friendly communication style
- Willingness to integrate into, and serve the Northfield community
- Proven ability to work with and appreciate volunteers, the backbone of our non-profit organization
- Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate appropriately
- Ability to focus on the “big picture” of the entire organization while being detail oriented for individual programs
- Ability and willingness to serve as an action-oriented team player
- Strong organization and time management skills
- Passion for creating vibrant artistic communities
- Ability and desire to lead and contribute to a collaborative and positive work and performance production environment for all
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint), online ticketing platforms (Blackbaud Altru), and various social media platforms
Full Time (40 hours/week)
Times: Mostly days with evening and Saturday hours as needed to facilitate performing arts season
$39,000-$41,000 starting salary; this position offers an additional $4000 of salary in lieu of health insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays and more. This is an exempt position.
Transportation between the Guild office (304 Division Street) and the Guild Theater (411 West Third Street) is essential.
This job will require extended periods of time working at a desk, but will also require some manual labor as needed for theater facility maintenance and production work.
- Theater Committee chair and members (volunteers)
- Consults with CVRO artistic and council leadership (regarding schedules, programs and budgets)
- All production-based personnel (directors, music directors, costume and props, etc.)
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please send the following items:
- Cover letter
- Three references
Applications should be submitted to email@example.com
No phone calls please.
The Northfield Arts Guild is an EOE.
2. CLASS INSTRUCTORS
Interested in teaching a class at the Northfield Arts Guild? If you are an experienced art educator and are interested in offering classes or workshops at the Guild, we’d love to hear from you. Our classes are grouped around fall semester, winter/spring semester and summer terms. Classes can range from one-day workshops to full term-long classes.
Class proposals accepted on a rolling basis. Our semesters are Fall (Sept. 1-Dec. 31), Winter/Spring (Jan. 1-May 31) and Summer (June 1-Aug. 31).
We’ve made it fast and simple for you:
- Read the class Policies and Guidelines form.
- Download a copy of the Class Proposal Form.
- Please fill out the form completely, including your needed materials and/or price for supplies you provide.
- Mail or email a copy of your proposal to us, or drop it by our office.
- We would also like to get electronic pictures of your work for our catalog and flyers.
- We’ll contact you to invite you to come in and meet us and learn more about our programs.
We’re looking forward to offering YOUR great class or workshop at the Guild!
The Guild hosts two work study students a year in arts administration and gallery installation. We work with St. Olaf and Carleton College work study programs. We also work with the Piper Center for select internships.