Full-Time Creative Director
The Creative Director will be responsible for curating, managing and implementing the Waterfront Arts Program for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President, this position will work closely with curatorial colleagues, artists, funders and partners in addition to DRWC Site Operations, Marketing and Planning staff to develop and produce artistic and cultural programming on the Waterfront.
The Waterfront Arts Program at DRWC is a newly established framework that seeks to activate Philadelphia’s waterfront with high-quality, innovative public and performance art, by embracing non-traditional venues and establishing the waterfront as a cultural destination for the city. DRWC recently completed a plan for the program (summary included) with the input of experts in public art and administration, public space programming, waterfront ecology and history, as well as community members throughout the city.
The plan articulates the purpose of the program (including both its overall values and the goals for the collection of art and programming that will result from it), the cultural and physical contexts in which the art and programming will exist, and how the program will be operationalized. With the plan now in its final stages of completion, DRWC is looking to bring on board an individual who can oversee its implementation. With the broad framework for the program established through this plan, the Creative Director will be responsible for putting it into action.
- Manage DRWC’s Waterfront Arts program.
- Formulate compelling public art programs that are both conceptually strong and technically feasible.
- Execute all aspects of program development and implementation at the highest professional standards, including research, writing, presentations, budgeting, funding and coordination with DRWC staff, funders and stakeholders.
- Work in partnership with the marketing, operations and finance departments to ensure effective planning, execution and promotion of the program.
- Lead development efforts and cultivate strategies to support Waterfront Arts efforts including building relationships with current funders and potential new funders, pursuing grants, fundraising events and donor cultivation.
- Maintain a high level of involvement in the arts community and foster key relationships with artists, collectors, and curators.
- Develop relationships with landowners along the six-miles of the Delaware under DRWC’s stewardship in reference to creating opportunities for public art.
- Support DRWC’s current artistic programming efforts.
- Vet, prepare and present potential public art proposals to DRWC Staff and DRWC Board Program Committee.
- Field all art and programmatic inquires for DRWC.
- Work to integrate art into DRWC projects from conception to implementation.
- Act as curator for projects deemed not to need an outside curator.
- Work with artists and their project teams to shepherd works of art from concept to installation.
- Document DRWC artworks and programming.
- Track program progress, impact, and challenges over time.
- Oversee maintenance of existing and new art installations.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Knowledge of the arts, including artists, artistic forms and artistic methods.
- Prior experience with curation – must be able to consider and help shape the full collection of works and implement new projects.
- Experience in generating exhibitions or performances and commissioning artists to create new work.
- Strong relationship-building skills and ability to straddle public, private, and philanthropic sectors to grow and sustain the Waterfront Arts program.
- Experience in dealing effectively with diverse groups, from patrons to partners to the general public.
- Strong network of artists, professional contacts and funders.
- Demonstrated skills in project management.
- Experience managing multiple projects and collaborating with cross functional teams.
- Strategic in thought, with ability to translate vision into implementation.
- Excellent organization; ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Imagination, creativity, initiative, and resourcefulness.
- Flexibility, constructive attitude, and problem-solving approach.
- Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team and work with existing DRWC staff resources and goals to add capacity for Waterfront Arts program.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is the nonprofit organization leading the development and programming of the six-mile Central Delaware River Waterfront, with the creation of new parks and projects such as Washington Avenue Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Race Street Pier, in addition to the new Cherry Street Pier and Delaware River Trail. We are an innovative organization redefining how cities use public space both in Philadelphia and nationally. We’re adding a Creative Director to help leverage new opportunities for public art on the Waterfront and help take our programming to the next level. This position will be directly responsible for managing the new Waterfront Arts program at DRWC.
DRWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.
Requirements for application: Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of three of your favorite public art programs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by July 31, 2018. No phone calls please.
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