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Changemakers Wanted: ArtWorks Now Hiring a Director of Community Impact

ArtWorks is hiring for the position of Director, Community Impact. Learn more about the position and how to apply below.

ArtWorks, an equal opportunity employer is strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse team that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.

Job Title: Director of Community Impact

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Employee benefits package includes health insurance, paid time off, and 401k plan.
Salary Range: $41,000 – $55,000
Location: ArtWorks Administrative Office, 2460 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Reports to: Senior Director of Impact

Start date: ASAP

About ArtWorks:

Now in its 25th year, ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that has pioneered public art and economic impact throughout the region with a mission to transform people and places through investments in creativity. ArtWorks co-creates public art with community leaders that builds civic pride and beautifies the region, creating jobs for more than 300 artists annually, including youth ages 14-21, to earn a living wage. The economic empowerment and mentorship that ArtWorks provides leads to upward mobility, which is critically important for youth who come from a majority of underserved households and who are underemployed. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed nearly 4,000 youth and 3,500 creative professionals. The organization has completed more than 14,000 public and private art works of art, including public sculpture, light-based installations and more than 200 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Now headquartered in Walnut Hills, ArtWorks is part of the burgeoning arts district in Cincinnati’s historic second downtown.

Job Description:

ArtWorks seeks a Director of Community Impact to lead the research, planning, and execution for community-based initiatives, projects, and services to advance our mission to transform people and places through investments in creativity. This is an exciting opportunity to impact an amazing organization and support its growth, building on its strategic plan to expand community services. This role is a core leader in the organization, a member of the Impact team, and an important external face of the organization.

The Director of Community Impact will develop clearly defined services, manage budgets, and direct neighborhood public art and community engagement consulting, education, and planning. Consistent engagement and outreach efforts will be required to build and sustain community relationships. This role requires someone adept in administration, project management, education, and public outreach. This also includes excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, an ability to lead, teach, and positively collaborate with others inside and outside of Artworks.

The ideal candidate will be mission-loving with a heart for making a tremendous impact on the community, youth, and the arts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop ArtWorks’ public art planning and community engagement service offerings and act as lead community consultant. Community service offerings include:
  • Community Engagement Planning: Engage individuals, groups, and organizations through art to address issues that impact health and wellbeing.
  • Public Art Mapping: Tour, analyze and develop maps to showcase prime locations for public art and place-based activities. This includes researching and understanding the conditions of a neighborhood or city, interpreting relevant data, and analyzing existing and future plans to help identify opportunities for public art and place-based activities.
  • Public Art Planning: Create actionable public art plans that support existing public art efforts, programs, and organizations, enhances arts and culture activities, and reflects the area’s diversity.
  • Public Art Equity Audits: Identify discrepancies in public art collections as related to race, gender, immigration status, and more. Identify gaps, prioritize initiatives, support the development of program goals, assign accountabilities, and measure the impact of initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Creative Projects and Director of Artist Impact, develop and lead trainings and workshops for artists, creatives, community leaders, and other professionals that provide key knowledge about public art management and the value of public art.
  • Build and foster relationships and partnerships with community councils, neighborhood residents, and other key community stakeholders.
  • Create and deliver compelling presentations to help elevate awareness of ArtWorks’ community services among key audiences, such as community leaders or donors.
  • Keep ArtWorks current on trends and opportunities in placemaking and public space activation with internal presentations.
  • Act as Artworks’ external Creative Placemaking/Place-based Public Art spokesperson.
  • Consistently communicate within the organization to keep everyone informed, allow for sharing of ideas, and collaborate and coordinate efforts.
  • At regular intervals, submit reports on the status of initiatives or projects.
  • Assist in growing the Community Impact team, inclusive recruitment, training, and managing.
  • Manage public art projects with community focus, when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and experiences: 

  • Commitment to ArtWorks’ mission, vision, values, culture and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Plan
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required in arts administration, community engagement, education, or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the public art sector with a focus on community engagement and education strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated track-record of developing and leading programs
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with diverse groups externally and internally, including community stakeholders.
  • Experience managing budgets, developing goals and strategies, and assigning and monitoring work.
  • Extensive knowledge of public art and creative place-making/keeping
  • Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours when needed, including evening and weekend arts of community events.

Skills and abilities:

  • Outstanding verbal and written presentation and communication skills.
  • Strong ability to listen to others, analyze learned information, assess, and make recommendations that are in the best interest of the organization and/or community.
  • Creative, flexible and innovative, with proven ability to design and implement new initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Curious about facts and trends; a continuous learner
  • Sets priorities, develops work plans and schedules, monitors and reports progress
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities
  • Comfortable working with diverse community partners, youth, and artists
  • Manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity
  • Adhere to ethical behavior and business practices
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and information management systems


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