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Now Hiring: Creative Projects Manager

ArtWorks is seeking a Creative Projects Manager to oversee a variety of planned projects to support ArtWorks Programming, as well as lead other initiatives and support the development of future program efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to champion and drive ArtWorks’ programming impact! This individual will join a team of project managers working in the Impact Department and will oversee project-specific work from design and development through direct management of artistic executional teams, in addition to supporting key departmental initiatives and organization-wide priorities. The Creative Projects Manager will develop and maintain key partnerships and artist relationships and will demonstrate excellent project management skills to support ArtWorks’ mission of transforming people and places through investments in creativity.


  • Salary: Commensurate with experience plus employee benefits package, including generous paid time off, health insurance and 401k plan
  • Location: ArtWorks, 20 E. Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH
  • Reports to: Creative Projects Director
  • Start date: February 2021

Key Responsibilities 

  • Oversee and implement department-specific projects (may include public art and non-public artworks)
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Artists, Community Partners, City Administrators, and Vendors
  • Lead meetings with stakeholders to guide productive discussion, planning, and resource coordination (may include project presentations, community engagement sessions and other project-specific demonstrations and events)
  • Manage internal workflow process to ensure resources and content are delivered on time and on budget, and according to project needs
  • Work directly with other team members and departments to support artist recruitment and hiring, fundraising, and marketing/promotional efforts
  • Constructively critique artists’ work to ensure highest quality results
  • Administer, track, and report project outcomes and impact measurements
  • Support Impact Department through direct captainship of key department initiatives
  • Support Organizational priorities, as determined with Creative Projects, Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Characteristics and Abilities:

  • Proven experience and excellent project management skills
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong communication, organizational and time management skills with a focus on planning, implementation, and collaboration
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to work on several projects simultaneously
  • A driven self-starter with ability to work without much oversite or direction
  • Excellent written, verbal, telephone and public presentation skills
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and Adobe Creative Suites a plus
  • Experience and ease working with diverse audience stakeholders including trustees, volunteers, individuals and staff
  • Passion for the arts and education
  • Strong design sensibility and familiarity with contemporary art
  • Understanding of public art and community-informed professional practices
  • Basic understanding of the materials, techniques, and installation methods for public art works
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation means
  • Ability to lift and transport loads of 25+ lb. materials (transportation of misc. project materials and equipment)
  • Excellent personal and professional references
  • Available for special events, with occasional weekend/evening work as necessary

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding verbal and written presentation and communication skills, including an ability to explain data and technical issues to people with varying levels of expertise
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Salesforce as well as proficiency with digital grantmaking databases, research tools and information management systems
  • Ability to interact confidently and persuasively with leaders in business, individuals and foundations
  • Sophisticated user and interpreter of data; ability to synthesize and analyze data to tell an impact story
  • Curious about facts and trends; a continuous learner
  • Balance big picture strategy and manage detailed execution with high degree of accountability and excellence in quality of work
  • Agile leader with strong interpersonal and culture-building skills to help guide and influence organizational growth; building strong positive working relationships both internally and externally
  • Adhere to ethical behavior and business practices; ensure team behavior is consistent with these standards
  • Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet and exceed their expectations
  • Foster teamwork; work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, solve problems and make decisions that improve organizational effectiveness and drive results
  • Assesses situations to determine priority, urgency and risks and make clear recommendations and/or decisions that are timely and in the best interest of the organization
  • Sets priorities, develops work plans and schedules, monitors and reports progress
  • Flexible, inquisitive, creative, entrepreneurial, optimistic

Credentials and Experience

  • Associate, Bachelor, or higher degree in a related arts or management field
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in non-profit or a related arts field

The successful candidate will be:

  • Able to work collaboratively with and in support of development staff and other ArtWorks team-members.
  • Adhere to the utmost ethical standards, intuitive, considerate and kind
  • A team-player, hard-working and an independent achiever with a “can do” attitude, must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Inquisitive and imaginative
  • Flexible, optimistic, constructive with a good sense of humor

To Apply

The application timeline for this opportunity has passed. Please see our open positions here. 

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,750 youth and 3,300 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that include 200 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ​

ArtWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse staff that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.