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Director of Arts & Culture: Multi-Disciplinary Engagement

King Boston

Department: Philanthropy Group

Reports To: Executive Director, Embrace Boston

FLSA Classification: Exempt    FTE:  1

Supervises:  None

Position Budgeted:  $120,000.00 to $130,000.00

Position Summary:

The Director of Arts & Culture: Multi-Disciplinary Engagement (DoA&C), reporting to - and working closely as a partner with - the Executive Director (ED), will fulfill the mission of Embrace Boston, building upon the strong platform and recognition established by Embrace Boston to date, to create an Arts & Culture strategy to best leverage the role of art & culture – in its many dimensions – as a core component across all areas of focus. for the organization.

The DoA&C is responsible for representing a diverse range of pratices, cultures, and perspectives through Embrace Boston’s work– exploring new ways to engage with and to amplify the voices of Black and other BIPOC artists, activists, initiatives, creative disciplines, and multi-disciplinary collaborations – both known and unknown –grounded in a commitment to achieving equity in the city of Boston. We are looking for a passionate and self-directed leader who is looking to be a part of building an institution and serve as a vibrant representative of Embrace Boston by leveraging the power of Arts & Culture to reflect the values of racial equity and economic justice and celebrate an equitable Boston for all.

The DoA&C’s role requires deep lived and learned experience from which to draw from to cultivate strong relationships across greater Boston’s creative communities, as well as to engage with diverse talent and leading experts across the creative economy.

Essential Function: 

Through the lens of Arts, Culture & Creative Economy this Leadership role is rooted in three primary areas:

  1. Vision & Strategy
    • Craft a vision – the DoA&C will dream big and look to expand Embrace Boston’s relationships and voice across sectors and communities, fully embracing the cultural dimension of Embrace Boston’s work to propel a new kind of holistic impact; 
    • Curate big ideas into a meaningful Arts & Culture strategy – the DoA&C will realize this new strategic approach through a variety of innovative touchpoints, cross-sector collaborations, and special projects, that will each be key components to bring the vision forward into action; 
    • Shift the conversation – the DoA&C will tap into the human/social/emotional dimension of the role that Arts & Culture can play in realizing palpable impact; and
    • Embracing the power of Arts & Culture to realize meaningful change –develop short-term and long-term goals paired, with new frameworks, to drive deep engagement with donors, leaders and civic partners.

  2. Leadership
    • Passionate and Self-directed – we are looking for a leader to be part of building 
       an exciting new and evolving institution;
    • The DoA&Cis a core part of Embrace Boston’s Leadership team and will align and further the mission and values across sectors and diverse communities through shared and distinct contributions.;
    • Oversee, Cultivate and Manage – the DoA&C will build a strong internal team to deepen expertise in this focus area as well as socialize the work under the Arts & Culture umbrella across the Embrace Boston teams to bridge connections across all workstreams to drive more holistic impact; and
    • Lead with Compassion – the DoA&C will be both a seasoned coach and team player, confident in bringing bold ideas forward while building deep and trusted relationships ­with partners at both strategic and operational levels ­– supporting an inclusive, energetic team environment.

  3. Execution
    • Manage complex multi-disciplinary projects, large and small & know when external support is required to bring these to life at the highest level. Including the Embrace Ideas Festival, Embrace Center work, and other arts and culture initiatives;
    • Lead with Focus and Flexibility – Maintain healthy communications from micro to macro and across multiple workstreams and interconnected projects; and
    • Bring Credibility and Experience to connect Embrace Boston through a range of new resources, relationships, and opportunities from outside the organization.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The DoA&C will have the ability to operate on strategic, managerial, and hands-on levels and to help guide Embrace Boston’s vision and impact across programmatic and administrative functions;  
  • Develop and manage partner ecosystem strategy and value propositions of different types of partnerships and/or specific partners, working cross-functionally with community, arts associations, higher education, non-profit, and business;
  • Engage with low-income and minoritized communities to address systemic racism and issues related to economic injustice through the lens of Arts & Culture initiatives;
  • Co-create, support, and manage with Embrace Boston's Executive Director, Leadership team, team members, Board members, and cross-sector partners;
  • Support Embrace Boston’s Development and Donor relations team, including the cultivation, stewardship, and interconnectivity across funding opportunities of the Arts & Culture agenda as part of the overall Embrace Boston story;
  • Takes a leadership role in working with partner organizations around key issues serving as a liaison to local, state, and partner organizations on Arts & Culture initiatives;
  • Where applicable, facilitate partner conversations to enable integrations and community solutions; Provides coaching, mentoring, technical and other assistance for other Embrace Boston staff members in general and for newly hired staff as needed;
  • Participates in various Embrace Boston internal meetings, including those related to program planning, resource utilization, and scheduling
  • Performs other duties as assigned related to the mission of Embrace Boston or to support coalition partners, funders, or other stakeholders; and
  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • BA, or equivalent experience,in Fine Art, Design, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies or a directly related degree; a graduate and/or advanced degree in these fields is strongly preferred but not required;
  • 10+ years of relevant experience working in the arts, non-profit or related creative fields; 
  • Working relationships with and knowledge of a broad range of local, national, and international artists, multi-disciplinary creative teams, and arts organizations;
  • A thorough working knowledge of contemporary art executed in a variety of modalities and multi-disciplinary approaches (2D/3D/public art, sculpture/mural/video/social/interactive/etc.); and
  • Personal and/or professional experience with racial justice work and community engagement.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • A thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities facing both diverse, urban communities and the arts & culture sector, particularly the visual/multi-disciplinary arts, performing arts, as well as with individual artists;
  • Proven Track record of: planning, project management, budgeting, and collaborating with cross- functional teams; 
  • Seasoned leadership with experience in strategy development and organizational implementation; 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and evolve a complex, cross-sector, multi-dimensional, and results-oriented agenda with the ability to forge connections across sectors, systems, and social strata;  
  • Experience developing authentic relationships and working with a range of stakeholders to forge collective agendas and leverage impact, including skills of influence, persuasion, consensus-building, and deep listening;  
  • Demonstrated success managing teams, including the supervision, evaluation, and development of staff and consultants;
  • Resourcefulness and adaptive capacity to work both independently and collaboratively; with proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines under the pressure of tight deadlines;
  • A collaborative and inclusive leadership style;
  • A participatory work style with the ability to receive and deliver constructive feedback;
  • Demonstrated oral and written communications, especially in public settings;
  • Ability to work productively and professionally with a diverse range of constituents including; artists, curators, patrons, community organizations, boards, and public agencies;
  • Ability to build compelling presentations; strong design skills are a plus;
  • Ability to translate the voice and tone of Embrace Boston mission and values into shared messaging and ideas with a variety of audiences and partners is essential;
  • Knowledge of design thinking with strong creative problem-solving skills; and 
  • Knowledgeable of and experienced with installation and management of art projects executed in the public realm with the ability to communicate artistic relevance to diverse audiences as relevant to Embrace Boston and its mission.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • There is a fair amount of work “in-the-field” and out in community with this role, including but not limited to: meetings with community members, visits to creative spaces, places, studios, collaboratives, etc.;
  • Ability to work remotely in a flexible hybrid schedule in sync with Leadership and team;
  • Ability to work at workstation for long periods of time; and
  • Ability to use a computer monitor and keyboard for long periods of time.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job.  It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time.  At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.