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Program Manager| Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR)

Title: Program Manager
Status: Regular, full-time, exempt position (40 hours per week)
Salary: $40,000-45,000/yr DOE, plus paid vacation and contributions towards health insurance and retirement

About Sitka
The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creativity, intellectual inquiry, and education for thousands of individuals annually through its artist-in-residence, workshop, and art exhibition programming. Founded in 1970 at Cascade Head on the Oregon coast, the Sitka Center operates a 0.66-acre facility that includes a library, residences, and studio space. From June to September we offer more than 100 workshops in a variety of artistic and ecological topics. From October to May Sitka provides the gift of space and time to more than a dozen artists- and ecologists-in-residence who reside on campus for up to 3.5 months. Each November, Sitka travels to Portland to operate the Sitka Art Invitational, an art exhibition and sale featuring 130+ Pacific Northwest artists. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the Sitka Center seeks to honor its history, amplify its strengths, and forge a path toward making an even greater impact in its next 50 years. The Program Manager will play a key role in this transformation.

About the Position
The Program Manager is primarily responsible for the management, administration, and evaluation of two of Sitka’s three core programs: the workshop program and the residency program. In consultation with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the entire staff, the Program Manager plays a lead role in establishing and maintaining the strategic direction of these programs. In addition to experience in program design, administration, and delivery, the ideal candidate will strike a balance between implementer and innovator: that is, s/he is excited to patiently learn, understand, and operate the programs as they currently exist, but is also motivated to bring new ideas, designing and implementing changes over time to improve the programs’ quality, accessibility, reach, and mission impact. The ideal candidate will not only be committed to the arts, but will be excited to dedicate time and energy to expanding ecology-focused offerings in all our program areas.

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience in program design, administration, delivery, and evaluation
  • Experience developing, managing, and tracking budgets
  • Experience training and supervising staff and interns
  • Comfort employing and troubleshooting technology in all aspects of work; experience with databases and Mac computers
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and stay focused in a small and busy office environment
  • A sleeves-rolled-up approach and a willingness to cheerfully take on the wide range of tasks, challenges, and adventures that arise when operating a small rural non-profit
  • A passion for people and a genuine kind-heartedness when dealing with everyone in Sitka’s community
  • A willingness to live on the Oregon coast and to embrace rural and small-town life Highly Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience planning and delivering high-quality programming at an arts center
  • Knowledge and experience in the world of artist-in-residence programs
  • Familiarity with various artistic media and studio setups (knowledge in the area of printmaking is a particular asset)
  • Interest and experience in ecology, environmental, and/or conservation programming
  • Management, operation and maintenance of a multi-building facility and grounds
  • Experience applying an equity, diversity and inclusion lens at work and in program development 

Sitka Values and Work Environment
The Sitka staff works together in a small and sometimes busy office setting. Our community of staff, volunteers, and residents/instructors enjoy collaborating in a close-knit, friendly environment. Sitka staff are flexible go-getters who enjoy the variety of tasks, both planned and impromptu, that may present themselves during a given work day. The Sitka Center values equity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage qualified candidates of all backgrounds, abilities, and orientations to apply.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Ben Shockey, Executive Director: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and phone interviews will begin the week of January 30. In-person interviews will take place on-site at the Sitka Center beginning the week of February 6. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Start date: March 2017