Senior Director of Programs & Experiences


A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts has supported thousands of individual artists, small organizations and performing arts companies, who add depth and dimension to the Boston arts ethos. Through residencies and programming, Boston Center for the Arts serves as an epicenter for an expanding cohort of artists working across all disciplines, and has catalyzed careers by providing fertile ground for experimentation and artistic risk-taking.



Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly, and to identify those ways that we, as a leading cultural organization, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where ALL artists can live and thrive.

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Boston Center for the Arts
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Full time
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This is a remote position
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All staff are required to work in-person, on-site at the BCA campus; there is no option for fully remote work. Additionally, it is a requirement of all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster.


Boston, MA
United States

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Description and Qualifications


The Senior Director plays a key role on the senior leadership team at Boston Center for the Arts and is responsible for ensuring that BCA programs align with the strategic vision of the organization and that the organization consistently places the professional needs of performing and visual artists at the center. The Senior Director will also work collaboratively across the organization to ensure consistent consideration of key dependencies such as community engagement, partnerships, fundraising, and operations. Specifically, the Senior Director provides leadership for the implementation of several signature initiatives, including core residency programs in visual arts, dance, and theatre; short-duration LAB residencies in dance, playwriting, music, and interdisciplinary arts; signature community events like the Boston Art Book Fair; and free year-round series of public programs and exhibitions. The Senior Director also supports efforts to engage the Boston artist community as well as the community of past residents - a diverse network of visual and performing artists. The Senior Director will also act as a thought partner in the implementation of a reclamation of the historic Cyclorama as a space for artists.



The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Leadership and Program Development

  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Directors and the Senior Leadership Team to initiate and set goals for residencies and programs based on BCA strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor staff in the Program Department (Director of Visual Arts, Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Programs, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Theatre Programs Manager, and Program Coordinator), managing with nuance the diverse range of expertise and experience present.
  • Oversee the Program Department budget and work collaboratively with Senior Leadership on annual budget development.
  • Ensure that program systems and operations are effective, impactful, and aligned with strategic goals.
  • Collaborate with program staff to oversee all aspects of program development including planning, scheduling, and implementing residencies, exhibitions, and public programs.
  • Make recommendations for and enact new program models that increase support for artists and position BCA as a critical resource for Boston-area living artists.
  • Oversee meaningful residency evaluation processes and implement program changes as necessary.
  • Ensure that artistic programs reflect the core principles of racial and cultural equity set forth in the BCA racial and cultural equity action plan.
  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Directors and Senior Leadership Team to determine and realize goals for programs that center artists and provide wraparound support for the creation of new work.
  • Identify partnership opportunities that enhance BCA services to artists that broaden our impact and connect artists with new audiences.
  • Attend all required staff and departmental meetings and work collaboratively with all BCA staff to ensure a strong team structure throughout the organization.
  • Act as primary programmatic liaison to the BCA Board of Directors, delivering reports at meetings when required.

Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Engage a broad and diverse audience in Boston Center for the Arts’ free year-round series of public programs, exhibitions, and experiences.
  • Oversee the maintenance of a program calendar and ensure alignment with cross-department staff around its successful implementation.
  • Manage all aspects of select community-based partnerships.
  • Identify opportunities to create collaborative alliances and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships across sectors in pursuit of creating wrap-around services for resident artists.
  • Deepen relationships with local community-based partners and organizations through innovative programming partnerships.
  • Represent Boston Center for the Arts in local, regional, and national meetings and conversations as appropriate.


  • Collaborate with the Advancement Department to ensure successful fundraising and programmatic marketing.
  • Publicly represent the BCA through clear communication of the mission and programs associated with both the visual and performing arts.
  • Support all BCA programs and special events as requested.
  • Attendance at occasional evening and weekend performances and events will be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 8+ years of experience in program development and project management for a cultural organization with strong preference for candidates who have experience with artist residency programs.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a senior management position.
  • Significant experience working with and on behalf of visual and/or performing artists with a strong preference for somebody who has worked across and between creative disciplines.



  • Ability to think creatively and develop innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience working in cooperation with a wide range of internal stakeholders.
  • Experience managing teams.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, CRM. databases, and project management software.
  • Excellent collaborative skills.
  • An ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and cultural equity.



  • Respects and embraces diverse perspectives.
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative and tackle complex challenges.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
  • Engenders trust with staff and remains open to feedback.
  • Operates with a high degree of integrity and respect.
  • Possesses a passion for the arts.