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To apply for this job, please email (no phone calls please) to OFFCenter’s Executive Director, Robert Allen at: rallen@offcenterarts.org  Please attach a cover letter and resume as PDF files.

Position – Studio/Gallery Coordinator
Position open until filled

Employment status : Part-time: 20 Hours/week
Flex/Overlap Schedule with Staff to cover Open Studio Hours (Tu-Fr: Noon – 5 pm; Sat: 10 am – 3 pm).  Occasionally needed for Special Events on evenings or weekends.

Reports to: Program Manager, Executive Director

Compensation: $10.00 per hour starting

Position Summary

The Studio/Gallery Coordinator is responsible for maintaining OFFCenter’s Open Community Art Studio as a safe and healthy environment to support the creative expression and well-being of studio participants based on OFFCenter’s mission, vision, values and principles. Responsible for encouraging and engaging artists on a daily, periodic and long-term basis and encouraging them to participate in the full range of opportunities through OFFCenter programming. The SGC collaborates with the Program Manager (PM) to identify key Open Studio artist candidates to mentor and guide through progressive, skill-building and art sales opportunities through our Emerging Artists’ Economic Development Program. The SGC collaborates with the PM for participants’ recruitment into our: Weekly Skill-Building Workgroups in visual, written and musical arts; Specialty Art Technique and Art-Based Business Workshops; Non-Juried Exhibits (6x/yr); Emerging Artists Co-op Gallery; and Folk Art Festival activities. The SGC is responsible for operating OFFCenter’s Artists’ Co-op Gallery and Exhibition Space to provide dynamic public venues for display and sales of a diverse range of studio artists’ creations. It is essential for the SGC to compassionately engage with a diverse range of artists of all ages and abilities, encouraging artists to finish their work for presentation in exhibits, and for sale in the art gallery.  Through this mentoring and recruiting process, the SGC supports participants’ artistic, social and economic development. In collaboration with artist-instructors, support staff (service-learning interns) and volunteers, primary responsibilities also include; keeping the studio a safe, accessible environment for a diverse population; maintaining and organizing studio supplies; managing donations of art materials; and managing art sales accounting for OFFCenter’s Art Thrift Store and Artists’ Co-op Gallery.

OFFCenter is committed to a culturally diverse staff that reflects our varied community and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


Primary Responsibilities

Studio & Gallery Management

  • Maintain a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for diverse self-expression and social dialogue, while instilling a positive sense of personal ownership, responsibility and reciprocity from studio users.
    • Assist studio participants to access art materials, art resources and artist opportunities.
    • Encourage the art making of studio participants, helping participants expand their artistic skills.
    • Collaborate with Program Manager to make best use of donated art materials for workshops, classes and outreach and help Program Manager develop workshops and exhibitions.
    • Maintain and clean the studio, with volunteer assistance.
    • Manage and organize storage of equipment, tools and art materials; keep studio materials organized and accessible.
    • Encourage studio participants to contribute to studio maintenance and organization.
    • Manage and maintain our art material Thrift Store; accept and organize material donations from donors.
    • Manage and maintain our Artists’ Co-op Gallery and Exhibition space; assist participating artist to present artwork; maintain gallery contracts, files and art sale payments.
    • Assist customers with sales from our Thrift Store, Artists’ Co-op Gallery and Exhibition space.
    • Give tours and information to guests and new participants.
  • Assist as needed with Exhibition, Outreach and Fundraising events.

Education/Experience:

    • Bachelor or Associate’s degree in art, arts management, art therapy or social services preferred.
    • Experience working in the arts, art education or social services.
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
    • Basic knowledge of Google Apps (GMail, Calendar, File Stream etc…)
    • Initiative to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with OFFCenter staff, program participants, volunteers, interns, agencies, visitors, donors and community partners.
    • Well-developed organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to work independently and with a team.
    • Good verbal and communication skills.
    • Retail art sales experience a plus.
  • Spanish or American Sign Language skills a plus.