OZ Arts | Community Engagement Manager

Status: Full-time with expectation to work some nights and weekends

Reports to: Artistic Director (in lieu of Marketing Director)

About: OZ Arts is a 501c3 non-profit, contemporary arts center housed in the former CAO cigar headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. Utilizing the flexible, newly-renovated 10,000 sq ft warehouse and surrounding 5 acres of manicured grounds at OZ, the organization presents artworks from a variety of disciplines by local, national and international artists. Since opening to the public in 2014, OZ Arts has contributed to the expanding cultural landscape of the Mid-South region by offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.

Mission: OZ Arts supports the creation, development, and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field.

Summary: The Community Engagement Manager will work directly with both the Artistic Director and Artistic Associate of OZ Arts to expand and enhance the organization’s mission through programs that foster and engage diverse audiences.

From creating curriculum guides for the Artistic Program in schools, to maintaining and strengthening partnerships with colleague institutions, the candidate must possess a desire and willingness to think outside the box, conjure creative programs where they are needed in the community and align living artists from all creative disciplines with the growing community of Nashville.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate all outreach initiatives and educational programs under the supervision of the Artistic Director and in collaboration with both the Marketing and Development departments to help promote, subsidize and expand the reach of the programs presented by OZ Arts

  • Work closely with MNPS, private, charter and home schools to provide unique opportunities for both curriculum-based and independent

studies associated with the curatorial program at OZ Arts, including curriculum guide creation for appropriate TN state academic standards and STEAM integration

  • Maintain and grow established programs, such as OZ School Days, to serve a greater population with a wide variety of teaching artists, in partnership with Metro Parks Department

  • Develop burgeoning Youth Corps program with partner schools for student interns to attain deeper understanding of the inner-workings of an arts institution, as well as to engage directly with visiting and local artists presenting their work with OZ Arts

  • Facilitate the creation of new programs with the Artistic Director that engage the community in a variety of ways, including family programs, senior programs and programs for our diverse citizenry

  • Research individuals, community groups, organizations/ establishments, social media platforms, etc to cultivate as audience members for specific programming. Then, maintain that communication in order to sustain growth & diversity of audience.

  • Maintain an active membership in arts or education-related associations, and stay up to date on national trends.

  • Develop and maintain relationships in the community to further the mission of OZ Arts Nashville

  • Promote good working relationships within OZ Arts.

    Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree (a master’s degree is preferable) in education, arts

    education or other relevant areas of study

  • A minimum of two years related experience working in arts

    organizations, as an arts educator, or in an educational institution with

    arts-related responsibilities

  • Appropriate contacts in the education and arts communities

  • The ability to handle multiple programs and responsibilities,

    motivating and directing programs and outreach opportunities

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent creative writing skills

  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Leadership qualities

  • A can-do attitude, with energy and enthusiasm to be part of a small

    team that regularly requires attendance & participation within office hours as well as in evenings and on weekends

    Schedule:

    Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm with expectation to work some nights and weekends

    Compensation:
    OZ Arts will negotiate a full-time salary commensurate with experience and capacity. PTO plan and benefits to be discussed with candidates at time of interview

Interested candidates should send their resume, including two professional references, to program@ozartsnashville.org.

As a recent 501(c)3 contemporary arts institution in the mid-south region, OZ Arts' particular style of programming has begun to transform the cultural landscape of Nashville. Utilizing the venue's flexibility, OZ Arts presents the work of leading artists from around the world, offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.

OZ Arts also serves as a catalyst for local creativity through a program called TNT (Thursday Night Things). TNT is a quarterly series of unexpected collaborations with Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines. OZ Arts' "blank slate" provides a platform onto which these artists can create, develop and present a one-time-only event that would traditionally not be seen in a white wall gallery or proscenium theatre.

OZ Arts is located in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family. Their generosity provided the seed money that breathed new life into the column-free, 10,000 square-foot spacenestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.