Seeking Artistic Director

Position Description:

The Artistic Director is responsible for developing and steering the overall content and creative identity of GoggleWorks, in line with our artistic vision and philosophy. The Artistic Director provides direction and support to the programs department, studio leaders, and other creative departments to insure GoggleWorks is offering an eclectic, professional and inspiring experience for its students and visitors.

The Artistic Director works closely with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Marketing Department to guide GoggleWorks’ strategic development in an effort to maximize community impact, long term financial sustainability, artistic relevance, and reputation. The Artistic Director will also work to ensure that all of GoggleWorks’ studios facilities and programs are held to the highest standards of operation and excellence.

The Artistic Director will drive GoggleWorks’ overall student experience through the development and implementation of a robust schedule of public events, programs, and exhibitions in line with artistic vision and seasonal themes. Overseeing the program department, the Artistic Director will drive creative program development and studio experiences in line with GoggleWorks mission and core values.

Reports to:

Executive Director

Collaborates with:

Chief Operations Officer, Event Rentals Director, Director of Administration, Marketing Department, Exhibitions Coordinator

Direct Reports:

Director of Education, Hot Glass Studio Manager, Ceramic Studio Manager, Wood Studio Technician, Warm Glass Studio Technician, Teaching Artists

Key Responsibilities:

Management

-Lead program department in development of long-term plans and resources which meet educational, service and programmatic goals of GoggleWorks
-Oversee studio rental program and drive rental income growth
-Oversee the scheduling and planning process of course terms
-Lead studio managers and technicians in execution of facility standards
-Collaborate with Exhibitions Coordinator to produce complementary exhibitions and program offerings
-Oversee the development of program marketing collateral

Special Programs

-Oversee the work exchange program in its development, recruitment and resources
-Oversee the Student Ambassador Fellowship Program including recruitment, experience development and exhibition fulfillment
-Lead the philosophy, structure, and policy development of the Artist-In-Residency Program

Artist Recruitment

-The Artistic Director will lead the recruitment of artist instructors able to offer a wide range of courses that will diversify GoggleWorks offerings
-Recruit Student Ambassador Fellowship mentors
-Collaborate with staff on strategies related to visiting artists and retail consigners
-Recruitment of high level, relevant instructors to offer master level workshops year around

Project Management & Organization Advancement

-Working with Marketing Department, COO, and Executive Director, plan and manage various special projects and partnerships throughout the year; including but not limited to campus and wayfinding improvements, developing and launching new programs, and special events
-Continuously identify studio infrastructure and equipment needs in order to plan, execute and grow studio capabilities

Facilities

-General studio oversight and studio manager supervision, including ceramics, hot glass, warm glass, metals, wood, printmaking / screen printing, photography, and materials lab
-Set and enforce the highest standards of operation possible in all studios, including cleanliness, safety, policy and students experience
-Develop and implement campus wide inventory procedures
-Develop and grow material sale options for students and patrons

Creative and Artistic Direction

-The Artistic Director will develop key themes and aesthetics of course offerings, program related marketing material, and public programs. The Artistic Director will work with the Marketing Department ensure brand and offering cohesion between programs, galleries, retail, and theatre departments
-Develop catalog themes and concepts and related interactive experiences
-Develop and oversee dynamic course content such as special topic courses and experiences
-Develop and implement artistic offerings and experiences that adapt seasonally / environmentally

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to hr@goggleworks.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Seeking Community Ambassador

Time Commitment: 15-25 hours per week, dependent on availability

Position Description:

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts seeks a personable, detail-oriented conversationalist for the position of Community Ambassador, who will be responsible for providing outstanding guest experiences and internal support to all artists, arts partners, students, visitors and staff that frequent our spaces. Their driving purpose will be to deliver memorable interactions with each of our guests, leaving a positive, lasting impression of GoggleWorks which embodies our core values of: accessibility, collaboration and artistic and operational excellence. This position is multi-faceted with opportunities to expand into special projects or join GoggleWorks committees.

Reports to:

Community Ambassadors report directly to the Community Ambassador Manager.

Preferences:

-Passion for the visual arts, commitment to GoggleWorks’ mission and willingness to learn about and embrace the local community; prior familiarity with the Reading area a plus
-People-person with an outgoing, positive attitude and the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public in occasionally stressful situations
-Organized, detail-oriented, proactive with the ability to manage competing priorities effectively and adapt quickly to change
-Professional and conversational, with strong oral and written communication skills; bilingual in English/Spanish highly desired
-Ability to work as a member of a team, as well as independently, to build relationships with both regular and first-time visitors
-Previous experience working in customer service required; experience in events, retail or education a plus
-Ability to use a point of sale system, handle cash, run credit card machine, manage end-of-day count, and daily deposits; experience with Square POS or Square for Retail a plus
-Capable of working a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends to accommodate a robust schedule of programming and events
-Experience with Google Suite (Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, Sheets, Docs, etc.)
-Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
-Experience with WordPress a plus

Responsibilities:

-Create a welcoming atmosphere for every guest at GoggleWorks with an emphasis on delivering a consistent, positive experience to all
-Accurately complete sales including, but not limited, to memberships, gallery artwork, gift cards, studio rentals and materials purchases, concessions and film tickets as required
-Act as a spokesperson for the artists featured in our retail space and galleries by learning about their artwork and using that knowledge to engage with our guests
-Answer phones to resolve questions regarding GoggleWorks’ offerings, directing calls to the appropriate departments/persons when necessary
-Field in-person, phone, and email inquiries regarding GoggleWorks educational/group programs, contracts and special events and take registrations/process payments for a variety of offerings
-Maintain the appearance of our retail space by restocking as needed, updating signage, straightening and reorganizing our products, and routinely cleaning and /or polishing the artwork
-Arm and disarm our alarm system on a daily basis in addition to handling security protocols when the alarm is activated
-Provide administrative support when necessary to our Programs, Marketing and Events departments to ensure smooth daily operations
-Receive and distribute packages and shipments to both staff and tenants

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter emphasizing your connection to our core values to hr@goggleworks.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.

Seeking Artist Instructors

Here at GoggleWorks, we are always looking to expand our educational offerings and introduce new ideas and techniques to our students and community. Our educational offerings are only as good as the artist instructors that teach here. To that end, we invite qualified artist instructors to propose classes and/or workshops in each of our seven teaching studios, including: ceramics, hot glass, warm glass, metalsmithing, photography, printmaking, and woodworking. For instructors who teach outside of these mediums, special topic classes and workshops enable us to move beyond the traditional. We are always looking to expose our student body to new mediums, methods, and materials; nothing is off limits.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.