SPACES - Residency Coordinator

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SPACES - Residency Coordinator


Job Function: Exhibitions/Programming

Job Type: Full-Time, Monday-Friday. Some evening and weekend hours required

Anticipated Start Date: July 2021

Salary: $30,000/year

Benefits: Simple IRA retirement plan (up to 3% of salary match) + PTO

Location: SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113


SPACES is the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. We commission artists from around the world—at all stages of their careers—to make new work that is responsive to timely issues. Through our Residency & Exhibition Programs, we provide compensation, support, and access to resources for cultural producers who immerse themselves in Cleveland for up to eight weeks.

SPACES is a 43-year old nonprofit organization founded by artists to explore the creation of non-commercial, experimental art and to engage the public in a vital dialogue. It continues to be a space where artists have the freedom to research new ideas, media, and ways to engage the community. SPACES has a strong track record of serving as a true collaborative partner and rethinking the ways in which an organization can help artists materialize their ideas.

SPACES is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization with an annual operating budget of nearly $700,000. The staff includes 3 full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, and seasonal interns and volunteers who provide ongoing support throughout the year. A 12 member Board of Directors is active and engaged, reflecting a diverse range of expertise and perspectives.

Position Summary

SPACES seeks an outgoing, dynamic, innovative Residency Coordinator to be part of the Programming department, which oversees 6-8 residencies, and results in 10-15 newly commissioned artist projects and over 50 public events (on- and off-site) annually. Duties include—but are not limited to—working directly with participating artists and cultural producers, providing exhibition-related administrative support, supporting exhibition production and complex installation components, and advocating for SPACES and its participating artists. The Residency Coordinator represents SPACES locally, nationally and internationally, works closely alongside the Exhibitions and Creative Engagement Coordinators, and reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Coordinate projects by artists and art writers participating in our residencies with culminating exhibitions, including managing travel accommodations and Visa arrangements; showing artists around town; developing community support for the artists and their work.
Work closely with the Exhibition Coordinator and Creative Engagement Coordinator in support of each artist’s projects and needs.
Support artists and Exhibition Coordinator with artwork fabrication, installation, and shipping.
Manage expenses and revenue tracking for project budgets.
Organize open calls for residencies and exhibitions.
Serve as staff co-liaison for the Programming Committee of the Board of Directors.
Facilitate press releases and publications by collecting and copyediting information.
Lead tours and gives lectures about SPACES and its artists.
Work with Creative Engagement Coordinator to develop outreach opportunities.
Support Exhibitions Coordinator with professional development events for members.
Assist SPACES Development Director with project-based fundraising efforts by compiling data, and providing written materials, and video/images for grants and reports.
Assist with budget preparation and financial reporting.
Help coordinate Monster Drawing Rally and Annual Benefit, in cooperation with staff, board, and committee members.
Support gallery operations with other staff members and interns, including maintenance, lighting, and cleaning.
Coordinate scheduling of external gallery uses/rentals, in cooperation with the Creative Engagement Coordinator.
Assume additional responsibilities as needed in a small office setting.


The ideal candidate will have a well-developed sense of priorities and initiative; ability to work at the fast pace of a small nonprofit organization with discretion; creative problem solving capabilities; and strong interpersonal skills. Attention to detail and the ability to multitask are vital, as is the ability to follow through with a variety of projects that require both immediate attention and ongoing care. Project management experience and an arts-related background are preferred and proficiency with Google and Microsoft Office Suites is necessary. The candidate must have an enthusiasm for supporting bold experimentation in the visual arts.


SPACES is an equal opportunity employer. Our employment policies are administered without regard of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status except as permitted by law.


Please submit a cover letter and a one page resume. We will accept applications until the position is filled.


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