The Cleveland Public Library is hiring a Arts and Culture Manager

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The Cleveland Public Library is hiring a Arts and Culture Manager




The successful applicant will be a self-directed professional with a strong work ethic, a collaborative work style, and the skill set to thrive in a welcoming service environment for patrons and staff.

FULL TIME (37.50 hrs. per week)

Must be able to work flexible and/or additional hours as mandated by library operational needs

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for overseeing initiatives and projects led by this team and ensuring projects and programs are developed and implemented to meet the strategic goals of CPL. This position also serves as the main point of contact with artists, community partners, and vendors contracted to deliver this work.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, arts administration, liberal arts, or a related field.


Three years of administrative and project-management experience in a nonprofit, gallery, library, or museum setting.

Three years of experience managing supplier relations and negotiating contracts, pricing, timelines, etc. required.

Experience managing and maintaining departmental and/or project budgets.

Three years experience supervising and managing a staff of employees preferred.


Interest in and connection to local artists, organizations, and community partners.

Visual storytelling skills are strongly desired, Adobe Suite or other programs are preferred.

Attention to detail and excellent organizational, project management, research, writing, and editing skills.

Ability to lead, collaborate, and facilitate cross-departmental teams and external partners while maintaining a great deal of organization and advance planning.

Demonstrated ability to prepare and meet timelines and budgets.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently and under pressure while prioritizing multiple projects with competing deadlines.

Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work well with artists and curators.

Ability to collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners and create ways to meet mutual goals.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and Adobe Suite preferred.

Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in representing the library with various internal and external audiences.

Ability to demonstrate intermediate-level computer skills, including use of MS Windows, word processing, spreadsheet processing, electronic communication, and Internet browsing.

Strong critical thinking and negotiating skills.


Evaluation of this position is based primarily on the performance of the following essential functions, which include, but are not limited to:

Ensures that projects and programs are executed with the highest quality results.

Under the guidance of the Director, lead the creation and development of new projects and programs.

Research new talent and build relationships with artists, curators, fabricators, and community partners to ensure all projects are created to the highest possible standards.

Manage artist relationships around projects, serving as a trusted resource while meeting Library objectives.

Serve as a liaison between artists, project partners, community members, and Library staff.

Oversee major initiatives, such as Art for Justice program and future endeavors.

Develop strategies for convening selection committees and juries for project competitions.

Facilitate meetings with project partners, including preparing meeting agendas/materials and sharing follow-up information.

Create presentations for projects to share with funders, trustees, staff, and partners.

Engage in the creative processes with artists, designers, and fabricators, including conceptual design and ongoing design development.

Manage the work of and communication among project partners, including artists, design professionals, fabricators, and other contractors, businesses, partner organizations, and government entities (if needed).

Identify challenges to project completion and proactively recommend solutions, seek support, and communicate them both internally and externally, as needed.

Develop project-specific calls for artists, requests for proposals or qualifications (RFPs or RFQs), and scope of work documents.

Present artwork, artists, and projects for approval by city review bodies and other entities as necessary.

Plan and participates in community meetings, project-related events, and other engagement activities related to their projects and, sometimes, broader community efforts.

Assemble and facilitates project-specific advisory groups.

Develop surveys, evaluation tools, and other materials to collect data as necessary for projects and programs.

Develop and maintain project budgets, timelines, and workflow.

Assist with the completion of contracts, vendor payments, invoicing, etc.

Document in-progress projects, site visits, and other project activities that can serve as content for the Marketing team.

Collaborate on research and grant writing for programming and project-based financial support.

Track project-related grant milestones, budgets, deadlines and provides up-to-date information to the development team for reporting purposes.

Supervise staff in specified areas, including hiring, training, professional growth, performance management, productivity, quality, service, discipline, and terminations.

Participates, as requested, in organizational activities and events.

Other duties as assigned.

To Apply: Internal applicants, please apply on ESS. Please attach a current/updated resume and fill out the application entirely


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