The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is seeking a highly organized, detailoriented, and creative individual to join the team as Programming and Operations Manager. This key position is responsible for planning and implementing the programmatic and operational activities of the Festival. The Programming and Operations Manager will report directly to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with a team of three permanent employees, seasonal staff, volunteer governing board, and a programmatic advisory committee (in development) to achieve the organization’s mission.
The candidate will be joining a small and highly collaborative team. There is room for growth and additional responsibility in this position depending on the candidate.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an eclectic, dynamic, and farreaching celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. The nearly fourweek gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, contemporary circus, public radio shows, comedy, film, spectacle, street arts, and family entertainment. The Festival’s mission is to present a worldclass celebration of arts and entertainment that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.
Develop and implement the Festival’s community programs, events, and artistic presentations
Seek out and create diverse new programming and partnerships in the community and region while maintaining and improving existing ones
Collaborate with Executive Director on the curation and contracting of the Top of the Park music series
Provide project management and advance support to all of the Festival’s events
Lead the Board Community Engagement Committee
Business & Operations (50%)
Manage the Festival’s seasonal operation and event production apparatus including but not limited to oversight in areas of vendor relationships, labor, artists, event production, accessibility, safety and security, risk management
Manage a seasonal team of 10 managers, and provide guidance and strategic oversight for a team of vendors, 100+ employees, and 200+ volunteers
Prepare and execute seasonal advance work including event permits, licensing, facility rental agreements, workorders
Oversee general office administration, calendar management, technology
Actively participate in the planning, execution, and evaluation of all of the Festival’s 150+ events
Serve, with high integrity, as a representative of the Festival to donors, stakeholders and the community at large
Additional responsibilities as assigned
To Apply Please email a cover letter and resume to Mike Michelon at email@example.com.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and/or artistic knowledge, interest and experience in the performing arts and live event production field, and the ability to work with a broad crosssection of genres, artists, businesses, partners, and the public to enhance interest and participation in the Festival.? Minimum 2 years of experience in artistic programming, program development, community placemaking, and/or event production
Innovative thinking, adaptability, and comfort supporting new ideas/projects.
Excellent communication skills (verbally and written) and ability to communicate with extreme diplomacy, professionalism
Experience working in and building relationships with diverse communities
Demonstrated organizational ability to work under pressure on multiple projects with competing deadlines, establishing goals and workload priorities
Ability to motivate and lead a team
Computer savvy and comfortable working in a Mac environment, highly proficient in Microsoft
Office and Google tools, basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
Ability to work evening and weekend hours during Festival’s summer season (mid June to mid July)
Valid driver’s license
Additional Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. Year round, full-time salaried position with benefits.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, contemporary circus, comedy, film, spectacle, street arts, and family entertainment.
Toda...y, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, circus, and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, blockbuster movies by moonlight, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions.
Now entering its 34th season in 2017, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers a progressive mix of regional, national, and international artists of all disciplines. Presenting over 175 scheduled events each season and attracting a diverse audience of over 80,000 people, the festival continues to grow as a major cultural event in the Ann Arbor community, and as an internationally recognized celebration of arts that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.