Director of Digital Arts

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Posted
August 16, 2021
Full Time
Austin, TX
Remote
$30,000–$42,000 USD

The Museum of Human Achievement (MoHA) is looking for a Director of Digital Arts!

This new position will be responsible for managing and expanding exhibitions and events associated with several key MoHA programs, including Fantastic Arcade (an annual celebration of indie and cult video games), Welcome to my Homepage (an online artist residency), IRL (exhibitions, education, and residencies related to VR, AR, net.art, etc.), a monthly indie games meetup, and MoHA4 (a hybrid physical/digital art gallery and membership-as-art program).

The Director of Digital Arts will take primary responsibility for the following aspects of each program: artist outreach; coordinating exhibitions and events; recruiting and managing volunteers; and overseeing program budgets, grants, and fundraising. The Director of Digital Arts will facilitate ambitious and cutting-edge exhibitions and events working closely with local, national, and international artists. The Director of Digital Arts will also have the opportunity to grow as a nonprofit administrator by contributing to all aspects of fundraising, including writing grants, soliciting corporate donations, recruiting members, and coordinating fundraising events.

Main Duties:

Programming

  • Oversee and expand existing programs (e.g., IRL, Fantastic Arcade, MoHA4, Welcome to my Homepage Digital Arts Residency)
  • Write, promote, and review open calls for exhibitions and residencies
  • Coordinate artists, contractors, designers, and volunteers to deliver and delegate ambitious programming schedule
  • Manage program budgets
  • Manage program marketing
  • Collect data and review effectiveness of programs
  • Identify opportunities and priorities for new program development

Development

  • Research and write grants to support programs
  • Solicit in-kind donations and corporate sponsorships to support programs
  • Help collaborate toward periodic fundraising events
  • Work with Executive Director as needed on organization-wide strategic planning, financial planning, and management

MoHA is especially looking for candidates who are knowledgeable and passionate about cross-disciplinary art, and who have some prior programming experience with organizations and digital arts. Ideal candidates should be interested in learning about nonprofit management, and will contribute to MoHA’s growth through grant writing, fundraising, and assessment of program effectiveness through formal data collection and review processes.

Candidates should therefore have strong basic writing and communication skills, be proactive, organized, have good attention to detail, and possess a strong desire to grow as a curator, a nonprofit administrator, and professional writer. Prior experience in all main job duties is a plus, but not a requirement - we are willing to provide training and support as necessary to dedicated candidates.

Candidates may be:

  • Strong at organizing and event coordinating
  • Self-motivated and able to self direct
  • Good at facilitating knowledge of others and working with community members/providing a platform
  • Able to manage a small team of volunteers and interns
  • Sociable and ready to work with artists, community members, partner organizations, funders
  • Computer literate, able to learn new software quickly, interested in and willing to learn new and emerging technologies and platforms
  • Experienced working with artists and/or game developers, able to speak the same language (tools, vocabulary, and best practices in game development), and translate their goals into something feasible
  • Adaptable, open and flexible
  • Empathetic with strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to keep good relationships with sponsors
  • Engaged with community
  • Excited about weird, wonderful, and challenging artwork in digital emerging media
  • Inspired by working in a collaborative, DIY environment of diverse artists and creative folks
  • Interested in thinking though systemic change, new systems, access and barriers inside of technology across class and socioeconomic status

Location

During COVID work location will be flexible and remote work is possible, office space will be provided at MoHA if desired. Post-COVID we are looking for a candidate to be located in the Austin area who is able to commute to MoHA. Some local travel for meetings and events will be required.

Compensation

MoHA is able to offer a beginning annual salary of $30,000–$42,000, commensurate with experience, and we are committed to expanding salary and benefits as the organization grows. MoHA offers a progressive, collaborative, fun working environment, and a flexible 40-hour workweek, with some required evening and weekend hours for events and exhibitions.

Application Materials Requested:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or CV
  • 2 References

We will respond to every applicant, but this may take some time. References will not be contacted until after the first interview.

MoHA ~ The Museum of Human Achievement

Diversity and Inclusivity at the Museum of Human Achievement

The Museum of Human Achievement was founded in 2012 with the explicit intention of fostering an inclusive community where artists and audience members would feel welcome, valued, and respected, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, age, ability, religion, or political affiliation. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

We’re committed to modeling equity, diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry of the nonprofit sector, and to maintain an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

MoHA is committed to promoting diversity and accessibility in the arts by:

  • Building and maintaining meaningful partnerships with existing organizations that advocate for marginalized groups.
  • Serving as a platform for emerging artists, curators, and organizations to develop new work, projects, and initiatives that enhance diversity in the arts.
  • Renting affordable studio, performance, and rehearsal spaces to artists lacking significant financial resources or institutional support.
  • Presenting the majority of MoHA programming completely free of charge.
  • Presenting, promoting, and commissioning work by artists from underrepresented groups.
  • Serving as a meeting ground for thoughtful engagements and conversations among diverse communities and groups.
  • Acknowledging and dismantling inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually updating and reporting organization progress.
  • Commiting time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
  • Challenging systems that create inequity, oppression and disparity, both inside and outside of our organization.

MoHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

MoHA is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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