Art Services Manager

Self Help Graphics & Art

Boyle Heights/Los Angeles


The Art Services Manager oversees the revenue-generating commissions and programs that support the organization’s mission and serve as our primary vehicle for the distribution of resources to artists through employment and project commissions. The Art Services Manager is responsible for administrative aspects of commissioned programs and project management, including but not limited to offsite and occasionally onsite workshops and special installations that align with Self Help Graphics' mission and vision. The Manager oversees logistics and implementation of for-hire Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) and projects or commissions and is the first contact with potential partners and clients. The Manager works closely with the Director of Artistic Programs and Education to support the program, project planning, and execution. The manager also works closely with the Communications Consultant to support all online channels for program outreach purposes. The position is the primary administrative support in customer service, including fielding external inquiries in person, via phone, and online, and providing general administrative support to the full office as needed.

This is a full-time position, with more hours during heavy program seasons like Dia de los Muertos and other major events. This is a programmatic, administrative, and services-oriented position.

This role is ideal for someone seeking a community-serving and mission-oriented place of work whose values align with a culture of community care, solidarity, and a deep commitment to a nonprofit arts administration practice that centers equity, social justice, leadership development, and sustainability.

Barrio Mobile Art Studio and Workshops
Actively seek out and support planning and coordination of for-hire contracts, including Barrio Mobile Art Studio and commissioned special projects.
Serve as a contact point and support for clients interested in partnering with SHG to enhance their events and programs through for-hire art services.
Oversee, coordinate and submit project proposals to vendors
Oversees the BMAS teaching artists and assistants, maintains their contact list, and coordinates artists' schedules for art services programming
Review artist lesson plans or proposals; meet with artists to adjust when necessary
Ensure teaching artists are prepared to execute programs/ projects for hire by providing clear instructions and project goals
Attend select workshops/ events when necessary
Actively seek out artists to grow the BMAS cohort

Art Services
Project manage commissioned projects and partner collaborations, including client relationship management; steward process from start to finish and educate partners/clients on the process, costs and capacities needed to execute.
Produce detailed project budgets that account for contingencies and equitable compensation of artists for dedicated time and labor.
Oversee artists hired for special projects and provide support as needed, including artist development-centered support, ensuring clear instructions and path to reach project goals and deliverables.
Oversee installation processes and conduct visit sites as needed
Actively seek out artists that align with proposed projects and create a roster that indicates artist strengths and capacities for future engagements.
Support Director of Artistic Programs in managing SHG anchor programs and other creative projects (i.e., Dia de Los Muertos, region-wide art initiatives, Annual Print Fair)

Work with Communications Consultant to capture content for all online channels, including social media and website, highlighting special projects and partnerships.
Provide support during SHG anchor programs such as Dia de Los Muertos, Annual Print Fair, biennial Print Summit, fundraising events, and marketplaces, and assist the Community Engagement Manager in volunteer management when needed.
Create and manage project budgets
Work weekends and evenings as needed

Submit program attendance information to Admin Associate in a timely manner for DataArts annual survey and grant fulfillment information.
Ensure invoices and tax documentation for all contracted vendors and artists are received and processed in a timely manner.
Ensure teaching artists' and assistants’ hours are reflected in biweekly timesheets.
Track revenue and expenses on arts services and for-hire contracts to provide trend analysis of net income over time; work with Admin Associate to invoice clients in a timely manner and follow up as necessary

Client/customer service experience required
Demonstrated experience in project management, arts administration, and/or art-based community programming.
Knowledge of art education practices and curriculum planning preferred
Familiarity with diverse art mediums
Ability to manage simultaneous projects with varying deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail; dependable and adaptable
A resourceful problem-solver who can meet deadlines and make clear decisions at the moment
Emotional maturity, integrity, enthusiasm, and ability to deal sensitively and confidentially with artists and partner organizations, and clients.
Functional ease with Google Suite, Office Suite: Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Has the ability to interact constructively and cooperatively with others in a fast-paced environment, i.e., organization personnel, board members, donors, volunteers, youth

Physical Requirements
Moderate physical effort. May require occasional lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 50 lbs
Standing for extended periods during programming.

$60,000 + Medical benefits and robust PTO included
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample (i.e. redacted grant application, donor solicitation, or other related materials), and three references with contact information to [email protected] by 7/31/2022. The subject line should include the position title and your name. For example: Development Manager - Jane Doe

Self Help Graphics & Art
Founded in 1973 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics and Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multidisciplinary, intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and resources.

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