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Director of Events & Public Engagement

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources. 

  • Image Credit: Dalvin Wade Byron, Rel Felipa and youth artist apprentices from Art @ Work 2018 produced by BOPA and Jubilee Arts Baltimore

  • Image Credit: Dalvin Wade Byron, Rel Felipa and youth artist apprentices from Art @ Work 2018 produced by BOPA and Jubilee Arts Baltimore

Director of Events & Public Engagement

The mission of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is to address the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy, and support; create pride by promoting Baltimore to Baltimoreans; and to use the arts and events marketing tools to promote Baltimore’s assets locally, regionally, and nationally. BOPA produces festivals, special events, and promotions for Baltimore City and develops and administers funds, grant programs, and community workshops. In addition, BOPA manages several historic attractions and sites in the Baltimore area. Facilities include School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, and the Top of the World Observation Level in the World Trade Center. 

Position Description

The Director of Events & Public Engagement is a regular, full-time, exempt position reporting to the Chief Marketing & Programs Officer. Oversees the operational logistics for large-scale events focused on bringing Baltimore together and attracting tourism from creation, implementation, staffing, vendor management, and assessment. Serves as the primary liaison and point of contact with Baltimore City agencies and quasi-agencies for BOPA/BFAI public events.  Researches and identifies event activations, partnerships, and trending engagement to create and enhance event offerings. Identifies local and national partnerships and collaborations to enhance the event experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage event team and external event partners 
  • Recommend vision and strategy to accomplish the mission for an innovative, forward-thinking organization that inspires and engages the board, staff, and community members
  • Collaborate with content teams to design experiences and support fabrication to bring event programming to life
  • Create event materials such as run of shows, contact lists, deliverables, shot lists, shipping grids, and other documents pertinent for event production. 
  • Manage and lead third-party vendor relationships related to events
  •  Inspire interest in the organization and nurture and sustain a culture of respect and inclusiveness that values the power of diversity with a firm commitment to equity and access.
  • Develop programs and activations that promotes Baltimore to Baltimoreans as well as fosters tourism in an effective and innovative manner
  • Oversee and coordinate daily operations and logistics for event management
  • Identify and create partnerships with other organizations that further the mission
  • Facilitate inter-dependency between programs to cultivate shared responsibility and inspiration for achieving the organization’s mission
  • Generate required permits and collaborate and orchestrate city services
  • Assess and report progress in meeting department objectives
  • Manage event department staff (e.g., interviewing, hiring, new hire and ongoing training, annual evaluations, etc.)
  • Participate in budget development and monitoring of expenses
  • Embrace innovation and change management activities with an inclusive decision-making process


Qualifications: 

  • 5+ years of event and event marketing experience 
  • Proven track record in events management and a strong background working cross-functionally with marketing, development, communications, legal/finance, and city-wide agencies.
  • Demonstrate expertise in producing live events, festivals, award shows, virtual and hybrid events from concepts to completion.
  • Demonstrated strategic approach to managing programs for scale and developing processes.
  • Highly organized with experience managing multiple complex projects with several stakeholders. Superior project management skills to ensure all milestones are achieved on time and on budget before, during, and after the event.
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Confidence to proactively update leadership regularly.
  • Ability to multi-task and remain calm in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners.


Compensation & Benefits: 

  • Salary is commensurate with experience 
  • Benefits eligibility includes Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, STD, Life, and AD&D 
  • 403B Retirement Plan with employer match 
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Paid Sick and Vacation accrual 
  • Parking or Monthly Transit Pass (subject to availability) 


Application Process: 

Email cover letter and resume (with applicant’s name and the job title in subject line) as one PDF document to: humanresources@promotionandarts.org. No phone calls please.  

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We strive to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources. 

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.