Director of Programs and Chief Curator (DPCC)

651 ARTS

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The Director of Programs and Chief Curator (DPCC), working closely with and reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for leading all presenting and programming activities of 651 ARTS. As the head programmer for 651 ARTS, the position oversees the budgets and staff of the program and production departments. The DPCC plays a primary role in season planning, line producing for presentations, and curating all related programming by cultivating artistic and industry relationships, designing arts engagement activities, participating in donor cultivation events, and representing 651 ARTS throughout the field.

This is a full time (40 hours/week) position located in Brooklyn, NY.

Salary Range: $72,500 - $90,000

  • Provide creative vision and leadership for programming activities including presentations, collaborations, education programs, arts engagement/humanities activities, and artist residencies/commissions.

  • Cultivate relationships and potential partnership or presenting opportunities with individual artists, curators, and performing arts companies.

  • Initiate and manage institutional collaborations with regional, national, and international presenters and organizations to present works in Brooklyn and beyond.

  • Act as lead project manager, creative liaison, ambassador, and spokesperson for all program engagements, partnerships, and presentations.

  • Propose annual programming seasons to Board of Directors and manage all related programming budgets, production needs, and support teams.

  • Contribute to fundraising strategy and cultivation for general operating and program initiatives in collaboration with Executive Director and Board of Directors.

  • Develop, in collaboration with Executive Director and Production Manager, production and programmatic budgets for a given fiscal year.

  • Support Executive Director in identifying and managing new staff positions directly related to programming.

  • Supervise program staff (including guest or seasonal curators, residents/fellows, etc.) and program department activities, including managing work plans and conducting annual reviews.

  • Conduct program activity reporting and evaluations.


Competitive DPCC applicants will have deep artistic insight and the ability to communicate clearly, sensitively, and supportively with artists and audiences throughout the presenting process. They will possess the capacity to build and curate rich programming through their professional networks and knowledge of the arts, as well as the necessary administrative and management experience within an institution. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of delegating to staff and partners, conveying vision, and communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

Additional requirements and experience include:

  • Knowledge of nonprofit arts field

  • Experience with art and artists of the African Diaspora and related cultural competencies

  • 10+ years’ experience in programs, presenting, and/or producing in a performing arts setting

  • Action-oriented self-starter who can work well independently and in a team

  • Creative thinker and problem solver

  • Familiarity with grant and proposal processes

  • Results and detailed oriented collaborator

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent number years’ experience. We value candidates who can demonstrate and articulate how prior experiences will help them contribute

How to Apply

For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than May 25, 2020 to: . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 651 ARTS is committed to a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas. We strongly encourage applications from populations underrepresented in the presenting field. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Posted on May 5