Application reviews begin on August 15. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Scroll down for job description.

Please submit (as a PDF attachment) a cover letter, a resume with verifiable employment contact information, and 3 references. Email to [email protected].

Download:  Community Engagement Manager job description

Reports to

Executive Director


Community Engagement Manager works full-time on outreach projects, residencies, and events for the arts center. Individual must be able to work a flexible schedule to include daytime, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate outreach programs, residencies, and events.


  • Responsible for fostering, maintaining, and organizing arts outreach within the various sectors of the community including public schools, social service agencies, foundations, and other community organizations
    • Identifies and develops relationships with organizations that will potentially benefit from direct arts outreach
    • Coordinates residencies using local and touring artists including location scheduling, artist communications, staffing, equipment/supplies delivery, hospitality, educational materials, and publicity
    • Develops and delivers community arts projects that connect the local community to the arts
    • Actively identifies populations of underserved individuals and determines courses of action to incorporate those populations into our outreach efforts
  • Responsible for management of annual Festival in the Park
    • Working with the Executive Director, schedules musical entertainment, event contractors, and supplies necessary for festival operations
    • Identifies potential art and food vendors and send invitations for applications
    • Manages overall application process, park map, and booth assignment
    • Coordinates with Marketing Manager on festival marketing – to vendors and event attendees
    • Manages overall budget goals in coordination with Executive Director
  • Nurtures and grows the volunteer base of the arts center in coordination with other staff members to support delivery of outstanding arts opportunities and events in our community
    • Working with the Marketing Manager–promotes volunteerism at the arts center through our social media, PR outlets, and events.
    • Works with individual volunteers to identify opportunities for engagement that are meaningful and fulfilling to them
  • Assists in grant development, donor development, sponsorship, and provides budget oversight for outreach programs and events
    • Identifies and writes local, regional, and national grants in coordination with the Executive Director to obtain funds to support outreach operations
    • Identifies and develops relationships with individual donors, foundations, and business sponsors to financially support arts outreach programs either through cash support or in-kind donations.
    • Develops and manages budgets for outreach programs to ensure grant compliance and financial oversight of spending
    • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs; completes required grant evaluations
  • Develops relationships with local and regional artist educators to support art workshops and creative opportunities – both paid and free – for community members of all ages
    • Coordinate with other staff members to create an annual calendar of art classes, community art shows, and free arts programs at the arts center
    • Develop a database of qualified local artists to lead art classes and workshops
    • Working with the Marketing Manager, create publicity and marketing campaigns to ensure patron participation and to meet revenue targets
    • Coordinate staffing, supply purchases, and set-up for classes and workshops
  • Supports overall activities at the arts center including Gallery staffing, assisting in ticket purchase and POS sales as needed, and learning to independently manage theater events. Greet and sustain a positive relationship with community visitors, patrons, volunteers, and donors.

Physical Requirements

Individual must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, be comfortable climbing ladders to hang art, change light bulbs, and assist in theater decoration, negotiate Gallery basement stairs, move tables and theatre chairs, and stand/walk for an extended period of time outside in the City Park.

Candidate must have access to reliable transportation for off-site residencies and events.


Ideally, the candidate will have experience in planning and leading events or programs that involve multiple age groups and abilities. Must demonstrate the ability to think creatively in program development.

Undergraduate degree with a record of academic achievement is preferred; work experience in related fields may be substituted for degree.

Individual must believe in the value of the arts in the Spearfish community and the importance of the Matthews Opera House as a cornerstone of community life. Individual must be high energy, outgoing, and comfortable conversing with a broad range of artists, patrons, business leaders and community visitors about all aspects of the arts center and its operations. Must have a mature demeanor and represent the arts center in a professional manner. Good writing, spelling, budgeting, and organizational skills are required. Must also have a creative spirit and enjoy the arts!