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Employment Opportunities

Wildwood is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for the following positions, please email a resume to Leslie Golden, Executive Director, at leslie@wildwoodpark.org, unless otherwise stated.

Please scroll down to find out more information about these positions:

Art in the Park Curator

Development Assistant

Educational Programs Coordinator

Facilities Manager/Technical Director

Major Gifts Officer

Patron Relations Coordinator

Rentals Coordinator

Art in the Park Curator (Part-Time/Contractual)

Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Art in the Park Curator is a dynamic visual arts expert who serves as visionary and administrator of the Park’s visual arts exhibition projects and complementary programming to impact local and regional audiences.

Art in the Park’s vision is to create a dynamic environment for the visual arts to be in conversation with contemporary culture, the community of Little Rock, and the natural environment of Wildwood Park. With quarterly exhibitions, Art in the Park’s mission is to expand the experience of contemporary art by engaging the community through cultural events, humanities and science lectures, and educational opportunities tied to the focus of each exhibition.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, plan and schedule four or more exhibitions annually, primarily through engagement of Arkansas artists.
  • Oversee and enact the design, layout, installation and de-installation of exhibits.
  • Recruit, support and communicate with artists under consideration or scheduled for exhibitions.
  • Interface with Wildwood’s leadership, artists, and educational personnel to design and select exhibitions that reflect and grow artistic, educational, and horticultural initiatives.
  • Collaborate with artistic staff to design complementary and multi-disciplinary educational programming that will cultivate, inform, entertain and educate a broad community, including students of artist-in-residency projects with local schools and The Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts (WAMA).
  • Collaborate with other departments to create promotional collateral and administer artist receptions, and to cultivate and support stakeholders and broad community participation.
  • Participate in budgeting, record-keeping and administration for growth of Art in the Park.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Position reports to executive director and artistic director.

Skills and Specifications:

  • Demonstrate best practices for visual arts programming, with a knowledge and willingness to accommodate a variety of activities that also occur in the Galleries at Wildwood.
  • Demonstrate leadership, vision, management and capacity while working with diverse artistic disciplines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including writing, presentation and public speaking.
  • Work well, creatively and strategically under pressure.
  • Demonstrate excellent judgement and propensity for multi-tasking.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required for events and meetings
  • Demonstrate flexibility in duration, time and days required for this part-time position.
  • Demonstrate sustained physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and concrete.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds.
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, creative, innovative, personable and flexible.

Qualifications:

  • MA degree in curatorial studies, art history, cultural studies or visual arts; PhD a plus.
  • 3 or more years’ experience of collaborative, institutional curatorial experience preferred.

Development Assistant

Submit resume and cover letter to:  Mary Bea Gross/marybea@wildwoodpark.org

Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Development Assistant provides detailed and organized administrative support within the development department which secures donor funds and philanthropic resources to support the Park’s programming, facilities and green space. Additionally, the position recruits and manages volunteers for Wildwood and serves as the liaison for the Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accurately tracks philanthropic requests to and receipts from individuals, foundations and organizations
  • Manages and accurately updates the donor and pledge databases in Ovation and other formats, sending correspondence from the organization to donors and prospective donors in both electronic and hard formats in a timely manner
  • Maintains the grant application calendar
  • Organizes and generates all development mailings
  • Processes annual giving and membership appeals and renewals
  • Researches business/corporate and individual fundraising prospects
  • Drafts proposals, grants, reports or other development documents
  • Organizes and calendars meetings with prospects upon request
  • Manages recruiting and fulfillment of volunteers for events, regularly occurring volunteer duties, and episodic duties
  • Tracks volunteer hours and serves as lead staff for organizing the Park’s annual volunteer recognition event
  • Serves as correspondent and calendar manager for members of the Board of Directors
  • Records minutes and submits timely reports of meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Serves with other staff members in supporting special events, festivals, presentations and productions at Wildwood and takes on additional assignments as requested by management

Skills & Specifications:

  • Ability to operate under solid pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative, work self-sufficiently and as a team member
  • Strong skills in Excel, Powerpoint, Word; skills preferred include WordPress (website), Constant Contact (eblasts), OvationTix (ticket sales), social media
  • Effective project management skills
  • Effective and professional communication and social skills across a broad spectrum of patrons and collaborators
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for various levels of readers
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, and flexible
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required for events and meetings
  • Demonstrates flexibility in duration, time and days required for this full-time, salaried position
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds, sustain long hours at desk/computer as well as independent physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and concrete
  • Valid driver’s license and functioning automobile as position requires some deliveries and errands

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required, with communications, public relations, business or other related areas preferred
  • Two or more years of experience in nonprofit arts organizations, sales and/or development experience preferred

Educational Programs Coordinator

Wildwood’s Educational Programs Coordinator creates and enacts initiatives for educational outreach and lifelong learning in central Arkansas and across the state through a spectrum of arts and naturalist programs that require promotion and sales, administration, and interaction with patrons and community partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages educational outreach programming; promotes programs with pr/marketing staff; researches, collaborates in programmatic design, and engages appropriate staffing for classes and workshops; oversees registration and daily/weekly details of schedules for classes and workshops
  • Supports the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts (WAMA) with various tasks, which may include information dispersal, registration details, student/parent communications, accurate bookkeeping, and grant collaboration and reporting
  • Sells and manages all aspects of the statewide educational tour produced by Wildwood for grades K – 5; sells, contracts, schedules, tracks bookings; creates study guides and tour collateral including e-blasts, mailings, and posters; creates daily schedules for the tour, including driving directions, booking hotels and communicating with school representatives; collects and compiles audience data for reports
  • Builds and enacts strategies for group/school sales of educational events, including productions, tours and events hosted at Wildwood
  • Builds educational newsletter and updates Wildwood website education pages and Wildwood Facebook and Instagram accounts
  • Researches and creates with other staff various displays and activities to engage adults, children, and families during festivals
  • Manages annual educational partnerships and residencies with local schools; participates in grant-writing to secure funding for projects; administers scheduling details with artists, school administrators, and teachers; administers grant details including contracts, travel arrangements, collection and recording of applicable data for reports
  • Serves as liaison between partner schools and artists
  • Coordinates educational tours of the park, including garden, nature, theatre and Art in the Park tours
  • Works as Wildwood team member on festivals, special events, meetings and other gatherings
  • Additional duties as assigned by senior management; position reports to executive director

Skills and Specifications:

  • Ability to operate under solid pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and take initiative
  • Skills in Excel, Powerpoint, Word, WordPress (website), Constant Contact (eblasts), OvationTix (ticket sales)
  • Social media experience in Facebook and Instagram welcomed
  • Effective project management skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for various levels of readers, from technical content for grants to study guides for youth
  • Collaborative spirit and energy
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, innovative and flexible
  • Effective communication and social skills across a broad spectrum of patrons and collaborators
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required for events and meetings
  • Demonstrates flexibility in duration, time and days required for this full-time, salaried position
  • Demonstrates sustained physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and concrete.

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor degree in education, fine arts, theatre, journalism, or applicable field
  • 2 or more years of experience in nonprofit arts organizations, arts education, sales

Facilities Manager/Technical Director (Part-Time/Avg. ~30 hours per week)

The Facilities Manager/Technical Director is a highly organized, responsible, personable and independently motivated individual who can play an essential role within the Park’s small team to provide technical support for theatrical productions, concerts, rentals, and facilities. The facilities manager serves as the technical liaison for in-house and rental usage of the 625-seat Cabe Festival Theatre and other amenities and is the point person for facilities systems and their maintenance.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with artists from Wildwood and other organizations to realize fully produced theatrical events, performances, presentations and concerts.
  • Evaluate Wildwood’s events and rental calendars for scheduling maintenance and event load-in, load-out.
  • Respond promptly to all inquiries regarding facilities, systems, and technical inventory.
  • Meet with potential renters or their representatives regarding equipment and supplies.
  • Build and monitor maintenance calendars and budgets, and garner quotes for capital expenditures.
  • Maintain written inventories of facilities, amenities, theatrical equipment and supplies .
  • Create/maintain all procedural paperwork and handbooks regarding facilities, maintenance and upkeep.
  • Serve as co-liaison between Wildwood, rentals coordinator, and all third party vendors (e.g. rental suppliers, florists, caterers, etc.) required of rental contracts.
  • Collaborate with rentals coordinator on procedures and provisions for rentals, including but not limited to security, cleaning, building maintenance supplies, placement and upkeep of any gear provided by or rented from Wildwood (e.g. theatre equipment, tables, chairs, linens, etc.).
  • Oversee and communicate with repair/supply vendors and volunteers on building maintenance, e.g. air conditioning, lighting, general maintenance, etc.
  • Support programs and facilities to accomplish, e.g., exhibition installations, events, and routine maintenance.
  • Work as a team member on festivals, special events, meetings and other public and private gatherings.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.
  • Position reports to Executive Director.

Skills and Specifications:

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about technical theatre production, theatrical facilities, general facilities maintenance and upkeep; physically sound, with good vision and hearing, with or without the aid of standard appliances; able to bend, lift 50+ pounds, and to tolerate high spaces (cat walks, e.g.); as well as stand and walk for long periods of time.

  • Ability to operate and cooperate under solid pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Capacity to perform a wide array of minor repairs; sound judgement to know when experienced technicians are required.
  • Facility with Excel, Word, Outlook, Google apps.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, creative, innovative, personable and flexible.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends and holidays, as required for special events/meetings, and as support and back-up for Rentals Coordinator.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in duration, time and days required of this part-time position.
  • Demonstrates sustained physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and  concrete.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree preferred or equivalent experience in applicable field; e.g. technical theatre
  • 5 or more years of experience in facilities management and/or theatrical industry
  • Theatrical design and carpentry skills a plus.

Major Gifts Officer

Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Major Gifts Officer develops and implements strategies to identify, cultivate, track and make requests of individuals, corporations and foundations for significant gifts to fund identified campaign and/or organizational priorities (e.g. arts, education, horticulture, capital improvements).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects
  • Research and analyze current and prospective donors to qualify and define appropriate program support and capital campaign requests
  • Work with the organization’s leadership in recognizing and prioritizing organizational funding needs
  • Track, maintain and adhere to development budgets
  • Provide campaign and initiative analysis reports for major gifts
  • Develop, evaluate and refine plans and timetables and assist with planning and/or leading events or programs related to cultivating major donors
  • Cultivate and present written and verbal proposals to individual, corporate and foundation prospects
  • Collaborate with staff to develop collateral to support proposals
  • Work with board members and senior management in meetings with prospects
  • Assist with publicity arrangements for important gifts, programs, accomplishments or events
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein or as assigned by senior management, including travel when necessary; position reports to executive director

Skills and Specifications:

  • Accesses multiple contacts and demonstrates relationships in the corporate/foundation/private community
  • Initiates and effectively enacts plans for creating and accomplishing major gifts campaigns
  • Seeks and responds to challenges in a growing nonprofit with a small but dedicated staff
  • Operates under solid pressure, meets goals and deadlines, works effectively with development officer and other staff
  • Demonstrates facility with Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Demonstrates effective analytical, organizational and project management skills
  • Successfully communicates Wildwood’s mission, vision and programs
  • Presents excellent writing skills for the purposes of interpersonal, public and grant-seeking and grant-reporting communications
  • Possesses collaborative spirit and ability to work independently and as a team member with Wildwood employees and Board of Trustees
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, creative, innovative and flexible
  • Provides communication and social skills across a broad spectrum of patrons and donors
  • Demonstrates sustained physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and concrete.

Qualifications:

  • Minimumn of a Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Five years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience with a proven track record in major gifts
  • CFRE with planned giving experience preferred.

Patron Relations Coordinator

Wildwood’s Patron Relations Coordinator executes public and patron relations and marketing activities designed to sell tickets, to increase attendance of Wildwood events, and to raise awareness of Wildwood Park’s programming throughout the local, statewide and regional community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee/implement all box office and e-ticketing operations/sales for all events, including rental events as assigned
  • Aggressively and successfully maintain ongoing social media presence, campaigns and communications
  • Implement and maintain creative ways to engage guests using all social media avenues and discount houses
  • Inform and execute marketing plans
  • Track pr/mktg campaigns, preparing post-campaign performance analysis reports for leadership and Board of Trustees, and designing modifications for concurrent and future strategies
  • Research, write, distribute and track media alerts, press releases and media kits
  • Create promotional and marketing collateral, including but not limited to posters, postcards, brochures, advertisements, publications, eblasts, website and other promotional pieces
  • Write newsletters and promotional e-blasts
  • Liaise with outside marketing and public relations consultants, vendors, collaborators
  • Help to develop and maintain relationships with local, statewide and regional media reps, and pitch creative and unique ideas to promote Wildwood events, educational programming, gardens and other Wildwood initiatives
  • Gather and update new emails and addresses for WWPA database; devise creative campaigns to grow email database
  • Negotiate media placement and media contracts and serve as liaison/traffic controller for all pr/mktg vendors (designers, printers, mailing houses, signage, etc) and work with other staff on securing media sponsorship proposals
  • Calendar, edit and launch blog submissions from Wildwood Park staff and volunteer writers
  • Monitor online blogs for tracking communications related to Wildwood Park
  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers for event planning/implementation, including committee meetings
  • Create and implement creative promotional giveaways and other event-specific campaigns
  • Represent Wildwood knowledgeably in interpersonal/public interactions, including TV/radio appearances
  • Additional duties as assigned by senior management; position reports to executive director

 Skills and Specifications:

  • Ability to operate under solid pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Passion for the arts, nature, arts education
  • Facility with Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, graphic design and publishing programs (e.g. Adobe products)
  • Experience with Constant Contact and WordPress preferred
  • Facility and desire to work with new software and technology
  • Effective project management skills
  • Sound understanding of marketing principles and affinity for public relations
  • Effective understanding of latest technologies and how to apply them in marketing
  • Excellent copy writing and editing skills across all platforms and ability to rework technical content for a wider audience
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, creative, innovative and flexible
  • Effective communication and social skills across a broad spectrum of patrons
  • Demonstrates sustained physical mobility in park-like setting (paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps, concrete)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in one of the following preferred: Mass Communications, Journalism, Technical Writing, Marketing, Advertising or Public Relations.
  • 2 or more years of experience in the field of Marketing / Advertising / Public Relations / Mass Communications or a related field.

Rentals Coordinator (Part-Time ~30 hours/week)

Wildwood’s Rental Coordinator is a highly organized, responsible, personable and independently motivated individual who wants to play an essential role within the Park’s small team to provide a positive, service-oriented experience to Wildwood’s rental clients and the general public. The Rental Coordinator is the primary contact for individuals, organizations and businesses that may choose to rent or utilize Wildwood’s grounds and indoor facilities. Coordinator must be able to seek out, book, and effectively manage diverse rental opportunities, indoors and outdoors, including meetings, weddings, major multi-day corporate events.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Execute marketing and sales strategies for Wildwood’s rental program by researching, developing and recruiting potential rental clients, creating sales letters and materials for targeted organizations, tour industry and convention representatives.
  • Respond promptly to all rental inquiries and questions via phone, email or walk-in appointments.
  • Meet with all potential renters to discuss and promote the property’s exterior and interior spaces and the value the Park has for the community.
  • Create and maintain all contracts and paper work regarding rentals and facilities usage.
  • Serve as primary liaison between Wildwood and all third party vendors (e.g. rental suppliers, florists, caterers, etc.) required of rental contracts.  [Rental Coordinator does not serve as an Event Planner for a renter, but is the onsite representative and coordinator for delivery and pick-up times at the Park, orientation, etc.]
  • Coordinate all provisions for the rental, including but not limited to security, cleaning, building maintenance supplies, and inventory provided by or rented from Wildwood (e.g. theatre equipment, tables, chairs, linens, etc.).
  • Collaborate with development/patron relations/marketing personnel.
  • Interface with Facilities Manager/Technical Director and other personnel.
  • Work as a team member on festivals, special events, meetings and other public and private gatherings.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.
  • Position to reports to Executive Director.

Skills and Specifications:

The ideal candidate will be physically sound, with good vision and hearing, with or without the aid of standard appliances, able to bend, lift up to 50 pounds, and to stand and walk for long periods of time.

  • Ability to operate under solid pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Facility with Excel, Word, Outlook, Google apps.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Effective management of office hours and event hours.
  • Collaborative spirit with the ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, creative, innovative, flexible, and a very personable negotiator.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and social skills across a broad spectrum of patrons and collaborators.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends and holidays, as required for special events/meetings.
  • Flexibility in duration, time and days required of this part-time position.
  • Sustained physical mobility in a park-like setting with paved and unpaved walkways, green spaces, steps and concrete.

Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor degree preferred with proven prior experience (3+ years) in rentals, sales, and/or event coordination.
  •  Basic understanding of theatrical production fundamentals a plus.

Teaching Opportunities

Interested in teaching a class at Wildwood? We are looking for teachers of a variety of disciplines to teach community classes year round at Wildwood and during the summer at the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts (WAMA). Disciplines could include music, instrumental and voice, visual arts, dance, theatre, horticultural, naturalist studies, etc.

If you are interested, please send a class proposal and resume to angela@wildwoodpark.org or complete the online form by clicking here.

WAMA Internships Available

Wildwood Park for the Arts is currently accepting applications for college age students interested in weeklong and multi-week internship opportunities at the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts (WAMA). A small weekly stipend will help to cover interns‘ fuel expenses. We believe this will be an excellent opportunity for students studying music education, music, or general education. Interns will have the opportunity to observe working professionals in action, form professional relationships with the various faculty members, and may even have a chance to perform. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

If you are interested, please click here to learn more and apply – or contact Angela Collier at angela@wildwoodpark.org or 501-821-7275 ext. 253.

Wildwood Park for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy and intent of Wildwood Park for the Arts to provide equality of employment opportunity for all persons, and to prohibit discrimination in facets of employment. WWPA will ensure equal opportunity on the basis of merit and qualifications, without discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, or disability. Discrimination on these bases is prohibited by the following: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act. and the Rehabilitation Act. Park administrators will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants for employment and employees with physical or mental disabilities in accordance with the law. Wildwood will provide all employees an environment free from sexual harassment and other harassment based on a characteristic protected by law (nonsexual harassment). Wildwood will provide for the prompt and fair consideration of complaints of discrimination. Wildwood is committed to implementing affirmative programs to carry out this policy. All of Wildwood’s employees are expected to ensure that the Wildwood’s operations include compliance with all Equal Employee Opportunity laws and regulations.

Wildwood Park for the Arts’ policies are supported by the following laws:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;

the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination;

the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older;

Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibit employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments;

Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities; and

the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which, among other things, provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.

Immigrant Disclosure Statement

Wildwood abides by the federal law in existence on January 1, 2007, that states that Wildwood shall not employ, contract or subcontract with an illegal immigrant. Any employees are contractors are required to complete and submit to WWPA an I-9 form.