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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.

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.

Educational Programs Coordinator

Art in the Park Curator

Wildwood’s Educational Programming Coordinator creates and enacts initiatives for educational outreach and lifelong learning in central Arkansas and across the state through a spectrum of programs that require promotion and sales, administration, and interaction with the community. The Coordinator also supports Wildwood as the Curator of the Art in the Park visual arts exhibition program.

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
  • Serves as administrator of the Wildwood’s Art in the Park visual arts exhibition program through scheduling, communications, layout, educational activities, and communications with artists
  • 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, sales, and/or education

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
  • Planned giving experience is desirable

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

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. Disciplines could include music, instrumental and voice, visual arts, dance, theatre, nature, 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.