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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.

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Educational Programs Manager

Development Assistant

Development Officer

Educational Programs Manager

Wildwood’s Educational Programs Manager 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.

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
  • Works with education, artistic and administrative staff to develop and oversee educational outreach and programming for children, families and adults that reflects all aspects of Wildwood, from music and the arts, to naturalist and botanical programming, to Art in the Park opportunities.
  • 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
  • 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

Development 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 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.

Development Assistant

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 (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 education@wildwoodpark.org.

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). All interns receive a weekly stipend, in addition, residential interns receive room and board. 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, 2018.

If you are interested, please click here to learn more and apply.

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.