Indigo Arts Alliance

Managing Director
Due Apr 12 2019

Indigo Arts Alliance is a nonprofit artist residency program that invests in artists of all disciplines, including the visual arts, performing arts, creative writing and music composition. We provide the time and space necessary for the development of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings communities in close contact with creative processes and practices that broaden cultural awareness.

A core imperative of Indigo Arts Alliance is to build communities by bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds of the African Diaspora to engage in their creative process, participate in arts enrichment programs and to serve as both mentors and mentees. An integral part of the vision is to provide artists of African descent who reside in Maine access to more practicing artists of color. Artists work at our new 4,000 sq. ft studio facility and are housed in the greater Portland area. Seasonally, depending on the interests and projects of each artist, the studio can be opened to the public for open studio visits.

Indigo Arts Alliance seeks a Managing Director with experience, energy, and creativity to help lead the organization. The ideal candidate will have operational management skills, excellent interpersonal capacity, experience with creating and leading excellent and engaging programs for diverse audiences, direct experience with contemporary artists and arts practices, experience and proven fundraising capabilities. Indigo Arts Alliance is a new organization, so the Managing Director should have a strong interest in collaborating with the founders and the Board of Directors to develop the programs and organizational structures to fully support the mission.


• A highly motivated, entrepreneurial, self-starting individual who enjoys working with artists

• A broad range of skills ranging from practical computer skills and administrative abilities to institutional planning and development; highly organized with a strong capacity for follow through a must

• A two to five years’ arts administration experience

• Knowledge of contemporary artistic practices

• Leadership attributes with ability to work independently

• Ability to work with a variety of constituents, including non-profit boards and practicing artists

• Strong interpersonal and written communication skills

• High proficiency in MS Office with excellent analytic skills and fluency with budgets


• Assist the Founders in a range of administrative and operational tasks

• Interact with and support artists in residence and selected local artists, host guests

• General Operational responsibilities include facility maintenance, opening and closing the facility, on-call needs, vendor relationships.

• Oversee annual Operating plans for all programming. Provide basic financial operations oversight—prepare, monitor and manage budgets, metrics and annual goals.

• Work with Board of Directors to support development efforts of IAA core mission, programs and initiatives including major donor stewardship and the writing, preparation, submission and management of grant proposals.

• Cultivate professional affiliations and alliances in Maine and nationally, develop new collaborations with partner organizations

• Implement and coordinate public events, including performances, lectures, masterclasses, workshops, symposia/panels and fundraising events

• Coordinate communications with the Circle of Advisors committee of stakeholders, partners and board members.

• Work with the Board to develop and implement strategies to fulfill the organization’s mission “to provide a space for artists of color to engage in robust discussions and interrogations of art and art making that inspire and affirm.”

People of Color encouraged to apply!

Reports to: Board President

Position Status: Regular, Full Time, Exempt

The position requires 40 hours per week

Some travel will be required, as well as flexible time for nights and weekends depending on the program schedule.

Compensation: The Managing Director will be paid $40,000 annually

Benefits include paid time off and sick leave

Application Process

Electronic submissions only. Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:

Marcia Minter, Board President,