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The City of New Haven, one of Connecticut’s largest urban centers representing a major hub for business activity, arts, architecture, culture and entertainment is seeking an exceptional individual for the position of the Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism. This is an exciting hands-on position that offers the right candidate the opportunity to make a significant contribution to improve the quality of life in New Haven and to support the economic development of the City by assisting, promoting and encouraging artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven.
Under the broad guidance of the Mayor and Economic Development Administrator, and in cooperation with the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism is responsible for managing a variety of activities related to the cultural life and vitality of New Haven while providing assistance in the marketing and branding of the City. This includes the following: Produces and supports free city events including the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, the Summer Concerts on the Green, and the New Haven Jazz Festival. Works with neighborhood and other groups to enhance existing cultural activities and cultivate renewed interest in celebrating our diversity and commonalities and community building. Serves on the Board of New Haven Sister Cities, a long-time organization which represents sister cities around the globe. Acts as steward of the City’s public art, promoting public art and the development of a visual stored inventory and written Public Art Policies covering acquisition, maintenance, preservation and de-accession of New Haven’s public art collection, which currently numbers close to 300 pieces. Responsible for promoting tourism in the City and managing the relationships with both Regional and State tourism agencies. Oversees the operations for the City-owned Shubert Theater and works with location scouts and production teams to facilitate and coordinate film, video and still photography projects in the City.Â Works with Yale’s Film Office as well as Town Green, Market NH, the Chamber, REX/CVB and other City agencies to ensure that film opportunities provide economic impact as well as public relations value.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in relevant activities; and a Master’s Degree in business, public or arts administration, or similar field. The successful candidate must possess broad familiarity and appreciation for all aspects of the arts and the creative economy, and will have considerable knowledge of funding sources and experience in grant writing and budgeting and the ability to raise private capital. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential; experience with media and communications strategy is preferred. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.
Resume and letter of interest should be sent to Stephen J. Librandi, Manager of Human Resources, 200 Orange Street, Room 102, New Haven, CT 06510. Applications accepted until position filled.