Assistant Contractor Position


FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK Program Assistant Contractor
Shafer, Minnesota
Full Time, AAEOC
Category:  Administrative Support

Located 45 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia manages an active artist residency program that serves 40 artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture. Franconia also produces educational arts learning programming that serves more than 14,000 students.  Franconia welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite the public to engage with their creations. We foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of more than 120 sculptures created by artists-in-residence. Franconia also provides artists the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. For more info, please visit

Job Description
Franconia Sculpture Park is looking for a dynamic individual to provide program and administrative support by working both independently and collaboratively with other Franconia staff to coordinate the artists’ residency program and organize public programs and events.  This is a full-time live-in position, on-call 24 hours a day, five days per week.  As a small nonprofit organization, all of Franconia’s staff pitch in whenever needed and the Program Assistant is expected to do the same.  This position reports to the Education & Program Coordinator and the management team.

This position requires a positive attitude and passion for Franconia’s work and mission.  S/he/they should possess the energy and flexibility to work in a non-traditional environment, prioritize tasks effectively, and execute projects to the highest possible level.  This individual should exhibit a willing attention to detail with the ability to take initiative as well as direction.  The Program Assistant works closely with other Franconia staff, directly with Franconia’s resident artists, and serves as a primary representative of Franconia to the public.  These functions require strong communication and intrapersonal skills, good judgment, and self-awareness.  And of course, a good sense of humor is necessary.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Residency Management
  • Overseeing the common areas of the house are kept clean & orderly
  • Managing the artists’ residence through daily maintenance and organization
  • Meeting with artists during their time in residence and helping to accommodate them during their stay

Education Programs

  • Supporting the artist-led tour program by providing guided tours to the public
  • Assisting the Education & Program Coordinator (EPC) with the planning and implementation of Franconia’s educational programs and cultural events

Fundraising and Development

  • Assisting the Development Manager in the process of applying for grants, writing program reports and summarizing evaluation metrics


  • Communicating with all Franconia staff to ensure duties and tasks are fulfilled effectively
  • Providing initial point of contact for general inquiries and greeting the public at the door
  • Performing miscellaneous administrative tasks as needed including but not limited to: photography, archival projects, email and phone correspondence, data entry, etc.
  • Working with Park Managers to oversee Intern Artists and Arts Admin Interns

Marketing and Publicity

  • Assisting with publicity and promotion through maintenance of online calendars, social media, blog posts, press, and postering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Fine Arts, Art Education, Arts Administration, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience teaching and engaging with diverse communities of all ages and backgrounds
  • Mature interpersonal skills and ability to live and work within a close-knit community
  • Exceptional communication skills in writing and speaking
  • Ability to manage and establish clear priorities for multiple projects under deadline pressure
  • Ability to manage and delegate tasks among various skill sets 

Additional Information
Position open until filled. To apply for this position, please e-mail a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and ability to meet qualifications, resume and references to:
[email protected] 
Subject line:  Program Assistant Contractor 
Attention:  Office Manager

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Sep 12th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Nov 12th 2018, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site


MN Artists