Program Director Position at Franconia Sculpture Park


Job Title:         Program Director
Position:          Exempt/Full-time – 1.0 FTE   
Benefits:          Eligible
Location:         Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
Reporting:       Executive Director
Salary Band:    6
Revised:          12-2018
Deadline:         May 10, 2019
How to Apply: Send letter and resume/CV to [email protected]


Franconia Sculpture Park (Franconia), now entering its 23rd year, is a non-profit arts organization and artist residency program for emerging and mid-career artists to live, work, and exhibit onsite. Located just 50 miles from the Twin Cities in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia provides a free and accessible, always changing 43-acre exhibition of 120+ large-scale contemporary sculptures, which 150,000+ visitors experience annually.
Franconia Sculpture Park’s mission is, “To provide physically and intellectually wide open spaces where all are invited to participate in the creative process.”  To achieve that mission Franconia focuses work in three areas: Artist Development, Arts Learning, and Arts Access.

The Program Director (PD) is responsible for the development, implementation and outcomes of all educational programming done at or under the auspices of Franconia Sculpture Park. This includes, Artist Residency Program, Artist Intern Program, Tours Program and other public educational programming, Music @ Franconia, and community partnerships.
The Program Director is a member of the FSP leadership team and partners in leading the organization strategically and fiscally.
The Program Director collaborates on grant applications and reports, program marketing, helps to steward donors, and works to administer and manage grant funded programs.
The Program Director is also responsible for the direct supervision and management of all resident artists and interns (in collaboration with the Park Site Manager).
This position offers an option of on-site room and board.

Program Development, Implementation and Outcomes   (50%)
1.     Develops and implements curriculum and  facilitates all arts programming at the park including but not limited to:
a.     Artist Intern Program
b.     Artist Residency Program
c.     Education Programs (Guided Walking tours, Kids Make Sculpture, Rural Arts Initiative, and more)
d.     Public Programs such as Music @ Franconia, the Artist Talk Series, the Annual Art & Artists Celebration, Franconia in the City @ Casket, and more
e.     Volunteer Program
2.     Responsible for educating to objective outcomes and evaluation of programming to meet said outcomes

Personnel Management    (25%)
1.     Trains and Supervises Program Assistant(s)
2.     Mentors and Supervises Interns and Artists in Residence in collaboration with Park Site Manager(s)
a)     Trains artist interns as docents of the sculpture exhibition
b)    Provides and shares professional development skills and career-building opportunities
3.     Supervises Volunteers affiliated with educational programming
Stakeholder and Donor Relationships   (10%)
1.     Develop and enhance relationships with community stakeholders and donors, including artist alumni, exhibiting artists, teaching artists, local art educators and school administrators, community education directors and local patrons of the arts, and recruiting/prospective artists for FSP programs.
2.     Participate, as requested and appropriate, in donor visits, foundation or grantor meetings and updates, and community presentations.
Member of Franconia Sculpture Park’s Leadership Team   (10%)
1.     Participate in organization-wide management activities including communication, policy development, strategic planning, and interactions with the Board of Directors under the leadership of the Executive/Artistic Director.
Park Administration / Management   (5%)
1.     Manages fiscal aspects of programs to meet requirements of foundations and donors in use of restricted funds
2.     Manages grant and restricted funds in a manner that optimizes the value to the client / customer while creating a positive financial margin for FSP
3.     Support activities of other departments within FSP as able and available.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear so as to communicate effectively. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee must also frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  They must also type, file and handle documents and read and evaluate data.

·       Degree (Graduate preferred) in Fine Arts, Art Education, Arts Administration, or related field
·       Demonstrated experience teaching and engaging with diverse communities of all ages and backgrounds
·       Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to live and work within a close-knit community; ability to work independently and in collaboration with a team
·       Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
·       Ability to establish clear priorities for multiple projects under deadline pressure
·       Ability to manage people and delegate tasks among them for completion of goals
·       Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Franconia Sculpture Park.
This is to affirm Franconia Sculpture Park policy of providing Equal Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action laws, directive and regulations of Federal, State and Local governing bodies or agencies.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected status.

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Apr 23rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, May 10th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists