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As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Dogwood Arts has a long history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, we produce year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work and play.

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER + EVENT COORDINATOR
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PROJECT MANAGER - ART PROGRAMS
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GRAPHIC DESIGNER + EVENT COORDINATOR

GENERAL WORK REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Flexibility - We have a small staff who work in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility in daily work assignments as well as weekly work schedules. While we generally work regular business hours through the week when planning and facilitating our events, the events themselves are generally after hours and on weekends.

  • Ability to work appropriately and professionally with all types of people - we work closely with government officials, large corporate sponsors, private donors, City and County employees, artists, musicians, vendors, and volunteers - personalities, skills, and experience vary widely. We also do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. All staff are expected to comply with this policy.

  • Collaborative work style - staff interacts on a daily basis and our office environment is built around creative brainstorming and group problem solving. You must be someone who can offer opinions and feedback appropriately and can handle receiving feedback and opinions from other team members as we all work together to make Dogwood Arts the very best it can be for all involved.

  • Self-motivated with an organized work ethic - our environment is timeline oriented and sometimes hectic. It may be necessary for you to work independently to stay on schedule without supervision. You must also be able to ask questions if you feel like you have not been given enough direction to continue.

TRAINING/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design and/or 3-5 years experience as a graphic designer or in a related field.

  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with strong work examples

  • Proficiency with required desktop publishing tools including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign as well as proficiency with Word/Pages and Excel/Sheets. Web design and social media experience are preferred but not required

 

JOB-SPECIFIC WORK REQUIREMENTS:

This position reports to our Creative/Marketing Director, Shannon Herron. He will provide oversight and creative direction on daily job requirements as follows:

 

Graphic Design Services
 

  • Advertising and marketing materials for Dogwood Arts events and fundraising activities including print and online ads, TV, and radio ads, billboards, brochures, invitations, tickets, programs, postcards, t-shirts, signage, e-communication, etc.

  • Designs branded environments at Dogwood Arts festivals and events including way-finding devices, signage, and identity systems that create an overall cohesive experience. 

  • Designs t-shirts, tumblers, magnets, stationary, ornaments, and other merchandise throughout the year. Manages merchandise orders and oversees the annual budget.  

 

Festival, Event & Exhibition Coordination: 

 

  • Works alongside all other staff in support of year-round planning, promotion & production of Dogwood Arts art events and programs

  • Organizes merchandise, supplies, event inventory, etc

  • Assists with load-in and load-out as required for all events

  • Coordinates volunteers to assist with event needs as required

  • Works in whatever role as needed during the event including setup, ticket sales, merchandise sales, food & beverage sales, clean up, gate monitoring, crowd control, etc.

  • May have opportunity to manage an event or events once trained and integrated into the processes we follow dependent on exhibited skills and interest in doing so

 

Current events include:
 

  • A Very Special Arts Festival

  • Art Kits for Kids

  • Art in Public Places_Murals, Sculptures, & special projects

  • Art Slam

  • Bazillion Blooms

  • Bikes & Blooms

  • Chalk Walk Festival

  • Dogwood Arts Festival

  • Dogwood Trails Open Gardens & Camera Sites

  • Dogwood Trails Opening Day Ribbon-Cutting

  • Featured Gardens

  • First Friday Exhibitions

  • Hikes & Blooms

  • House & Garden Show

  • Regional Art Exhibition

  • Southern Skies Music Festival

  • Synergy: K-12 Student & Art Educator Exhibitions

Salary Range:  $35-$45K annually commensurate with skills and experience

 

Send all inquiries including cover letter and resume to: Sherry Jenkins at sjenkins@dogwoodarts.com

PROJECT MANAGER - ART PROGRAMS

GENERAL WORK REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Appreciation of the arts as an integral part of the cultural fabric that makes Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play! Dogwood Arts plays an important role in promoting and celebrating the art, culture, and natural beauty of our region. As the project manager over our Arts programming, you must be an ambassador for the entire community of artists/makers working here and must be committed to helping facilitate their efforts to make a living creating art.

  • Flexibility - We have a small staff who work in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility in daily work assignments as well as weekly work schedules. While we generally work regular business hours through the week when planning and facilitating our events, the events themselves are generally after hours and on weekends.

  • Ability to work appropriately and professionally with all types of people - we work closely with government officials, large corporate sponsors, private donors, City and County employees, artists, musicians, vendors, and volunteers - personalities, skills, and experience vary widely. We also do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. All staff are expected to comply with this policy.

  • Collaborative work style - staff interacts on a daily basis and our office environment is built around creative brainstorming and group problem-solving. You must be someone who can offer opinions and feedback appropriately and can handle receiving feedback and opinions from other team members as we all work together to make Dogwood Arts the very best it can be for all involved.

  • Self-motivated with an organized work ethic - our environment is timeline oriented and sometimes hectic. It may be necessary for you to work independently to stay on schedule without supervision. You must also be able to ask questions if you feel like you have not been given enough direction to continue.

TRAINING/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or 3-5 years experience in a related field

  • Demonstrable organizational skills/work history related to events management or other types of project management

  • Proficiency with required desktop tools including Excel/Sheets and Word/Pages - Experience with other types of software including project management platforms is a plus

 

JOB-SPECIFIC WORK REQUIREMENTS:

This position reports to our Executive Director, Sherry Jenkins. She will provide oversight and direction on daily job requirements as follows: 

Relationship Building

  • Refine and enhance existing artist contacts tracking and communication

  • Engage with the artistic community locally, regionally, and nationally to continue to grow the Dogwood Arts contacts list for all types of artists

  • Work closely with the Creative/Marketing Director to develop a communication strategy that targets things that artists and art lovers care about

  • Network with potential sponsors and property owners to help expand programming opportunities especially in regards to the Sculpture and Mural programs  

 

Festival, Event & Exhibition Coordination: 

 

  • Works alongside all other staff in support of year-round planning, promotion & production of Dogwood Arts events and programs

  • Takes lead role in event management of all Arts-related programs including setting deadlines, making budget decisions, overseeing look and feel of event, leading committee meetings, directing contract support, etc. as applicable

  • Assists with load-in, set up, and load out as required for all events - Works in whatever role as needed during the event including setup, ticket sales, merchandise sales, food & beverage sales, clean up, gate monitoring, crowd control, etc.

  • Strives for excellence and works to maintain authenticity and relevance for all current and future events/programs

  • Expands the impact of Dogwood Arts programs on the community and works to raise the profile of the organization on a local, regional, and national basis

 

Current programs that include opportunities for artists to participate: 

  • A Very Special Arts Festival

  • Art Kits for Kids

  • Art in Public Places_Murals, Sculptures, & special projects

  • Art Slam

  • Chalk Walk Festival

  • Dogwood Arts Festival

  • First Friday Exhibitions

  • House & Garden Show

  • Regional Art Exhibition

  • Southern Skies Music Festival

  • Synergy: K-12 Student & Art Educator Exhibitions

Salary Range:  $40-$50K annually commensurate with skills and experience

 

Send all inquiries including cover letter and resume to: Sherry Jenkins at sjenkins@dogwoodarts.com

Address:

123 W Jackson Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone:

865-637-4561

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