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Poverty and the Arts

Artist Manager

Poverty and the Arts


Job Summary

Job Summary 

POVA is seeking a part-time Artist Manager who will serve as the direct point of contact to POVA Artists to ensure ongoing engagement and offer management in their advancement toward independent art-related careers. The Artist Manager will report to the Director of Programs. This position is $15/ hour with an average of 20 hours per week. Flexible average weekly schedule will be 3 days/ week at POVA, typically between 11am-5pm Monday-Friday. Must be available to work some evenings and weekends. Position will start July/ August 2021.

POVA’s new Artist Manager will be joining the team during a highly-anticipated organization rebrand and renaming.  POVA will also work alongside the Artist Manager to accomplish strategic goals aimed at developing the position into a full-time role in the future. 

Our Team: 

We are currently a small, passionate team consisting of 2 full-time staff members that values collaboration, creative solutions, and the impact of equitable art access across communities.  We are assisted by volunteers, interns, and our Board of Directors.  We are hopeful that the Artist Manager will bring diverse life experiences and innovative ideas to help us form a well-rounded team.

Is this role right for you?

The ideal candidate for POVA’s Artist Manager position is someone who is interested in building their communication, leadership, and project management skills while gaining experience with an up-and-coming non-profit social enterprise and helping to meet a critical community need. The right person for this role will be motivated by a desire to have their daily work contribute to a worthwhile cause that is influencing culture and shaping communities across Nashville. The ideal candidate is someone who embraces challenges with creative problem-solving, likes executing projects from start to finish, and thrives in flexibility and autonomy with work.

Job Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:

Artist Communication/ “Direct client work” (approx. 60%)

  • Coordinate Individual Artist needs (supplies, studio time, transportation, etc.)
  • Communicate deadlines, event dates, artwork submission instructions
  • Tailor programming to individual needs based on Artist feedback
  • Provide coaching/mentorship by answering art and entrepreneurship-related questions from Artists
  • Orientation and Onboarding of prospective and new artists

   Administrative (approx. 20%)

  • Manage Artist payments
  • Track individual Artist progress (self-reported, Art Education and Entrepreneurship Program, attendance, etc.)
  • Maintain Artist documentation
  • Keep the studio clean, organized, and stocked with supplies

Project Management (approx. 20%)

  • Assist and manage Artists for individual projects and commissions, including customer communication, contract completion, and other various support to ensure the follow through and completion of the request
  • Assist staff in implementing strategic plans for engagement and retention of current and new artists
  • Contribute to the long-term success and implementation of the Art and Entrepreneurial Education Program through team planning, committee participation, and LMS platform management
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs to successfully execute exhibitions by collecting submissions and paperwork from Artists, answering questions from Artists, and provide insight regarding the Artists’ submissions based on your work with them 


Your Qualifications & Mindset

The following skills will help you succeed in accomplishing the job responsibilities:

  • Experience with personal art-making, exhibiting art, and/or teaching art 
  • Ability to work comfortably and practice empathy with people from various cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, criminal histories, and mental health needs
  • Experience in mental health practices, which may include: Trauma-Informed Care, de-escalation, active listening
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills which will contribute to productive conversations about potentially difficult topics
  • Ability to implement appropriate boundaries with people and work
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, work under minimal supervision, manage multiple priorities, and adhere to deadlines while maintaining a personal commitment to produce quality work
  • Familiarity with computer software (Google Drive, Gmail, SquareSpace), information databases, internet and email
  • Embodiment and commitment to POVA’s mission and cores values: Accessibility, Collaboration, Creativity, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Integrity

Additional Information


Benefits of working at POVA include: 

Opportunity to contribute purpose-filled work at a fast-growing organization with flexible work schedules, a collaborative team that values work/life balance, professional development and growth opportunities, internal advancement, and access to a company vehicle to utilize (valid driver’s license required) for transportation of Artists/artwork.

How to Apply

Does this seem like a role and workplace where you would thrive? Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to our Director of Programs, Emily Wertheim at Position will start July/August 2021.


  • Date Posted: June 17, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 07/01/2021
  • Salary Range: $15/hour
  • Working Hours: Flexible average weekly schedule will be 3 days/ week at POVA, typically between 11am-5pm Monday-Friday.