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OZ Arts Nashville

Director of Community Engagement

OZ Arts Nashville


Job Summary

The Director of Community Engagement will work directly with the Executive & Artistic Director and the Manager of Artistic Programming to expand and enhance the organization’s mission through programs that foster and engage diverse audiences and students, including workshops and educational opportunities. They will manage and initiate collaborative partnerships with colleague institutions and local stakeholders and will be the lead contact for OZ’s roster of teaching artists.

OZ has developed a comprehensive community engagement program that includes collaborations with Metro Nashville Public Schools and other educational institutions as well as a variety of diverse cultural and civic organizations. Through these partnerships, OZ frequently hosts masterclasses and workshops in various spaces around Nashville and in several schools. OZ has also developed a diverse cohort of contemporary artists who serve as teaching artists, who, together with the Director of Community Engagement, create dynamic educational programming for K-12 students.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess a desire and willingness to think creatively, initiate and continue the development of unique community-building strategies throughout Nashville, and nurture the region’s growing creative community by connecting artists with new opportunities and with each other.

Job Responsibilities


  • Facilitate all outreach initiatives and educational programs under the supervision of the Executive & Artistic Director and in collaboration with both the Marketing and Development departments to help promote, subsidize, and expand the reach and impact of the programs presented by OZ Arts. 
  • Envision and create new programs with the Executive & Artistic Director that engage the community in a variety of ways, including youth programming and artistic development for local creatives. 
  • Grow and develop a vibrant cohort of teaching artists that reflect and represent the students served in and around Greater Nashville.
  • Champion ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility initiatives and partnerships that amplify underrepresented and/or marginalized voices.
  • Work closely with MNPS, private, charter, and home schools to provide unique opportunities for both curriculum-based and independent studies associated with the curatorial program at OZ Arts, including curriculum guide creation for appropriate TN state academic standards and STEAM integration.
  • Assist with grant writing and the creation of proposals for funders that align with community engagement, outreach, and educational opportunities. 
  • Oversee and grow a welcoming volunteer program for community members and OZ’s internship initiatives for students or early career professionals, including involvement with the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program facilitated by Metro Arts and Americans for the Arts. 
  • Support the organization’s Marketing efforts by researching individuals, community groups, organizations, social media platforms, etc. to cultivate audience members for specific programming, and develop new relationships in order to sustain audience growth and diversity.  
  • Manage and grow the ArtWire creative writing collaboration with The Porch, including the review of writing samples and applications from new candidates and communications around various performances and other artistic opportunities. 



  • A bachelor’s degree in an artistic field, arts education, or general education, or other relevant areas of study
  • A minimum of three years related experience working in arts organizations, as an arts educator, or in an educational institution with arts-related responsibilities
  • A passion for contemporary art and live performance 
  • Access to an active network of contacts in Nashville’s education and arts communities
  • The ability to handle multiple programs and responsibilities and create new initiatives, from the idea phase through to execution 
  • An awareness of and interest in national trends and dialogues related to community engagement, arts access, education, and DEIA work
  • Excellent communication and creative writing skills
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, including strong leadership ability
  • A passion for developing new relationships and a collaborative approach to partnerships  
  • Energy and enthusiasm to be part of a small team that regularly requires attendance and participation within office hours and at evening and weekend events

Additional Information



OZ Arts will negotiate a specific full-time salary commensurate with experience and capacity. Salary range starting from $60k, with comprehensive benefits and paid time off.


How to Apply


Candidates may send resume, cover letter, and references to with subject: Your Name, Director of Community Engagement.


  • Date Posted: July 22, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 09/26/2022
  • Salary Range: $60,000+
  • Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm