Now Hiring: Arts Development Director/OWBO Director

ABOUT US:​

Founded in 1999, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center (WWBC) is a 501c3 private non-profit organization headquartered in Laramie, WY. Our mission is to empower Wyoming entrepreneurs, especially women, through our counseling, training, and microfinance programs to start, expand, and sustain small businesses in the state of Wyoming. We strive to advance self-sufficiency and equality. We do that through 3 distinct programs: (1) Business Counseling and Training, (2) Microloans, and (3) The Artist Development Center. 

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK FOR THE WWBC:

WWBC works hard to serve our clients while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and positive team-oriented atmosphere. Our strategic framework revolves around building trusted relationships, providing equal opportunity, valuing contributions, community impact, and financial stability. Our small, high-functioning team consists of 10 employees plus a corps of independent contractors and an engaged Board of Directors. 

The Artist Development Director oversees the Works of Wyoming (WoW) store. The WoW retail space is an important tool in providing a comprehensive Professional Artist Development Program targeting artists in business. WoW allows artists to display and experience selling in a gallery setting. Artists work closely with WWBC staff to display, price, and be more involved in interacting with the community and consumers through receptions, speaking, and teaching in workshops about their art. Additionally, the WoW format provides professional business development for artists. Our core is to develop businesses - not every entrepreneur is an artist, but every artist is an entrepreneur.  

The Artist Development Director works directly with the Executive Director and other WWBC Directors in fulfilling key strategic initiatives in accordance with grant deliverables and is an integral part of the WWBC team. They also have a deep interest in working to support artists that are culturally and economically diverse. 

This position is in Laramie, Wyoming. Home to the University of Wyoming, Laramie is an offbeat college town, with an abundance of outdoor recreation and a vibrant cultural scene at 7220 feet. Laramie is tucked between two mountain ranges, home to an award-winning downtown, and renowned museums. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Humanities Fine Arts, marketing, or related field.  

  • Experience in gallery work with a supporting portfolio or industry-specific knowledge. 

  • Proficiency with standard office computer software, with an emphasis on the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams). 

  • Exhibit a high level of accountability and motivation. 

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Adept at time and project management.  

  • Creative problem-solver with strong leadership qualities.  

  • Receptiveness to feedback and adaptability. 

  • Willingness to travel and ability to meet deadlines. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: ​

  • Master’s degree in Humanities Fine Arts, marketing, or related field. 

  • Demonstratable experience in event planning and presentations. 

  • Experience managing staff with effective delegation.  

  • Experience with point-of-sale software and Shopify e-commerce platform.  

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage daily operations and inventory of WoW retail store. 

  • Recruit, hire, provide onboarding training to WoW staff. 

  • Monitor staff quality and performance and provide feedback and coaching as appropriate. 

  • Administer operating budget for WoW. 

  • Engage and collaborate with WWBC team to establish Artist Development Program goals, provide updates, and receive feedback. 

  • Work with the Executive Director on grant management, reporting, and deadlines. 

  • Work with Marketing Coordinator to develop and implement WoW marketing strategies. 

  • Conduct industry and client research to better understand artist learning objectives, target markets, and industry trends. 

  • Collaborate with the WWBC team to develop and implement WoW artist development education and outreach programs.  

  • Regularly review gallery/retail space design and layout to maximize sales. 

  • Develop WoW in-store exhibit design for store layout. 

  • Regularly review and recommend process and systems improvement that will benefit WoW artist and customers. 

  • Manage the bi-annual call for artists, selection committee members, and organize all materials. 

  • Develop and implement a Patron Program for Wow. 

  • Ensure all aspects of WoW align with the needs of the WWBC mission to empower Wyoming entrepreneurs. 

JOB TYPE:

Full-time, 40 Hours/Week

Located in Laramie, WY

Pay: $45,000 - $50,000/year

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Cover Letter addressed to Wendy Fanning, Executive Director 

  • Resume or CV, list of 3 references, including names, titles, companies, and email addresses. 

  • All application materials need to be submitted to wfanning@uwyo.edu by October 28th, 2022. 

Position open until filled. All candidates are subject to a background check.

WWBC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,  color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics,  disability, age, or veteran status.