Job Opportunity – Festival Director

WFA – Wilsonville Festival of ArtsWFA circle

Festival Director



  • Big picture goal and plan development

  • Grant proposal writing & acquisition

  • Sponsorship Acquisition

  • Community Networking

  • Contract Negotiation

  • Partnership Development

  • Knowledge of and work experience with contemporary arts genres

  • Getting others, and yourself, to stick to deadlines

  • Marketing & Publicity – print, online, social media

  • On-site event management


August – October

  • Establish year’s goals

  • Research organizations and steps to reach those goals

  • Initiate new partnerships & confirm repeat partnerships

  • Confirm repeat sponsorships & reach out for new sponsorships

  • Start grant application process for grants due in fall

November – January

  • Research, negotiate and confirm installation artists

  • Continue grant application process for grants due Dec-Feb

  • Assess incoming funds vs. need for additional sponsorship funds

  • Put out Call to Artists for Art Market component

  • Put out Call to Writers for Art of the Word component

  • Seek out and confirm jurors to judge Art Market submissions

  • Book food trucks/vendors

February – March

  • Confirming musicians, dancers, artists

  • Coordinating jury process to finalize Art Market participants

  • Notifying and informing Art Market applicants

  • Prepping for publicity and marketing process

  • Deciding on ad placements, cost, deadlines

  • Graphic designer to design ads, print materials, social media imagery

April – May

  • Start publicity push – posters, FB, Instagram, ads, press release

  • Send out Call for Volunteers

  • Coordinate event weekend logistics with all participants


  • Event weekend (2-3 days setup; 2-day event)

  • Post-event follow up

  • Surveys, thank you’s, statistical analyses, finalize finances


  • Expect a third to half-time job (out of 40 hr work week) with weeks of full time or more, particularly leading up to the event.

  • Need to have experience curating an art festival or other like event – coming up with big-picture goals, ideating and organizing an innovative core of art, programs and activities that explore and enhance those goals, and keeping the event fresh and keeping up with art movements.

  • Need to work well with others in the context of a Planning Committee made up mostly of WACC board members, as well as programmatic partners, sponsors, performers, non-profits, volunteers, artists and community members.

  • Must be willing to actively pursue research process to continually seek out new installation artists, potential artist vendors, musicians, dancers and more – keeping up with contemporary art trends in the PNW.

  • Juggling – logistics, fundraising, networking, volunteers, artists, communications, marketing, deadlines, tracking statistics

  • Keeping an open mind to ideas and input from Planning Committee and partners


Please send the following to Maggi Decker @

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 References

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2019

Start Date: August 1, 2019

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