Part Time Dance Project Manager

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center is seeking a part-time, temporary Independent Project Manager to join the Walker’s Performing Arts team for the 2022-23 Performing Arts Season. This position will manage three performance-based projects, with a focus primarily on dance. This is a one-year position with the possibility of extension to a second year.

For the three assigned projects, the Independent Project Manager will work closely with artists and/or artist managers, Performing Arts staff, and other Walker colleagues as necessary to: create and execute performance contracts; manage all project schedules, logistics, and itineraries; manage artistic issues (in consultation with Director/Senior Curator); manage project-specific community engagement and/or residency activities; track project budgets and reconcile project financials; write grant reports as applicable; contribute to marketing, public relations, and visitor services efforts; and participate in relevant meetings, as needed.


Artistic Project Management

  • Act as the main contact with lead artists/managers on planning and executing performance details, residency activities, contractual agreements, timelines, and schedules;
  • Meet with Senior Curator as needed on project scope, production issues, and artistic questions related to each project, as necessary;
  • Work closely with Performing Arts staff around work plans for projects/calendar/schedule and other related departmental and institutional deadlines;
  • Work with Performing Arts and Public Engagement, Learning, and Impact staff to identify appropriate community and local arts partners to collaborate with the Walker and visiting artist(s) on aspects of the residency;
  • Manage and oversee Q and A, receptions, workshops or other related events;

 Project Administration

  • Work closely with Senior Curator and Senior Program Officer to monitor project budgets, and process project-related check requests and receipts; 
  • Work with Production Manager on all aspects of presentation including production budget, technical needs, rentals, rehearsals, technical schedules, and any production issues;
  • Attend front-of-house meetings as necessary and work with Visitors Services Specialist to address any ticketing, audience, or accessibility concerns;
  • Work with design staff to arrange performance or residency documentation (photography/video);
  • Work with Performing Arts Administrator to arrange artist travel and hotel, as needed;
  • Arrange all local transportation for visiting artists, as needed (vehicle rentals, taxis, etc.);
  • Secure/set up/coordinate backstage hospitality;  
  • Assist in writing interim and final report copy for project-related grant reports.
  • Attend weekly PA and marketing staff meetings when possible;
  • Participate in wrap up meetings with PA staff following projects.
  • Assist in generating ideas around marketing messaging and audience outreach;
  • Work with public relations staff to coordinate press releases and artist interviews with press;
  • Work with marketing and design staff to review relevant marketing efforts for the Walker website, the Walker magazine, marketing and ticket buyer emails, and social media channels;

 Marketing, Public Relations, and Project Contextualization

  • Work with Department Coordinator, WAC staff, and/or outside writers to generate content for blogs, reviews, top stories, marketing email, interviews/press, etc;
  • Work with artist and Performing Arts Administrator to create, edit, and finalize online and printed program notes for each project.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Arts administration or related arts degree with practical experience and knowledge in an arts discipline, project management, and/or performing arts presenting, preferred;
  • Working artists are welcome/encouraged to apply;
  • An ideal candidate will be self-motivated, capable of managing multiple complex projects simultaneously, and comfortable working both independently and as part of a small team
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders (artists, administrators, national/international producing collaborators, technical crew, community partners, and audiences) is essential
  • Some knowledge and experience with the full Microsoft Office Suite, Wordpress, InDesign,  project management software such as Airtable, and/or social media for audience engagement, desired

Schedule & Compensation: 

This is a hybrid position that will maintain a balance of remote and on-site work,  an average of approximately 1-2 days/week (7-10 hours/week), depending upon project requirements; hours/week will vary more depending on the actual artistic engagement and onsite performances or activities, with more hours the week of engagements balanced by fewer hours in some non-engagement weeks.

  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends is required.
  • otential to extend the position an additional year, to the 2023-24 Performing Arts Season.
  • This is a part-time, temporary position. Compensation will be an independent contractor fee based on experience.
  • Anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.
  • Benefits include: one-year Walker membership, complimentary tickets to performing arts events; mileage and on-site parking reimbursement, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals and support remarkable artists, events, and programming.

The Walker Art Center requires all employees to comply with our COVID vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated or test every 6 days. The Walker Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider request for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs possible without undue hardship.

The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.