NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR 

Imagine MKE convenes, connects, and amplifies Milwaukee’s arts and culture sector and its contributions to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of Milwaukee. Our vision is an inclusive, engaged, and inspired Milwaukee that is recognized as a world-class city for creating and experiencing arts and culture. We are working to drive measurable results that: 

  1. Make Milwaukee a great place for artists to live and work;  
  2. Lift up and support arts and culture access in our diverse neighborhoods;  
  3. Advance public policy to better support our diverse arts and culture sector; and  
  4. Build both Milwaukee’s brand as an arts and culture destination and public support in our region for arts and culture.  

Our work has been guided by seven core values: creativity and artistic expression, collective impact, results-based accountability, equity, inclusive engagement, transparency, and continuous learning.  

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POSITION SUMMARY:  

The Network Partnerships Director will play a key role in addressing one of the core issues limiting a thriving and vibrant Milwaukee: that a highly segregated city and sector has created deep fragmentations in the way we work with and trust each other.  

Reporting to the CEO, this role will organize, plan, design, lead and facilitate great meetings and events that inspire our constituents to action; weave together the network of arts, business, and community leaders we work with, and celebrate the many people in our system working toward our vision of a thriving and vibrant Milwaukee.  

The person in this role will be adept bringing together and building trust among various audiences – such as artists/creatives, arts administrators, arts and culture fans/advocates, and community leaders.  

We are seeking candidates who are a bit of a Swiss army knife. It’s okay if candidates don’t have experience in all the essential duties or have all the requirements, but you must be able to learn and adapt. Experience or a background in leadership development, meeting design and facilitation, neighborhood and community development, and/or economic and workforce development will be plus.  

Importantly, the successful candidate will be entrepreneurial and comfortable with emergent work and ambiguity; committed to working at the community level to create equitable, data-driven outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizations; inspired by creating and holding spaces for dialogue and helping people stay accountable to build trusting partnerships for long-term results; and excited to work in a fast-paced start-up environment with a collaborative and creative team. 
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Network Management and Facilitation  

  • Work with work group/affinity group/constituent group leaders and staff to develop meeting results agenda, prepare materials for meetings, facilitate meetings to meet results, and name action commitments 
  • Maintain, grow, and maximize Imagine MKE’s inclusive, creative, and results-based meeting culture values and culture to advance engagement, collaboration, and accountability 
  • Track and follow up on all action commitments from the meetings and facilitate and manage individual participants to support collaboration among them to develop and implement their plans 
  • Celebrate leaders who advance key relationships, action commitments, and shared work 
  • Recruit new members to the groups and ensure that groups are representative of the communities they are working to serve 
  • Weave and build interconnectedness between groups and participants by cross-pollinating relationships, ideas, and work between groups within the network 
  • Align work from groups to support the broader organizational agenda and identify new opportunities to advance shared work 
  • Build networks and convene meetings with other Milwaukee serving organizations focused on arts, culture, and creativity to identify opportunities for collaboration and support of common goals 
  • Communicate promptly, regularly, and transparently with all network members and partners  
  • Partner with communications team to develop and deploy communications products to engage members in between meetings and convenings 
  • Measure progress toward group performance measures, and use that information to support learning and improvement of strategies and actions 

Program and Project Management 

  • Project manage and coordinate grant-related neighborhood development programs 
  • Establish a method to monitor and evaluate grant-related program outcomes 
  • Provide opportunities for increased coordination, partnership, and trust building between arts and culture partners, neighborhood leaders, and other service providers 
  • Work with Operations team to develop, manage and track current community needs and ongoing projects 
  • Provide technical assistance to partners regarding program development and outcome measurements 
  • Attend, participate, and represent Imagine MKE in neighborhood committee meetings and community events 
  • Potential staff/contractor management and supervisory roles in the future 

QUALIFICATIONS:  

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:  

Demonstrated (minimum 3-5 years) experience performing similar duties and responsibilities within the community development, workforce development, economic development, arts and culture industry or related fields, or equivalent higher education in arts/culture or related fields. This is not an entry level position.  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:  

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word) 
  • Demonstrated computer software skills, including basic knowledge of a network/cloud system  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Highly responsible and reliable  
  • Flexible, adaptive, and proactive 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment  
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities  
  • General arts and culture knowledge; specific arts and culture knowledge and relationships in Milwaukee a plus 

Leadership Qualities and Attributes  

The successful candidate will also embody and model the Imagine MKE values. We seek people who bring the following qualities: 

  • Arts Champion: Passionate champion for arts and culture, and the role they can play in benefitting the community socially and economically; 
  • Facilitator: Intentionally and transparently facilitates groups to collaborate inclusively, resolve differences, and commit to actions that advance results; 
  • Results-based: Establishes clear, measurable results for strategies, activities, and meetings, and holds self and others accountable for meeting them; 
  • Committed to Racial Equity: Ensure that disparities in access, participation, and support are intentionally dismantled and never reinforced; 
  • Continuous Learner: Transparent about individual and team learning, admits mistakes, and uses learning to adapt and improve the work; 
  • Relationship Builder: Listens well to understand people’s motivations and interests, and engages individuals and groups in ways that motivate their participation; 
  • Communicator: Excellent written and oral communicator. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach above shoulders; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and peripheral vision.  

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  

This is a full-time position offering a salary range of $59,000 – $69,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Employees receive benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance; generous paid time off; retirement plan with employer contributions. 

Our staff will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future.  

To apply, please e-mail to jobs@imaginemke.org: 

  • A cover letter telling us why you’re interested in this position 
  • Resume 
  • 3 references (who will not be contacted without approval of the candidate)  

For best consideration, please apply by June 15. 

Imagine MKE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive organization. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and members of other historically under-represented groups.