Title: Managing Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Timeframe: Part-Time (20 hours per week) with possibility of increase to full-time. Some weekends and evenings for events.
Location: Primarily at ART WORKS Projects’ Chicago studio or remote.
Travel: Occasional national and international travel required

Organization Summary: ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights’ (AWP) mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues. 

Position Summary: The Managing Director is responsible for the overall fulfillment of AWP’s mission through selection and implementation of high impact programming and the development of sustainable growth strategies for the organization. The Director will, in close collaboration with the Creative Director and with support from the Board of Directors and other Staff, propose the organization’s areas of focus, selected outcome targets, and design the outreach activities in partnership with global stakeholders and directly impacted communities. Additionally, the Director will lead and update strategies for financial sustainability and communications with the goal of ensuring AWP’s stable future. The Director will mentor current and future staff in their work to implement all activities and strive to provide opportunities for diverse voices to be heard throughout the work of AWP. 

Areas of Impact

  • Identify areas of human rights challenges where AWP can and should work.
  • Create strategies and partnerships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve goals.
  • Identify audiences necessary for impact.
    Support the Creative Director in the development of global programming designed to address the selected goals within AWP’s capacity and budget parameters.
  • Maintain the usage of contractual documents to ensure the intellectual and legal rights of the organization and its collaborators through the creation and touring process. 


  • Maintain and grow the organization’s extensive network of human rights, social justice, and venue partners to ensure that created projects are fully leveraged towards the selected goal.
  • Assess impact of all outreach programming and review with the Board of Directors annually. Make adjustments as necessary to leverage projects. 


  • Foster an environment of mentorship and supportive professional development to allow a small organization to effectively leverage its human resources. 
  • Maintain and deepen relationships with the Board of Directors and other Committee members.
  • Assess overall administrative needs and ensure that Staff (presently the Director of Exhibitions and consultants / contractual labor) can meet goals. Provide direct support when required.  
  • Ensure the maintenance and growth of the organizational databases.

Budget and Financial Oversight

  • Create an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors. 
  • Oversee individual project budgets.
  • Work closely with the Bookkeeper, Accountant, and Treasurer to ensure financial accountability and implementation of the budget.  

Fundraising & Development 

  • Provide continuous implementation, evaluation, and any necessary adjustments to AWP’s strategies for financial support in close collaboration with the Development Committee and Board of Directors.  
  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with funders and program officers at major international, national, and local foundations and other entities. 
  • Provide key language needed for grant applications as appropriate. 


  • Provide continuous implementation, evaluation, and any necessary adjustments to AWP’s communications strategies intended for external and internal use. 
  • Work with Staff and Consultants on the creation and production of all communications collateral. 


  • Academic degree (bachelor’s degree – master’s degree strongly preferred) in human rights, social justice, political science, nonprofit management, and/or design and the arts.  Candidates with other degrees and professional experience in other related fields will be considered.
  • 12-15 years minimum full-time professional experience, with at least 5 years in nonprofit management with a focus on human rights, social justice, political science, and/or the arts. Note: non-arts experience must include some usage of arts. Arts experience must include some human rights and/or social justice focus.
  • Strong organizational and communications skills including public speaking and writing.  
  • Experience managing direct reports from intermediate to junior staff and interns with an emphasis on professional development and capacity building of staff through mentorship and delegation. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with a wide network of either or both national and international stakeholders on human rights and/or social justice issues through advocacy, direct services, or the arts. 
  • Experience with foundation/institutional grant research, writing, and reporting.
  • Experience with individual and corporate engagement and fundraising.
  • Experience in managing budgets for small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations. 
  • Proficiency with technology like Microsoft Office, Google Drive, etc. 

To Apply

  • Please submit a cover letter and a resume in a single PDF to Annalise Flynn-Taylor at ataylor at artworksprojects dot org with the subject line “Managing Director application” by November 30, 2020.