Northern Spark Partnership and Outreach Coordinator


Northern seeks a Partnership and Outreach Coordinator to support the partnership work of the Northern Spark festival.

Northern is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented, arts organization from the Twin Cities for the world. We create platforms with and for artists, audiences, and partners to experiment with and experience innovative art in the public sphere.

Northern Spark is an all­ night arts festival.  Now in its 6th year, Northern Spark will light up Minneapolis on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with the theme of Climate Chaos / Climate Rising. This theme will continue into 2017 for the largest-ever Northern Spark along the Green Line on Saturday, June 10, 2017. For more information about the festival, visit

Job Description: Northern Spark Partnership and Outreach Coordinator

Northern works with up to 75 art, culture and neighborhood organizations to produce programming for Northern Spark. Several community engagement initiatives are ongoing in advance of the 2017 festival, which expands all-night activities to include multiple zones in Minneapolis and St. Paul with the Green Line train as a connector. In partnership with organizations in three districts aong the Green Line: West Bank neighborhood in Minneapolis and Little Mekong and Little Africa in St. Paul, Northern is convening community-led Programming Councils to shape artist and public participation in Northern Spark. The Partnership and Outreach Coordinator will work with the festival’s Associate Director in managing these relationships as well as fostering new partnerships.

A successful candidate will have experience working with a range of organizations from small arts non-profits to large institutions to community groups. A core function of this position is to attend events and meetings to build relationships with potential and existing partners, community groups and neighborhood organizations. Experience working with or knowledge of arts-based economic development is helpful, particularly along the Green Line corridor.

This position is also responsible for administrative tasks, such as scheduling and coordinating partner meetings, attending follow-up meetings, tracking projects and working with fellow staff to ensure completion of contracts and invoices.

Deadline to apply

Send resume and cover letter to by Friday, May 27, 2016.



Estimated hours

20 hours a week

Required availability

Able to work on-site part-time Tuesday – Thursday and remotely on Mondays and Fridays. Occasional weekend and evening meetings.

Contract duration

June 10, 2016  – June 30, 2017

Reports to

NS Associate Director

Required skills and experience

  • 2-3 years experience working with arts and cultural organizations in the non-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of arts-based economic initiatives and organizing strategies
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills, including public speaking and leading meetings
  • Leadership ability and project management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills; ability to work with and learn from different kinds of people
  • Ability to work with a small, busy team of colleagues and self direct when necessary
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with occasional weekend and evening meetings
  • Experience with Google Docs, Asana, and CiviCRM are preferred but not necessary.

Required equipment

Must have own computer and internet access.