Job Announcement – Arts & Culture Coordinators (PT & FT)

Organizational Overview

The mission of AEDA (Asian Economic Development Association) is to cultivate vibrant, diverse communities by creating economic opportunities. Founded in 2006, AEDA creates pathways to asset development and wealth building for underserved Minnesota Asians. We implement integrated small business and asset development, financial capability, construction job training, and culture-based economic development. In 2012, AEDA launched the Little Mekong creative placemaking initiative.

Founded by Southeast Asian refugees, Little Mekong is an Asian business and cultural district located at the Greenline LRT Western Station. The area became known as Little Mekong after AEDA completed a strategic planning process involving Asian businesses and community stakeholders. Little Mekong fosters and leverages art and culture for economic development and community preservation. Little Mekong is a vital hub for community prosperity, a place for where small businesses can thrive and create jobs, where Asian artists and creators build community through placemaking.

Position Description

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Arts & Culture Coordinators will be part of a community nonprofit organization driven to foster cultural and economic development for Twin Cities Asian Americans. Arts & Culture Coordinators work as part of team to implement AEDA’s program activities to create a sustainable and vibrant Little Mekong cultural district. Arts & Culture Coordinators are crucial to AEDA’s engagement and partnership with artists, cultural creators, vendors, small businesses, and other stakeholders. As frontline AEDA staff, Arts & Culture Coordinators provide a critical role in direct outreach, coordination, and assistance to artists and small businesses to ensure that they benefit from their participation in AEDA programs and activities.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience, including project coordination and management of many clients at once.
  • Preferred experience includes working collaboratively with clients of diverse backgrounds; artistic and event coordination; direct customer service and client or community engagement; and working in culturally diverse environment.
  • Preferred skills include strong ability to meet goals and deadlines; critical thinking and problem-solving; excellent interpersonal communication; superior writing abilities; strong organizational and detailed oriented mindset; and self-motivated to succeed and can perform duties as a part of a team or individually.
  • Candidates preferably have a knowledge and appreciation for a wide range of artistic disciplines or are active artists or creators.
  • Flexibility and ability to work afterhours and weekends are a must.
  • Familiarity with Minnesota’s Southeast Asian communities; ability to speak an Asian or Southeast Asian language is a plus (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese, etc.)

Responsibilities

The Arts & Culture Coordinators will reach out to, engage, recruit, and coordinate clients (i.e., artists, performers, creators, businesses, and community members) to participate in AEDA’s art & cultural initiatives, such as the Night Market, pop-up arts events, and other projects. Working independently or as part of a team, the Arts & Culture Coordinators will also provide support with project coordination, planning, and the delivery of programming services to clients and the community.

The responsibilities of the Arts & Culture Coordinators include:

  • Conduct outreach, recruit, and select clients and other participants for AEDA programs and projects.
  • Provide assistance and guidance for clients to receive AEDA program services.
  • Plan, coordinate, and successfully complete projects to meet goals in a timely manner.
  • Be the point of contact with clients to ensure the goals of the programs are achieved.
  • Assisting clients with project planning or activities.
  • Track client activities and progress, gather information, and provide project reports.
  • Coordinate, communicate, and meet with program staff and supervisors to troubleshoot and assess progress.
  • Work with public officials and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Assist in promoting AEDA arts & cultural programming to the public.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

Additional information

Full-time (exempt), part-time, and seasonal part-time positions are available.

Compensation: $19/hour. Full-time position compensation includes health and dental benefits and generous vacation time.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, and two professional references to: info@aedamn.org. Cover letter must state if applicant is applying for a full-time or part-time position. Phone or email inquiries will not accepted. Résumés will be accepted until positions are filled.