Job Opportunities

Love what The Guild does and want to become a part of our team?  There are various ways you can get involved.  Below are the current opportunities to join our team.


Event Operations Manager – The Event Operations Manager is responsible for numerous aspects of the production of the Guild’s art fairs and related art fair programs, gallery and office operations, and additional projects as determined by the Executive Director.  Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position will hire, assign and direct the work of the temporary art fair staff,interns, and volunteers. Additionally, the Event Operations Manager will work closely with the Art Fair Committee and support other Guild staff.. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assists with the production and execution of all Guild art fairs. 
  • Manages the preparation, set-up and tear down of all art fair sites.
  • Manages all art fair operations and temporary staff; 
  • Manages and coordinates on-site logistics.
  • Assists in the preparation of the art fair annual plan; assists in the development of art fair annual and strategic goals. 
  • Assists with the preparation of and maintains up to date timelines, budgets, status reports and event feedback. 
  • Hires, trains, schedules and supervises art fair temporary staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Negotiates art fair vendor contracts and services. Orders and maintains art fair equipment and supplies.  Ensures that all contracted services are provided.
  • Researches and manages various vendors to ensure best quality and pricing.
  • Assists with the design and administration of the artist registration procedures; Supervises artist move-in and move-out; Develops and administers artist set-up and teardown procedures.
  • Prepares informational material for participating artists as it relates to the operations of the fair. 
  • Assists artists with art fair related problems and concerns leading up to and during the events.
  • Maintains up-to-date documentation of all art fair activities, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains accurate records and files for each fair that can be referenced for future events.
  • Works with the Guild team and Guild Vitality Committee to create new and diverse programs to enhance the art fair experience for participants and attendees.
  • Works with and acts as a liaison to Guild partners including but not limited to: The City of Ann Arbor, Main Street Area Association, City of Birmingham, The Town Center at Levis Commons, and Royal Oak Farmers Market. 
  • Develops and maintains community relations, including, but not limited to, building support via sponsorship and partnerships.
  • Prepares and updates fair layout plans for each fair and creates digital representation/map.
  • Other event-related duties as established and assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills.  
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff, membership, the public, the board of directors and volunteers. 
  • Great customer service skills.
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented.
  •  Ability to meet multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to organize and direct the work of support staff.  
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision and thrive in a fast paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Proven track record of event management.
  • Excellent problem solving abilities.  Must be able to think on their feet to resolve issues quickly while thinking about the big picture, anticipating complications whenever possible. 
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain budgets.
  • Works well as part of a team and under pressure.
  • Proficiency in common computer applications including Word, Excel, Access and Google Docs or similar programs.  
  • Non-profit experience is helpful. 
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and work outside for extended time frames. 

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to the Executive Director, Karen Delhey at karen@theguild.org

The Guild EEO Statement: The Guild of Artists and Artisans is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. The Guild stands in solidarity with its artists, partners, volunteers, and patrons against racism, inequality, violence, and fear. We are committed to creating spaces that foster inclusion and equity, and allow everyone to be seen and heard.


Current Temporary Staff positions for the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair:

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