Job Posting: Creative New Jersey Seeks Program Manager

Program Manager Job Description

Part-time, independent contractor position


Creative New Jersey (CNJ) is a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and sustainability by empowering cross-sector partnerships in commerce, education, philanthropy, government, and culture, in order to ensure dynamic communities and a thriving economy.

Creative New Jersey’s vision is:

  • For all New Jerseyans to develop their capacities for imagination, creativity and innovation;
  • For cross-sector partnerships to flourish and enhance creative problem-solving, and for New Jersey to establish more creative work places, schools, and communities; and
  • For New Jersey to continue to attract the best creative minds and leaders who recognize and champion the value of creativity, innovation and sustainability.

CNJ’s core programming consists of a statewide series of Calls to Collaboration which focus on championing creativity as the vehicle for developing innovative solutions to support sustainable, thriving communities. The convenings utilize Open Space Technology, a highly-scalable and adaptable meeting format which creates unique opportunities for intentional, action-oriented discussions among diverse groups of people to explore areas of collaboration, and to share resources and information. The community-building power of this process comes from participants creating the agenda together, and subsequently self-organizing to lead group discussions about creative solutions to a central community question. It unleashes the leadership of every participant who is passionate about the issue at hand and wants to take action.

Launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, CNJ has produced one statewide and five community based Calls to Collaboration as well as one statewide World Café since 2011. CNJ has launched Creative Monmouth, Creative Morristown, Creative Rahway and Creative Orange. Creative Trenton is currently underway with the Call to Collaboration expected to be held in November 2013. Creative NJ will be of service to six Hurricane Sandy disaster-affected communities by developing and producing community engagement opportunities to assist residents, municipal leaders, state/local planners, business owners, local nonprofits, mental health professionals, and others in coming together to engage in critical dialogue around the issues of recovery and rebuilding.

Even though the specific agenda is not known until the participants create it during the convening’s first hour, there is a prescribed structure from which we operate which ensures a successful convening. Our programming empowers citizens, and gives them a framework for receiving information, building consensus, and taking action towards a more creative and sustainable community.

Program Manager Position

Creative New Jersey is looking to hire a part-time Program Manager to assist CNJ’s Director in implementing the mission of CNJ and to carry out the specific duties involved with launching our creative communities and the Calls to Collaboration.

Specific Duties include:

  1. Assist CNJ’s Director with producing, managing and implementing CNJ’s community engagement activities and Calls to Collaboration in 7 to 10 communities, including communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. This work includes assisting with:
    a) Leadership/Mentoring of Community Host Team Co-Chairs, Core Teams and larger Host Teams;
    b) Participating in Host Team meetings, both in person and on the phone;
    c) Overseeing local fundraising and in-kind donations and stewardship of funders;
    d) Management and oversight of event logistics including creation of cross-sector participant list, invitation, registration, facility set-up, activity timeline, event schedule, venue set-up, hospitality and caterers, etc.;
    e) Facilitating and managing on-going correspondence with Host Teams, local stakeholders, local funders, venue management, and participants;
    f) Producing the Call to Collaboration Open Space Convenings with 100+ cross-sector participants in each community, including NewsRoom set up and management;
  2. Assist in sourcing and compiling information for website and communications to the field.
  3. Assist in cultivating relationships with new potential creative communities.
  4. Assist in fostering and deepening relationships with CNJ’s partners and other like-minded organizations.
  5. Assist with content management of website, facebook, and other social media communications.
  6. Participate in meetings and statewide events/activities as a representative of CNJ when appropriate.
  7. Work to ensure the mission of Creative New Jersey is being fulfilled.
  8. Assist with preparations for CNJ Steering Committee Meetings.
Additional responsibilities and duties may be assigned as Creative NJ’s work expands and grows throughout the state.

General Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
  • possesses strong written and verbal communication skills along with a keen ability to lead and mobilize a diverse group of individuals toward a common goal;
  • has in-depth knowledge about New Jersey’s nonprofit sector; strong relationships with the arts, education and sustainability sectors are a plus;
  • is a detail-oriented and strategic thinker who understands how to marry vision with implementation;
  • has experience in leading large and small group meetings;
  • has a demonstrated track-record for strong project management including delivering projects/initiatives on-time and within budget.
  • has the ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • is flexible and able to navigate issues/changes as they arise with clear and level-headed thinking.

Specific Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the nonprofit and/or educational sector, or as a community activist and advocate, preferably in NJ;
  • Experience in community engagement activities;
  • Proficient in Microsoft office, web-based platforms and communication software (such as WordPress and Mailchimp), and social media;
  • Proven competency in writing and public speaking.

Compensation: this job is a part-time, independent contractor (fee-based) position and is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund.  The contract is for 12 months, at approximately 20 hours per week, for a total annual fee of $25,000.  Flexibility is essential, and there will be occasions when more than 20 hours of work are required in a particular week.

Additionally, the position requires some evening and weekend hours.   Creative NJ does not have a central office and therefore, the Program Manager must be able to work from her/his home office.  The Program Manager reports to Creative NJ’s Director.

Start Date: as soon as possible – contract will be for 12 months from the start date. Resumes are accepted until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to: CNJ Program Manager Search at:

NOTE: Creative New Jersey does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. CNJ is an equal opportunity and equal access employer.

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