Now Hiring an Art Marketing and Partnerships Director

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Art Marketing and Partnerships Director

Position Listing Statement

NIAD Art Center is a Richmond, California nonprofit that collaborates with our community of adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) with the goals of exemplifying artistic relevance and cultural inclusivity. As a progressive art studio, we deliver these aims through our administrative activities as well as through the three main programs we offer: Studio (Virtual and 23rd Street), Art Marketing, and Community. 

NIAD’s Art Marketing and Partnerships Program drives audience reach, reputation and revenue: developing and diversifying audiences; building brand visibility; creating an outstanding audience experience; and generating income for NIAD. 

The Art Marketing and Partnerships Director works closely with the Executive Director and Development Director, and manages the collaborative work of the Art Marketing Team.  This is an opportunity to participate in building a collaborative, inclusive, and responsive team for a leading arts disability organization with a highly regarded reputation, working with the most compelling content, in a time of great opportunity.

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One of the objectives for this position is to support NIAD’s continued growth and expansion. As the organization realizes the vision of our artists and wider community, our Art Marketing Team ensures this vision impacts inclusion and accessibility in the art world, and that the art market supports NIAD and studio artists. As such, we want to ensure representation of the communities that we serve, both in terms of diversity within our teams, and in generating engagement and involvement from people who have been historically under-represented, including new staff. 

NIAD supports inclusivity and visibility in all areas of our working practices and spaces, and we want to ensure that opportunities are accessible in all ways and that all voices are truly heard and contribute to our future. We actively encourage individuals from marginalized groups to apply, in particular those from traditionally under-represented groups, such as people with disabilities, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates. 

NIAD acknowledges the importance of flexibility for hybrid work. While this position is primarily on-site and in person, we would encourage any future staff members to be transparent in their communication about questions and needs for remote or on-site work.

If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Ingrid Alonso-Rodriguez,, or 510 620 0290.

To apply for this position, please direct your cover letter, one-page writing sample, and CV/resume to

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Job titleArt Marketing and Partnerships Director
Reports toExecutive Director

Art Marketing and Partnerships Director Job Description

Develop strategy, external partnerships, collaborative teams, and internal policies and procedures to market and sell the artwork of NIAD Studio Artists. 

Expand audiences for NIAD artists’ practices and artwork, and for NIAD’s mission as a whole.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop and refine strategies for new and existing Art Marketing programming, including but not limited to: museum projects, art fairs and festivals, collaborations with fellow progressive studios, gallery representation, art licensing, publications, and other projects to be determined.
  • Collaborate as a member of NIAD’s leadership team, implementing the organization’s Strategic Plan. 
  • Develop an annual Art Marketing Plan in alignment with NIAD’s Strategic Plan, reflective of NIAD’s goals for equity, social justice, and disability justice as they are defined by artists, staff, and community.
  • Oversee art sales and collector records databases and collaborate with the Finance team on monthly processes with NIAD’s strategic plan in mind.
  • Maintain annual reporting on Art Marketing and Partnerships Program data; evaluate successes and challenges, budget, and progress towards future goals. 
  • With an equity lens, ensure access to opportunities for all studio artists, aiming for each practicing artist to sell artwork and exhibit each year.
  • With Executive Director, develop and manage Art Marketing Team’s annual revenue and expense budgets.

Oversight and Team Coordination

  • Manage the Art Marketing Team, including Gallery Programs Coordinator, Accessibility and Communications Specialist, Exhibitions and Collections Specialist, Art Marketing Assistant, and interns and volunteers.
  • Assist in recruiting and onboarding Art Marketing and Partnerships staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Support Professional Development on an individual and team level. 


  • Collaborate with Development Director and Executive Director in initiation, follow-up and development of partnerships for art sales, licensing, and promotion as well as partnership-based opportunities for artists such as art placement, public works, and professional learning for teams.
  • Work with NIAD’s Art Marketing Team to develop NIAD’s professional network and engage Curators, Museum Personnel, Academics, Publishers, Artists, Musicians, and other cultural workers from NIAD’s wider art and disability worlds.
  • Develop new revenue streams, potentially including but not limited to artwork licensing, publications, artist multiples, and subscription services, with careful vetting of new partnerships through a social justice lens.
  • Support Executive Director in review and timely processing of all Partnerships and Art Marketing and Partnerships-related contracts, including occasional consultation with legal advisors. 

Art Sales and Exhibitions

  • Build relationships with NIAD artists to foster an understanding of their art practices in order to best represent their work and support their careers.
  • Support Art Marketing Team in planning, execution, and management of all exhibitions and exhibition-related events at NIAD.
  • Represent NIAD at exhibition openings and NIAD events, and coordinate Art Marketing Team’s participation in event planning, execution and management of off-site exhibitions and events..
  • Support Art Marketing Team in maintenance of the NIAD galleries’ physical spaces (painting, spackling, lighting, etc).
  • Support Community and Studio Programs in offering artists opportunities to market and sell their own work at weekend art fairs and festivals.
  • Collaborate with Community and Studio Programs in selection of juried show and group show opportunities for artists.
  • On occasion, participate in a variety of errands, including, but not limited to: mailing and shipping, restocking gallery/sales materials and equipment, documentation of artworks and events at NIAD and offsite.

Marketing and Communications

  • Collaborate with Accessibility and Communications Specialist to develop annual communications strategy and brand maintenance.
  • Support NIAD’s Art Marketing Team to maintain and develop NIAD’s website, web presence, social media channels, and newsletter communications.
  • Monitor and develop publicity strategy for NIAD Art Center’s public programs and fundraising initiatives, and for NIAD Studio Artist practices and artworks.  
  • Effectively use a disability justice frame of reference in writing and editing both internal and external documents and publicity.
  • Communicate effectively to a cross-section of Bay Area communities and the greater art and disability worlds, and excel in promoting NIAD’s programs and successes.
  • On occasion, represent NIAD in public forums, such as live and written interviews in various media.


  • With Art Marketing team, coordinate the inventory and cataloging of art created at NIAD, pare down all new art produced by the studio and coordinate team to photograph, price, and post artwork documentation in online archive and online store.
  • Ensure safe, archival, and organized inventory of all NIAD artworks in NIAD’s on- and off-site storage, and work with Executive Director to update inventory totals annually for insurance and audit purposes.  
  • Work with NIAD Community and Studio Programs to develop a collaborative and respectful dialogue encouraging artists to follow interesting and important ideas to fruition.
  • In collaboration with NIAD’s Artist Advisory Committee, build a system of cataloging and inventorying that reflects NIAD’s commitment to centering artist voices, and provides artists with access to their work and data on art sales.

Special Projects

  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Studio Management, and Community Programs Director to produce fundraisers and special events.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to write and manage Art Marketing and Partnerships grants.

 Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • 3+ years experience in visual art exhibitions, curation and inventory management or a related field.
  • 3+ years experience in publicity, especially in social media platforms.
  • Diverse network and knowledge of local and national contemporary artists, culture workers, and cultural institutions.
  • Highly refined interpersonal communication and networking skills.
  • Familiarity with accessibility best practices and prior experience working with people with disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate to ensure that multiple goals and tasks are achieved. 
  • Experience in team management is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in grant-writing and budget management is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once and reorganize priorities when necessary. 
  • Willingness to acknowledge and accept challenges that arise, as well as an ability to find and solve problems collaboratively, and aptitude for in-process innovation.
  • Valid Driver’s license. 
  • Love and knowledge of contemporary art, with a preference for knowledge of artists with disabilities and/or progressive art studios. 
  • Knowledge of digital photography and photo editing software, e-commerce tools, , MailChimp, Salesforce, Google Workspace, and various social media platforms.

 Working Conditions

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with benefits. 

Salary range $78,000-88,000 depending on experience. 

Typical hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with flexibility for evening and weekend events. 

NIAD’s benefits include: Health and Dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, Leadership Coaching, Professional Development support, and a Self-Care Leave Pool.

Background check, First Aid certification, and TB test required.

 Physical Requirements

Some lifting, use of ladders and tools. 

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