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Progreso Community Gallery Program Director

Job Title:Progreso Community Gallery Program Director

Reports to:Executive Director

EEO Category: Full Time

Exempt Status:Exempt

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is renovating the historic Progreso Building on the corner of Brazos and Guadalupe Streets in the heart of the San Antonio’s Westside.  The space will include a gift shop and a 3,000 square foot gallery to host a permanent historical exhibit of the Westside of San Antonio, rotating exhibits, and a series of public programs. 

SUMMARY:A full-time professional Program Director will coordinate, manage and fundraise for the exhibitions, workshops and other public programs presented in the Progreso Community Gallery. This individual will have a background in community engagement, event production, arts education programming and specifically in Latino folk and traditional arts, or historical museum programming, and have some experience in grant writing. They will curate, hire artists/educators, assist in grant writing, and coordinate gallery tours as well as manage existing folk and traditional programming such as the Dia de los Muertos community altar exhibit, the culinary project La Gran Tamalada, and the annual Las Posadas holiday program. The Program Director will oversee, manage, produce and promote the permanent exhibit and a series of rotating exhibits.  The Progreso Community Gallery Program Director will play a vital role in determining and defining the organizational culture at the GCAC, participating in strategic planning and budgeting, and collaborating closely with other departments.

SALARY RANGE – $40,000 to $45,000, commensurate with experience, plus a full benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement contribution plan after one year of employment, and medical and vacation leave.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS – To apply, email cover letter, resume with salary history, and two-page writing sample, all in one PDF document to :

In the email, please title the subject line with your first initial and last name followed by “application for Community Program Director position.” References will be requested on interview.


  • Create public programs for a range of audiences;
  • Develop small temporary and traveling exhibitions; develop a series of public programs related to the content of the permanent exhibit;
  • Produce a series of public programs to include WestFest, 16 de septiembre parade collaboration, Dia de Muertos celebration, La Gran Tamalada, and La Posada.
  • Develop services for schools and out-of-school programs for youth;
  • Identifying excellent heritage programs to collaborate with and/or emulate;
  • Conduct outreach and formation of partnerships necessary for the success of the Gallery; Represent the Progreso Community Gallery and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in a professional and appropriate manner;
  • Prepare periodic reports for management, as necessary or as requested, reflecting activity, issues and funding for the Center programs;
  • Develop, supervise and train a corps of Center volunteers;
  • Design and implement a development/fundraising plan for the Gallery in cooperation and consultation the Executive and Development Directors;
  • Work with grant manager to submit and report grant applications, and work with Development Director to create plans for donor cultivation;
  • Work with the Director of Operations regarding all administrative tracking including grants management, financial, contracting and program reporting;
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to create all marketing and outreach for the Gallery;
  • Other duties as assigned as a member of the Guadalupe; works as an effective and proactive team player.
  • Participate and fully engage in weekly Program Directors meetings.
  • Attend and occasionally assist in programs of other disciplines at the Guadalupe.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Required
    • College degree (preferably in arts, folklore, history, museum studies or related field) or equivalent experience
    • Five years of experience in public cultural programming and fundraising
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Superior organizational skills; ability to manage details and juggle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Ability to manage deadlines and work under pressure; strong decision making abilities
    • Ability to work well with a variety of people in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment
    • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to inspire teamwork
    • Strong word-processing and spreadsheet skills (Microsoft Word, Excel), and basic skills in photoshop
    • Passion and strong knowledge of Latino, Chicano and Native American arts and culture, and local community-building
    • Bilingual – basic level proficiency in Spanish Preferred
      • Experience in exhibit design and hanging

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ABOUT THE GUADALUPE –Located in the heart of San Antonio’s Westside, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center was founded in 1980 to preserve, present and promote Latino, Chicano, and Native American art and culture.  It is one of the largest community-based, multi-disciplinary organizations in the U.S. and has served as an influential leader and major platform for the development of nationally and internationally recognized work in the fields of art and culture, Latino/Chicano politics, academic scholarship, and non-profit administration. The Center provides programming across six disciplines; Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Music, Film and Literature and offers year-round educational programming through its Guadalupe Academy, guest artist workshops, and free community events. The Guadalupe also produces three annual festivals: CineFestival, the Tejano Conjunto Festival, and the arts and crafts fair Hecho a Mano, all running for nearly 40 years.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations or marital status. The same is true with respect to training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is the policy of the Guadalupe to ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfer, and layoffs, Guadalupe sponsored training, promotions, terminations and disciplinary actions are equally applied.