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Assistant Director

About The Sketchbook Project:

The Sketchbook Project is an independent Brooklyn based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. We have an evolving collection of more than 31,000 artists' books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. We also operate Brooklyn Art Library, our storefront and exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since then, our small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 60,000 artists. The project focuses on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology to provide community-supported art projects and a global inspiration library.

General Description:

The Sketchbook Project is looking for an Assistant Director who will help our team from day to day operations to new initiatives. Working with our small staff, the Assistant Director will make sure current projects are being managed properly, while working towards growing the project in the future. The Assistant Director will also work on developing and maintaining partnerships between the project and outside brands, museums and schools.

Primary Job Functions:

The Assistant Director needs to be a Swiss Army Knife of business and marketing knowledge, a born leader, with interest in the arts. We are looking for someone to work closely with the co-founder and Director at first to learn the organization and identify the potential, to eventually take it to new levels. We would love someone who is entrepreneurial, and sees the potential in taking some ownership is such a small team.

Qualities of a great candidate:

    -Outstanding problem solver. A candidate must be able to steer the ship in a new direction if needed, and come to the table with a new and fresh perspective, yet still keep the integrity of the project.
    -An ability to learn the current business from the inside out and understand the project's history before taking ownership and helping to lead the team into the future.
   -Entrepreneurial. Whether you have run your own project or company, or find yourself always thinking of how to make businesses better, we are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit.
    -An understanding of small businesses. Knowing the limitations of budgets and staff, and being able to work hard in all areas to get the job done.

Some Job Functions:   

  •     Manage staff
  •     Launch new initiatives
  •     Create growth within the company, from partnerships to online and in-person sales
  •     Execute logistical aspects of business with the help of the staff
  •     Oversee bookkeeping, budgeting and business upkeep
  •     Work closely with Founder to make sure daily operations are running smoothly

Required Skills:  

  •     Great communication skills , especially as a leader
  •     Independent thinker and problem solver  
  •     Marketing, partnership or business development experience
  •     Multi-tasker
  •     Retail and/or e-commerce experience is preferred

Experience and Education:

  •    1+ years in similar position
  •    College degree in a related field


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