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One Nation One Project - Program Manager

General Information

Position: Program Manager

Reports to: One Nation One Project (ONOP) Local Site Team, and works with Director of Community Impact and Programs at Arts Council and staff from site team member institutions. The Program Manager serves as a liaison for the site team to make connections in community, ensure project and timeline progress as needed by managing overall workflow and deliverables.

Works closely with: ONOP Local Site Team, ONOP National Site Team, Community Advisors/Mapmakers, and others associated with this project TBD

Job Classification: The individual in this position will be engaged as an independent contractor. This position is 100% Grant Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, for an initial period of 13 months through August 2024; subject to extension through December 2026 based on needs of the project and successful project management. At the end of the grant period, the contract will end. There may be a possibility of the contract being extended if additional funding is received and/or a permanent position is established.

Fee and benefits: Pay rate will be $30/hour with an average of 40 hours per week (hours may vary from week to week). Independent contractor will provide timesheets on a weekly basis and will be paid on a bi-weekly basis. If elected, Program Manager may opt to enroll in a benefits membership program offered by United Health Centers, a local Federally Qualified Health Center. Health Membership fees can be included in contract.

Working environment: This is a remote working position; however, the candidate must live in and/or around the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC community. While remote, this person will be required to attend regular in-person meetings with the site team, mapmakers and others, as necessary. Additionally, in-person meetings in the community and with community members will be required. A laptop and phone will be provided for business purposes. Must have a current valid driver’s license and maintain a valid license; local mileage reimbursement will be allowed up to $100/month.

State Date: July 1, 2023, or until filled.

About One Nation One Project (ONOP) and LOCAL SITE TEAM

The National League of Cities (NLC) and One Nation/One Project (ONOP) are leading a national arts and wellness project designed to leverage the proven benefits of arts engagement to foster holistic recovery and social cohesion in communities. To date, nine sites have been selected to form a national cohort to spur creative artworks in their respective communities to improve community conditions inspired by the prompt: “There’s no place like home.” Learn More:

ONOP has welcomed a cohort of 18 cities and towns. Winston-Salem, NC is one of the 18 cohorts selected and the only city in NC. Each site will be led by local artists, municipal officials, and community health leaders, who will work together to create large-scale participatory art projects with cross-sector collaboration at the center of sustainable change.

The Local Site Team includes a cohort of 5 partners: Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, United Health Centers, City of Winston-Salem Department of Community Development, and the Forsyth County Public Health Department.

Position Description

The individual in this role will serve as the Program Manager (PM) of the One Nation One Project (ONOP) There’s No Place Like Home initiative in Winston-Salem. The PM will be the liaison among the ONOP local Site Team, National ONOP/National League of Cities team, community advisors (mapmakers), and the communities being served through this project. The PM will work in the identified communities (within Forsyth County) to assist in the development and implementation of high-quality programs that foster engagement and authentic, long-lasting connections with community members. The PM will assist in the creation and enhancement of dynamic programming and opportunities that prioritize diverse community participation and inclusive, interactive programming that includes the community’s voice. The individual in this role, under the direction of the Local ONOP Site Team will follow, facilitate, and help implement the strategic direction of the local project. Additionally, the PM will ensure all parties are completing various tasks as assigned, so the project continues to follow the established timeline and stays within budget. The PM will report out to the Local site team weekly and manage a variety of tasks for the respective teams with keen attention to detail to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

The national initiative will culminate into a final project that will take place in late July 2024. Following the National culmination, the PM will continue to work with the local site team to ensure the project continues and grows further throughout the duration of the grant period, through December 2026. The PM may work with members of the site team to visit with prospective donors to assist in seeking further funding for the program’s future sustainability and growth.

Description of Responsibilities

Oversee, manage, while also collaborating with ONOP Local Site Team’s staff, the creation and management of programming initiatives and opportunities that:

· Break down barriers of involvement and build bridges to continuing to enhance ONOP Local Site Team’s and the arts and cultural sector’s community impact and outreach

· Create visibility and exposure of the arts and healthcare sector in alignment with the needs of the community

· Align with ONOP Local Site Team and National ONOP overall strategic vision and plan

· Connect with a broad range of stakeholders including community leaders, children, teens, families, adults, and the community at large throughout Forsyth County

· Enhance themes within the arts and culture sector that promote diversity

· Advocate, inspire, and engage community members through a variety of different formats and platforms

· In partnership with the Local Site Team, develop and oversee the administration of new programs or initiatives that serve the needs of artists, arts organizations, and the community at-large, including work with contracted artists, community health workers, instructors, lecturers, speakers, performers, etc., as well as arts and cultural partners to help fulfill program goals and outcomes, and manage all related programming activities

· Must be able to work a flexible schedule, outside of the normal workday, that may include evenings and weekends, to attend community programs and other events as required

· Work with Local Site Team on marketing initiatives, organize program processes and procedures, assist in tracking impact, and implement the different facets of the programming

· Collaborate with ONOP Local Site Team members and colleagues within the arts and cultural sector to create a consistent and shared connecting experience with community members

· Understand the funding budget for the program, and potentially assist in identifying the resources needed for sustainability and growth

· Work with Local Site Team and others in assisting with reporting of impact and program outcomes; successes and program sustainability

· Proactive in identifying and cultivating relationships with arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and others in community, across all artistic disciplines, who may qualify for ONOP Local Site Team financial or support services

· Contribute to ONOP Local Site Team philanthropic advocacy through analysis of quantitative data and storytelling through qualitative data, including the collection of ONOP Local Site Team grantee statistics and appropriate grant-related data, on all ONOP Local Site Team grant programs

· Develop relationships with potential participants and other community partners and colleagues to explore and guide objectives, activities, cohort components, and design concept before finalizing program design

· Develop and manage Local Cohort meetings and other program participant convenings to strengthen relationships, share insights, and explore strategic/generative topics; and help provide additional opportunities for learning, network-building, and collaboration; Serve as a trainer or facilitator when appropriate

· Manage and respond to requests for technical assistance, resources, connections, and guidance

· Document and share learnings from the initiative; help provide updates to the funders

· Participate in planning and budgeting process and manage the program budget

· Other duties as assigned


The Program Manager must be an individual of impeccable integrity and trustworthiness who possess the following skills or attributes:

· Bachelor’s Degree in studies related to Community Engagement and Outreach, Social Services, Humanities, and/or Cultural and Social Sciences. Related experience in above mentioned field(s) is desired; Passionate about the community, arts and culture, wellbeing, and creating dynamic programming and initiatives that create impactful experiences

· A minimum of 4 years experience as a project manager or program manager/leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to build strong relationships, work collaboratively across a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, and infuse energy into innovative and creative initiatives that respond to the needs of our community through the lens of the arts, wellness, and creativity.

· Understanding, involvement and relationships within the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County region preferred; experience in community engagement, community building, grassroots organizing, and contract management experience a plus.

· A deep interest in community and willingness to develop programming that centers around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in society

· Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills that are rooted in transparency, authenticity, and empathy

· Working knowledge and fluency in using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint)

· Bilingual preferred, Spanish speaking preferred

· Project/program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting

· Understands evidence-based research, and facilitates evidence-based research study.

· Presenting and public speaking skils with strong interpersonal skills and working across diverse communities

We invite applications from diverse candidates and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information and veteran or disability status.


Interested individuals should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the ONOP Local Site Team/Search Committee at by no later than June 30. Submissions will be considered as they are received.

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