Program Manager

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites applications for a full-time year-round Program Manager to join the team that makes the magic happen. To apply for this position, which will remain open until filled, please complete our online employment application here

A nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program, and a host of annual special community events. In addition, Shake Rag Alley offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events, and celebrations. For more information, see

Position Title: Program Manager

Department: Administration

Status: Full-time, hourly

Schedule: Wednesday-Sunday April-December, Monday-Friday January-March

Compensation: $16/hour, nine paid holidays per year, monthly cell phone allowance, 15% workshop discount

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director and Director of Education, and working collaboratively with Shake Rag Alley staff, teaching artists, and volunteers, the Program Manager supports our mission by helping to implement programming to include adult workshops, retreats, residencies, and family-friendly community programs, and managing the lodging and rentals programs that support our educational mission. Contributes to digital, social, and traditional media campaigns, and provides excellent and timely customer service to colleagues, Board members, volunteers, donors, students, instructors, vendors, and the public.

Primary Responsibilities


  • In collaboration with the Director of Education, implements Shake Rag Alley’s year-round adult educational programming taught by local, regional, and national artists and seasonal family-friendly community programming.
  • Partners with staff as needed in preparing workshop, program, and event spaces on and off the Shake Rag Alley campus. 
  • Helps welcome arriving instructors and students and provide instructors with orientations to their classrooms, campus amenities, and Mineral Point resources. Together with staff and volunteers, ensures instructors and students are supported for the duration of their workshop and/or retreat. 
  • Serves as weekend office manager during the workshop season to include opening and closing the office and Art Cafe for workshop check-ins, monitoring workshops and taking pictures, and serving as a resource to students, instructors, and the general public. 

Lodging & Rentals

  • Manages booking and processing of lodging reservations, guest communications, guest room and classroom housekeeping, and supply inventory;
  • Manages rental experiences from initial inquiry and contract to day of event;
  • Communicates with local and regional dining, lodging, retail, and service providers to confirm hours of operation and share advertising opportunities. 


  • Helps to implement annual marketing plan to include:
    • drafting and distributing seasonal press releases and twice-monthly e-newsletters via Mailchimp;
    • contributing to social media promotions of programs, lodging, and rentals; 
    • drafting calls for volunteers to support Shake Rag Alley programs, events, fundraisers, and special projects;
    • designing programming posters and postcards; 
    • sharing events and programs on online event calendars;
    • placing ads in regional print publications;
    • making website updates as needed. 

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A combination of education and experience relevant to the position. Bachelor’s degree and two years’ relevant experience preferred.
  • Computer, Internet, and social media proficiency to include Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Facebook,  and Instagram. 
  • Graphic design and WordPress experience preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative environment, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals using telephone, mail, or email.  
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, flexibility, and patience.
  • Superior attention to detail and accuracy and ability to respect the confidentiality of organizational, customer, and donation information

Appreciation for Shake Rag Alley’s mission and ability to demonstrate flexibility, friendliness, and patience in all situations.

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran or uniformed service member status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.