City of Lynn

3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901

Date Posted:
March 31, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Arts and Culture Planner


The City of Lynn seeks a creative, dynamic, and enterprising individual to serve as our first Arts and Culture planner. This person will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, serve as the City’s liaison to local arts and culture organizations, and enhance the City’s creative placemaking as part of our growing city planning initiative.

Duties of the Arts and Culture Planner include, but are not limited to:

  • Preserve and promote the arts and culture(s) of Lynn, including visual arts, graphic arts, sculptural arts, decorative arts, performing arts, musical arts, culinary arts, and literary arts.
  • Develop and implement processes for engaging and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the community whom are interested in developing district-wide arts and cultural events. These include but are not limited to: community groups, business owners, funders, public officials, youth organizations, arts and cultural related organizations, artists, performers, creative professionals and enterprises.
  • Create regularly scheduled, collaborative programs that highlight the vibrant diversity and unique concentration of arts organizations throughout the City, and in particular, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District.
  • In collaboration with the Lynn Cultural Council, the Public Art Commission, the City’s Economic Development Team, the City Council, Mayor, and other arts and culture stakeholders, identify inclusive short and long-term plans to create infrastructure necessary for arts and culture to flourish across sectors and geography of the City.
  • In collaboration with the Planning Team, advance existing and create new placemaking initiatives, particularly in the Downtown area.
  • Forge relationships to help build diverse audiences and support Lynn’s immigrant populations to participate, produce, and create arts and cultural related activities.
  • Oversee brand, marketing, and public relations goals for the state-designated Downtown Cultural District. This may include creating web and social media strategies for engagement and managing consulting contracts with related vendors and working with the city’s arts and culture organizations on the creation of a comprehensive marketing plan.
  • Create a forum for the coordination of cultural activities including networking of resources and production of promotional materials.
  • Develop and implement methods for collecting data, metrics, and assess outcomes from projects and programs to measure success and adapt implementation as needed.
  • Represent the City at community cultural events and exhibits.
  • Serve as the City’s liaison to local, state, regional and federal agencies and non-profit arts and culture funders, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, MassDevelopment, National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities, the Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative, and the Barr Foundation.
  • Aggressively pursue grant funding opportunities that benefit the growth of the Downtown Cultural District, and arts and culture initiatives throughout the City.
  • Serve as the Mayor and City Council’s liaison to the Lynn Cultural Council, Public Arts Commission, and Lynn Main Streets.
  • Thorough knowledge of cultural program development, event planning, grant writing, budgeting, marketing and public relations.
  • The ability to plan programs, delegate tasks and coordinate large-scale, district-wide events.
  • Working knowledge of Lynn’s creative economy and cultural organizations and assets, strongly preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A clear understanding of the physical elements, organizational structures, and human capital that make up a strong, vibrant, arts and cultural environment representative of the community.
  • An undergraduate degree in fine arts, cultural studies, urban studies or other relevant discipline. A graduate degree in arts administration or an arts or cultural related discipline is preferred.
  • At least 5 years cultural program administration experience that includes event marketing and management of which at least 3 years are in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends on a routine basis.
  • Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • City of Lynn residency required within six months of hire.
How To Apply:

A completed application, including resume and cover letter, can be submitted via regular post, e-mail (, the City Hall dropbox near the Johnson Street entrance, or in person at the Personnel Department (Room 412, Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901) during normal business hours.

If submitting via e-mail, please include “Arts and Culture Planner” in the subject line. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 13th, or you will not be considered.

If mailing your application, please send it in care of the Personnel Department to the address above. 

The electronic version of the City's employment can be found by visiting

Apply by:
April 13, 2021
$65,000 - $75,000
About this Organization:
Working for the City of Lynn represents a great opportunity to shape the future of a community on the rise. Major development is progressing across the City, from the waterfront to the downtown. Arts and culture offerings have blossomed with positive economic benefits. City leaders possess a strong commitment to smart growth and development and a shared recognition that more can be done to develop a long-term vision for the City. Lynn is proud of the diversity of its community and works consistently to engage those who are difficult to reach.