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Manager of Community and Corporate Relations

WaterFire Providence, an internationally recognized arts organization, seeks a dynamic Manager of Community and Corporate Relations to join its development team. Working with the Managing Director and Director of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations and the rest of the development team, the ideal candidate will have a passion for community engagement, a strong understanding of the local culture, the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with diverse stakeholders and enthusiasm and interest in being an integral member of the revenue generation team

This position offers the opportunity to deeply engage with organizational development, strategic planning, and the growth of an organization that has transformed downtown Providence for the past thirty years and the Valley Olneyville neighbor for the past 7 years

The successful candidate will:

  • be highly organized and enjoy behind-the-scenes work in support of an iconic arts institution
  • be equally comfortable working independently as well as being a dedicated team player
  • work WaterFire lighting weekends and occasional weeknights
  • be passionate about being part of a small, high-performing team focused on revenue generation through sponsorship sales and new business development
  • have an appreciation and passion for the power of art to transform place and build community


The Manager of Community and Corporate Relations will report to the Director of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations and will be responsible for:

  • Revenue Generation:
    • Support the Director of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations in developing, soliciting, and servicing sponsors and corporate Brazier Society members.
  • Community Engagement:
    • Develop and implement strategies to actively engage with the local community, including residents, businesses, artists, and community organizations.
    • Organize and participate in community events, forums, and outreach programs to promote WaterFire Providence’s mission and initiatives.
  • Stakeholder Relations:
    • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, including government officials, sponsors, donors, and partner organizations.
    • Collaborate with local businesses and the hospitality industry to foster mutually beneficial partnerships that support WaterFire Providence’s goals.
    • Collaborate with the Volunteer department to recruit volunteers from corporate partners and sponsors.

Government Relations:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with government officials, agencies, and representatives at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Work in close collaboration with WaterFire’s lobbyists to advocate for WaterFire on the federal, state, and local levels. 
  • Monitor and analyze relevant legislation and policies, providing insights on potential impacts and opportunities for the organization.
  • Public Relations:
    • Develop and implement communication strategies to enhance the organization’s public image and increase awareness including the preparation of all press releases and media materials.
    • Build relationships with local media, pitch new stories, and schedule interviews with principals at WaterFire.
    • Act as a spokesperson for WaterFire Providence in the community, representing the organization at public events, media appearances, and networking functions.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork:
    • Work closely with internal teams, including marketing, events artistic, and volunteer departments, to ensure alignment with community relations goals.
    • Collaborate with volunteers and community leaders to enhance the overall impact and success of WaterFire events.
  • Data Analysis and Reporting:
    • Collect and analyze data using media monitoring tools related to community engagement and public relations efforts, providing regular reports to the leadership team.
    • Use insights to continuously improve and refine community relations strategies.
    • Prepare value and fulfillment reports for sponsors


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Creativity, independent initiative, and enthusiasm
  • Strong organizational, project management, and leadership skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills, both within the development team and with external audiences (donors, community leaders, board members, and volunteers)
  • Familiarity with the Providence community and its cultural dynamics
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Adaptability to flexible hours (some evenings and Saturdays during WaterFire lightings)
  • Experience in event management and social media marketing
  • Working knowledge of Google web applications and Microsoft Office products is required, and Basecamp or similar project management software is preferred. Experience with media monitoring tools like Critical Mention is preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years working in a nonprofit development or fundraising department, preferred.


Compensation will be a salary that will be competitive and commensurate with experience ($50,000 – $55,000 annually). Other employee opt-in benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a retirement savings plan, and paid time off.

Application Process

Please apply with, only. No telephone calls or emails, please.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The position is open until closed.

WaterFire Providence is an equal-opportunity employer.