Bazaar Program Manager

Job Type

Part Time




2067 Massachusetts Avenue
United States


Cultural Survival is an international non-profit organization advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Cultural Survival Bazaars are a series of Indigenous arts festivals (approximately 4 per year) held in the Greater Boston area by Indigenous rights non-profit organization Cultural Survival. The Bazaars are cultural festivals featuring 40-60 Indigenous artists and vendors who represent them from dozens of Indigenous cultures worldwide. Our current July events take place in Tiverton, RI, and Newburyport, MA, and our December events take place in Cambridge and Boston, MA. 

Cultural Survival Bazaars have been held in the Greater Boston area since 1975. While they began as a fundraiser, they do not currently raise funds for Cultural Survival; rather, Cultural Survival runs them as a program to support sustainable livelihoods for Indigenous participants. In recent years, the Bazaars have transitioned to a new fee and application process model, changes which require each event to continue growing in size and sales each year over the next several years with the aim of a) becoming a financially self-sustaining program and b) increasing direct impact to Indigenous artists and communities by building upon the experience of current vendors and continually making the Bazaars accessible to new vendors.

This open position requires someone who can a) carry out the below responsibilities in order to maintain the Bazaars at their current level and b) take them up a level by continuing to increase the number of vendors, average sales, and sponsorship at each event. The Manager will need to seek larger venues and additional revenue streams; improve the customer and vendor experience; add food and beverage vendors to each event; and increase the diversity of vendor crafts and activities (including potentially adding talks, workshops, film, and other kinds of content). 

The ideal candidate has event management, marketing, and retail experience.


The Bazaar Program Manager is a 60%-time (three days a week on average), salaried position (including 60% prorated benefits package) co-managing the Cultural Survival Bazaars along with two remote, part-time colleagues. The following list of responsibilities is a sampling of tasks that will be carried out by the team. The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the comprehensive scope of work, delegating, and ensuring that each element gets done. The Manager must be able to work from our Cambridge, MA, office 2+ times per week. Hours are somewhat flexible.

Regular and clear communication with team members is essential for decision-making and division of tasks, and the ability to self-motivate and work independently is critical.


-coordinating event logistics (venues, rentals, permits, etc.), leading up to each event (entails occasional travel to different town meetings and offices)

-Spanish and/or French language fluency is required

-Event management, day-of-event logistics, including:

           -managing temporary workers to load/unload tables, chairs, tents, and other supplies

-interacting with the public as a representative of Cultural Survival

-coordinating volunteers

-managing vendor hospitality and support

-managing the juried vendor application process, including pre-reviewing applications, managing the online application, communicating with jurors, participating in decision-making as needed, curating and laying out booths at events, etc.

-coordinating vendor travel logistics, including assisting with hotel identification and bookings, transportation to and from events, building homestay relationships, etc.

-designing publicity materials, press releases, and email content in collaboration with communications/IT staff

-keeping the website up-to-date in collaboration with staff IT manager

-running Bazaar social media accounts

-managing 2-3 interns

-managing the budget in collaboration with supervisor

-contribute to grant proposals in collaboration with development staff

Other Requirements

-Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All candidates are required to have cultural competency, and awareness of the dynamics of working across cultures.

-Although much of the year is spent working from the office, managing the Bazaars is a physically intense role. Bazaar event days are long and involve a lot of moving around, lifting, carrying, and time on foot.

-The July events are held about an hour from Boston. Long days mean that it is strongly encouraged that the Manager can sleep away from home if needed for 2-3 nights during these events.

-Be able to navigate communication with people in many different languages (through translation devices as needed) and/or across cultural differences in communication, expectations, etc.

-Vendors, customers, nearby businesses, and other parties inevitably have concerns and other needs requiring patience, the ability to be diplomatic and problem-solve under stress.

Level of Language Proficiency

-Spanish and/or French language fluency is required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to both:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Position is open immediately.