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State Fair Seasonal Employment

Join Big Tex’s Seasonal team! Working at the State Fair of Texas is just as fun as a visit to the annual event. If you’re an outgoing, friendly, and energetic person who likes to celebrate all things Texan, join the Big Tex team. The State Fair, in partnership with its vendors, exhibitors, and concessionaires, has numerous seasonal positions to fill, making it one of the premier expositions in the country.


Full Time Jobs at the Fair

Director, Community Affairs & Strategic Alliances

To apply, send cover letter and resume to hr@bigtex.com.

The Director of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances at the State Fair of Texas, oversees and provides strategic leadership for community relations, partnerships, and educational programming. This role manages and leads the day-to-day operations of State Fair of Texas education and community outreach programs, both at the fairgrounds and offsite. Responsible for identifying, defining, and executing partner relations locally, nationally, and internationally (when necessary) for the organization.

The Director will assess existing programs and lead the reorganization and development of programs, as needed, to continue to serve the Fair’s target audiences and help position the nonprofit organization to more effectively fulfill its mission to celebrate all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.

Working closely with senior leadership, this person will influence and implement the Fair’s strategic agenda in education and community programming to help ensure high-quality experiences for the surrounding and greater communities, as well as Fair guests.

Critical to the role is the ability to develop and oversee the Fair’s work in partnership with community and business leaders, nonprofits, faith-based entities, and city government agencies, as necessary.

Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

• Develop and implement community engagement strategy that includes the support and long-term sustainability of other nonprofit organizations in the local area
• Responsible for grant oversight and criteria; manage requests, review/approval process, and distribution of funds for community programs
• Advisor to senior leadership on issues related to community affairs and initiatives and to examine growth opportunities of current and potential external partners to expand revenue and visibility
• Cultivate relationships with foundations and corporate donors for community programs
• Responsible for leadership and coordination of all current community and educational initiatives
• Develop new program ideas and content that further the Fair’s mission and goals
• Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of programs and impact of grants and support
• Responsible for the development and management of on-site learning programs and educational outreach activities
• Develop, refine, and assess State Fair curriculum and learning resources to ensure the Fair provides premium quality education programs
• Manage Fair relationships with community-based organizations. Visit program partners to help capture best practices and define optimal implementation
• Make presentations to audiences to increase visibility and exposure of the fair and commitment to community involvement
• Work closely with colleagues in marketing and public relations to develop overall communication strategy for initiatives
• Assist senior leadership with the board’s role in community affairs and the involvement of auxiliary group to support Fair and community focus
• Assist with special events and projects, as needed
• Supervision of the Community Affairs team to assist in implementation of initiatives
• Operate in a fiscally conscious manner

Marginal Functions:
• Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of community relations, marketing, and public relations
• Management procedures and policies
• Effective public speaking techniques
• Event planning practices
• Budgeting and finance administration practices

Ability to:
• Operate personal computer and routine office equipment
• Prepare documents using Microsoft Office programs
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

• Responsible for the Community Affairs team
• Directly supervises part-time employees/interns

Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Preferred Education and/or Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree required
• A minimum of eight years of experience in nonprofit, education, community relations, or related field
• Experience managing a substantial budget
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Experience in leadership, managing, and holding people accountable (LMA)
• Experience in training
• Overall knowledge of South Dallas/Fair Park community a plus

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

Requirements/Other Personal Attributes
The ideal candidate is exceptionally curious, dynamic, innovative, passionate, energetic, gracious, and approachable. This person:

• Is a leader with excellent planning and organizational skills to work with collaborative teams
• Thrives in a fast paced, creative environment and is able to advance simultaneous projects
• Sees the possibilities as opposed to the obstacles, is tenacious in solving problems and results oriented
• Possesses empathy, the ability to inspire, strong communication skills, and pride in their community

Environmental Conditions:
• Must be able to work all 24 days of the annual State Fair of Texas event in the fall of each year, in addition to the five days leading up Opening Day and five days following the Closing Day.
• Office environment; exposure to computer screens
• Working outdoors, as necessary, especially during Fair time and special events

Physical Conditions:
• Essential and other important responsibilities and duties require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time