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Managing Director, The Sofia




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About The Sofia.

The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting. B Street Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Performing Arts of All Kinds for All People.

The Sofia, Home of B Street, is a new, mid-sized performing arts center located in Midtown Sacramento. The Sofia was created by and is home to B Street Theatre and its Mainstage Series, which has produced over 200 new plays for adults since its founding in 1986. It is also home to the B Street Family Series, professional theatre for children and their families. In addition to plays, B Street presents live music, dance, comedy and speakers.

The Sofia Tsakopolous Center for the Arts [sa-KAH-puh-lus]

The Sofia, one of only a few new theaters built in the 21st century for local audiences and artists, opened in 2018. Precedent-setting public sector support and private investment drove the creation of this $29 million facility, which contains the 359-seat Sutter Theater, a 250-seat thrust venue, as well as galleries, reception space, flexible rehearsal and presentation spaces, and offices. Offsite production facilities service scenic, costuming, and other physical production requirements.

Managing Director Position

The Sofia seeks a Managing Director with demonstrated strong executive leadership skills, a dynamic leader with a passion for the arts and the impact of art on the lives of the community. The Managing Director will guide the development of a vision and strategy for the organization’s long-term growth and will provide strong leadership for the Board, staff, and the community. The Managing Director and Artistic Director are jointly charged with enabling the Sofia to realize its goals for artistic excellence, community service, education, financial stability, fundraising, and audience engagement. Within this collaborative partnership, the Managing Director is responsible for rendering the Artistic Director’s vision into practicable initiatives that are financially sound and supported, and which galvanize the Board, staff, and extended community behind it.

The Managing Director is responsible for the overall business, administrative, and operational management of the company. This includes leadership of fundraising, budgeting, financial management, HR, information systems, institutional marketing, and Board relations. Minimum qualifications and specific areas of leadership are detailed below. Given the B Street Theatre’s ongoing evolution, the following items are representative but not comprehensive. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned to ensure the success of the organization.


The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors, and receives direct reports from the Marketing and Communications Manager, the Box Office/Administrative Coordinator, and their direct reports as appropriate. The Managing Director leads the organization in partnership with the Artistic Director. These partners are jointly held accountable for the success and stability of the organization.

Minimum qualifications

  • A Bachelor of Arts in business, non-profit administration, or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of either three (3) years’ executive experience in a nonprofit arts organization of similar size ($3 million – $5 million annual expenditures) or five (5) years of experience as a department head or senior staff member of an organization of greater size.
  • Significant experience interacting with nonprofit boards, volunteers, and funders (individual and institutional).
  • Experience building revenue and philanthropic support, including the development of grant proposals. Prior experience managing a development campaign is desired.

Desired qualities

  • Demonstrated business acumen combined with strong management skills.
  • Have the vision to design and execute B Street’s resource development in the short, intermediate and long-term to achieve sustainable growth in the future.
  • Be a charismatic communicator with the ability to establish long-lasting, productive relationships with the Board, staff and community of patrons and funders.
  • Have demonstrated ability to generate earned income and philanthropic support and a passion for organizational development.

Organizational leadership and strategy

  • Develop and model a collaborative, mutually supportive partnership with the Artistic Director in establishing organizational strategy.
  • In collaboration with the Equity, Diversity and Community Inclusion Director, define, identify, secure the resources for, and realize Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access objectives.

Commitment to EDIA

  • Support efforts to expand and continue programming that celebrates and amplifies artists of color.
  • Realize Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access goals in professional development and learning opportunities for staff, Board members, and B Street’s many communities of learners and attendees.

Board development and communication

  • Work with the Artistic Director to support the development and effective operations of the Board of Directors.
  • Work with the Board Chair to identify need for committees and prioritize work of the Board.
  • Provide regular written reports to the Board, as well as the Finance Committee, reflecting financial and organizational progress, relevant analysis and recommendations.
  • Work to grow the Board through active Board cultivation and recruitment.Serve as staff liaison for Finance and Development Committees of the Board.

Leadership and management of staff and artists

  • Lead B Street’s Human Resources function; develop and implement HR improvements, based on best practices, as appropriate.
  • Ensure that B Street’s employment policies and employee handbook are current, complete, and comply with all relevant standards, as well as support the organization’s staffing goals and needs.
  • Oversee recruiting, training, coaching, and retention of staff.
  • Manage, coach, and supervise all non-Production employees except those who report to the Artistic Director.
  • Through the Box Office/Administrative Coordinator, ensure that B Street’s employment policies and reporting are consistent with all rules and regulations governing working in the State of California.
  • Foster an office culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation, and mutual support.
  • Oversee all of B Street’s contracting with external agents, including Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists, insurance agreements, leases, rights/royalty agreements, vendors, etc.

Financial, IT, and facility management

  • Manage the creation of annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Manage financial reporting systems to support budget managers.
  • Finance Operations
  1. Manage the overall financial operations of the organization with the support of the Box Office/Administrative Coordinator.
  2. Manage all external financial reporting of the organization.
  3. Provide financial analysis and recommendations to guide the organization’s financial decisions.
  4. Work with outside auditors to assure that all financial systems and internal controls are adequate to appropriately serve the organization and guard against fraud and waste.
  • Ensure that the organization has the information, communications, and technology systems that it needs to be effective.
  • Oversee and, as appropriate, manage the execution of facility maintenance, capital investments and replacements, and vendor relationships that contribute to the success of the Sofia.

Stewardship of full-cycle financial development

  • Serve as a key representative of the Sofia in the community, including cultivation of donors, funding institutions and government agencies.
  • Represent the Sofia in communication with external agencies that have the power to govern or influence financial or administrative demands within our industry (i.e. Theatre Communications Group).
  • Attend relevant governmental and community meetings as a representative of B Street.
  • Provide additional support for and attend meetings, fundraisers, events, celebrations, opening nights, etc.
  • Provide leadership to B Street’s Artistic Director, Director of Education and Community Engagement, and Board of Directors to create and carry out fundraising plans and programs, and meet financial development goals.
  • Direct and lead institutional fundraising with foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Oversee communication with donors and patrons when it relates to fundraising or institutional advancement, ensuring best practices are used in stewarding patrons.
  • Oversee the patron database and ensure that best practices are used in recording and analyzing data.

Core Objectives

The successful candidate will be able to describe their approach to the following opportunities and challenges, within the unique context of the Sofia and the theater industry.

  • Extend Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access principles throughout the organization and its activities.
  • Strengthen, extend, and expand programming, in partnership with the Artistic Director.
  • Lead the organization through its transition from long-term (founding) leadership to new leadership.
  • Continue the commitment to reducing capital development-related debt.
  • Innovate and implement best practices in the business functions, fundraising, and administration of the organization.
  • Address the short- and long-term implications of the pandemic on the organization, its operations and its communities.

Compensation & Benefits

The Managing Director is a full-time exempt employee. Compensation including salary and benefits will be in the range of $100,000 to $120,000.

Employee benefits include healthcare reimbursement, life insurance, 401k retirement savings plan, optional dental, vision, and chiropractic health plans, paid vacation time, sick leave, and holidays. The Sofia is an equal opportunity employer.

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Antenna is seeking a full-time executive director for its office in New Orleans, LA. An ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in contemporary art and artist-run spaces, an exceptional capacity for strategic direction, and willingness for on-the-ground action. This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary leader to take this multi-disciplinary organization into the future. 


Antenna is a New Orleans-based art organization committed to being a vital participant in the life of the city through the creation and support of artist and writer-driven programs. Antenna programming began as a relief from rebuilding and a tool for the city's recovering during the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes. It has since expanded to offer a robust slate of literary, visual arts, and arts education programming. It serves as a welcoming entry point into the arts for New Orleans audiences and an engine for cultural production, especially creative endeavors with transformative approaches to social justice. 

Antenna maintains two leased facilities, Antenna Gallery and Paper Machine. It has a budget of $800,000 which includes $60,000 that is re-granted through the Platforms Fund in Partnership with Ashe and Junebug. 

In alignment with Antenna's commitment to creating a community rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, ableism, misogyny, classism or other bias. Antenna does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage diverse applicants to apply. 


Successful candidates will possess these characteristics:

Leadership, with experience in organizational planning and development; Financial Management, including supporting fiscal sponsorship; Resource Development, including individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources; Program and Personnel Management, leading staff, community partners and artists to success; and working with the Board of Directors as a non-voting member of the board to guide Antenna into the future. 

Read the full job description here.


  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a related field, or equivalent experience. 
  • A proven track-record and demonstrable senior level experience. 
  • A dynamic leader with tested problem-solving abilities in all operations of a non-profit organization
  • Experience in all aspects of program development, from concept to execution. 
  • Relationships with national funders and an established track record of securing contributions. 
  • Experience in collaboration, teambuilding, communication, and conflict management skills. 
  • An effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a motivating spirit. 
  • Excellent oral and written skills. 
  • Availability to travel. 
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Director of Development and Communications



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February 7

The Center for Craft, a national 501c3 nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Asheville, NC, is seeking a Director of Development and Communications to lead efforts to grow contributed income and increase audience engagement. The Director creates and implements a comprehensive annual fundraising plan to raise 20 percent or more of the $1.7 million organizational budget, as well as a multi-channel communication plan that drives funding and engagement metrics. The Director reports to the Executive Director, is staff liaison to the Resource Committee of the Board of Directors, and manages two full-time support positions. 

The Director of Development and Communications will be a front-line fundraiser and strategist, maintaining relationships with donors, community and business leaders, volunteers, and the Center’s grant recipients (both artists and scholars) to generate philanthropic support of and engagement with the Center. The Director will expand the Center's donor base, diversifying funding across individual giving (from membership to major gifts), private foundation grants, corporate partners, and government funding. They will engage board volunteers in fundraising to first achieve 100 percent board participation in giving (an essential metric to foundations) and in leveraging their networks and relationships to raise funds for the Center. Successful candidates will demonstrate a can-do attitude and confidence in identifying and acting on opportunities. Directing organizational communications, they will partner with staff to develop key messaging and collateral, with a plan for growing audience engagement through digital communications, events, and social media. The Director will oversee brand identity and guidelines and work to amplify the Center through public and media relations. They are supported in their responsibilities by a full-time Development Coordinator, a full-time Communications Coordinator, and other consultants, as required.

Successful candidates will be goal-oriented and motivated by growth. They will be versatile, creative, and entrepreneurial, equally comfortable as an event organizer, proposal writer, and volunteer manager. The Director will thrive as a coach to their staff and to the Board’s Resource Committee, able to bring out the best in each person to further their clearly articulated fundraising and communications goals. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience closing gifts of five figures or more.

This position is full-time and exempt with occasional evenings/weekends and reports to the Executive Director. Starting salary is $70,000 with full benefits to include Medical/Dental, Life Insurance, LTD and STD, and 401K as well as 5 weeks paid leave and recognized federal holidays.



Development: Build Relationships and Inspire Investment (50%)

  • Convey the energy, meaning, and importance of the Center for Craft's mission and vision to create a multi-faceted case for support and communications plan that grows revenue and engagement
  • Create and execute an annual fundraising plan in collaboration with staff and Board that includes an individual giving program (from membership to major gifts), corporate partnerships, private foundation grants, and government funding
  • Research, prospect, and secure new sources of financial support; prepare prospect profiles to support solicitations by others (fellow staff and board)
  • Develop materials for sponsorship packages and in-kind donations
  • Implement a year-round stewardship plan for donors of all giving levels by recognizing the impact of gift, communicating progress and results, and ensuring a quality experience
  • Cultivate donors by actively listening, building trust, and mutually meaningful relationships; share organizational opportunities or programs that match their interests 
  • Plan and prompt the fundraising efforts of the Resource Committee and Board of Directors, as well as other revenue-generating groups, such as event committees
  • Oversee grant seeking including researching foundations, proposal writing, and reporting requirements; develop and track proposals and reports for all government, foundation, and corporate fundraising to include the management of contractual performance of grant deliverables and reporting requirements
  • Develop and implement online and in-person fundraising events and programming
  • Create methods to track engagement and evaluation methods across various platforms to assist in making data-driven decisions
  • Engage and oversee consultants and contractors; manage volunteers, as necessary

Communication: Effective, Engaging and Innovative Messaging (30%)

  • Develop and implement a year-round communications plan with a compelling case to keep the Center's audience informed and engaged, with opportunities to support
  • Generate a cohesive implementation strategy for the Communications Coordinator for social marketing, public and media relations, website content, communication/resource development materials, and brand management to reach diverse audiences
  • Distill complex information into a simple, clear, and persuasive message using examples, stories, and information that is relevant and resonates with donors and audiences in both written and oral format including ghostwriting for board members and staff 
  • Prepare and manage strategic communications material to funders and other key stakeholders, including an organizational year in review/impact report
  • Develop brand voice and maintain brand integrity across all platforms and advise in the creation of digital, video, audio, and print content
  • Work with a contracted team of communication, marketing, and design professionals

Leadership: Board and Staff (20%)

  • Participate on the organization's Staff Leadership Team and serve as staff liaison for the Board of Director's Resource Committee and other committees, as needed
  • Work to advance the organization's mission, vision, values, and organization's commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • Recognize organization-wide priorities and work cooperatively to drive results 
  • Value and leverage the power of external networks and relationships
  • Conduct, analyze, and interpret internal and external research to support planning
  • Serve as a progressive and innovative thinker, understanding philanthropic trends and best practices in donor-centered fundraising
  • Coach and inspire both staff and board volunteers to secure additional contributed/earned revenue 
  • Perform additional duties or tasks as directed to support the mission


  • 5-7 years of nonprofit fundraising experience with a focus on individual donors, foundations, other institutional donors (government or corporate) at organizations with budgets greater than $1,000,000
  • Skill cultivating and soliciting individuals and corporate sponsors of $10,000 or more 
  • Experience growing and diversifying revenue sources, as well as developing and engaging staff and volunteers in fundraising efforts 
  • Background in and passion for the arts; familiarity with the field of craft
  • Excellent writing and research skills, with ability to oversee the process for successful federal, state, and private grant proposals 
  • Creativity to identify traditional and "out of the box" funding opportunities to meet growth goals
  • Proven experience in building, coaching, and mentoring a team that led to expand an organization's audience and fundraising efforts
  • Outgoing demeanor with ability to professionally and confidentially build trust and represent the Center for Craft to all public constituencies
  • Effective interpersonal, public speaking, facilitation, presentation skills
  • Highly collaborative both with internal teams as well as external partners, volunteers, consultants, and contractors
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team orientation are critical, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Must be self-directed/-motivated and have extensive project management experience 
  • Strategic and creative thinker and can work on multiple projects simultaneously within limited timeframes
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management efficiency, and careful attention to detail


The Center for Craft is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  The Center encourages applications from candidates who can complement the Center for Craft's Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion work by offering unique perspectives and understanding of issues impacting groups that have been traditionally under-represented in the field. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment.

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Director of Education




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Ford's Theatre—a premier arts and cultural institution in Washington, DC, and with a brand known across the United States and further afield—welcomes nominations and applications for the role of Director of Education. 

Originally opened in 1863, Ford’s Theatre celebrates and explores the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln. With educational programming, museum exhibits, and theatrical productions, Ford’s Theatre has welcomed millions of site visitors, patrons, and learners since re-opening its doors in 1968. Shows at Ford's Theatre range from classic to contemporary works; its museum includes exhibits on Lincoln’s presidency; and, its Center for Education and Leadership offers outreach and educational programs, seminars, and workshops. Operating through a partnership between the National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society, Ford’s Theatre is known for hosting the Lincoln Medal awards ceremony—a medal awarded to a person (or persons) who, through their body of work, accomplishments, or personal attributes, exemplifies the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by President Lincoln. Past recipients of the medal include The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Maya Angelou, General Colin Powell, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Julie Andrews, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Aretha Franklin, and Sidney Poitier. 

The Director of Education is a member of the senior management team and oversees—alongside their staff—all outreach evaluation including education and interpretive programs and resources (on-site, offsite, and online).  Other responsibilities under the purview of the Director include a range of programming, whether that be school and teacher programs, field trips, student matinees, historical exhibitions, and both the history and education sections of the Ford’s Theatre website and any related platforms.  Among other important relationships at Ford’s Theatre—which includes Ford’s Deputy Director to whom this role reports—the Director of Education works closely with the Director of Development, the Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to strategize, promote, and raise funds in support of educational and interpretive programs.  The Director of Education also works closely with the National Park Service on museum interpretation and education throughout the historic site. 

With respect to qualifications, of utmost importance is alignment with the organization’s ongoing work to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for all artists, staff, students, educators, scholars, theatregoers, visitors, and volunteers—given this, the Director of Education must have a track record of being a champion for work in this area. The candidate most likely to realize success in the role will bring strong leadership experience ideally gained within an interdisciplinary work setting, and will possess direct experience in and/or a strong appreciation for the arts, culture, and history.  The ideal candidate will also: bring a deep understanding of grade school environments; have experience with organizational outreach efforts; and, have the ability to develop and implement a range of innovative learning-experiences for patrons and visitors.  Finally, the incumbent will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong commitment to quality customer service, and a Master’s level degree or relevant work experience in a field related to the work undertaken in this portfolio.

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Executive Director




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CUE Art Foundation seeks an Executive Director

CUE Art Foundation connects practicing artists and arts workers to essential resources and community. We provide access to mentorship and educational opportunities, platforms to exchange ideas and exhibit new work, and the context to build new relationships. Anchored by our gallery in New York City, CUE creates inclusive, artist-centered, and peer-to-peer pathways that support diverse, contemporary artists around the country. Learn more about CUE at

The Executive Director’s role is to advance the strategy and mission of CUE. They direct and administer all programs, fundraising, operations, and policies and supervise a professional staff of six. The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of CUE, working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors.

We seek a visionary leader, manager and fundraiser who is passionate about CUE's mission to create essential opportunities and community for emerging and under-recognized artists and arts workers of all ages. Ideal start date is March 2022.

Primary areas of responsibility include:

Organizational goals: Foster culture of collaboration, communication and purpose consistent with CUE mission. Develop and implement plans for the organization in all key areas, including programming, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access), finances, fundraising, marketing and publicity, technology, and governance.

Fiscal management: Develop and implement the approximate annual budget of $950,000 for approval by the Board, and maintain monthly financial reporting. Oversee, with the Board, management of all funds consistent with legal requirements and Board policy, and the organization’s accounting system.

Development: Develop and implement fundraising strategies for the growth of the organization. Cultivate support from a variety of sources including individuals, membership, events, grants, in-kind support, and earned income.

Staff and Board leadership and management: Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff of six with focus on attracting and retaining qualified staff that reflects accurately the community CUE serves. Focus on DEI in recruiting staff and board. Coordinate and support the work of the Board consisting presently of 12 members. Help identify and cultivate potential new Board members.

Program development and management: Develop, implement, and supervise artistic and educational programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission.

Community relations: Develop effective working relationships within the community both in the arts and other sectors, especially those that promote CUE's mission.


We recognize that individuals have diverse life experiences and trajectories that qualify them for this role. The following partial list of qualifications reflects what the search committee believes will be helpful in a successful ED.

Leadership: Ability to work with, listen to, inspire, and responsibly adapt with a diverse team to fulfill CUE’s mission. Commitment to creating a culture of communication, respect, and care in every sphere, from the office environment to CUE's constituents and communities. Visionary, with the ability to make space for the visions of others. Experience hiring, mentoring, and collaborating with a small, committed team. Experience in a supervisory or management role in a small, nimble arts organization.

Fiscal management and administration: Extensive experience managing an organization or performing significant administrative functions in an organization, including budget and tax preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting; project management; and strategic planning and development.

Development: Strong fundraising track record. Experience securing major institutional and governmental grants and individual donations; established relationships with local and national institutional funders; experience with board development and management. Brings exciting, cutting-edge ideas for new funding sources and fundraising opportunities, including corporate giving, individual donors, and earned income.

Programs: Passionate about and fluent in the world of contemporary visual art with ability to administer CUE's programs. Deeply connected to local, regional, and national networks of artists, arts workers, and peer arts organizations with whom our organization works closely; able to collaborate and build partnerships with other grassroots arts organizations on projects aligned with our values. Experience working with living artists in supportive ways. Experience executing ambitious exhibitions, public programs, and education programs. Strong working and creative relationships in New York City.

Values: Nuanced understanding of issues relating to labor and equity in the arts. Bold record of advocacy for diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in contemporary art. Active anti-racist with a solid understanding and commitment to DEAI issues; committed to addressing these structural gaps within the organization as well as in the art world.


Annual salary range $105,000-$115,000 depending on experience. We provide health insurance and a generous vacation policy.

Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm with occasional additional evening hours for events and openings.

EOE and How to Apply:

CUE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a more equitable visual arts community. Our values of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion are integral to our mission to support emerging and under-represented artists. Individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter to Review of applications will begin January 17, 2022. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

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Art Director




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$65,000 annually. Negotiable depending on education and experience
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Position: Arts Director FLSA Classification:

Full Time - Exempt

Reports To: Vice President of Programs

South Arts is hiring for two Arts Director level positions: Director, Arts Engagement (individual artists, visual arts, and literary arts) Director, Organization and Community Initiatives (arts readiness, field building and learning, placemaking, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility).

Please include a cover letter.

Applicants must specify the position for which they are applying. An applicant may submit for only one position.


The Arts Director leads the design, implementation, and coordination of all aspects of a program (or a diverse portfolio of programs), including activities such as planning, organizing, staffing, and managing program activities to achieve strategic plan goals.

Position Overview

The Arts Director positions we seek to fill will initially direct a portfolio of programs related to Arts Engagement (individual artists, visual arts, and literary arts) or Organizations and Community Initiatives (arts readiness, field building and learning, placemaking, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility).

The Arts Director serves as a critical member of the programs department, supporting, protecting, and promoting the arts in communities. Responsibilities of the Arts Director include budgeting, financial tracking, and grant compliancy in all areas of program implementation, contracting, or sub-granting of funds to third party organizations or individuals. The Arts Director may work in coordination with other staff, external advisory committees, industry consultants or thirdparty vendors to achieve the overall goals of the assigned program areas. The Arts Director may directly supervise others if the program(s) volume warrants additional staff. The position responsibilities will eventually expand to include designing and implementing new grant programs and administering services and resources to the field.

Key components of the position include a high level of cultural diplomacy, sound program management and the ability to advance multiple program priorities.

It is essential for the Arts Director to maintain positive working relationships with important stakeholders such as artists, arts organizations, arts leaders, community groups, support organizations, and other organizations.

This individual will represent South Arts before various local, regional, and national groups to ensure connections with the regions diverse organizational and community arts ecosystem.

The successful Arts Director will have:

  • solid and demonstrable arts program management experience
  • strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • ability to create and sustain collaborative working relationships with a multitude of internal and external partners.


  • Direct existing programs related to Arts Engagement (individual artists, visual arts, and literary arts) or Organizations and Community Initiatives
  • Think creatively and entrepreneurially in recommending or designing new grants programs, services, and resources for arts organizations and communities
  • Lead the grants administration cycle – application, adjudication, and grant award
  • Produce program reports
  • Lead or facilitate group processes
  •  Manage the program budget and related reporting
  • Represent the organization publicly among arts organizations, arts leaders, partner organizations, peers and funders
  • Produce, update and implement an annual work plan with goals and objectives
  • Recruit and develop agreements with consultants and contractors to carry out program activities
  • Work collaboratively with staff in all departments
  • Ensure accessibility and equity throughout all aspects of work
  • Serve as a liaison, providing technical assistance and consultative services to a range of constituencies


  • Experience managing a team or supervising staff.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience administering multiple projects.
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to interpret and analyze narrative, budget, and statistical information and convey such information effectively, using written, graphic, and oral communication.
  • Experience with work that involves attaining vision, mission, values, goals and objectives.
  • Experience working in diverse capacities with people who represent a broad spectrum of socio-cultural and socio-economic positions.
  • Experience facilitating group processes, i.e. panels, community meetings, learning experiences (in person or virtual).
  • Experience in program design, implementation, assessment and evaluation.
  • Experience conducting needs analysis/assessments, long-range planning, and strategic planning.
  • Experience working in grant allocation programs and explaining complex processes to various stakeholders.


  • Knowledge and experience reflecting a broad background in the arts with significant experience in arts programming, arts planning, program development, project management, implementation, evaluation/assessment, and grant application processes.
  • Knowledge of cultural policy, current trends in the arts in general, and trends affecting the arts.
  • Knowledge of needs, makeup, and dynamics of arts readiness, field building/learning, placemaking, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Knowledge of recent research and literature related to arts readiness, field building/learning, placemaking, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility


  • Ability to manage self and time, directing multiple tasks and timelines simultaneously in order to meet project objectives and deadlines.
  • Ability to think critically and decisively in a variety of situations, circumstances, and contexts.
  • Ability to make data-driven decisions and use data to communicate programmatic success.
  • Ability to develop partnerships, nurture collaborations and work amid a variety of authorizing contexts - federal government, state government, and foundations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and communicate in a professional manner with executives, staff, board, funders, governmental officials, and the public.
  • Ability to work with multiple levels of constituents simultaneously, including local, state, regional, and national.
  • Ability to take initiative and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate professional maturity, excellent judgment, self-control, and discretion


  • A bachelor's degree preferably in a field of study in the arts, arts administration, nonprofit administration, public administration, or business administration.
  • Five or more years of experience in the arts with significant experience in programming related to arts organizations, arts readiness, field building/learning, placemaking, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and/or arts-based community initiatives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Basic knowledge of MS Office, with advanced knowledge of:

  •  Outlook - scheduling meetings, managing calendars, use of rooms and other advanced functions; also managing, importing, and exporting contacts; task management.
  • Word - document formatting, review options/tracking, mail merge, layout option
  • Excel - spreadsheet creation; column and row formatting; data sorting; page formatting, including borders, gridlines, and use of headers and footers.
  • SharePoint - file and data sharing collaboration.
  • Microsoft Teams - file and date sharing collection.

Basic knowledge of online systems including:

  • CRM - constituent relationship management systems; some Salesforce experience beneficial.
  • Basic knowledge of creating marketing/promotional level documents for internal and/or public use.

Other Requirements:

  • Occasional travel up to 5% of the time.
  • The position will be based at the South Arts’ office in Atlanta, Georgia.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Sedentary work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.
  • Use of fingers - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary – $65,000 annually. Negotiable depending on education and experience.

Benefits – South Arts offers an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental, and life insurance; long-term and short-term disability; vacation; paid holidays; and a 403(b) plan with company match.

Application Submission: Deadline: Open until filled

Email resume and cover letter to:

  • Attn: Human Resources E-mail to:

South Arts’ mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. South Arts is a non-profit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with regional perspective. South Arts’ offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses, and individuals.

For more information about South Arts, please refer to our website at

Equity Statement:

South Arts is an inclusive employer and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards. South Arts does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, military status, economic status, or geographic location in any of its activities or operations.

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