The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking qualified applicants for the Cultural Programs Division Manager (Manager II) position. The position will oversee Dallas' cultural support programs, which provides nearly $7 million to support the arts, cultural organizations and individual artists in Dallas. These programs are supported and advised by the Allocations Committee of the Cultural Affairs Commission, which is a City Council appointed body of artists, arts administrators, and interested community members. The position will also provide leadership for new initiatives such as: assisting with implementation of a new Cultural Plan for the City; identifying and supporting neighborhood arts programs within the City; growing a technical assistance program to help artists and arts organizations build capacity and strengthen their businesses; and implementing priorities identified by the Director of Cultural Affairs and City management.
The Cultural Funding Programs Division Manager reports to Business Operations Manager. The position will supervise a staff of two, an Artist Resource Coordinator and a Contract Compliance Administrator.
The Division is ripe for growth, and the ideal candidate will have experience in growing and developing organizations.
In addition to the above, duties may include:
• Manage the Cultural Funding Programs Division; set goals and objectives; determine and implement work instructions and procedures; and provide programs and services to the City
• Select, train, supervise and direct staff; assign duties and evaluate work performance.
• Provide leadership and direction to the Allocations Committee of the Cultural Affairs Commission
• Develop and present reports; present reports to Cultural Affairs Commission and City Council committees
• Be an articulate and persuasive spokesperson for the arts in Dallas in person and in writing, and champion ways to strengthen the Dallas arts community
• Represent OCA in various public meetings, including City Council meetings and at meetings of the local arts community
• Respond to requests from the City Manager's Office and Mayor and Council Office for specific information, reports and/or recommendations
• Provide project management services that are specifically related to the Cultural Affairs Division and coordinate the work of consultants, art organizations, artists, and others
• Work closely with other City departments on related projects and initiatives
Any combination of education & experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in arts administration or public administration or a related degree. A Master's degree is desirable.
Five years of progressively responsible work experience in arts administration, grant making, or related program development, including a minimum of two years of non-profit or public-sector/governmental administrative experience, and two years in a supervisory role.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
The successful candidate will need to have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, be collaborative, be an innovative and strategic thinker, and have a strong track record in advancing policies and programs that support arts and culture.
In addition, the candidate should have the following knowledge and abilities:
• Knowledge of current trends and themes in cultural arts, creative placemaking and placekeeping, and their role in the health and vitality of cities
• Working knowledge of grant-making processes, ideally in a government setting
• An understanding of the needs of artists and arts organizations to grow and thrive in cities
• An understanding of the role arts and culture play in the economic health of a city
• Experience communicating effectively orally and in writing with a variety of constituent groups and with cultural sensitivity
• Working knowledge of event planning
• Working knowledge of how to creatively market arts programs including using socials media and websites to communicate about programs and resources
• Creating and administering program budgets, particularly in a government setting
• Experience supervising and motivating teams of staff, consultants, and multi-disciplinary teams of people
• Ability to prepare reports of a budgetary, technical and evaluative nature
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