The Director of Cultural Affairs leads arts and cultural activities and initiatives in all aspects of the arts through an extensive set of programs, special projects and policy-setting initiatives. The Director oversees the planning and implementation of art, music, performance and related cultural programs, works with other government departments, community groups, and cultural organizations to coordinate activities and programs, and oversees the County’s performing and visual arts facilities. The ideal candidate will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, exceptional organizational and administrative skills, a collaborative working style and a demonstrated knowledge of and passion for the arts. As part of Arlington Economic Development, the Director leads a division of 28 full-time employees and ~15-20 temporary and part-time employees, and has four direct reports. The focus of the Cultural Affairs Director is to elevate visibility and impact of the arts in Arlington through Cultural Affairs. The Director will significantly raise community awareness, citizen participation, overall visibility and the impact of the arts in Arlington. As part of Arlington Economic Development, the Cultural Affairs Director will lead efforts to expand the economic impact and placemaking of arts in the community. This emphasis will not only involve intensifying involvement with Arlington’s (grant) supported arts groups, but will also involve continuing to build relationships with creative community partners representative of arts, culture and entertainment in the DC region. The role of the Director will include cultivating Arlington’s cultural assets as a destination which includes both vibrant cultural neighborhoods and places with cultural amenities. The individual selected will be bold and creative in enhancing Arlington’s position as a vibrant community for arts and culture in the region. TheDirector must be an experienced communicator and have the ability to build consensus; ability to craft and deliver compelling messages to audiences at all levels including elected officials, board members, smaller art groups and artists;ability to grow and brand Arlington as an arts community while maintaining fiscal stability by developing a long-term artistic and management plan for the organization; and ability to advise, facilitate and cultivate Arts Commission relations and other senior managers on long- and short-term strategic planning and management decisions. Preferred requirements include:
Online application required. Minimum: Master’s degree in fine arts, performing arts, arts administration/management, public administration, or a related field plus a substantialbody of relevant work experience (3 or more years) in the arts community with experience in the public sector. Desirables: a)Experience in budget forecasting and management of budgets totaling ~$2-3million; b)Experience in evaluating and assessing programming and making appropriate recommendations for changes were appropriate; c)Experience and/or knowledge in oversight of offsite performing and presenting facilities; and/or d) Knowledge and/or experience in managing local, regional and federal grants and funding programs. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.