Apply now to be the next Director of the North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina Arts Council

Monday, December 6, 2021

We seek a visionary leader who is dynamic, collaborative, innovative, and knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities that exist within N.C. arts communities. The Director is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of N.C. Arts Council programs that fulfill the agency's mission of "arts for all people. Find a full job description and the application portal at bit.ly/NCAC-Director. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021

Open Position - Director of the North Carolina Arts Council

State Government Salary Grade: GN18 • Salary Range: $69,949 - $125,821

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) seeks a visionary, energetic leader to serve as N.C. Arts Council Director. The Arts Council Director is dynamic, collaborative, innovative, and knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities that exist within our arts communities, especially as they pertain to rural communities. The Director is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of N.C. Arts Council programs that fulfill the agency’s mission of “arts for all people.” The Director represents North Carolina’s arts community at regional, state, and national levels. The Director assesses existing and future arts needs in the state, assuring that the mission and goals of the Arts Council are compatible. The Director leads the development of new programs that support the growth of North Carolina arts organizations and artists to ensure citizens and visitors may access the highest quality and widest variety of arts experiences. The Director will integrate the arts into the goals and activities of other state government agencies and non-arts industries such as downtown revitalization including a focus on rural communities across the state. The Director, along with staff, board members, and constituents, will continuously examine key programs and implement adjustments to reflect current social environments to secure long-term stability and increased funding.

Qualified applicants must possess the following: • Demonstrated knowledge of issues, trends, and practices in arts administration. • Demonstrated knowledge of performing, visual, and literary arts disciplines and how traditional and contemporary arts are practiced today. • Demonstrated experience recognizing artistry in diverse and underserved communities. • Demonstrated experience working with the non-profit arts sector. • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad cross-section of artists, arts professionals, legislators, government officials, stakeholders and/or the general public, including speaking in public forums to diverse audiences. • Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets. • Demonstrated experience in non-profit grant application standards and practices. • Occasional night and weekend work required.

The selected candidate will have an open minded and respectful approach to understanding people regardless of their gender, age, race, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other characteristics; will treat all people fairly and consistently and with dignity and respect; will effectively build a diverse and inclusive work environment composed of persons from diverse backgrounds with diverse perspectives where all feel welcome and valued and have the opportunity to use his/her/their skills, abilities and knowledge to succeed.

As per G.S. 126-5, this Position is designated as Exempt Policymaking. This position is subject to the State Government Ethics Act. The leading applicant(s) must complete a statement of economic interest, which must be filed and evaluated by the State’s Ethics Commission, prior to the applicant being employed in this position.

Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of “arts for all citizens,” the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities. The North Carolina Arts Council strives to deliver resources for arts development to all 100 counties of the state through programs that are fair, transparent, and accountable. The Arts Council awards between 300-500 grants a year to the states thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also develops partnerships and awareness campaigns that highlight and strengthen the public value of the arts in North Carolina, and it is a proven champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. The Arts Council is an 20+ person agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A 24-member citizen board, appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary of the Department on policies, programs, and research that supports arts development across North Carolina. The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expressions and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. Please visit our website at www.NCArts.org for more information.

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. Please visit our website at www.ncdcr.gov for more information.