Job: Community Arts Program Director

Community Arts Program Director

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City, is a 501 C(3) nonprofit organization that has been bringing the arts and the community together through free, and low-cost, large-scale downtown Oklahoma City cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact under-served populations since 1967.

The Arts Council’s Community Arts Program [CAP] was created in the 1990s to provide arts offerings in community-based settings to underserved residents – primarily youth, people with disabilities, and seniors. CAP, in partnership with other agencies and nonprofit organizations, cultivates, recruits, trains, places, and manages professional artists with the goal of continually improving offerings.  CAP currently includes these six programs:

  1. Play in the Park in partnership with the City Parks Department;
  2. Neighborhood Arts in partnership with the Metro Library System;
  3. Arts After School in partnership with the Oklahoma City Public Schools;
  4. Special Populations in partnership with Easter Seals and other senior care providers;
  5. The Teen Advisory Council; and,
  6. The Teaching Artist Toolbox in partnership with the Metropolitan Library System. Teaching Artist Toolbox provides professional development training and resources to assist artists in providing high quality, effective programming that achieves the goals of CAP and its partner agencies and organizations.

The Community Arts Program Director is responsible for leading and managing every aspect of CAP and its excellence from planning to evaluation. The Director is the public face and representative of the Community Arts Program.  The Director is ultimately responsible for the program’s reputation and relevance in the community.

The Community Arts Program Director is responsible for the following relationships:

  • supervising AmeriCorps Members;
  • supervising and maintaining excellent communication with mentors and master teachers;
  • maintaining excellent communication and timely direction of all artistic personnel;
  • maintaining excellent, timely communication with community partners, contractors, and artists;
  • maintaining excellent ongoing communication with CAP allies, advocates, and funders; and
  • serving as a staff liaison to different youth and community-focused committees during the Arts Council’s annual events: Festival of the Arts, Opening Night, and Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival.


Direct and continually improve CAP plans, scheduling, and operations   –   always with a 24-month view ahead;

  • Assist the development department with grant research, preparation, and reporting to increase resources for CAP;
  • Develop, manage, and monitor the CAP annual budget.  Help prepare financial reports;
  • Develop, manage, and monitor all artist and partner program components including, but not limited to: cultivation, recruitment, contracting, training, scheduling, orientation in re: protocols and procedures, communications, and continuous effective relationship building;
  • In cooperation with the Communications Director, manage an annual communication plan and system:
    • regular seasonal correspondence
    • memos and e-blasts
    • contracts
    • personal relationship building
    • protocols for response time to artist and partner inquiry
  • Continually strengthen and improve  relationships with artists and partners;
  • Direct and oversee CAP’s evaluation system and all documentation including site visits and methods to increase program effectiveness;
  • Oversee all CAP’s systems: the database, files, records, reports, documentation, collateral materials, internal and external evaluation, reporting, and trend analysis;
  • Create and continually improve CAP written materials: artist and partner handbooks; checklists for sites, artists, and volunteers; resources, tools, and an online portal to expedite communications;
  • Build a repository of artists and teaching supplies available to all artists and their sites;
  • Work with volunteer committees as assigned;
  • Network with other organizations, public agencies, educational institutions, community allies, funders, and partners to continually build and expand  positive community relationships; and,
  • Assist the Arts Council Executive Director and senior staff as required to ensure the success of the Community Arts Program.


  • Excellent, proactive organization, communication, interpersonal, and “people-management” skills
  • Arts-related or arts education background and experience working with artists and creative individuals
  • Experience in building and managing administrative procedures, protocols, and operating systems
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and Access
  • High energy level, responsible, and highly self-motivated
  • The skill and acumen to anticipate and avert problems and also to identify and capitalize on opportunity
  • Ability to create an effective team environment with CAP staff, mentors, master teachers, and artists
  • The ability to forge and maintain excellent relationships with partners and partner personnel at every level from
  • Front-line staff to highest level administrators
  • Ability to inspire the trust and confidence of all CAP personnel, especially CAP artists and partners
  • The rigor and drive to continuously improve CAP
  • Must possess reliable, private transportation in order to perform job duties


A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, minimum five years work experience with background in non-profit desired.  Some evening and weekend work is required. Able to climb stairs and comfortably walk moderate distances.  Able to lift 20-25 pounds comfortably.  Some duties require being outdoors in all types of weather.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Benefits include individual health, dental, disability insurance, 401(k) plan, as well as other standard benefits.


Deadline to apply is November 9, 2012. Send cover letter and current resume, along with three professional references to or:

Peter Dolese, Executive Director  |  Arts Council of Oklahoma City

400 West California

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-smoking facility.  No smoking is allowed anywhere on the premises.

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