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Ohio Arts Council Fellowship Opportunity

Ohio Arts Council Seeking Arts Administration Fellow

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC), a national leader in arts administration, is seeking a dynamic, motivated candidate for a high-quality professional learning opportunity. Designed in partnership with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association (CAMA), this is a yearlong, paid fellowship. The person accepting the fellowship will gain hands-on, practical experience with the state’s arts agency.   

The Arts Administration Fellow works across various OAC teams. The fellow will have opportunities to gain experience in grantmaking, fiscal administration, communications and marketing, special events, project management, governance, and research. The fellow will also engage in professional learning and leadership development through CAMA and through participation at one national-level conference. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in the arts, whether in general administration, communications, development, or marketing.  

Areas of Responsibility:
The fellowship offers the following opportunities, all or in part:


  • GRANTMAKING | Become acquainted and assist with the various fiscal, management, and administrative processes that affect the agency’s primary role as a public grantmaker.
  • FISCAL | Gain knowledge of state government processes (e.g., funding, , procurement, auditing, and other fiscal matters).


  • CONTENT | Write feature articles for the OAC’s website and e-newsletter.
  • MEDIA | Assist in executing the agency’s media strategy by tracking agency’s traditional media coverage and performing social media analysis.
  • EVENTS | Support planning and execution of special events, particularly the Arts Impact Ohio conference, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, Poetry Out Loud, regional meetings in the field, and board meetings.
  • BRAND | Develop a working understanding of OAC identity and style while working with the OAC’s communications strategists to ensure consistent voice across platforms and publications.


  • LEAD | Participate in periodic professional learning opportunities designed to strengthen the fellow’s understanding of effective leadership, including an arts-related national conference.
  • CAPSTONE | Work with the agency to conduct research or a project culminating in a capstone experience for the fellowship (e.g., plan and conduct a 60-minute webinar, prepare long-form research, develop an innovative solution to an arts administration issue, etc.)
  • MENTORING | Participate in CAMA meetings and events, work with a designated mentor from CAMA, and engage with CAMA committees to gain practical experience as a member of a professional organization.


  • ENGAGE | Work with the agency’s organizational program coordinators to learn about arts organizations across Ohio.
  • SUPPORT | Assist in identifying artists and arts organizations across Ohio’s 88 counties to support robust outreach to communities statewide.
  • ARTS LEARNING | Participate in arts learning department program development and roll-out (e.g. Poetry Out Loud, TeachArtsOhio, etc.)
  • INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS | Learn about Ohio’s artists and how they engage with the Ohio Arts Council and their communities through grant awards, special programs, etc.

Term & Compensation:

  • 24 hours per week, hours may vary due to special projects or events, beginning July 2019 through June 30, 2020. The selected individual will be paid an hourly rate depending on experience and level of education.
  • Paid annual membership to Columbus Arts Marketing Association (CAMA).
  • Financial support to attend one national conference focused on grantmaking, marketing and communications, or other arts administration fields during the fellowship.

Preferred Qualifications & Requirements:

  • One year or more of practical experience in grantmaking, development, communications, event planning, or a related field OR completion of a degree-granting program in the aforementioned fields is required.
  • Exposure to arts administration, grantmaking, or public service is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with the public with an enthusiastic, positive attitude.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adhere to deadlines.
  • Practical knowledge of and interest in media communications, web technologies, and content management systems; familiarity with MailChimp is preferred.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly and adopt brand voice.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

NOTE: To make this opportunity available to as many deserving applicants as possible, fellows may take part in one OAC fellowship only, and may not apply in the future for this or another OAC fellowship opportunity.

Schedule & Location:
Flexible daytime hours are available, generally between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Regular schedules are preferred (e.g., specific days of the week). Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours and some travel may be required for special events or conferences. The Arts Administration Fellow will primarily work at the OAC’s office at 30 East Broad Street in the Rhodes State Office Tower in downtown Columbus.

Application Instructions:
Please submit the following items to OAC Operations & Public Affairs Director Justin Nigro by email:

  • Cover letter succinctly and specifically describing: 1) why you are interested in working with the OAC; and 2) your relevant experience for this opportunity.
  • Resume
  • Writing samples and/or a concise portfolio of relevant work.

Electronic files in .pdf format are encouraged. Links to online files/resources are also acceptable.

The deadline to apply is June 24, 2019 at midnight. Only complete application packages will be considered.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


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