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Ohio Arts Council job opportunity

Ohio Arts Council Seeks Artist Programs/Percent for Art Director

The Ohio Arts Council is seeking a talented, experienced arts administrator to lead its work with individual artists within the agency’s Artist Programs/Percent for Art team.

To find more information, view the full job posting, and apply, click this link. All applications must be submitted through the link at the State of Ohio jobs portal.

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

The chosen candidate will play a key role in directing the agency’s work with individual artists as well as assist the executive director by formulating objectives, priorities, budgets, and evaluations through the top-level administration of several grants and programs, including the following areas:

  • Individual Excellence Awards
  • Percent for Art
  • folk and traditional art (e.g., Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants, Ohio Heritage Fellowships)
  • individual artist residencies
  • the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery and other exhibitions

The chosen candidate will also be able to design administrative approaches to problems; answer questions from grant applicants, public officials, and the general public; be able to explain agency policies, procedures, and its services philosophy; and represent the agency’s interest at meetings. The chosen candidate will also supervise staff and contract workers, as assigned.

The chosen candidate must have the following minimum class qualifications for employment:

1. Completion of a graduate core program in fine arts or humanities AND 6 months experience as supervisor or manager or fine arts coordinator/director with budgeting experience


2. 6 months experience as a Fine Arts Specialist 3


3. The equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above

Assists executive director in formulating Artist Programs (e.g., Individual Excellence Awards), Percent for Art, folk/traditional art (e.g., Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants, Heritage Fellowships), individual artist residencies, OAC Riffe Gallery, and other exhibitions (e.g., Spotlight at the Governor’s Residence, Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition, Ohio Civil Rights Commission Youth Art Exhibition, Governor’s Office art loan) objectives, priorities, budgets, & evaluations for the entire agency: administers aforementioned grants and programs.

Designs administrative approaches to problems (i.e., designs processes for formal presentations to council & council committees, discusses & determines number of exhibitions & workshops to be developed)

Assumes executive director’s responsibilities in his/her absence (e.g., answers questions from legislators, gives speeches to explain agency policies, procedures, & services philosophy, takes necessary disciplinary action) & supervises assigned staff.

Acts as liaison regarding the Artist Programs policy & procedures to public officials, arts organizations, private agencies, & the general public to explain & discuss policies & procedures

Represents agency at intra-agency, intra-state, & national meetings.

The Ohio Arts Council is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer. Please visit our website to view our EEO policy.

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