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Executive Director

Job Opening


Deadline August 31, 2018
Sponsor Alabama State Council on the Arts
Location Montgomery , AL


Position Responsibilities

The Executive Director:

Directs day to day operations of the agency including, but not limited to, finance/budgeting, personnel management, grants administration, planning, public relations and information, advocacy and reporting requirements.

Regularly communicates with council members and carries out policies set by the Council. Special emphasis is given to working with the council chair on a wide range of functions involving the planning of quarterly business meetings, advocacy activities, council committee work and problem solving as needed.

Provides internal and external leadership relative to ASCA's strategic multi-year plan designed to support and promote the arts, individual artists and arts education statewide.

Acts as the primary representative for the Council with the State Legislature, various state agencies, South Arts (regional organization), the National Endowment for the Arts and federal agencies concerned with arts policy and support. Note: Communication with the Alabama Legislature is viewed as a priority function and responsibility.

Builds and maintains partnerships in both the public and private sectors that maximize ASCA's ability to achieve the goals and objectives articulated in the agency's long range plan.

Provides professional assistance and guidance to arts administrators, arts educators, artists and a wide range of individuals involved in planning and programming in the arts.


Desired Skills and Experience

A successful ED candidate should:

Possess a thorough understanding of the non-profit and public sector arts field. Experience in public arts policy and awareness of the legislative process are important attributes.

Possess a successful track record of working with a board of directors and showing skill with facilitating group dynamics in achieving organizational goals and objectives.

Present a resume reflecting staff management, personnel development and supervision of a diverse team of workers.

Have a high level of communication skills both verbally and in writing.

Have a professional background that reflects leadership in arts advocacy and an ability to effectively influence public and private sector support for the arts. Knowledge of and experience working in a governmental environment including the legislative process is an important attribute.

Demonstrate experience with fiscal management and the ability to develop budgets necessary for achieving a strategic agency or organizational plan.

Possess a degree of proficiency in technology as this knowledge and these skills contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency.

Have the ability to articulate a vision for growth and support for the arts at a state level.

Possess an understanding of and sensitivity to contemporary art forms and traditional cultural expressions typical of those found in the South and in multiple forms nationally.



Candidates for the executive director's position must have a Bachelor's degree in arts administration, an arts discipline or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of high-level administrative or professional work with an arts organization, public arts agency or educational institution.

Three (3) of those years of experience must have involved one or more of the following: supervising other employees, overseeing and coordinating general operations of a division, or unite of programming, exercising responsibility for development of policies and procedures or the coordination of strategic planning in the arts.

Advanced degrees in an arts field of study are viewed as highly desirable and are considered an advantage for a candidate seeking the executive director's position. Multiple years of experience with a state arts agency are also viewed as a highly desirable qualification.

A successful candidate must be able to travel in-state and out of state independently with a degree of regularity and work extra hours as the job responsibilities require. State vehicles and expenses are provided for travel purposes.



Commensurate with training and experience (Compensation includes a comprehensive benefit package, insurance, retirement, annual & sick leave, holidays, savings options). The Council Office is based in Montgomery Alabama, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 110 -RSA Tower. Office space includes the Alabama Artists Gallery.


How to Participate

Send cover letter and resume (electronic format preferred) with contact information, work experience, qualifications and accomplishments as referenced above to:

For submission and general inquiry

Jackie Berry

Executive Assistant

Alabama State Council on the Arts

201 Monroe Street

Montgomery, Alabama 36104


For confidential inquiry and/or specific job related questions, interested parties may contact:

Mr. Al Head

Executive Director,

Alabama State Council on the Arts

201 Monroe Street

Montgomery, Al 36104

334-242-4076 ext. 245

This opportunity has been submitted by Jackie Berry. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact Alabama State Council on the Arts with questions or for more information.