Complete applications include: A) a cover letter not to exceed 2 pages, B) a resume or curriculum vitae, and C) names, titles and contact information for no fewer than 3 professional references. Items A, B and C should be combined and submitted as one PDF. Please include your last name in the PDF file name.
Candidate questions can be directed to Dr. Tiffanie Dillard with Avenir Consulting Partners, at azartsED@avenirconsultingpartners.com.
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 54-year-old agency of the State of Arizona that invests in and amplifies the public benefit of the arts in Arizona. The Arts Commission is staffed by a small team of professionals, each grounded in arts-based practice, and governed by a 15-member board, appointed by the Governor of Arizona.
The Executive Director is a visionary, creative, collaborative, ethical, and adaptive leader of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency whose mission is to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.
The Executive Director provides public policy leadership in support of diverse statewide constituencies; cultivates and advances advantageous partnerships in areas of funding, programs, and advocacy; serves as executive administrator of and policymaker for agency planning, initiatives, grantmaking, operations, and spending; and endeavors to continually enhance and expand quality service delivery to Arizona residents.
Across the position’s areas of responsibility, the Executive Director is expected to recognize and respond to the many ways people organize to create and share arts and culture, inclusive of but not limited to nonprofit structures; prioritize ethical engagement and active dialogue with an array of community representatives to inform practices, standards, goals, and policies; and persistently drive toward increased transparency and a more equitable distribution of resources.
Governor-appointed Commissioners hold responsibility for hiring and monitoring the effectiveness of the Arts Commission’s Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees all other agency personnel decisions.
Overall this position:
Programs, Grants, Strategic Initiatives
Operations, Oversight, Culture
The following (or any combination of experience/education that has resulted in comparable knowledge, skills, abilities):
The ideal candidate possesses exemplary diplomatic, cooperative, and interpersonal skills, and has a respect for, or a connection to, Arizona and its communities. The ideal candidate is also a creative, collaborative individual who values public service, authentic community engagement, diverse artforms and cultural practices, and ongoing/lifelong learning.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.