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Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking a new Executive Director

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Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking a new Executive Director


Position: Executive Director (Director, Grade E2)
Agency: Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Salary: $90,000 + the State of Arizona’s comprehensive benefits package
Total Openings/Type: 1/full-time, 40 hours per week
Apply by: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Agency Overview
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.

Position Summary
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.

Instructions–How to Apply
Interested candidates should review the requirements and position responsibilities below. Applications must be submitted via This position will open for applications in the state system on June 23, 2021.

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.

Review of applications will begin Thursday, July 22, 2021. Not all applicants will receive a response.

Candidate questions can be directed to Dr. Tiffanie Dillard with Avenir Consulting Partners, at

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, applicants may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative document format, by contacting or 602-771-6502.

For more information, including candidate qualifications and primary responsibilities, please visit


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