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Arts Program Manager

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Arts Program Manager




Arts Program Manager – Salt Lake City Arts Council

Salary range: $22.59-30.81/Hr.

Closes: 7/10/19


This is a full-time benefited position.

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is looking for an experienced individual to manage the organization’s performing arts programs.




The Arts Program Manager will work in collaboration with the Director of the Division of Arts as well as Salt Lake City Arts Council staff to facilitate, initiate, and implement cultural arts projects, programs, and initiatives. Based at the historic Finch Lane Gallery, the position primarily oversees the Living Traditions Festival & Programs; Brown Bag Concert Series; collaborates with and provides advisement, guidance and supplementary support to a private partner for the Twilight Concert series; and one-off community events and projects as prioritized. This position also convenes community groups and provides information and technical assistance, as needed, to artists, arts organizations, and the general public, A strong passion for the arts and community as well as a very experienced knowledge of event production are all necessary to achieve success within this position.


The primary responsibilities of this position are:

  • Artistic Development & Programming
  • Operations & Production
  • Communications (Advertising, Social Media Initiatives, Media Partnerships, Creative & Branding)
  • Administrative Management & Staffing
  • Budget Management
  • Sponsorship Development, Fundraising and Community Partnerships


This position will also oversee management of part-time staff and seasonal staff positions that include duties related to public relations and marketing efforts for the programs, artists services, volunteer management, event production, as well as assistance with sponsorship and fundraising in conjunction with the Executive Director.


The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council was established by City ordinance in 1976. The Arts Council’s home is the Art Barn in Reservoir Park. It is a division in the Department of Economic Development that maintains a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Art Council programs include Living Traditions, Twilight Concert Series, Finch Lane Gallery & Holiday Craft Market, Brown Bag Concert Series, Literary Arts Programs, Public Art Program, City Arts Grants. The Arts Council also fulfills various other roles such as technical assistance, education, professional development, marketing, incubation, and convening.



  • Develops and directs all aspects of art programs as assigned and as they apply to the Arts Council of Salt Lake City.
  • Supports the Board of Directors and various committees in the development and implementation of policy and programs.
  • Assembles fund-raising packages, proposals and promotional information. Solicits funding from corporations, foundation and government grants, private donations, and other potential funding sources in conjunction with the Executive Director.
  • Works with booking management and staff to research various artists and conducts artist selection and review processes. Contacts artists/agents, determines availability, negotiates, prepares and processes artist contracts
  • Manages public relations and marketing efforts for the programs including writing press releases, working with media sponsors (interviews), writing articles for press and newsletters, arranging for other publicity and marketing, etc.
  • Manages the budget, including planning, fundraising and tracking of income and expenses for all programs.
  • Manages site/facility selection and issues for the programs. Coordinates various activities with private contractors and public agencies when appropriate (Public Works, Traffic Division, Police, Board of Health, UDABC, property owners, etc.) Directs and coordinates set up and break down of programs.
  • Responsible for the technical production of the programs. Works with artists to ensure that their technical needs have been met, contracts and manages the provision of technical services which may include sound reinforcement, staging, lighting, exhibit installation etc.
  • Represents the Arts Council in a professional capacity at the local, regional, state and national level.
  • Provides information and technical assistance, as requested, to artists, arts organizations, and the general public.
  • Supervises contract and seasonal employees and volunteers, as well as manages active contracts with participating vendors.
  • Performs related duties as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration or a closely related field plus four years’ professional experience in arts administration or event/production management, at a public or private arts agency or organization. Experience and education may be substituted, one for the other, on a year-for-year basis.
  • Experience in fundraising, sponsor development and grant writing.
  • Public relations and publications experience.
  • General knowledge of art disciplines, trends and their methods of operation.
  • Staff management experience and enthusiasm is a must, including the ability to delegate and follow up, ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, be an effective leader, employ quick decision-making processes on site at large scale events, and be a team player that has a high level of enthusiasm and positivity in a highly public facing position.
  • Knowledge of technical production of largescale public events/exhibitions, including sound reinforcement, lighting and staging design/exhibit installation.
  • Exercise of discretion and independent judgment is required to perform assigned duties.


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