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Position Opening: Director of the North Carolina Arts Council

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Position Opening: Director of the North Carolina Arts Council



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Salary Grade: GN18
Salary range is $69,949 – $125,821
This position is located at:   
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

*As per G.S. 126-5, this Position is designated as Exempt Policymaking.  This position is subject to the State Government Ethics Act.   The leading applicant(s) must complete a statement of economic interest, which must be filed and evaluated by the State’s Ethics Commission, prior to the applicant being employed in this position. *

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) seeks a visionary, energetic leader to serve as N.C. Arts Council Director. The Arts Council Director is a visionary leader who is dynamic, collaborative, innovative, and knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities that exist within our arts communities, especially as they pertain to rural communities.

The Director is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of NC Arts Council programs that fulfill the agency’s mission of “arts for all people.”  The selected candidate will have an open minded and respectful approach to understanding people regardless of their gender, age, race, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other characteristics; will treat all people fairly and consistently and with dignity and respect; will effectively build an a diverse and inclusive work environment composed of persons from diverse backgrounds with diverse perspectives where all feel welcome and valued and have the opportunity to use his/her/their skills, abilities and knowledge to succeed.

The Director represents North Carolina’s arts community at regional, state and national levels.  The Director assesses existing and future arts needs in the state, assuring that the mission and goals of the Arts Council are compatible. The Director leads the development of new programs that support the growth of NC arts organizations and artists to ensure citizens and visitors the highest quality and widest variety of arts experiences.  The Director will integrate the arts into the goals and activities of other state government agencies and non-arts industries such as downtown revitalization including a focus on rural communities across North Carolina.  The Director, along with staff, board members and constituents, will continuously examine key programs and implement adjustments to reflect current social environments to secure long-term stability and increased funding.
Occasional night and weekend work required.

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expressions and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.
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The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies 

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.** 

Qualified applicants must possess the following: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues, trends, and practices in arts administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of performing, visual and literary arts disciplines and how traditional and contemporary arts are practiced today.
  • Demonstrated experience recognizing artistry in diverse and underserved communities.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the non-profit arts sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad cross-section of artists, arts professionals, legislators, government officials, stakeholders and/or the general public, including speaking in public forums to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience of non-profit grant application standards and practices.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Minimum Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in arts administration or arts related field from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of experience in arts development, two of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information 

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.

To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Division of Human Resources

Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.