We are looking for a new team member who is interested and willing to foster the mission of the organization and Salt Lake City. In a rapidly growing City, candidates should have experience that demonstrates leadership and management skills to lead a team that supports artists, brings the residents of Salt Lake City together through the arts, and positions Salt Lake City as a nationally visible leader in the Arts. Equity and inclusion, community development, and collaborative partnerships are a priority. This position is based in the historic Art Barn in Reservoir Park, a community arts center and exhibition venue since the 1930’s. As a hybrid organization, both public and non-profit, this position requires excellent communication skills; a positive and willing attitude to inspire and lead a small team; flexibility to shift in working with diverse populations from elected officials to groups from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds across the City; and the ability to both creatively research and vision programs as well as take direction on priorities of the organization Department, Board(s) and City as appropriate. Experience and awareness of incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities and the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process is key. A strong value set and accountability to the public, board, and administration to best serve the needs of our residents is key both from a service and fiscal perspective.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council was established by City ordinance in 1976. It is part of the Arts Division in the Department of Economic Development that maintains a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Art Council programs currently include Living Traditions, Twilight Concert Series, Finch Lane Gallery, Brown Bag Concert Series, Literary Arts Programs, Public Art Program, and City Arts Grants. The Arts Council also fulfill various other roles such as technical assistance, education, professional development, marketing, incubation, and convening.
Mission: The mission of the Salt Lake City Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists and arts organizations in order to facilitate the development of the arts and expand awareness, access, and engagement.
Vision: We envision a connected and vibrant Salt Lake City where artists and culture-makers thrive, diverse voices shape the city, and the arts are integral to our community fabric.
While the Arts Council has a breadth of well-known programs in the community, this position will be expected to implement and oversee new projects that align with the strategic plan and the 2020 plan of Salt Lake City & Salt Lake City Economic Development. Initiatives could include grantmaking, public art, business & cultural districts, community development, business development for artists, financial resources for creative workers, among others.
Strategic priorities for the Arts Council that this position will focus on are: foster cultural equity and social impact, strengthen organizational health and development, cultivate and build partnerships, and elevate the arts sector.
Specific duties may focus on:
-Staff leadership and implementation of strategic plan, mission, and vision
-Administrative, operational, and human resource related support
-Management of the City Arts Grants program
-Collaborative outreach and engagement with the community, working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
-Support to the Executive director in development and implementation of existing and new programs and policy
-Be a public facing presence at community functions, events, radio, and TV appearances.
-Represents the Arts Council in a professional capacity at the
local, state, regional and national level.
-Researching and recommending policy, ordinance, and Citywide initiatives that benefit arts, artists, and culture.