Arts & Education Specialist

South Carolina Arts Comission - Richland County, North Carolina

Job Category: Programs

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: October 31, 2019

About Our Organization

Mission: With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state's culture and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. 

The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC), located in Columbia, SC, is seeking a Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education / Arts Coordinator II.  The most highly qualified candidate will have experience in K-12 arts education, community arts development, and leadership in the arts.  The candidate must also demonstrate good judgment along with the ability to build and maintain relationships among a broad cross section of local arts council, business, government, arts, education, and community leaders to support SC Arts Commission programs and services statewide.

Job Summary

Job Purpose

Designs, manages and implements statewide programs for arts organizations, K-12 schools, and arts education programs.  Working under supervision of the Deputy Director, s/he plays a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, educators, artists, teaching artists, organizations, and partner agencies.  Provides consulting and technical assistance to arts organizations, non-arts organizations, schools, and individuals within assigned programmatic areas.


Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education

  • Serves citizens and constituents by being the primary SC Arts Commission contact for organizations and schools to assist in the development, review, and award of grants. Reviews grant and other program applications to provide feedback and critique.

  • Works collaboratively with diverse constituency to implement SC Arts Commission programs.

  • Represents SC Arts Commission at local, regional, statewide, and national activities, meetings, and conferences.

  • Participates on committees and peer networks for individual and collective learning.

  • Builds and maintains relationships among a broad cross section of local arts council, business, government, arts, education, and community leaders to support SC Arts Commission programs and services.

  • Directs the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of programs/projects. Manages other projects/programs for SC Arts Commission as assigned.

  • Develops short and long-term planning goals, annual work-plan, and budget for SC Arts Commission assigned project/program in accordance with agency mission, values, and strategic plan. 

  • Negotiates agreements and contracts for programs/projects in accordance with established policies and procedures.

  • Represents SC Arts Commission at local, statewide and national cultural activities, meetings, and conferences.

State and National Partnerships

  • Provides leadership to partnerships and key stakeholder networks that support cultural, educational, and economic priorities for SC Arts Commission and serves as a liaison and resource related to projects.

  • Builds new partnerships and maintains existing relationships and partnerships with a broad cross section of professionals to facilitate access to and support for the arts and arts education.

  • Provides leadership to develop arts resources to stimulate networking and information exchanges, develops cultural, educational, and economic collaborations, and serves as a liaison and a resource for partnership projects for the SC Arts Commission.

  • Shares outcomes of meetings with the Executive Leadership team, Arts Coordinators, and others regarding partner needs as well as project/program opportunities for the agency.

  • Documents, manages and coordinates follow-up from meetings and other activities with partners.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Participates in strategic planning and budgeting and collaborates closely with other agency programs. 

  • Fulfills other duties consistent with supporting agency projects, programs, and events. 

Minimum and Additional Requirements

Minimum Requirements for this Position: 

A bachelor's degree* and experience in the assigned programmatic arts area.

Punctuality, regular attendance, and adherence to daily work schedule are essential.  Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting. 

The employee may be required to operate a state vehicle; a valid driver's license is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the arts and arts education.

  • Knowledge of governmental cultural policy, trends in the arts and in K-12 arts education.

  • Knowledge of arts program planning and development.

  • Knowledge of needs, makeup, and dynamics of communities and community arts groups.

  • Knowledge of grant application processes, grant allocation programs, and funding issues at the state and local levels.

  • Knowledge of fundraising practices and group facilitation processes.

  • Ability to determine the fiscal needs for a specialized arts program for budgetary purposes.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse representatives of the public and private sector and agency staff.

  • Ability to assess needs, evaluate programs and proposed solutions, and prepare reports.

  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment and discretion.

  • Ability to instruct and direct other employees' work.

  • Ability to complete multiple projects/tasks independently and with initiative.

  • Ability to develop partnerships, nurture collaborations, and to work within the confines of a government entity. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with agency executives, staff, funders, partners, governmental officials, and the public.  

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, databases, internet research, and email systems. 

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications for this Position:
The Arts Commission seeks applicants who meet or exceed the preferred qualifications for this position.

Preferred Qualifications: 

A bachelor's degree* in arts education, an arts discipline, or arts administration.  
Five (5) years combined professional experience in any of the following:

  • Arts education

  • Arts education programming

  • Community arts development

  • Non-profit administration

  • Certified K-12 classroom teacher  

  • Educational administration

Comprehensive understanding of the arts, arts disciplines, and issues related to arts education and youth development through the arts; Knowledge of state and national arts and arts education issues; Ability to conduct needs assessments, evaluate programs and propose appropriate solutions, prepare reports; and ability to speak Spanish.

* Degree must be from an institution of higher learning recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

How to Apply

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