Community School of the Arts - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Contract

Compensation: 45,000

About Our Organization

Community School of the Arts (CSA) is a non-profit arts education organization in Fort Smith, Arkansas serving children and youth in the visual and performing arts. CSA provides high-quality instruction in music, theatre, dance, and visual art to children and youth of all ages and levels.  Our mission is to develop confident leaders and outstanding citizens through educational and artistic excellence.  As we continue to build our reputation of excellence in the arts, and continue to develop programs, we are seeking an individual who can serve in an important role.   The Director of Community Arts Connection of CSA will oversee the development and implementation of all after-school enrichment programs and activities.  This individual must have the vision and creativity to build upon existing programs while creating and growing new programs.  He/She will report to the Executive Director and will manage operations with the Director of Operations.  Communication and passion, along with strong organizational skills are at the core of this position as this person serves as the leader of these programs. 

Job Summary

The ideal candidate will have experience managing and overseeing arts programs for children and youth. He/She will have experience working with faculty in a variety of arts disciplines, office staff, parents, and students.  The candidate will have an understanding and appreciation for the arts plus a history of leadership in a non-profit organization.  Preference will be given to the candidate who has a background in one or more arts disciplines and has taught in an arts field. The Director will possess excellent communication and leadership skills and must be able to oversee a very busy work environment with multiple tasks. The candidate must also be able to network with the community and identify potential families for CSA programs.  Strong verbal and written skills are very important.


  • Oversee daily operations
  • Oversee, develop and coordinate all after-school programs/services supporting the CSA mission
  • Oversee daily budget and financial needs
  • Oversee CSA staff and coordinate details with the staff daily
  • Oversee all Community Arts Connection instructors and instructor needs
  • Assist faculty in developing new programs
  • Network with the community to market CSA programs
  • Assist in fundraising events
  • Oversee current show sponsors
  • Approve all marketing materials
  • Oversee recitals and other events
  • Oversee the development of the CSA master calendar
  • Hire new faculty and other personnel and maintain policies and procedures
  • Coordinate faculty payroll with the Director of Operations
  • Teach in one or more arts disciplines
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities
  • Coordinate both outreach classes and off-site residency programs
  • Develop assessment and evaluation measures for CSA faculty and programs
  • Write and research grants as needed

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • A minimum Bachelor’s degree in an arts field, Master’s preferred.  Work experience in the areas of music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.
  • At least 3 years of leadership experience
  • Team builder, highly organized and possessing excellent customer service/communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and take initiative. Skills in problem-solving, negotiation, tact, and diplomacy important.

Additional Details


12-Month contract

Competitive, based on experience and qualifications



Health Insurance


Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation time

How to Apply

Start Date: Target date is July 1, 2022 (the potential candidate could start by spring 2022)

Position is open until filled

Send vita, unofficial transcripts, and contact info for three references to:

Dr. Rosilee Russell, Executive Director