Title: Arts Learning Manager (Grade 19)
Agency: Arizona Commission on the Arts
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Salary: $40,000 + the State of Arizona’s comprehensive benefits package
Total Openings: 1
Apply by: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

First review of applications will take place on November 1, 2017.

Position Background and Summary

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, seeks a creative and collaborative Arts Learning Manager, responsible for providing thought leadership, conceptual and managerial oversight related to the Arts Commission’s comprehensive slate of Arts Learning programs and services, grantmaking, partnerships, and strategic initiatives.

The Arts Commission maintains a lifelong learning mission, promoting and supporting learning in, through and about the arts in formal and informal settings for all ages.

At time of search, some of the specific programs, services, grants, partnerships, and strategic initiatives under the purview of the Arts Learning Manager include but are not limited to: teaching artist professional development programming, project management for the Arizona Arts Education Census work, the biennial Joint Arts Education Conference, the Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grant program, engagement and partnership with state-level education policy leaders and networks, Year 3 of the AZ Creative Aging Initiative and beyond, and statewide community-based arts learning initiatives.

The Arts Commission’s Arts Learning team consists of two positions, and often contractors and interns working on specific Arts Learning activities. This position reports to the agency’s Deputy Director.

Candidate Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a specific arts discipline, arts administration, education, social sciences, humanities, nonprofit administration, liberal arts, or related discipline;
  • Three or more years of experience and/or training within a nonprofit organization, government agency, or other grantmaking organization, educational institution, research entity, or other arts and culture business;
  • OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate would have professional experience working alongside artists, arts sector representatives, education stakeholders, and other community leaders to plan and implement multifaceted, multipart systems or projects; would be willing to travel on occasion; bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

Primary Responsibilities and Estimated Percentage of Time Spent

25% │ Programs and Services

  1. Collaborate with agency leadership and Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator to establish a programmatic and service agenda in Arts Learning, including standards, goals, and policies.
  2. Curate, develop, and implement innovative, meaningful, accessible Arts Learning programs, program content, service initiatives, events, and resources (including research, publications, and other materials) supporting:
    1. Best practices in education, in formal and informal settings
    2. Current strategies supporting lifelong learning, in, through, and about the arts
    3. Professional development, counsel, and technical assistance for diverse stakeholders, including but not limited to: students and participants, teaching artists, arts organizations, community service providers, classroom educators, education policymakers, and community leaders
    4. The Arts Commission’s mission, goals, and statewide service area
  3. Maintain sufficient knowledge of current trends and best practices to provide relevant programs and services.
  4. Analyze existing programs and services, develop and implement methods for improvement.
  5. Develop forms and systems for use in Arts Learning programs and services.

25% │ Grantmaking

  1. Collaborate with agency leadership and Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator to establish a grantmaking agenda in Arts Learning, including standards, goals, and policies.
  2. Curate, develop, and implement innovative, integrated, accessible Arts Learning grant programs promoting strategic, efficient, productive agency investment.
  3. Develop and implement logical, efficient grant timelines to encourage staff, stakeholder, and participant success, and to allow procedural and reporting deadlines to be consistently met.
  4. Construct guidelines, instructions, and other materials for use by Arts Learning grant applicants, recipients, and review panelists; execute comprehensive materials reviews to ensure clarity and accuracy.
  5. Develop systems and standards, and lead workshops and processes, to ensure grant applicants, recipients, and review panelists receive responsive, high-quality counsel and technical assistance.
  6. Construct and coordinate review panels for Arts Learning grant programs.
  7. Analyze existing grant programs, develop and implement methods for improvement.

25% │ Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

  1. Collaborate with agency leadership to identify, manage, and actively foster inter-agency, local, state, and national partnerships supporting priority Arts Learning focus areas and the development of strategic opportunities.
  2. Represent the agency’s Arts Learning priorities within state government; with schools, school districts, and educator/education service groups; in the context of local community partnerships; as well as in statewide and national settings.
  3. Oversee the development and implementation of Arts Learning special initiatives, including both targeted and large-scale programming initiatives, relevant funding programs, conferences, and other public events.
  4. Foster productive relationships between local, regional, statewide, and national arts learning stakeholders.
  5. Support existing Arts Learning networks, and where none exist but demonstrable needs persist, initiate/activate networks and partnerships.

15% │ Administration and Supervision

  1. Responsible for direct supervision of Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator, as well as contractors and interns working in support of Arts Learning programs and services, grantmaking, partnerships, and strategic initiatives.
  2. Maintain active dialogue with agency communications team to ensure effective promotion and communication related to Arts Learning programs and services, grantmaking, partnerships, and strategic initiatives.
  3. Contribute to processes leading to timely and successful completion of periodic reports to authorizers.
  4. Contribute to appropriate evaluation and assessment systems and procedures to ensure persistent improvements and increased efficiency.
  5. Develop and monitor Arts Learning-area budgets in association with Fiscal Office Manager and Deputy Director.

10% │ Other Duties

  1. Correspond with constituents and develop sufficient knowledge of agency programs, procedures, and policy in order to respond accurately and comprehensively to requests for information.
  2. Provide backup to programs and operations as needed in a small agency.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Ideal Candidate’s Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • History and mission of the Arizona Commission on the Arts;
  • Arts and cultural disciplines, policy, history, and trends;
  • Operational structure of the nonprofit sector, nonprofit arts organizations, and other public services;
  • Operational structure of the education sector;
  • Operational structure of local, state and federal government, with a focus on agencies of the State of Arizona;
  • Community programming and service delivery principles, strategies, and trends;
  • Grantmaking and grantwriting principles, methods, and techniques;
  • Evaluation and research principles, methods, and techniques;
  • Best practices in program management and oversight.


  • Exemplary organizational skills and the ability to prioritize concurrent projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Exemplary listening and creative problem-solving skills;
  • Exemplary verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Strong skill/ability to manage, organize and properly document information;
  • Strong skill/ability related to program/project/event management;
  • Strong skill/ability with standard office functions and file systems;
  • Strong skill/ability with Microsoft Office products and diverse online systems;
  • Organizational and administrative control.

Ability to:

  • Manage competing priority tasks with efficiency and good judgment;
  • Balance managerial responsibilities with programmatic responsibilities;
  • Manage collaborative teams with respect and encouragement;
  • Provide useful, timely, and sensitive customer service to diverse constituencies and authorizers;
  • Manage information, processes, and systems with utmost precision and accuracy;
  • Develop procedures, analyze problems holistically, and design effective plans;
  • Show consideration for professional, avocational, formal, and informal artforms and practices;
  • Show initiative;
  • Work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Solve problems creatively;
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports;
  • Manage multiple projects, follow timelines, and meet deadlines;
  • Know when to ask for help, advice, and support.



Organization/Company: Arizona Commission on the Arts
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: First review of applications will take place on November 1, 2017.
How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via This position’s Job ID is 33572.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. First review of applications will take place November 01, 2017.
Complete applications include: A) a cover letter not to exceed 2 pages, B) a comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae, and C) names, titles and contact information for no fewer than 3 current professional references. Items A, B and C should be combined and submitted as one PDF. Please include your last name in the PDF file name.
Not all applicants will receive a response. The review/interview process is expected to take up to 4 weeks. All newly hired employees are subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.