About Us

Central Arts Alliance (CAA) provides arts and culture opportunities for all through education, programming, and advocacy. CAA is governed by a Board of Directors and includes approximately 19 staff members, 100+ contractors/teaching artists, and serves over 3,000 students annually at two campus locations: Phoenix Center for the Arts in downtown Phoenix and Thunderbird Arts Center in north Phoenix, as well as throughout the state via the Arizona Art Mobile. CAA works to eliminate barriers to arts and cultural opportunities through accessible tuition pricing and reduced-fee programming to qualified individuals. We also strive to strengthen the Phoenix arts and culture community, while providing a home to multiple community arts and culture organizations.

Position Summary

Central Arts Alliance seeks a Manager of Events & Community Programming who will report to the Development Director. The Manager of Events & Community Programming is responsible for the oversight and execution of major events, offsite residencies, Art Mobile programming, gallery operations, and community programs.

Candidates with strong connections to the community that CAA serves will be given preferential consideration. Bilingual-Spanish speaking is a plus. Strong presentation skills to serve as event chair, spokesperson, and community advocate are required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain budgets for community programs, residencies, and special events
  • Plan and produce special events, including Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Open Houses at Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center, and other community events.
  • Manage all components of special programs and partnerships, including With Art in Mind, a weekly arts class for people living with early to moderate dementia
  • Oversee the Art Mobile program, including site contracting, instructor hiring, and curriculum matching
  • Plan and execute Field Trips to Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center
  • Manage offsite residencies, including site contracting, instructor hiring, and curriculum matching
  • Managing offsite community events, including paint & wine engagements
  • Administer surveys and track data for all programs, events, and residencies
  • Oversee professional development events for local teachers, including, but not limited to; interviewing and contracting teaching artists, developing program and budget proposals, curriculum building and standard matching, and maintaining relationships with site coordinators.
  • Oversee and program all community art projects and displays including the Larry Wilson Gallery series, Thunderbird Art Works show, 3×3 hallway shows, and Student Art Series performing and visual arts shows
  • Assist in planning and executing all Community Activation events
  • Provide support for volunteer recruitment and management
  • Oversee the Center’s internship program


  • Experience working with teaching artists, contracting, and coordinating schedules
  • Ability to step in and facilitate artist programs when needed
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies with a record of leadership and accomplishment, and ability to capitalize on and move forward with CAA’s goals related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Experience managing major events
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Understanding of best practices in curriculum matching
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Attentive and active listening skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Seniority Level: Manager

Salary Range: $35,000-$40,000 (depends on experience)

Instructions to apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to [email protected] No phone calls or third-party solicitations, please.

Application Deadline:

November 30, 2019 at 3:00PM MST Employment Verification:

Central Arts Alliance will conduct a screening that may include work history, academic credentials and personal references. We will also complete a background check: this includes a criminal background check and verification of past work history, etc. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of all background checks.

Equity Statement:

Central Arts Alliance understands the broader meaning of equity as: Access to the resources needed to thrive such as education, employment, healthcare, food, clean water, housing, and arts & culture.

The board, staff, instructors, and volunteers are committed to equitable practices in everything we do. Our actions to strive for more equitable practices may include, but not be limited to:

  • Listening to the needs of our vastly diverse community
  • Aspiring to educate those who work with us, using tools such as readings, videos, etc.
  • Addressing any inequitable behavior not in alignment with our core values

Core Values:

Arts and cultural education for all ages and stages of life. Cultural diversity.

Respect for the individual, community, and environment. Fiscal responsibility.


Central Arts Alliance is committed to making programs accessible for all participants.


Organization/Company: Central Arts Alliance
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: November 30, 2019
How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to [email protected] No phone calls or third-party solicitations, please.