The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced today the opening of their search for a new Executive Director. To aid in the search, the agency has contracted the services of All About People, a Phoenix-based professional staffing and executive search firm. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2024.

A full job description and application instructions can be found on the Arizona Commission on the Arts website at Applications must be submitted via the State of Arizona’s jobs site.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts

Established in 1967, the Arizona Commission on the Arts receives and administers funds from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. The agency directs these funds to programs that contribute to the growth and stabilization of the arts, enhance student learning, nurture and develop artists’ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities, and encourage participation by residents of all ages and abilities.

The Executive Director

According to the position description, “The Executive Director provides public policy leadership in support of diverse statewide constituencies; cultivates and advances advantageous partnerships in areas of funding, programs, and advocacy; serves as executive administrator of and policymaker for agency planning, initiatives, grantmaking, operations, and spending; and endeavors to continually enhance and expand quality service delivery to Arizona residents.”

“We are looking for a visionary, creative, collaborative, ethical, and adaptive leader,” said Jacky Alling, who has served as the agency’s interim executive director since January 2023. “The Executive Director is a visible leader who works closely with the Governor, Legislature, and other elected officials to ensure a vibrant and thriving cultural sector throughout Arizona.”

The Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board of Commissioners hold responsibility for hiring and monitoring the effectiveness of the Arts Commission’s Executive Director, while the Executive Director oversees all other agency personnel decisions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit