City of Charlotte Seeking Applicants for Newly Created Arts & Culture Officer Job
Cory Burkarth
Arts and Culture Position

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 22, 2021) – The City of Charlotte is seeking qualified candidates for the city’s newly created arts & culture officer position. The application period opened today and will close on Friday, July 16. Interested applicants can view the job posting and apply for the position on the city’s Online Employment Center.

Job Description

The arts and culture officer is a full-time, three-year position that will shape the future of arts and culture in the Charlotte community. This position will report directly to the city manager and will be the city’s liaison to an Arts and Culture Advisory Board. The officer will be charged with developing and establishing the implementation infrastructure for a Cultural Plan for Charlotte that fulfills the goal of building a framework for a sustainable and thriving creative community from emerging artists to established, legacy institutions.  This will require incorporating feedback and insights from a diverse set of perspectives across the cultural landscape in Charlotte.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage implementation of data-driven plans, programs, and procedures to achieve the City of Charlotte's cultural policy objectives and nurture the Charlotte community’s cultural vitality.

  • Oversee funding and implementation for a variety of community resources and capacity building programs.

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Arts and Culture Advisory Board by establishing meeting agendas, generating meeting materials, providing expert recommendations and counsel to the board members and exploring insights and ideas presented by the board.

  • Work with existing grassroots arts advocacy groups as a bridge to, and convener of, the creative community – ensuring perspectives, insights and ideas are sought from all stratas of Charlotte’s creative ecosystem and used to inform new plans, initiatives and models.

  • Work with groups like the Charlotte Regional Visitors Association and the Arts and Science Council to improve visibility of and access to cultural programming and attract new participants.

  • Serve on cross-departmental teams as the subject matter expert on arts, culture, and creative industries.

  • Conduct research on Charlotte’s arts and culture ecosystem.

  • Coordinate activities with other city departments, advisory bodies, and external partners.

  • Prepare and deliver presentations to public committees, City Council, and outside groups on an as needed basis.

  • Keep the city manager and key staff informed on strategic decisions.

  • Maintain confidentiality and garner trust with city staff, elected officials, and the community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience in leading high-profile, complex projects and bringing projects from inception phase through completion.

  • Experience with applying an understanding of equity and how to prioritize equity in program and policy decisions.

  • Ability to navigate politically sensitive issues with decorum and professionalism.

  • Effective communication and consensus-building with a variety of groups and audiences, including: city staff, elected officials, community groups, and other stakeholders.

  • Collaborative working style that actively seeks diverse perspectives and viewpoints to inform decision making.

  • Passion for approaching challenges through a lens of reinvention and big, out-of-the-box thinking.

  • Ability to understand the impact of short-term decisions on long-term strategy.

  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and viewpoints simultaneously.

  • Demonstrated understanding of Charlotte’s arts and culture community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Preferred five years of professional experience in arts and/or cultural administration, including management of museum(s), cultural facilities, performing arts, public arts, art in private development, or community art engagement. Three years of supervisory responsibilities is preferred. Prior experience managing an artist collective or artist training/incubation program preferred.

To apply for this job or to view other job opportunities with the City of Charlotte, visit the city’s Online Employment Center.