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Director, All Access Arts

Company: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
Date Posted: February 13, 2017

Director, All Access Arts

Job Description


Arts Council Oklahoma City is a non-profit organization that brings award-winning, nationally-recognized arts programming and events to the greater Oklahoma City area, reaching over one million people annually. Our mission: To bring the arts and the community together.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the All Access Arts (AAA) Director provides leadership for the AAA program, which provides free, participatory arts enrichment experiences supporting cognitive, creative, and social development to people of all ages in central Oklahoma. The focus is on reaching those who have little or no access to community and cultural resources. The mission of the program: Access to the arts for all.


Key metrics: 11,000+ program participants | 90+ artists | 60+ sites | 20+ community partnerships




Working closely with the All Access Arts Board Committee, the Director is responsible for managing the following initiatives: Arts in Schools, Creative Aging, Arts in the Parks, Neighborhood Arts, and the Teen Arts Council. The Director is also responsible for the ongoing implementation of the Ten-Year Strategic Plan (now in its fourth year) and for overseeing the AmeriCorps program at ACOKC, including personally supervising the AmeriCorps member within the All Access Arts program. Attributes of strong candidates will include:

  • Knowledgeable about current funding trends and community need; able to effectively market arts education programming as a service, ensuring sustainability
  • Assists community groups in the design and delivery of quality arts programming that engages stakeholders
  • Ensures highest program quality by utilizing a valid and reliable evaluation framework; implements best practices in arts education, youth development, and elder learning. Is knowledgeable about arts education standards in public education
  • Collaborates with the All Access Arts Board Committee to create and implement program policy and the
  • Ten-Year Strategic Plan; in collaboration with the board, positions ACOKC as a community arts education leader
  • Stays informed about arts education policy and issues surrounding public funding for the arts; recommends and implements innovative solutions that ensure access to the arts for all
  • Stays informed about expanded learning initiatives and ensures that the arts are represented
  • Networks with other organizations to establish positive community partnerships
  • Hires and manages artists; generates contracts and MOUs; performs background checks, establishes schedules, collects/organizes data, and keeps accurate records
  • Performs all other related administrative duties




  • Develops and manages the program budget, including sustainability planning and program  revenue; monitors expenses, monthly reports, invoices, and all financial matters related to the program
  • Collaborates with the Development team; writes grants to procure program-specific funding; manages program grant compliance




 Oversees six family/children’s areas, six committees, vendors, and 500+ volunteers at Festival of the Arts

  • Manages the family/children’s area at Opening Night, including vendors and volunteers
  • Assists with Twilight Concerts and other special events and/or programs as required




A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Relevant areas include, but are not limited to the following: non-profit management, business/public administration, arts education (visual or performing), or arts management. Three to five years in arts education program management/administration or related experience is required.

  • A demonstrated expertise in non-profit program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Knowledgeable about arts education research and innovative program initiatives nationwide
  • The ability to inspire the trust and confidence of all Arts Council staff, artists, community partners, and other local/state arts and education leaders
  • The ability to build and maintain effective strategic relationships with agencies whose missions are complementary
  • The ability to take the initiative and ensure that the ACOKC remains a community leader in arts education
  • The proven ability to juggle, prioritize, track and complete a wide variety of tasks under very tight deadlines; the ability to anticipate and avert problems
  • The ability to supervise, mentor and direct subordinates
  • The willingness and ability to perform physical tasks that are part of major event production is required; working before, during, and after events is non-negotiable, including some time outside of normal business hours
  • The ability to work in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • A background check is required for this position

Please send resume and cover letter to:


Marie Smith, Human Resources

400 West California Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 270-4883