Artist Development Director

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina.

Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Salary Level or Range
This is a remote position

Columbia, SC
United States

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Description and Qualifications

The S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) seeks a savvy and creative individual to perform with excellence while aiding the agency in meeting its mission to provide equitable access to the arts. Working under limited supervision of the Deputy Director, the Artist Development Director provides leadership for activities related to building and sustaining support for individual artists through arts initiatives in South Carolina. They work with individual artists in all disciplines (literary, performing, visual, etc.) and artists who are at various stages in their career (emerging, mid-level, advanced). They play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, and artists and provides consulting, mentoring opportunities, and assistance to individual artists living in counties or regions of the state. They also participate in strategic planning and budgeting and collaborate closely with other agency programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Works collaboratively with diverse constituency to plan and implement SCAC programs/projects to support individual artists.

- Administers and develops short and long-term planning goals for SCAC assigned programs/projects in accordance with agency mission, values, and strategic plan.

- Administers and develops short and long-term planning goals and guidelines for SCAC assigned grant categories in accordance with agency mission, values, and strategic plan.

- Assigned grants: Fellowships, Emerging Artist, Artist Business Initiative, Arts Project, Special Project.

- Assigned programs: Arts Directory, Artists Entrepreneur Incubator, SCAiA.

- Creates, administers, and oversees a portfolio of SCAC programs, grants, projects, and initiatives in support of artists statewide.

- Designs, manages, and employs statewide initiatives for artists.

- Coordinates agency efforts to support artist development statewide.

- Manages and implements budget for SCAC assigned programs, projects, and grants in accordance with agency mission, values, and strategic plan.

- Generates MOUs, negotiates agreements, and creates contracts for programs/projects in accordance with established policies and procedures.

- Serves as the Commission's liaison with artists, as well as arts and community organizations working with artists.

- Provides information on resources and national opportunities for support for SC artists.

- Identifies potential partners for Artist development programs.

- Fosters relationships for collaboration opportunities with Artist development offerings.

- Aids in advisement and consultative services for artists.

- Provides support for artists in navigating agency programs and services.

- Creates pilot Artist Development programs.

- Produces and coordinates mentoring opportunities for artist grantees.

- Assists with community cultural planning, development of grant applications, budgeting, and program administration.

- Works with other staff to coordinate data/information gathering, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination.

- Establishes and oversees an Artist Development Advisory Committee including bi-yearly committee meetings, recruitment of committee members, and implementation of committee recommendations.

- Represents the S.C. Arts Commission at local, statewide, and national cultural activities, meetings, and conferences, as well as on boards and committees.


Other Duties as Assigned

- Fulfills other duties consistent with supporting agency projects, programs, and events.

- Collaborates closely with other agency programs and departments.


Knowledge, Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

- Knowledge of the agency's mission, programs, and objectives.

- Knowledge and experience reflecting a broad background in the arts with significant experience in working with individual artists in all disciplines (literary, performing, visual, etc.), artists who are at various stages in their career (emerging, mid-level, advanced), arts programming, arts planning, program development and implementation, community engagement, and grant application processes.

- Knowledge of governmental cultural policy and current trends in the arts in general.

- Knowledge of needs, makeup, dynamics of artists, artist communities, local arts councils, and community arts groups.

- Knowledge of recent research and policies related to artist support.

- Knowledge of and experience preferred in effective public relations tactics.

- Experience as an artist and/or administering programs serving artists.

- Experience in administering a local arts agency or other non-profit organization.

- Experience in program development, design, implementation, and evaluation.

- Experience conducting needs analysis/assessments, long-range planning, and strategic planning.

- Experience working in diverse capacities with people who represent a broad spectrum of socio-cultural and socio-economic positions.

- Experience working across disciplines and with artists of all levels. Knowledge of current trends within the area of support for individual artists. - Experience working in rural communities.

- Experience in facilitating group processes (i.e., panels, department meetings, committee meetings, planning processes) and public speaking skills.

- Experience working in grant allocation programs and a general understanding of fundraising.

- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize while managing multiple projects.

- Excellent communication skills: ability to interpret and analyze narrative, budget, and statistical information and to convey such information effectively using written, graphic, and oral communication.

- Excellent self-management of time and work.

- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), cloud-based database and project management technologies, internet research, and video conferencing platforms.

- Ability to develop partnerships, nurture collaborations, and to work within the confines of a government entity.

- Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and communicate in a professional manner with agency executives, staff, board, funders, governmental officials, and the public.

- Ability to take initiative and consistently meet deadlines.

- Ability to negotiate and exercise excellent judgment and discretion.

- Ability to speak Spanish is a bonus.


Minimum and Additional Requirements

- A Bachelor's degree* and three (3) years of experience in the assigned programmatic arts area.

- Punctuality, regular attendance, and adherence to daily work schedule are essential. Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting.

- The employee may be required to operate a state vehicle; must possess and maintain a valid S.C. driver's license.

- Employment is contingent upon the results of a favorable reference check and a criminal background check, which includes information from the S.C. Law Enforcement Department (SLED).

* Degree must be from an institution of higher learning recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree* in an arts discipline, arts administration, arts education, public administration, or business administration and five (5) years of professional experience in individual artists support, arts management, program development, or related areas. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be substituted for the degree.