Creative Placemaking 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 an innovative and personable 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 Creative Placemaking Director plays a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, artists, and organizations throughout the State. They provide leadership for activities related to building participation in the arts and strengthening communities through arts initiatives in South Carolina. They provide consulting and assistance to 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 with communities, artists, and arts providers to develop, implement, communicate, and evaluate efforts to build engagement and participation in the arts.

- 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.

- Assigned programs.

- Coordinates, advises, and facilitates community meetings with collaborators.

- Manages program budget and negotiates contracts with consultants and other service providers.

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

- Works closely with consultants contracted to provide training and services to constituents; contracts and works with evaluator(s) to design and implement evaluation of project activities.

- Builds and maintains relationships with a broad cross-section of business, government, arts, education, and community leaders to engage them in best practices to build public participation in the arts in South Carolina.

- Manages grant portfolio and the development of grant guidelines, application, and selection process.

- Provides feedback, serves as primary contact, and gives pre and post award assistance for grantees.

- Develops partnerships and assists with communication between participating organizations and entities.

- Elevates key community assets and issues, voices of residents, local history, or cultural infrastructure through programing. - Implements new/or additional initiatives, resources, or activities for a community.

- Identifies new ways of overcoming a challenge or approaching problem-solving.

- Connects communities, people, places and economic opportunities via physical spaces or new relationships.

- Establishes and oversees a Creative Placemaking Advisory Committee including scheduled committee meetings, recruitment of committee members, and implementation of committee recommendations.

- Represents SC Arts Commission at local, statewide, and national cultural activities, meetings, and conferences. 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 community engagement through the arts, arts programming, arts planning, program development and implementation, and collaboration.

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

- Knowledge of recent research, trends and studies related to creative placemaking and public art.

- Knowledge of and experience preferred in public relations tactics.

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

- Experience in facilitating group processes (i.e., panels, community meetings, learning experiences), both in person and virtual.

- Experience working in Rural Communities.

- Ability to use arts, culture, and design to help build and strengthen communities.

- Capability to strategically employ artistic disciplines to address a wide range of community cross-sector issues or challenges, for example, economic development, public health, or housing.

- Experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

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

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

- Experience in explaining complex processes to various stakeholders.

- Strong organizational skills and ability to work on 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 arts management, program development, creative placemaking, or related areas. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be substituted for the degree.