Rural Arts 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 creative visionary 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 Rural Arts Director provides leadership for activities related to building participation in the arts and strengthening rural communities through arts initiatives in South Carolina. They play a vital role in working with rural constituents, grantees, and organizations and 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 collaboratively with diverse constituency to implement agency rural programs.

- 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.

- Directs and manages the planning and implementation of SCAC programs/projects.

- Creates programming to serve rural communities and local rural arts organizations statewide.

- Advises, and facilitates community meetings with stakeholders.

- Coordinates agency efforts to support arts-based, rural community development statewide.

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

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

- Provides consultative services for rural arts constituents.

- Serves as a resource and advisor for rural agency programs.

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

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

- Establishes and oversees a Rural Arts Advisory Committee including regularly scheduled committee meetings, recruitment of committee members, and implementation of committee recommendations.

- Provides Leadership to grow resources for rural arts, stimulate networking and informational exchange.

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

- 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 arts programming, arts planning, program development and implementation, community organizing in and for rural communities.

- Extensive knowledge of grant application processes.

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

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

- Knowledge of recent research, trends and studies related to rural arts engagement and experience in building participation in rural arts programs.

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

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

- Experience in explaining complex processes to various stakeholders.

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

- Experience in managerial level rural program operations, organizational development, finance, and strategic planning.

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

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

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

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

- 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, business administration, or rural development and five (5) years of professional experience in arts management and programming, community development, creative placemaking or related areas. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be substituted for the degree.