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Recruitment #181008-UNCE-306



Please mail cover letter, resume, and references to:

Chandra Boyd
Deputy Director
Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
No phone calls please.

A successful application will consist of:
• Cover letter addressed to the Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director with information that reflects the applicant’s qualifications for the position.
• Resume with relevant experience and a list of degrees held and/or certifications.
• List of up to three references with names and contact information (letters of reference not required at this time).


The Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. We strive to build a diverse team comprised of the best and brightest individuals to support our mission to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry and our vision to use the arts as a transformative force for education, quality of life, and economic development. The Oklahoma Arts Council is currently seeking enthusiastic and creative people with an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to public service to contribute to our team.

POSITION SUMMARY                       
The Oklahoma Arts Council seeks an experienced Grants Director to administer the agency’s grant programs. This is a full-time, exempt, unclassified position with state retirement and insurance benefits, including health, dental, life and disability insurance.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $56,000.

• Ensure that Oklahomans can access OAC grants, services, technical assistance, and resources
• Serve as the primary administrator for grants-related inquiries, offering assistance on grant applications and conducting site visits as needed
• Review applications for Oklahoma Arts Council grant funding
• Manage the review process of OAC grant funding applications by teams of panelists, and award grants as determined by the panels
• Analyze the process involved in OAC grant making and make recommendations for improvements
• Prepare and submit Oklahoma Arts Council grant applications and reports to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
• Provide direction and supervision to the Grants Assistant
• Get to know OAC grantees and others involved in Oklahoma’s arts community by participating in arts activities and events throughout the state
• Travel to occasional meetings or events required
• Attendance may be required at occasional evening or weekend meetings or events

Successful candidates will:
• Have knowledge of arts and arts programming as well as current trends and best practices in grant making
• Possess experience with budget development
• Demonstrate proven organizational and administrative skills and an ability to plan, set goals, and achieve objectives
• Display effective oral and written communication skills including public speaking
• Exhibit effective management and supervisory skills including flexibility, good listening skills, creative thinking, project oversight, attention to detail, and adherence to timelines
• Be able to handle unforeseen events quickly, calmly, and in a professional manner
• Promote and encourage a team-based approach to problem solving
• Establish and maintain positive professional working relationships within and outside the agency
• Be attentive to detail and committed to excellence in all aspects of work

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, nonprofit management, arts administration, or a related field
• Minimum of three (3) years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
• Excellent organizational skills
• Knowledge of budgeting
• Strong public speaking, presentation, and writing skills
• Strong interpersonal and collegial communication skills
• Ability to supervise effectively
• Ability to work in both the highly structured environment of state government and the highly flexible and changing environment of local arts organizations and artists
• Exemplary knowledge of technology, with a high level of computer literacy including the Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and SharePoint), database technologies, and mobile computing, among others
• FileMaker Pro or equivalent database knowledge preferred

Key Requirements/Physical Demands:
• Pre-employment OSBI background check must be successfully completed
• Must hold driver's license and be able to drive a vehicle to various locations across the state if necessary
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds

The Oklahoma Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of OAC to prohibit unlawful discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to political or religious opinion or affiliation, race, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law. It is the policy of OAC to provide equal opportunity in employment, advancement and other conditions of employment to all qualified applicants and employees. It is the intent of OAC to fully comply with all applicable state and federal equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


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