Director of Cultural Affairs

Recruitment #PEX-0961-057951


The application filing period has been extended to Friday, September 9, 2011.  Applicants who have submitted an online application need not reapply.


The San Francisco Arts Commission invites your consideration for the position of




The San Francisco Arts Commission seeks exceptionally well qualified individuals to apply for a career opportunity to lead its agency. The Commission is a pioneer in the arts, and is one of the first City agencies in the country to ensure that the arts are incorporated into the civic infrastructure for the City’s residents.


The Director of Cultural Affairs serves at the pleasure of the Arts Commission, and directs citywide cultural activities in all aspects of the arts through an extensive set of programs, special projects, and policy-setting initiatives. With a staff of 35 and an annual budget of over $10 million, the Director oversees the planning and implementation of art, music, performance, literature, and related cultural programs, confers with government agencies, community groups, and cultural organizations to coordinate activities and programs, participates in review and oversight of civic design, and manages the City’s extensive, renowned collection of public art. The ideal candidate will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, exceptional organizational and administrative skills, a collaborative working style, and a demonstrated knowledge of and passion for the arts.  Responsibilities include oversight of a diverse portfolio of programs, including:


-The Public Art Program

-The Civic Art Collection

-Community Arts and Education

-Cultural Equity Grants

-The Arts Commission Gallery

-The Street Artist Program

-Civic Design Review

-The City Concert Series



A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in the arts or a closely related field AND five (5) years of leadership experience in arts administration.


Verification of education and experience may be required at a later date.



·         Master's degree in the arts, public administration, or a closely related field.

·         A record of success in arts leadership in private, public, and community organizations.

·         Demonstrated ability to forge effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, build consensus, foster teamwork and create a climate of trust and respect.



The normal annual salary range is $105,950 to $135,200. Appointment above the maximum of the normal annual salary range may be considered based on documented and substantiated recruitment and retention issues or exceptional skills. A special approval process is necessary for appointment above the normal salary range.  In addition to a competitive salary, the City and County of San Francisco offers flexible benefit plans with pre-tax elections which include: medical and dental insurance; retirement plan; deferred compensation plan; long-term disability plan; life insurance; management training program; 11 paid holidays per year; 5 floating holidays; and 10 to 20 vacation days per year depending on years of service. New employees contribute 7.5% toward their retirement plan and 2% to a retiree health care fund. 



The online application will be available on Monday, August 8, 2011 on the following website:


Applications will be accepted from August 8, 2011 through September 9, 2011.  Please submit a complete package which includes a (1) cover letter; (2) comprehensive resume; (3) responses to the supplemental questionnaire and (4) a list of at least eight (8) professional references. The closing date for this recruitment is September 9, 2011. 


Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and education. Only those candidates deemed best qualified will continue in the selection process.  


Candidates selected as finalists will be invited for an on-site interview with the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Arts Commission held during September 2011. 


If you have any questions about the recruitment and selection process, please contact Melissa J. Cayabyab at (415) 557-4877, or via email at


To find out more about the San Francisco Arts Commission, visit their website at

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