The City of Tempe is seeking a visionary and dynamic Deputy Community Services Director – Arts and Culture is to assist in leading, developing and administering the Arts and Culture Division. The Division includes the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), The Tempe History Museum, Tempe Galleries, Community Arts, and Tempe Public Art. The Deputy will oversee the planning and administering of a comprehensive system of performing and visual arts programming to help people improve their lives, the lives of others, neighborhoods and the total community. The Arts and Culture Deputy works closely with City Council, City Manager, Tempe Boards and Commissions, arts partners, employee groups, city departments and other governmental and non-governmental entities. In addition, the Arts and Culture Deputy will provide executive leadership support to the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and maintain ongoing effective communication with its Commission members.
The Arts and Cultural Division oversees the preparation and administration of the Arts and Culture Fund and monitors related expenditures and revenues to provide effective, efficient, and economical fiscal management of Tempe’s Arts and Culture facilities and programs. The Deputy will oversee an annual multi-million dollar dedicated Arts and Culture sales tax that is one-tenth of one percent.
The ideal candidate will recognize the full scope and impact of the arts and culture throughout the City of Tempe and appreciate the value of equity and diversity within the community. They must demonstrate a commitment to the City’s values while having the ability to collaborate effectively with multiple sectors and interest groups maintaining strict focus on organizational strategic priorities and division mandates.
Department / Division: Community Services/ Arts & Culture
Schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, Nights and Weekends upon schedule adjustments for community meetings, programs or as needed.
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This position is FLSA Exempt and not eligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time
Employees in this position are unclassified, which means the employee or the City can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any or no reason, with or without cause or notice.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The City of Tempe is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 480-350-8276. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
Work Experience: Requires Five years of professional experience in arts and/or cultural administration, including management of museum(s), cultural facilities, performing arts, public arts, art in private development, or community art engagement. Three years of supervisory responsibilities.
Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.
Education: Requires A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in arts administration, public administration, or a degree related to the core functions of this position. A Master’s degree in arts administration is highly desirable.
The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of initial probationary period is contingent upon passing an FBI background investigation. Based on position, referred applicants may be subject to additional testing which may include pre-employment polygraph, physical and drug screening.
The Tempe Arts & Culture Division delivers arts and culture programs and services through the activities of Community Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), Tempe History Museum, and Tempe Public Art. As a city, Tempe is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and extended community by providing life-long engagement through accessible cultural, social, and educational experiences. Staff plan and administer a comprehensive roster of arts and cultural programming to improve the lives of Tempe residents and visitors. In 2019, Tempe residents passed the Arts & Culture Tax – a dedicated source of funding to support the division in perpetuity. This vote of confidence shows the high value Tempeans place on arts and culture, as well as the trust they have in municipally led programs and services.