Kansas Department of Commerce is seeking a visionary and pragmatic leader for the position of Director for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is essential to supporting artistic production, flourishing community, and the economy in Kansas by enhancing arts, culture, and creative placemaking opportunities at the community level through programs and initiatives. The KCAIC Director provides direction, leadership, and strategy for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission programs and initiatives, manages the budget and National Endowment for the Arts grants, supervises staff and field representative team, organizes quarterly Commission meetings, and manages the day-to-day administrative functions and activities of the organization.
Leads the State of Kansas through development and assessment of programs, working with stakeholders throughout Kansas to create forward-thinking and innovative initiatives, identifying new cultural resources and developing inclusive strategies for all sectors of the creative economies. Directs and oversees all phases of KCAIC grant programs including the development of administrative rules, regulations, reporting procedures, fiscal/reimbursement policies and ensures compliance with relevant state and federal agencies. Communicates with organizations, communities and Commerce/KCAIC staff regarding the status of applications, contracts, payments, and closeouts. (35%)
Provides oversight and guidance to all KCAIC field representatives and staff including communication with applicants regarding eligibility, program compliance, expense allowability, budget variances and all procedures; analysis of potential projects and partnerships to ensure successful achievement of program objectives and relevancy to local and regional economic and community development strategies; articulation of constructive feedback and proposal improvements suggestions; and overall technical assistance and expertise throughout the life of an approved project. Develops processes and procedures for project tracking and coordination. Develops metrics and evaluates quarterly and year end reports to determine individual effectiveness and overall program success. (25%)
Directs and implements strategies, initiatives, and procedures to integrate all KCAIC programs to produce maximum benefits for partners and communities and the long-term growth of healthy cultural ecosystems. Ensures all phases of KCAIC funding, program development and evaluation, and professional initiatives are based on research and public input that align with the state arts plan, current research from the field, the needs of the constituents, federal guidelines, and legislative intent. Examines all processes and procedures to ensure that they are consistent with the KCAIC strategic plan and, where applicable, state and federal (NEA) objectives. Evaluate and adjust programs and forms as necessary based on effectiveness and public involvement. Identifies and fosters partnerships with other state and local agencies for mutually beneficial programming and project development. (20%)
Serve as liaison with federal and regional partners, including the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Work with the NEA to secure partnership opportunities including preparing a state partnership application as often as required by NEA policy. Obtain final reports from sub-awardees in compliance with NEA guidelines and file final descriptive and financial reports on all federal grants awarded to the state. Serve on the board of directors of the Mid-America Arts Alliance to provide guidance to the organization by attending board meetings, special convenings, and other events as necessary. Distribute information on federal and regional grant and program opportunities to Kansas artists and arts organizations. (10% )
Works collaboratively with KCAIC field representative and Commerce marketing staff to effectively communicate programs and services to organizations, communities, external agencies and internal staff. Builds KCAIC capacity to act as a communications hub for the creative industry in Kansas and to articulate program success and innovation nationally. Organize public information events, including strategic planning sessions and grants workshops, as needed to produce and maintain a state arts plan. Assists with the development of formal presentations to business prospects and community leaders, community groups and business associations as needed. (5%)
Other duties as assigned. (5%)
Bachelor’s degree in Arts-related field, Public Administration, Communications; or related field required.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in non-profit or relevant organizational operations, or experience as an artist working in the art field.
Professional experience with non-profit management and/or grant administration, or as a creative artist in dialogue with funding agencies and organizations.
Demonstrated commitment to the arts as part of community life.
Master’s degree in Art, Performance, Creative Writing, or related field.
Familiarity with applicable federal and regional agencies, particularly the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Familiarity with creative placemaking and arts integration concepts and strategies.
Familiarity with regional arts & cultural ecosystems including institutions, organizations, artists and practitioners, stakeholders, and constituents.
Excellent communication, leadership, and community service skills.
Additional Salary Information: Annual salary top end is considered for highly qualified candidates only.
About Kansas Department of Commerce
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