Executive Director of Arts and Culture/City of Phoenix

Apply online at https://www.phoenix.gov/employment by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above.

During the online application process, please be advised that you will need to provide responses to the following open-ended questions (the system allows copying/pasting into the answer fields):

  • Please describe your experience working with government or private non-profit boards or commissions in a leadership or policy advisory position on the arts.
  • Please describe your experience developing and implementing strategic arts and culture plans.
  • Please describe your experience in developing and implementing creative initiatives that focus on expanding services with limited available financial resources.
  • Please describe your experience in implementing or advancing diversity, equity or inclusions practices for an institution or organization.

YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.

The City of Phoenix seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader to fill the position of Executive Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. This executive-level position directs 11 staff, a $5 million annual operating budget and a five-year Public Art Plan (percent for art) budget that is currently $12 million. Under the general supervision and direction of a Deputy City Manager, the Arts and Culture Executive Director acts as the chief arts and culture advocate for the City of Phoenix by supporting the development of the arts and culture community and seeking to raise the level of awareness of and participation of City residents in the preservation, expansion, and enjoyment of arts and culture for all residents.


The fundamental reason this classification exists is to implement policies, goals, and programs of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. The Executive Director acts as a liaison between the Office of Arts and Culture, the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, City departments, and the public. The Executive Director also acts as an advocate for arts and culture, and the projects and priorities of the Commission and Office which are consistent with City Council policy or City Manager directives in furtherance of adopted City Council policy. Duties include administration of the City’s public art program and development of an annual Public Art Plan budget, community service grants program, arts learning and community engagement programs, technical assistance, maintenance of cultural facilities, research, cultural planning, and other projects related to arts and culture in Phoenix.


First review of applications will occur the week of August 6, 2018.

Second review will occur the week of August 20, 2018.

Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.


$79,165 - $134,534 annually. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

In addition, city contributes 8.5% of salary into 457/401 plans with no matching required.

$5,220/annual car allowance and $1,200/annual cell phone allowance.

Comprehensive Executive benefits package includes:

Traditional pension with employer and employee contributions, 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 15 sick days, free bus/light rail pass, tuition reimbursement upon hire, choice of Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Cigna HMO, PPO. Relocation assistance may be available. For more details, visit: https://www.phoenix.gov/hrsite/Benefit%20Category/010.pdf


To meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment, you must have:

  • Five years of professional experience in the management and supervision of arts/arts education organization; a local, state, or national agency; or an arts-related program in an accredited college or university
  • A master's degree in arts/business administration, education/business administration, non-profit management or arts field, or a related field;
  • Other combinations of experience and education which meet the minimum requirements may be substituted

A well-qualified candidate will possess the minimum qualifications plus experience:

  • Working with government or private non-profit boards or commissions in a leadership or a policy advisory position on arts issues;
  • Developing and overseeing multi-million dollar operating and capital budgets;
  • Developing and implementing creative initiatives that focus on expanding services with limited available financial resources;
  • Creating and implementing strategic arts and culture plans;
  • Implementing and advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies and practices. Only the highest qualified will be posted to the eligible to hire list.


City of Phoenix is an equal opportunity employer; our employees demonstrate superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.