Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department – Arts and Culture Program Manager

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The Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department is seeking a full-time Arts and Culture Program Manager responsible for planning, organizing, and executing creative arts and cultural programs that build and nurture the local community.


CLASS TITLE: Arts and Culture Program Manager


PURPOSE OF CLASS: Under general direction of the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Recreation Superintendent, this position plans, organizes, and executes creative arts and cultural programs that build and nurture the local community. Manages the Town of Cornelius’s arts and cultural programming including various visual arts programs for youth and adults, seasonal themed arts-oriented events, curation of art shows, coordination with various representatives for cultural events, particularly in the downtown area, and other recreation programming as assigned. Responsible for coordinating, implementing, and supervising a variety of arts, cultural, and recreational activities and initiatives throughout Town on behalf of the PARC Department.


PRIMARY TASKS: (Tasks listed below do not necessarily include all of the tasks performed.)


· Performs technical and administrative work in developing, planning, organizing, implementing, and supervising arts, cultural, and recreation programs, events, and services for youth, adults, and seniors.

· Negotiates and manages contracts with program providers ensuring affordable and high quality programming is provided.

· Manages the operations and maintenance of PARC’s arts, cultural, and recreation programs and events at various facilities around town.

· Represents the Town’s arts and culture initiatives to the greater professional arts community by participating in local/regional panels, special events, programs, and committees.

· Assists in the preparation of the departmental budget. Makes recommendations for the programming budget. Assists in the management of the budget. Processes purchase orders and maintains a current inventory of all program material and supplies.

· Promotes and markets programs, events, and facilities through a variety of social media and traditional media resources including preparing press releases, flyers, and posters.

· Effectively coordinates and schedules facility use including program space, rentals, workshops, classes, summer camps, cultural events, and gallery openings.

· Drafts, secures approval, and implements policies and procedures related specifically to arts, recreational programs, cultural events, and facility management.

· Evaluates the interest of residents, agencies, civic groups, and local businesses in the community concerning arts, recreation, and cultural events programming.

· Locates and secures public, private, and quasi-public facilities for programming use and acts as liaison with these groups.

· Registers participants for various recreational programs and events, collects fees, and maintains records.

· Recruits, recommends for hire, and manages part-time employees and contractors including the part-time staff, partner organizations, and studio managers. Assesses the effectiveness of contractors, programs, and facility use considering customer satisfaction, number of participants, meeting expenses, and revenue projections, and compiles reports.

· Acts as curator over art exhibitions including scheduling gallery exhibits, coordinating and hanging exhibits, providing gallery tours, handling gallery sales, marketing and promoting exhibits, as well as coordinating all associated programs and events.

· Acts as public art manager overseeing all town public art projects including commissions, purchases, projects done in partnership with organizations/agencies and the Town’s annual public art exhibition, as well as all associated programs and events.


EQUIPMENT OPERATED: Personal computer, printer, AV equipment, copy machine, calculator, telephone equipment, digital camera, and other assigned office equipment.


REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports directly to the Recreation Superintendent.


WORKING CONDITIONS: Not adverse usually in an office environment; some off-site and outdoor work, manual labor and lifting required.




Education: Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, recreation, or related field.


Experience: At least three years of experience in a municipal recreation setting and/or arts-focused educational programs and cultural events is required. Arts education, cultural event management, marketing, social media, and public art experience are preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


-Considerable knowledge of principles, practices, and methods related to arts, cultural, and recreation programming, exhibitions, public art, arts education, and cultural events management.

-Considerable knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in the field of public recreation, arts administration and cultural events.

-Knowledge of artistic processes and educational activities.

-Knowledge of standard resources, materials, and facilities utilized in a public arts and recreational programming.

-Knowledge and ability to plan, execute, oversee, and deliver a variety of arts and recreation programs and cultural events.

-Ability to effectively plan and execute a year-round program of arts and recreation activities and cultural events, including staying within budget and meeting revenue and participation goals.

-Ability to manage complex projects with a variety of stakeholders and goals.

-Ability to plan and coordinate the work of contract programmers, and of temporary, volunteer, or part-time workers.

-Ability to express ideas and communicate effectively in verbal and written forms.

-Knowledge of routine maintenance tasks necessary to operate programs and facilities in a safe and effective manner.

-Ability to deal tactfully with artists, recreation programmers, and the public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, citizens, employees, contractors, supervisors, participants, and other agencies.

-Knowledge of trends and best practices in marketing, social media, and virtual meetings.

-Excellent organizational, communication, customer service, project management, and problem-solving skills.

-Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite as well as design software such as Adobe Photoshop.


Physical Requirements: Stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.


Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer terminal, utilize measuring devices, utilize basic hand and power tools, operate a motor vehicle, and inspect work of others.


Special Requirements: Possession of an appropriate valid North Carolina driver’s license; and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.


FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt


Special Note: This generic class specification gives a sound overview of the job class, its essential functions, and necessary job requirements. These documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.


To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Cornelius PARC Department, Attn: Chad Cauble, P.O. Box 399, Cornelius, NC 28031; fax: 704-896-2462; email:; or to Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue. Application deadline is Wednesday October 21, at 5:00 p.m.


Application deadline is Wednesday October 28, at 5 p.m.


The Town of Cornelius is an equal opportunity employer.