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City seeks director for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

The city is seeking a director to lead the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The department director reports to the mayor and the position appointment must be confirmed by the Seattle City Council. The director manages specific programs and services that provide funding, technical assistance and advocacy for artists, organizations, neighborhood groups, educators and students, as well as the commission of the city’s artworks through the 1% for Art program. The Office is supported by the Seattle Arts Commission, a 16-member voluntary citizen commission whose members are appointed by the mayor and City Council.

Applicants must have at least five years experience directing and managing professional level staff in business, governmental or non-profit arts organizations and at least four years of executive management experience.

Desired qualifications include successful experience developing and cultivating innovative approaches within arts communities; developing effective management practices and demonstrated leadership skills working with a volunteer board of directors; ability to creatively partner with the arts community and public, private and non-profit supporters; effective community outreach; public information and fund raising strategies; budget development and management experience; and a demonstrated record of managing a diverse workforce in an equitable manner.

Application deadline is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.