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Arts Council Program Specialist I

  • Arts Council Program Specialist I
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$35,308.00 – $56,092.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,471.00 – $2,338.00
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This is professional work in the Department of Economic Development managing and coordinating assigned performing and/or fine arts grant programs for the Missouri State Council on the Arts.

An employee in this class is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing program activities to stimulate and encourage study, presentation and participation in the performing and/or fine arts. Work includes assisting communities, organizations, institutions and individuals in developing, implementing and improving arts programs; reviewing grant applications; and preparing program evaluations and recommendations for the Council. Work also includes interpreting and explaining Council policies and guidelines to community representatives, arts organizations and the general public; selecting community arts sites and site coordinators; and functioning as liaison between the Council and the arts community. Work is performed under the general supervision of a designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises considerable independence and initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities within established guidelines.

Job Duties

Plans, coordinates and manages the operations of assigned performing and/or fine arts grant programs.

Reviews program grant applications and participates in the evaluation process for the assigned discipline areas; assists applicants with program development; prepares spreadsheets detailing proposed distribution of funds.

Selects community arts sites and identifies site coordinators; selects and trains on-site consultants to monitor program activities and ensure compliance with Council guidelines; travels throughout the state to evaluate arts programs.

Provides advice and assistance to not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations, institutions and individuals relating to organizing, developing and/or improving arts programs; coordinates and monitors the administration of approved programs.

Interprets and explains Council policies, procedures and program guidelines to community representatives, arts organizations and the general public.

Assists with identifying, developing and implementing future arts projects; provides technical assistance to emerging artistic individuals and/or groups.

Participates in the development and implementation of Council policies and guidelines relating to the assigned discipline areas.

Prepares program evaluations and recommendations for review by the Council, review panels and advisory committees; provides information relating to the needs of organizations in the assigned discipline areas.

Coordinates advisory committee meetings throughout the state; represents the Council at state and regional meetings on matters pertaining to the assigned discipline areas.

Functions as liaison between the Council and the arts community, review panels, not-for-profit organizations, site consultants, advisory committees and the general public.

Prepares and conducts application-writing workshops at various locations throughout the state.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)

One year of professional or technical experience in performing or fine arts related activities such as theater, dance, music or literature; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in theater, music, arts administration, English literature, visual arts, or a closely related area. (Graduate work in the specified educational areas may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Working knowledge of state and federal regulations and Council policies, procedures and guidelines applicable to the assigned discipline areas.

Working knowledge of the nature and objectives of the Missouri State Council on the Arts grant programs.

Working knowledge of existing and potential statewide arts needs, activities and resources.

Working knowledge of federal, state and local grant funding sources and guidelines.

Working knowledge of current practices and procedures for establishing and evaluating community arts programs and activities.

Ability to identify, develop, evaluate and monitor arts programs and activities.

Ability to interpret and explain Council policies, procedures and program guidelines.

Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare complete and concise reports.

Ability to plan and organize work activities to achieve established Council goals.

Ability to travel in the performance of assigned duties.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, arts professionals, not-for-profit organizations, community representatives, site consultants, state and federal agencies, and the general public.

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