MO Project: Contextual Branding

Arts Council Program Specialist II

  • Arts Council Program Specialist II
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$40,012.00 – $63,604.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,667.00 – $2,651.00
Pay Grade: 

View Class Specification Document


This is advanced 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 at this level also includes researching and securing grant funding resources, participating in the development of program policies, preparing grant proposals, and reviewing and evaluating funded initiatives. In addition, work involves developing technical assistance plans for communities, assessing subcontracted projects, and preparing and conducting application workshops. 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.

Researches and secures grant funding resources; develops program ideas and prepares grant proposals; administers funded initiatives.

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.

Manages community arts development grant projects; prepares evaluation report for the Council and the National Endowment for the Arts at the conclusion of the project; advises Council, staff and review panels on the needs of community arts agencies.

Prepares technical assistance plans and provides on-site consultation to staff and board members of community arts agencies relating to management/organizational development, long-range planning, marketing, fund-raising and publicity.

Organizes and coordinates review panel meetings for the selection of artists and groups; coordinates meetings with artists/groups and presenters to review Council policies and guidelines and to evaluate program results.

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

Selects community arts sites and 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Performs other related work as assigned.

View Class Specification Document

(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.)

Two years of experience as an Arts Council Program Specialist I with the Missouri State Council on the Arts.


Three years 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.

View Class Specification Document

Key Skills

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

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

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

Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local grant funding resources.

Considerable 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.

View Class Specification Document

The following link will provide you with general information about State of Missouri employee benefits.

View benefits

View Class Specification Document