Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Program Associate 1- Office of the Arts

Recruitment #200507-6580AR-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Economic and Community Development invites applications for the position of Program Associate 1, Connecticut Office of the Arts. This position is full time and located at the State Office buildings in Hartford. This position reports to the Director of Arts, Preservation & Museums and serves as an active member of a robust staff dedicated to ensuring that the arts touch the lives of every state resident.  The Connecticut Office of the Arts uses the lens of READI: Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion, as a strategy screen to evaluate its programs and services, and is committed to using the arts to address social injustice and empower all people. The successful candidate must have experience working in programs and/or with audiences or clients that reflect the full diversity of people within the state. The Program Associate 1 will be responsible for the care and development of the Office of the Arts READI Talks and Conferences, Arts Workforce Initiative Program, and Poetry Out Loud. In addition, the position will work with state and external colleagues to develop and implement new strategies that will identify and serve under resourced audiences. The successful candidate will be familiar with regional and national trends in arts funding and DEI, will assist with tracking and reporting activities associated with grant-making, including special initiatives and programs, will track and maintain program specific impact and goals, will serve as a liaison to internal and external partners to plan and implement events and initiatives, will work as a team member to coordinate all aspects of meetings, conventions and events, and will participate in special projects and activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of the Office of the Arts.

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include:  a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

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In the Department of Economic and Community Development, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the development, implementation, coordination and/or evaluation of programs for the encouragement of artistic and cultural activities.


Develops, implements, evaluates and/or coordinates cultural programs in areas of music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts; develops publications related to culture and tourism programs; prepares grant agreements between agency and clients; prepares reports on culture and tourism programs; may prepare and edit material for release to the public; may represent Commission at meetings of professional organizations and participates in meetings of Commission and its committees; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles and practices in arts administration; knowledge of grant preparation; knowledge of applicable art discipline, such as painting, sculpting or film; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop, implement and evaluate arts programs; ability to coordinate arts programs; ability to evaluate and report on programs in progress; ability to deal effectively with others; ability to utilize computer software.


Two (2) years of professional level experience in general arts administration or the management or production of arts programs.


1. A Bachelor's degree may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with grant making or grant management;
  • Experience with event management;
  • Experience with diversity, equity, or inclusion initiatives;
  • Experience collaborating with cross-sector industries and the arts.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.