Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Program Associate 1- Office of the Arts

Recruitment #220706-6580AR-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting applications for a Program Associate 1- Office of the Arts. This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday through Friday in Hartford, CT with hybrid telework options available. 

The Mission: The Connecticut Office of the Arts is the state arts agency partner to the National Endowment for the Arts, working to ensure that every person in the state is touched by the arts. COA believes that the power of the arts is both deeply personal and a critical factor in Connecticut’s economy. DECD is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing global economy, taking a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, arts and culture. In this fast-paced environment, the Program Director, Arts Education position directs the grants process for COA’s Arts in Education funding and stewards the Poetry Out Loud and Poetry Ourselves program. 

The Role: This position directs all administrative and program-specific tasks to process funding applications and recommendations within the Arts in Education program including: directing all administrative and program-specific tasks throughout the grant process for COA's Arts in Education funding and making funding recommendations to the director of Arts, Preservation and Museums and the Arts Council. Additional tasks associated with this position include conducting site visits; providing technical assistance and training; overseeing the COA's Teaching Artist Roster; identifying and building statewide partnerships; management tasks associated with Poetry Out Loud and Poetry Ourselves; and managing honorary positions. In addition, Program Directors serve as genre experts in their field of artistic practice for various COA programs, work as a member of a small-but-mighty team to execute special programs, trainings and conferences – both virtual and in-person – and serve as back-up support for colleagues as needed. Employees in this class may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employee assigned such duties will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in the State of Connecticut. Some weekend work may be necessary. 

What We're Looking For: To be most successful in this position, you will love working in a fast-paced environment; enjoy working both independently and as part of a team; possess excellent interpersonal skills to maintain effective working relationships with teaching artists, teachers, school administrators and others; have strong written and oral communication skills; love to juggle multiple, concurrent, and high priority projects with the skills to effectively present information, explain policy, and respond to inquiries; and proficiency with Microsoft Suite products. 

What We Can Offer You: 
We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • 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, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse at or 860-986-6918.


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.


  • Professional experience developing grant programs in the arts
  • Professional experience administering grant programs in the arts
  • Experience as an arts educator employed by a public or private school
  • Experience as a teaching artist


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.