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Arts and Culture Officer #2106-201800-01

City Manager's Office

Date Opened
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, July 16, 2021 5:00 PM
City Manager's Office
  • Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Arts and Culture Officer is full-time, three-year position that will shape the future of arts and culture in the Charlotte community. This position will report directly to the City Manager and will be the city’s liaison to an Arts and Culture Advisory Board. The Officer will be charged with developing and establishing the implementation infrastructure for a Cultural Plan for Charlotte that fulfills the goal of building a framework for a sustainable and thriving creative community from emerging artists to established, legacy institutions.  This will require incorporating feedback and insights from a diverse set of perspectives across the cultural landscape in Charlotte.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and manage implementation of data-driven plans, programs, and procedures to achieve the City of Charlotte's cultural policy objectives and nurture the Charlotte community’s cultural vitality.
Oversee funding and implementation for a variety of community resources and capacity building programs.
Serve as the staff liaison to the Arts and Culture Advisory Board by establishing meeting agendas, generating meeting materials, providing expert recommendations and counsel to the Board members and exploring insights and ideas presented by the Board.
Work with existing grassroots arts advocacy groups as a bridge to, and convener of, the creative community – ensuring perspectives, insights and ideas are sought from all stratas of Charlotte’s creative ecosystem and used to inform new plans, initiatives and models.
Work with groups like the Charlotte Regional Visitors Association and the Arts and Science Council to improve visibility of and access to cultural programming and attract new participants.
Serve on cross-departmental teams as the subject matter expert on arts, culture, and creative industries.
Conduct research on Charlotte’s arts and culture ecosystem. 
Coordinate activities with other City departments, advisory bodies, and external partners.
Prepare and deliver presentations to public committees, City Council, and outside groups on an as needed basis.
Keep the City Manager and key staff informed on strategic decisions.
Maintain confidentiality and garner trust with City staff, elected officials, and the community.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Demonstrated experience in leading high-profile, complex projects and bringing projects from inception phase through completion.  
Experience with applying an understanding of equity and how to prioritize equity in program and policy decisions.
Ability to navigate politically sensitive issues with decorum and professionalism.
Effective communication and consensus-building with a variety of groups and audiences. including: city staff, elected officials, community groups, and other stakeholders.
Collaborative working style that actively seeks diverse perspectives and viewpoints to inform decision making.
Passion for approaching challenges through a lens of reinvention and big, out-of-the-box thinking. 
Ability to understand the impact of short-term decisions on long-term strategy.
Ability to balance multiple tasks and viewpoints simultaneously.
Demonstrated understanding of Charlotte’s arts and culture community.

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred five years of professional experience in arts and/or cultural administration, including management of museum(s), cultural facilities, performing arts, public arts, art in private development, or community art engagement. Three years of supervisory responsibilities is preferred. Prior experience managing an artist collective or artist training/incubation program preferred.


Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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