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City of San Antonio Director of Art and Culture

Additional Info

  • Opportunity Title: City of San Antonio Director of Art and Culture
  • Organization-Sponsor: City of San Antonio
  • Deadline: Until Filled
  • Location (if applicable): San Antonio, TX
  • Description of Opportunity:

    The Director of Arts and Culture (Director) will be engaged in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing all department activities and operations. The Director will initiate projects that address priorities in arts and culture, advocate for the arts, manage the nonprofit agency funding process, and support economic development for the creative sector. This individual will coordinate assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies, collaborate with the San Antonio Arts Commission, provide support to the City Manager’s office, and serve as the City of San Antonio’s representative in all matters pertaining to arts and culture.


    Roles & Responsibilities


    • Direct the DAC and its four divisions: Arts Funding Leadership, Public Art San Antonio, Cultural Events & Exhibits, and San Antonio Film Commission.
    • Oversee the investment of more than $6 million using a competitive process to distribute funds to more than 50 art organizations in order to enhance accessibility to the arts.
    • Supervise department-curated cultural events and exhibits that connect and engage San Antonio residents and visitors with local artists to enrich their quality of life.
    • Lead department staff to implement cultural initiatives, including the San Antonio Poet Laureate program, Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission, Cultural Commons Gallery, and Centro de Artes Gallery.
    • Develop the content for the Neighborhood Choirs program.
    • Manage the Public Art San Antonio (PASA) division, facilitating a public process for commissioning extraordinary art.
    • Oversee the management of the San Antonio Film Commission to provide an array of services to filmmakers.


    • Hire and manage all staff and engage in professional development and training.
    • Lead and participate in the development and administration of the department budget.
    • Direct the use of funding and identify needs for staff, equipment, and materials.
    • Attend professional group meetings to share and implement current best practices and industry standards with staff.

    Collaboration and Advocacy

    • Coordinate departmental activities with outside agencies and other City of San Antonio organizations, providing staff assistance to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and City Council.
    • Promote cooperation and collaboration among the cultural arts community.
    • Facilitate public discussions on issues affecting the arts community.
    • Engage in community events related to arts and culture.
    • Act as official department representative to other City of San Antonio departments, the City Manager’s office, elected officials, and outside agencies.
    • Negotiate and manage sensitive and significant internal and external issues of the City of San Antonio.


    Traits & Characteristics

    The Director will be a dynamic and visionary leader who values teamwork, integrity, innovation, and professionalism. This individual will appreciate the skills, experience, and input of others in formulating plans and achieving successful outcomes. The Director will promote a culture of collaboration and creativity, both at the staff level and across other City of San Antonio departments. Seeking to engage a broad swath of the region’s greater population, the Director will welcome variances in artistic interpretation and will embrace diversity and cross-cultural understanding. This individual will have the ability to juggle multiple projects while simultaneously setting priorities and achieving objectives.

    Other key competencies include the following:

    • Leadership – Organizing and motivating others in order to achieve extraordinary results through people, collaboration, and artistic excellence.
    • Personal Accountability – Maintaining a capacity to be answerable for personal actions and applying learned lessons in order to move forward to successful outcomes.
    • Interpersonal Skills – Building rapport and demonstrating a sincere interest in others. Effectively communicating and relating well to all kinds of people.


    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in art history, public administration, business administration, public relations, or a related field is required. A master’s degree is highly preferred. Qualified candidates should have ten years of increasing responsibility and management in the areas of art and cultural affairs, including five years of administrative or supervisory responsibility or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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