Employment Opportunity


Maine Arts Commission Employment Opportunity

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer-diverse candidates encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.


Maine Arts Commission Special Programs Director (Traditional Arts and Creative Aging) Arts & Humanities Associate

 Code: 0822    Pay Grade:24   Salary:  ($37,544.00 - $50,876.80) Annually

 Open for Recruitment: August 5, 2013  -  September 13, 2013

Location: Augusta, Maine 


The Special Programs Director will work in a team setting with other program directors and under the supervision of the agency’s Executive Director. The Special Programs Director will provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development, coordination, administration and evaluation of some of the Maine Arts Commission’s programs, such as Traditional Arts and Creative Aging. The position works at the state level to design and implement arts programs and projects statewide; provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to artists, teaching artists, arts organizations and others. Statewide travel is required.


  • Direct the Special programs. Oversee, manage, and direct the distribution of funding to grant programs.
  • Develop programs and initiate new projects in field relating to areas such as the Traditional Arts and Creative Aging.Take on special projects when assigned.
  • In coordination with other staff, provide program information for distribution, and create print and publication material related to program as needed.
  • Manage the process-tracking of the program’s activities. Manage the archiving of completed and ongoing projects in a way that is accessible to entire organization. 
  • Manage program budget effectively.
  • Build collaborative relationships inter-agency, within the state system, and in the field. Work with individuals and organization (in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors) in a positive way for the betterment of the agency’s goals. 
  • Curate, organize and direct ongoing agency programs.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS: (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

  •  Curate, organize and direct ongoing agency programs, such as the Traditional Arts       Apprenticeship program, Celebrating the Traditional Arts program, and the Traditional Arts Fellowship program.
  • Collaborate and consult with state and national arts organizations and institutions to promote best practices, exemplary visual arts programming, and to implement professional development opportunities.
  • Manage agency funding programs that relate to the traditional arts. Secure panelists, structure the review and create minutes of the entire process as needed.
  • Provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development and implementation of traditional arts programs and projects in the arts.
  • Work with constituents and represent the Maine Arts Commission at public and formal events.
  • Research grant and funding opportunities and prepare applications for state or federal funds as appropriate opportunities are available.
  • Develop and maintain national contacts and be current in research and exemplary practice in arts field.
  • Provide reportage to the Executive Director and members of the Maine Arts Commission when required.


KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

 The ideal candidate will have a/an:

  • knowledge of the trends and history of traditional arts forms.
  • Knowledge of museum operations and management.
  • knowledge of the current art world, including exhibitions, artist and current practices.
  • ability to interface with arts practitioners as a responsive mentor and advocate
  • ability to organize work assignments in a timely and professional manner
  • ability to assemble grant materials, take minutes and provide transparent and valuable reportage on program activities.
  • ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and use exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and provide quality service.
  • ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • awareness of, and ability to use, current communications methods and technology, such as cloud-based applications, laptop and desktop computer systems, word processing and data applications.
  • ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and with other organizations and institutions.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years experience working with artists, art groups, and/or humanities organizations. Directly related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.  Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree or commensurate work experience preferably in the field of traditional arts. Knowledge of Maine artists, galleries and museums is a benefit.

HOW TO APPLY:You must complete a direct hire application form available at the General Government Service Center in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, and on our Web Page at http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities. The completed application must be submitted along with a cover letter and a resume by the closing date to: Tammy Sturtevant, HR Generalist, General Government Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074, Telephone (207) 624-7417. 


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