Erie Arts & Culture Seeks Director of Programs and Community Relationships

Monday Sep 30th, 2019

EAC employment opp


Erie Arts and Culture is committed to improving the lives of our region’s residents. We do this by leveraging the power of arts and culture to address the vital needs and interests of Erie and Northwest Pennsylvania.

To support an enriched life for all, Erie Arts & Culture commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable region. We believe that equity is crucial to the long-term viability of both the arts and culture sector and communities-at-large. In support of this commitment, we will:

Set annual cultural equity goals, addressing the following types of topics:

  • Promoting equity within our policies, practices, programs, and services.
  • Expanding diversity within our board, staff, advisory bodies, volunteers, funders, programming, and beneficiaries.
  • Advancing the cultural consciousness of all our constituencies and audiences.
  • Improving the cultural professional pipeline to increasingly attract candidates who reflect the full breadth of Erie County’s population.
  • Collect data related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress towards our cultural equity goals.

Director of Programs and Community Relationships

The person in this position is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Programs and Community Relationships Department, including administering all partnership programs of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). The person in this position serves as an ambassador for Erie Arts & Culture’s name, mission principal, and strategic priorities.

Executive Director

Full-time, exempt


  • Assume full management responsibilities for all department services and activities including compliance and reporting.
  • Manage and direct the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities. 
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Programs and Community Relationships Department’s work plan:
    • Align resources with the agency’s stated mission principal, strategic priorities, and cultural equity commitment statement.
    • Assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility to subordinate staff members.
    • Review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
    • Meet with subordinate staff members to provide guidance or identify and resolve operational challenges. 
    • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the department.
  • Monitor various service contracts (both inbound and outbound) for compliance; follow-up and insure corrective action is taken when necessary. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to select, train, motivate, and evaluate department personnel. 
    • Provide and coordinate orientation and training.
    • Conduct bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with department personnel. 
    • Work with employees to correct deficiencies or overcome operational challenges. 
    • Deliver annual performance reviews.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and other external stakeholders by actively participating in scheduled meetings, conferences, and other communications. 
  • Submit bi-monthly department reports to the Executive Director to be shared with the agency’s Board of Trustees and other external stakeholders. 
  • Inform the Marketing Department of programmatic activities, including but not limited to workshops, artist residencies, grant awards, etc., and share stories of impact as requested. 
  • Participate in the development of annual department budget and review monthly financial reports to insure budgets are being met. 
  • Assist in securing funds to support the Programming and Community Relationships Department and all its programs. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Active promotion of the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development’s  Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).
    • Identification of aligned grant opportunities and successful submission of grant applications.
    • Identification of donor prospects and assistance in donor solicitations. 
  • Cultivate new relationships that allow the agency to effectively grow its Programs and Community Relationships Department. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of program development, administration, and evaluation. 
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. 
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration. 
  • Principles of non-profit administration and management. 
  • The arts and humanities.
  • Intercultural programming. 

Ability to:

  • Manage and direct a diverse and comprehensive Programs and Community Relationships Department. 
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments. 
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. 
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinate staff. 
  • Delegate authority and responsibility as necessary. 
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate subordinate staff. 
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of department goals. 
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. 
  • Monitor expenditures consistent with the approved budget. 
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. 
  • Attend meetings at various locations and times. 
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, arts administration, or a related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of increasingly responsible community service experience including two years of management and administrative responsibility.

The Programming and Community Relationships Department has a service footprint that includes Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango, and Lawrence Counties. This position does require periodic travel throughout the identified service area.

This position is a full-time exempt salaried position; occasional weekends and evenings are necessary. Salary is posted at $46,000 - $52,000, commensurate on experience. Benefits include vision, health, and dental. Full-time employees receive ten (10) paid holidays and two (2) weeks paid vacation after the first six-months of employment.

Please send a cover letter (preferred less than two (2) pages), resume, and contact information for three references to Patrick Fisher, Please include Director of Programs and Community Relationships in the email title. Materials may also be mailed or hand delivered to:

Director of Programs and Community Relationships search
℅ Patrick Fisher, Executive Director
Erie Arts & Culture
23 West 10th Street, Suite 2
Erie, PA 16501

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 25, 2019.

Erie Arts & Culture values equity as essential to its mission to expand the reach, influence, and effectiveness of the region’s diverse and vibrant arts and culture community by providing leadership, advocacy, capacity building, and connections. We are committed to diversity and equity in terms of gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, ability, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. Differences provide varied viewpoints, ideas, and connections that strengthen and enrich Erie Arts & Culture’s work with the communities in our region. It is Erie Arts & Culture’s goal to create and maintain an inclusive, respectful, and equitable environment and to engage the talents of people with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to accomplish our mission.