Job Announcement: Deputy Director

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) is seeking a Deputy Director to help lead a vibrant, proactive and resourceful statewide agency that has extensive grant programs, a portfolio of pioneering initiatives and a national reputation for outstanding service to the field of arts administration.

Applications for the position are open until April 11th.

Applications are being accepted here:

About the Nebraska Arts Council:
The Nebraska Arts Council is an independent agency of the State of Nebraska located in the heart of downtown Omaha. Its mission is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska. In doing so, the NAC provides grants and services to artists, organizations, communities and schools. The agency has an annual budget of $5M from state, federal and private sources. As an agency of state government, the NAC stands by its core values of treating others with dignity and respect, acting ethically in all situations, and creating an environment for delivering excellent customer service.

The Deputy Director is an employee of the State of Nebraska and qualifies for an extensive portfolio of benefits including 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave that begin accruing immediately, military leave, 156% state-matched retirement, tuition reimbursement, employee assistance program, 79% employer paid health insurance plans, dental and vision insurance plans and an employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy. The State of Nebraska is a qualifying employer under the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Examples of Work

Develops and implements budget management procedures and prepares such reports for the Executive Director, the council or other agencies. Oversees agency administrative operations and serves as agency compliance officer.

Serves as agency liaison with arts organizations, maintaining periodic contact through attending meetings and performances.

Assists the Executive Director with the development of agency policies and strategies.

Serves as consultant to arts organizations to provide expertise in areas such as: program planning, financial management, grants, applications, meeting funding requirements a audience development.

Oversees the grant review panel process, providing leadership in the development of the panels to assure a fair and open review of grant applications.

Supervises and evaluates the work of assigned staff; reviews weekly goals and objectives, tracks employee progress, provides direction and gives feedback on work progress; recommends personnel actions related to selection, discipline, performance, leave, grievances, work schedules, and assignments.

Coordinates grant applications made by the Council to state and federal agencies.

Oversees and coordinates the development of grant documents and contracts used to manage funds.

Develops cooperative efforts between Arts Council and other governmental and non-governmental entities.

Monitors payments to grant recipients to ensure the proper allocation/distribution of funds.

Maintains legislative scrutiny to determine need for revised and new legislation for the agency.

Other duties as assigned within the scope of the classification.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or nonprofit management plus three years’ experience in arts administration and management. Related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

OTHER: Regular and reliable attendance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: arts disciplines and programs; accounting and budgeting procedures; state, federal, and private funding procedure; state statutes as they apply to the Nebraska Arts Council; labor contracts and State Personnel rules and regulations; state legislative process; state agency operation; techniques and procedures of budget management and accounting principles; exhibition, curatorial and artist selection procedures; artist contracts; grants and contracts processing and monitoring.

Ability to: communicate effectively; work effectively with co-workers, superiors and arts professionals; organize and direct projects; work under pressure; meet deadlines; construct agency budget documents; analyze pending legislative actions for applicability to the Nebraska Arts Council; make and defend decisions; work independently; set goals and objectives; supervise staff to meet agency goals and objectives; grasp abstract concepts and apply them to the job; plan and direct the work of others.