Arts & Culture Manager

County of Ventura

Ventura, CA

Under general direction, the Arts & Culture Manager will provide leadership to initiate organizational planning of a county-wide culture and arts advocacy function within the County. This person will interface with community-based organizations, the philanthropic community, foundations, independent artists, professionals from the creative sectors, education leaders, elected officials, and local, state and federal arts advocacy organizations. The position also collaborates and informs County Executives and multi-disciplinary teams of managers, professionals, and technical staff in coordinating collaborative strategies that intersect art, culture, economic vitality, diversity, inclusivity, history, and equity.

This management position is distinguished from the departmental managers by community engagement and support of county-wide culture and arts planning, strategic planning, and coordination with local agencies and organizations in the planning and development of cultural districts, tourism, artist support, public art initiatives, grants, and county-wide events that enhance the quality of life through the promotion of arts, culture, and economic vitality. The position also requires regular interface with all levels of the County organization including Executive Management and elected officials.


Any combination of education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by considerable experience working in a nonprofit arts organization, higher education, or public agency dedicated to art and/or culture advocacy. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Fine Arts, or a closely related field with three (3) or more years of related work experience.


Excellent written communication skills must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
Knowledge and experience of Arts and Culture and how it interacts and benefits economic vitality and community development
Knowledge and experience with grants, government funding, and philanthropy available for Arts and Culture initiatives
Knowledge and experience of community-wide Arts and Culture strategic planning processes
Competence with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint


A graduate degree in a related field
Strong demonstrated skills in creating and implementing arts and culture strategic plans in a nonprofit or government agency
Experience in coalition-building and community organizing
Experience in nonprofit management or public agency administration
Experience in providing technical support to nonprofit organizations and capacity building
Experience in grant administration
Experience managing volunteer efforts
Bilingual (Spanish)

To apply on-line refer to web site: by 6/6/2022. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Subject to the applicable section of the Management Resolution (Secs. 625 – 627 (Download PDF reader)):
- New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of $5,000.00.
- Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, or 5% for completion of a graduate degree.
- Annual Leave Redemption: The option to cash out up to 100 hours out of 208 total accrued Annual Leave hours per year.
- Deferred Compensation: Section 457 Plan and/or 401(k) Shared Savings Plan with up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
- Health Plans: You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $19,162 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/ or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
- Flexible Spending Accounts: Pre-tax benefit towards eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses.
- Bilingual Incentive: Proficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level II), or $1.10 per hour (Level III).
- Holidays: 11 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
- Pension Plan: Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems, such as CalPERS.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

NOTE: The selection process will likely consist of an Oral/Practical Exam, which may be preceded or replaced with the score from a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E), contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence.

For further information regarding this recruitment, please call Matt Escobedo at (805) 662-6584 or e-mail at [email protected]

$101,090.37 - $141,540.39 Annually, plus Benefits

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