Museum, Arts & Culture Manager

City of Ontario

Ontario, CA

Are you interested in a career where you can make a positive impact on the community? Do you have a passion for art and culture and long to share that joy with others? If so, the Ontario Museum of History & Art has an excellent opportunity for you! The team is currently searching for a Museum, Arts & Culture Manager to assist with leading the Museum's mission of enhancing knowledge and understanding of our community through dynamic and vibrant experiences.

The Museum, Arts & Culture Manager, under administrative direction of the Museum, Arts & Culture Director, is responsible for the management and daily administration of the Museum Department and supervising staff and activities within a section of the Department. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency of programs and service delivery methods and provides professional and technical staff assistance to the Museum, Arts & Culture Director. The successful candidate will embody the Department's mission and vision, as well as the qualities of a "Five Tool Player" – Leader, Thinker, Communicator, Operator and Public Servant – and the values of the City's Approach to Public Service – Commitment to the Community, Excellence through Teamwork, and Doing the Right Thing the Right Way. The ideal candidate will be customer service orientated, skilled at public outreach and dedicated to working with community and staff to continue to provide the City's residents with an outstanding museum, arts and culture program that connects with community members of all ages and abilities.


The essential functions typically performed by the Museum, Arts and Culture Manager include the following:

  • Manages, develops, and implements goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and the strategic plan for assigned area of responsibility; evaluates, recommends, and implements new policies, projects, and marketing strategies.
  • Participates and leads the implementation of City Council goals and objectives.
  • Prepares and presents a variety of reports to and for City Council, Museum Board of Trustees, Arts & Culture Working Group and internal stakeholders. The position may facilitate and work with appointed board or commission in relation to programs.
  • Collaborates with the City Council, City Administration, and various committees to develop and build the City's regional identity by promoting agency programs, services, activities, and events.
  • Facilitates the Arts & Culture working committee; develops effective public participation strategies and activities that result in effective working relationships and expanded partnerships among the committee and community members to increase engagement and accessibility to arts and cultural programming.
  • Collaborates with other City department’s internal stakeholders on all public art projects.?
  • Seeks grants and other funding opportunities for projects that fit within the Department’s strategic plan; may direct the implementation, coordination, development, and operation of federal, state, or local grant programs or projects.
  • Evaluates proposed new programs, services, and policies; develops and prepares requests for proposals involving vendors and contractors.
  • May supervise and direct the activities of staff including employee selection, work assignment, performance evaluation, employee development, disciplinary action, and complaint resolution.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays informed of developments and current practice in the fields of arts and culture.
  • Participates in the administration of the Department's budget; ensures resources are allocated properly and expenditures are monitored for budgetary compliance.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, procedures that govern program operations.
  • Develops and implements strategies for increasing community engagement in the arts that reach a diverse range of stakeholders.
    Performs related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Arts Administration, or a closely related field.

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in museums, arts or arts administration.

License: A valid California Class 'C' driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire and throughout employment.

Desirable: Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or a closely related field.


$43.01-$52.27 Hourly $7,455.07-$9060.13 Monthly 
For a list of benefits for AOME employees please click here.

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