City of Manhattan Beach: Cultural Arts Manager, Exam No. 11-001

The City of Manhattan beach is now accepting applications for the position of Cultural Arts Manager.  The Cultural Arts Program in Manhattan Beach provides new events and activities which include multi-disciplinary programs such as art classes; lectures about art, music and architecture; concerts and dance performances; the placement of Art in Public Places; theater productions; Exhibitions; Visual Art Camps and Classes; and various Performing Arts Classes and Camps for all ages. The Cultural Arts Manager will report to the Director of Parks and Recreation, and will develop, enhance, and administer a broad cultural arts program. This management confidential position is designated at-will status.

The Cultural Arts Manager supervises a variety of positions including full-time, part-time and volunteer support staff. In addition to managing the cultural arts program, the position coordinates various projects among Commissions, artists, staff, and art organizations; serves as liaison between the Cultural Arts Commission and City Council; makes presentations before City Council, Commissions and community organizations; attends events outside of normal working hours; develops and monitors program budgets; gathers resources through fund raising and grant writing activities, and performs other related tasks. May be required to work shifts, weekends, and holidays.


The listed tasks are essential for this position and may include, but are not limited to, the following: Plan, organize, and implement a community cultural arts program; conduct research and prepare oral and written reports; attend program performances and activities outside of normal working hours; coordinate public art and other projects with various commissions, artists, staff, and art organizations; serve as liaison between Cultural Arts Commission and the City Council; interface with and make presentations before the Cultural Arts Commission, City Council and other community organizations; prepare staff reports and agendas; supervise department staff and volunteers; develop and monitor program budgets; review and evaluate programs; gather resources through fund raising and grant writing activities; display courteous and professional behavior toward the public and staff; and observe all City rules and regulations.

Training and Experience: Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in art, fine arts, public art studies and/or public administration, or related field; four years experience in public programming of cultural arts programs, or other arts administration experience that demonstrated an understanding of public art, urban design issues, arts education, community cultural planning, and visual and performing arts programs and classes. A valid California driver’s license is required at the time of employment.

Verification of your college degree or official transcripts is required at time of employment. Failure to do so will be cause for disqualification or removal from the eligibility list.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Requires knowledge of the principles and practices of cultural arts programming, budgeting practices and techniques, cultural art resource development, and managerial skills and practices, Microsoft WORD, Power Point, Excel; skill in operating department tools and equipment including a personal computer, and effectively communicating both orally and in writing, speaking before groups of people such as Commissions and City Council; and the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and implement a diverse and innovative cultural arts program, prepare comprehensive oral and written reports, apply program resources in an efficient and effective manner, and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, community groups, artists, art organizations, and the public.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently drive to specific locations, may occasionally work outside, and may be exposed to variable weather conditions. The noise levels in the working environment are usually quiet while in the office and moderately loud when outside.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a completed City application form, supplemental application, and resume by Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM.  Facsimiles, photocopies, electronic mail and final filing date postmarks are not accepted.  You can download a job announcement and City application material below or by contacting the City of Manhattan Beach Human Resources Department at (310) 802-5258.

All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Candidates must successfully pass each step of the recruitment and selection process to be placed on the eligible list.

Your application must include at least ten years of employment history (assuming you have been employed for ten years) and you must explain any gaps in employment (i.e. unemployed, school, etc.). You must include your work experience for each position listed on the City application.  Entering “see resume” for your work experience on the City application is not acceptable and your application may be rejected. You must also include salary information for each job you list, your reason for leaving each job and names and phone numbers of present and past supervisors or managers. Your application may be rejected if incomplete or if you fail to provide this information.

Application material is accepted by mail or in person at the address below.
    Human Resources Department – City Hall
    1400 Highland Avenue
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    Phone: (310) 802-5258

The selection process may consist of the following components and exam weights:    100% Oral Interview

If you need special assistance in the job application process, contact the Human Resources Analyst at (310) 802-5255. TDD: (310) 546-3501 (Hearing Impaired Only).

City Application

Supplemental Application

Job Announcement

CLASS SPECIFICATION:  Cultural Arts Manager

The City of Manhattan Beach does not discriminate.  NOTE: A drug test may be administered as part of the pre-employment medical exam.

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