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Arts in Education Director (Deadline: March 14)

The Arts in Education Director works with arts organizations, community organizations, schools and school systems, and teaching artists to expand and enhance the quality of arts in education (AIE) through school-based artist residencies, touring performances, workshops, development of curriculum and teaching materials, professional development, and innovative partnerships. The Arts in Education Director is a member of the Arts Learning Team but interacts with all other program areas of the Arts Council, working closely with other staff to assist with the development of educational programming, grant proposals and training opportunities for constituents.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages the Arts in Education Artist Residency and cARTwheels grant programs, including helping applicants with proposals, recruiting panelists for grant adjudication, monitoring funded programs, and approves final reports. 
  • Oversees North Carolina’s “Poetry Out Loud Program,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, including the recruitment of schools to participate in the statewide program, the school registration process, logistics for the final statewide competition, and marketing and evaluation. 
  • Oversees the planning and implementation of an initiative to provide professional development and services to teaching artists in the state. 
  • Stays informed about national and statewide developments in arts education as well as in the field of education. 
  • Collaborates with the NC Department of Public Instruction to develop and implement strategies in support of arts educators, other teachers, pre-service teachers, schools, and school systems across the state.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as required.

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to artmaking. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. 

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library, and Archives, historic preservation, land, and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. The Department’s goal is to promote equity and inclusion among its employees and programming to reflect and celebrate the state’s diverse population, culture, and history. Please visit www.ncdcr.gov for more information.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Qualified candidates must have or be able to:   

  • Demonstrated experience working for an arts organization in support of the arts education or community outreach programming. 
  • Demonstrated experience writing grant applications and/or as the person managing the allocation of grant funds to others. 

Management Preferences:

  • Demonstrated strong writing skills as demonstrated by a cover letter accompanying the job application. 
  • Demonstrated good interpersonal and customer-service skills, including the ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated experience working on issues related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion – either formally in a professional setting or informally through lived experience.  

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in art, English, one of the performing arts or arts administration, depending upon specific area of program assignment from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience directly related to the specific program area of assignment, two of which must have been in a consultative or administrative capacity within an arts organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

This position will be located at:
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 
This position is deemed eligible for hybrid telework under DNCR’s Telework Policy.

Recruitment Salary: $44,588 – $58,185

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