California Arts Council

State of California

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January 24, 2011Mary Beth Barber

California Arts Council Seeks New Director

NEW DEADLINE! Interested Applicants Must Apply By May 6, 2011

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council has officially opened up the search for a new Director to lead the agency. The Director is a key member of the Arts Council's executive management team, reporting directly to the Chair and Members of the Council. This position is an exempt state position appointed by the Council, and applications are due by May 6, 2011 (extended deadline update posted in April.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with the mission to advance Californians through the arts and creativity. In the 35-year history of the agency, the Arts Council has contributed to the artistic and creative fabric of California through dozens of grant programs and initiatives that affected hundreds of artists and organizations, and in turn millions of Californians.

The Director of the California Arts Council has primary responsibility for administration, oversight of all agency policy and programs, local, state and federal level interagency activities, legislative relationships, public information and Council support and representation, and actions requested by the Office of the Governor and Legislature. More details -- including desirable qualifications, description of typical tasks, information about the California Arts Council and living in the capital city, and application process information is available on the California Arts Council website. Submittals will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process in April. Final candidates will be interviewed in Sacramento in early May.

Members of the media may contact: Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director, California Arts Council, 916-322-6588 (office), 916-835-5580 (cell), or  Individuals with questions about the job posting should contact Phyllis Smith, Personnel Manager at the California State Library, Human Resources Service Office, at

For more information on the California Arts Council and the arts programs and organizations supported by the agency, please go to .

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Karen Skelton, and Susan Steinhauser.

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