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Classified Ad: Vermont Arts Council Deputy Director

Posted: December 20, 2017
Category: Job Postings
End Date: January 22, 2018


The Vermont Arts Council, an independent nonprofit statewide organization, seeks a dynamic and passionate individual to serve as deputy director of the Council and program manager for the Vermont Creative Network.

About the Arts Council

Since 1965, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary funder and advocate for the arts and cultural experiences throughout the state. It is the only designated state arts agency in the U.S. that is also an independent nonprofit organization. The Council awards grants to artists, cultural organizations, and communities and supports the creative sector through technical support, learning opportunities, and promotional assistance. Working closely with the Agency of Education and individual schools across the state, the Council also supports and encourages arts as an integral part of the education of all Vermont children.

Council staff and trustees recently embarked on a process of self-assessment and community outreach, resulting in a new strategic plan. The heart of the Council’s new direction is captured in its new outcome statement: Everyone in Vermont has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. With a new executive director, hired in October 2017, the Council is positioned to move forward with implementation of the strategic plan and to proceed to its next phase of development.

Position Description

Working closely with the executive director, the deputy director is responsible for managing the Council’s programs and day-to-day operations, to ensure smooth and effective implementation of the new strategic plan. The deputy director supervises a skilled and creative program team and reports to the executive director. Staff development, mentoring, and evaluation are central to the position.

The deputy director also has primary responsibility for oversight of the Vermont Creative Network (VCN). The VCN is an innovative statewide collective to advance Vermont’s diverse creative sector. With the Arts Council as its backbone, the VCN is composed of a statewide Steering Team and six creative zones with local leadership. The ideal candidate for this position will actively engage and energize the creative zones, working collaboratively with zone leaders and the VCN Steering Team to further envision and implement the next phase of the VCN’s work. More information about the Creative Network can be found here on the VCN website.

This position is based at the Vermont Arts Council office in Montpelier. It requires flexible hours and a willingness to travel frequently throughout the state.

Candidate Profile


  • Minimum of five years working in a nonprofit arts or humanities organization
  • Experience effectively supervising and mentoring professional staff
  • Demonstrated leadership, initiative, and ability to foster collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong administrative and analytical abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline of the liberal arts or fine arts

Desirable Characteristics

  • Knowledge of Vermont’s arts landscape and cultural organizations
  • Familiarity with the history and aims of the Vermont Creative Network
  • Personal or professional connection to the arts
  • Experience working with Results-Based Accountability models


This is a full-time position with a flexible work schedule. Compensation package will include a competitive salary and benefits as well as professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this position, as well as salary history and three references to Please put “ATTN: Deputy Director Search” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until January 22, 2018 and will be kept strictly confidential.


The Vermont Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

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