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Tennessee Arts Commission

Director of Arts Education

Tennessee Arts Commission


Job Summary

The Tennessee Arts Commission seeks a full-time Program Director of Arts Education. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Grants, this position cultivates the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities to prepare students of all ages for success in school, career, and life. Specifically, the position develops and leads grants, spending the majority of their time facilitating the Commission’s portfolio of arts education grants. This position also works on specific programs and special initiatives associated with Arts Education from vision to implementation. See for information about the agency.

Job Responsibilities

1. Leads development and administration of state and federal grants to arts organizations, non-arts organizations, schools, and individuals offering arts education projects, including:

  • Annual review of grant guidelines and applications
  • Grant review panel member selection and support
  • Provides technical assistance to organizations, educators, and schools applying for funds to support arts education programs and projects
  • Assists with award notification, review and submission of revised budgets, contract distribution, and securing final document signatures.

2. Plans and executes arts education events, programs, and initiatives such as the statewide Tennessee Arts & Arts Education Conference, Poetry Out Loud State Contest, Arts360, and Teaching Artist Roster

3. Represents the Commission at local, state, regional, and national meetings

4. Acts creatively as part of the Commission team to identify and implement strategies to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities

5. Supervises Arts Learning Specialist and leads staff to deliver Arts Education programs

6. Serves as a resource for arts disciplines that may include dance, music, opera, theatre, visual arts, craft, design arts, photography, media arts, literature, and folklife/traditional arts

7. Generates public support for the arts and arts education

8. Prepares records and reports


A Bachelor’s Degree and three years experience in arts education, arts administration, and/or nonprofit management is required. A background in the arts is desired.   A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university and significant professional experience in arts education (in a traditional school setting or nonprofit organization) is desired.

Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Demonstrated commitment to high-quality customer service delivered by email, phone, and video conference
  • Understands state and national policy and trends in arts education and develops strategies to address policy and trends in arts education and community arts learning
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities and collaborative initiatives, and carry projects through to successful completion
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented required
  • Experience in managing online databases desired
  • Grants management and budget experience desired
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Licensed to operate a motor vehicle and available for travel
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize office equipment and computer software including Microsoft Office and WordPress     

Additional Information


Standard State of Tennessee employee benefit package.

How to Apply

Go to the State of Tennessee website: Reference Job ID #32159.

Full-time position works 37.5 hours weekly in a non-smoking state office in downtown Nashville.  Note: Commission staff are currently working three days remotely and two days in the downtown Nashville state office until further notice.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.


  • Date Posted: June 1, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 07/05/2022
  • Salary Range: $40,380-$64,620
  • Working Hours: 37.5; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30 pm.