Tennessee Arts Commission Position Available: Arts Build Communities Coordinator

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From Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development –

The Tennessee Arts Commission seeks a full-time coordinator for the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program. Under the supervision of the Director of Community Arts, this position cultivates the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.  Specifically, the position manages grants, programming, and special projects associated with the Arts Build Communities program and other community arts and agency initiatives. Visit the TN Arts website for information about the agency and for information about the ABC grant program

This is a Preferred Service position with State of Tennessee job class title of Grants Analyst 2.  Closing date for applications through the state online system is June 11, 2019. To apply online with the state, first read the instructions located here. Then search for the position under Grants Administration or find the position description here.


  1. Assists in the development and management of the Arts Build Communities grant program, serving as agency liaison to 13 designated agencies under contract with the Tennessee Arts Commission to administer the program regionally through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s online grant system
  2. Facilitates annual update of grant guidelines, applications, scoring rubrics, contract templates, report forms and online grant management dashboards  
  3. Supports regional grant review panels to assure consistent program implementation 
  4. Reviews and supports annual grant closeout reporting process to assure complete and timely reporting 
  5. Provides technical assistance to organizations, artists, communities developing arts programs and projects 
  6. Serves as a resource for communities seeking to use arts as a strategy for community development  
  7. Generates public support for the arts 
  8. Represents the Commission at local, state, regional, and national meetings 
  9. Acts creatively as part of the Arts Commission team to identify and implement strategies to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree and one year full-time professional staff administrative and/or analytic experience OR one-year additional graduate coursework in arts administration, public administration, business administration or other acceptable field
  • Local arts agency and/or non-profit arts experience desired
  • Understands state and national policy and trends in the arts 
  • Ability to work independently , manage multiple priorities and collaborative initiatives and carry projects through to successful completion
  • Grants management and budget experience desired
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • 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

Salary based on experience.  First step of range:  $36,636            

Works in non-smoking state office in downtown Nashville. Some travel will be required.