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Job Opening


Deadline Until Filled
Sponsor DRiWaterstone Human Capital
Location Topeka , KS


he Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) is essential to supporting artistic production, flourishing community, and the economy in the state of Kansas by enhancing arts, culture, and creative placemaking opportunities at the community level through programs and initiatives.  As a division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Commission is focused on leveraging the creative arts to benefit the Kansas economy.

KCAIC engaged communities throughout Kansas in the creation of a strategic plan focused on developing creative and cultural resources as an essential catalyst for innovation and community revitalization. To best develop and deploy resources for public good and social impact, KCAIC created a plan that will:

  • Re-imagine the place culture holds in Kansas communities;
  • Expand the role the arts play in achieving local priorities;
  • Build and support statewide infrastructure for the creative arts sector (of which KCAIC is one facet);
  • Outline broad, high-impact strategies that Kansans see as necessary for individuals and communities to thrive; and
  • Point to the contributions that art, culture, design, and heritage make towards equitable economic prosperity and community development.

The State of Kansas seeks a visionary and pragmatic leader for the position of Director for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The Director provides direction, leadership, and strategy for KCAIC programs and initiatives, manages the budget and National Endowment for the Arts grants, and supervises a small staff and field representative team. The Director reports to Chief of Staff for the Kansas Department of Commerce and will frequently interact with both the Governor and Lt. Governor. Preferred qualifications:

  • A strategic thinker with a bold vision. Ability to think outside the box and present new and enticing ideas.
  • Familiarity with the regional arts and cultural ecosystems, including institutions, nonprofits, artists and practitioners, stakeholders, and constituents.
  • Professional nonprofit management experience.
  • Familiarity with applicable federal and regional agencies, particularly the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
  • Experience with creative placemaking and arts integration concepts and strategies.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and community service skills.

The successful candidate will need to live within the State of Kansas.

This search is being conducted for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission by DRiWaterstone Human Capital.

How to Participate

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This opportunity has been submitted by Julio Suárez. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact DRiWaterstone Human Capital with questions or for more information.