Cultural Services & Creative Economy Manager

City of Sacramento , California

Job Information 


Convention and Cultural Services

Senior Level


$127,264.98 - $166,982.68 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


A collaborative and visionary leader, the Cultural and Creative Economy Manager (CCEM) will be responsible for articulating and implementing the Creative Edge plan. Serving as the public face of the Cultural Services Division, the CCEM will direct the development and implementation of a broad range of policies, programs, and services to support, preserve, and strengthen Sacramento's diverse artistic and cultural community. The CCEM is an at-will management-level position working within the Convention & Cultural Services Department and overseeing the Cultural Services Division, which currently manages programs for public art, art grants administration, and art education and outreach. Cultural Services Division is responsible for administering City arts programs such as the Cultural Equity Grant program, Cultural Arts Awards, Arts & Facilities Grants, and the City's Public Art Program.

The CCEM is responsible for managing and providing staff support to the Sacramento Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy Commission, whose members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The CCEM will interact with and advocate for a broad range of artists, arts organizations, educators, business leaders, community leaders, and City and County officials. The CCEM will also oversee the new Sacramento Film Office and will be integral in developing and supporting comprehensive film and media production programs. The position will provide leadership for new initiatives such as the Mayor's Innovation + Creative Economy Task Force, identifying and supporting cultural districts within the region, establishing a technical assistance program to help artists and arts organizations build capacity and strengthen their business, and increasing the City 's internal infrastructure to support the arts. This position will report to the Director of Convention & Cultural Services and manage a committed team of seven professionals with an annual budget of $2.3 million. This role will provide an extraordinary opportunity for a dynamic, experienced arts professional and organizational manager to provide strong leadership and creativity in a city that has become a hub for artists and a creative economy.

Under general direction, the Cultural and Creative Economy Manager (CCEM) is responsible for the overall administration of the Cultural Services division which includes the City/County funded Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission; directs the development and implementation of programs, policies, procedures, and objectives in support of the Department of Convention and Cultural Services mission, vision, and goals;  responsible for budgets, facilities, capital improvements, and revenues; researches the needs of the local arts community and general public and applies the results to long-term planning; locates and sources funds; prepares and submits grant proposals; negotiates and manages contracts for art projects; and, supervises staff assigned to the Cultural Services division.

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This is a single-position management classification. The CCEM is distinguished from the Director of Convention and Cultural Services in that the former requires specialized training in the arts and is responsible for overseeing the activities of only the Cultural Services division while the Director of Convention and Cultural Services is a department head with broad management responsibility over a wide variety of services. This classification is distinguished from lower­ level classifications in that the former is responsible for a major division of the Convention and Cultural Services Department and has broader scope of contact.
General direction is provided by the Director of Convention and Cultural Services or higher-level staff.  Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


The following duties are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed.

  • Establishes department goals and objectives; develops and implements policies and procedures required for effective development and implementation of action plans in support of mission, vision, and goals; directs, assigns, monitors, and evaluates the department and CIP budgets; monitors and evaluates expenses and revenues; makes adjustments to meet budgets; makes recommendations on long-term and short-term development of the City's Cultural Plan and other changes as necessary.
  • Serves as the Manager of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the City/County local arts agency and liaison with SMAC, a City/County advisory Commission; establishes and monitors priorities for five primary programs; provide technical, professional, and mentoring guidance; connect staff and volunteers to industry leaders; recommends professional development; coordinates with other local arts activities, and maintains liaison between existing arts groups and the Commission; plans and directs the work of the Agency staff and non-profit support organizations.
  • Assists in the development of a five-year Commission master plan for the growth of the arts in Sacramento by researching the arts and community needs, utilizing national research to educate the community, and by facilitating community arts priorities; prepares annual operating budget and revenue projections for submission to the Commission; develops, negotiates, and manages contracts; evaluates proposed and ongoing projects for cost effectiveness and terminates unproductive programs.
  • Conducts grant research, development, and cultivation; compiles inventories of local, State, Federal, and other funding sources for the arts, and actively participates in securing such funds for support of the arts; prepares and evaluates grant proposals for funding.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports on cultural activities for submission to the Commission; may represent the Commission on administrative and arts matters before legislative bodies, civic groups, and the Commission's advisory committees.
  • Convenes regional conventions, forums and panels for community education and development; actively engaged in arts field working with national arts leaders, philanthropists, foundations and corporations.
  • Confers with department head, division managers, members of professional staff and other officials concerning the administrative needs and requirements related to the Cultural Services division; represents the program in contacts with news media, business and civic organizations, other City departments, and various outside public and private agencies.
  • Interprets new policies, procedures, and  regulations,  and  develops  new  or amended programs or  projects as need dictates;  monitors  program objectives  to assure compliance  with  program guidelines  as well  as with  federal,  state and  local laws, codes and  regulations.
  • Selects, assigns, supervises, reviews, and evaluates staff engaged in the administration, operation, and maintenance of the Cultural Services division; provides staff with professional and technical guidance as required.
  • Participates in and/or coordinates the preparation of various reports as required including, but not limited to, memoranda, City Council Reports, and budgets.
  • Provides exceptional customer service to those contacted in the course of work.
  • Participates in and reviews site development and design of local government public building projects to preserve the architectural and environmental heritages of the City and County.
  • Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of public art.
  • Principles and practices of cultural grant programs.
  • Principles and practices of collaboration with non-profit organizations.
  • Methods and practices of event management, customer services and facility management.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, organization and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting and accounting.
  • Principles and practices of community engagement and public relations.
  • Principles and practices of program management and administration.
  • Report writing techniques; usage of English syntax, language mechanics, punctuation and grammar.
  • City, County and State government activities related to the functions of the Commission.
  • Non-profit and philanthropic organizations.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Computer applications including spreadsheet, database, word processing and presentation software.
Skill in:
  • Grant writing and fund raising.
  • Arts assessment and evaluation.
  • Managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Executive level customer services, including dealing with people under stress, problem solving and working with high profile clients.
  • Facilitation and education as method of leadership.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including the operation of modern office equipment including computers, computer applications, and software programs relevant to assigned duties.
  • Writing.
  • Public speaking.
Ability to:
  • Work with artists from various cultural disciplines (visual, performing, history, etc.).
  • Effectively plan, develop, and implement a comprehensive program with a broad scope and high degree of complexity.
  • Analyze a variety of administrative, organizational and fiscal problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; make sound policy and procedural recommendations.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • Prepare, analyze, and administer the Commission's annual program budget.
  • Manage panel processes; budget for multiple funders.
  • Interpret and explain arts, government, education philanthropy, finance, and non-profit issues among various sectors.
  • Coordinate information between several stakeholder groups.
  • Work in a diverse environment.
  • Write clear, organized reports and make effective oral and written presentations to public officials, committees, and outside agencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, employees, department heads, city officials, and the general public.
  • Negotiate effectively; work effectively with groups and individuals.
  • Plan, organize, assign, and coordinate the activities of a professional, technical, and clerical staff; build a high-performance workforce.
  • Supervise, direct and evaluate professional, technical and clerical staff.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures,  laws and regulations.




Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Six years of progressively responsible administrative experience managing a major division (e.g. arts, cultural services, facilities, operations, etc.); and at least three of which were in a supervisory capacity.  Additional experience as an artist is desirable..
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in art, art history, arts  management, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field.
Additional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


The conditions herein are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Physical Requirements:
On an intermittent basis sit at a desk; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulations; write and use a keyboard; incumbents may travel and participate in various events throughout the City which may involve exposure to traffic and inclement weather conditions.  Requires effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, and writing.
Environmental Conditions:
Work is performed in the field on occasion and could include standing, kneeling, and bending.



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