The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is a division of Community Vitality department, serving as Boulder’s Local Arts Agency with cultural grants, creative sector programs, public art, support for cultural nonprofits, creative neighborhoods programs, support for individual artists.


Job Description Summary:

Under general supervision of the Office of Arts and Culture, part of the City of Boulder’s Community Vitality Department, this position will provide leadership, management, and coordination of specific strategy areas found in the City of Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan: Support for Nonprofits and Civic Dialog. This role encompasses managing the Boulder Arts Commission Cultural Grant Program, organizing professional development for arts leaders, and fostering civic dialogue to promote the arts community in Boulder.

This position is funded to be full time: 1.00 FTE or approximately 40 hours per week. A portion of this time may be remote work. Time in the office, as well as occasional weekend and evening work will be required.

Who are we?

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is a division of Community Vitality department, serving as Boulder’s Local Arts Agency with cultural grants, creative sector programs, public art, support for cultural nonprofits, creative neighborhoods programs, support for individual artists. The Arts Office implements Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan, working towards our collective Vision for Culture:  Together, we will craft Boulder’s social, physical, and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient for the well being, prosperity, and joy of everyone in the community.

Job Description:



Grants, Nonprofit Support Program

  • Manage grant processes for the Boulder Arts Commission Grant program.

    • Manage the annual cycle of cultural grants including the creation of documents and systems, customer service for 200+ annual applicants, facilitation of scoring and approvals, managing grant agreements and payments, and data and evaluation projects.

    • Manage the city’s grant website pages and grant application software, including translations and accessibility.

    • Prepare and present written documents, trainings, information sessions, approval presentations, and evaluation presentations to the Boulder Arts Commission, City Council, prospective applicants, and other groups.

    • Coordinate communications about grant opportunities.

  • Track budgets, coordinate contracting, coordinate payments, and ensure compliance with policies.

  • Manage support programs for nonprofits. Coordinate regular leadership gatherings and networking events. Coordinate and connect nonprofit leaders with learning opportunities and professional development.  Serve as a liaison to nonprofit leadership.

  • Manage the sponsorship program.

Civic Dialog Program

  • Collaborate with the department’s communication’s staff and office team on the implementation of strategy for social media, newsletters, Boulder Arts Week, website, and other media assets.

  • Maintain relationships with stakeholders and community groups.

  • Support the Manager with promotional initiatives and media responses. 

  • Participate in regional and national industry conferences and leadership gatherings. 

General Responsibilities

  • Share leadership on division, departmental, and city-wide task forces. 

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on grantmaking and nonprofits for the Community Vitality department and in support of collaborative projects with other departments.

  • Manage the implementation of pertinent laws, ordinances, and polices. 

  • Prepare and implement annual work plans. Support the Manager of the Office of Arts and Culture (Manager) with preparing annual budget recommendations.

  • Work directly with colleagues across the City of Boulder organization to implement the above. This includes leadership and teamwork with staff in the City Attorney’s Office, IT Department, Human Services Department, Communications and Engagement Department, and others.

Perform the administrative tasks necessary to the program. 

  • Maintain records and documentation of projects. 

  • Communicate well, reliably attend meetings, and respond promptly to correspondence. 

  • Work within a budget, track expenditures and process requisitions, invoices, purchase orders, and contracts.

  • Manage contractors, interns, and volunteers. 

Keep skills and knowledge updated.


  • Ability to demonstrate general computer experience.   

  • Knowledge and experience in the arts, nonprofit administration, the creative economy, or a related field. 

  • Skills demonstrating effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Valid driver’s license.   

  • Have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history and motor vehicle record.   


  • Ability to demonstrate experience specific to the programmatic operation.

  • Ability to demonstrate experience working with non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and/or individual creative professionals. 

  • Ability to demonstrate prophecy in conversational and written Spanish.

  • Knowledge and experience working in a government organization. 

  • Skills and experience with promotional activities such as public speaking, writing, social media, traditional media, and/or advertising. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration or related field; or equivalent of eight (8) years related experience may substitute for the education requirement only.

  • Four (4) years of experience in a related position.  


Supervision Received:  Arts and Culture Manager

Supervision Exercised:  None


  • Physical and Mental Effort: Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials. Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an office setting. In addition, must have the mobility for occasional inspections of public art or construction projects. Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions. 

  • Work Environment: Works primarily in a collaborative office environment with occasional site visits to construction or work sites. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.  

  • Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines. Some driving may be required. 

Additional Job Description:

The City of Boulder is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected statute. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please send a request to

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