Executive Director

Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture

Nashville, TN

Education, Training & Library , Management

Position Description / Responsibilities

Position Description

The Arts Commission Executive Director reports to the Mayor and the Arts Commission and is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Arts Commission, including administration duties involved in planning, organizing, and directing programs and services of the Arts Commission. ***All applications are subject to public disclosure.***


Metro Nashville Arts Commission is the lead cultural agency for the middle Tennessee community. The agency was founded by municipal charter in 1978 and is governed by a 15 - member board of commissioners. Metro Arts believes that arts drive a more vibrant and equitable community. The agency has a clear Theory of Change that seeks to Improve the Lives of Creative Workers, Deepen Cultural Access and Participation, and Support Creative Neighborhoods. We strive to ensure that all Nashvillians have access to a creative life through community investments, artist and organizational training, public art and creative place making, and direct programs that involve residents in all forms of arts and culture.

The agency has made a deep and public commitment to cultural equity and has a cultural equity statement that underpins its values and actions. Nashville consistently ranks as one of the top 5 large cities for cultural life and vibrancy in a variety of national indexes. The agency is seeking a dynamic, values-driven candidate to lead the next iteration of community collaborations, public funding growth, program development and national policy leadership.

Typical Duties

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Liberal Arts, or a related field from an accredited college or university, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in arts administration.

***No Substitution***

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

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