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Oklahoma Arts Council Job Opportunities

Finance Director

Department: Oklahoma Arts Council
County Location: Oklahoma
Posting Date: December 15, 2019

Open Until Filled

The Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. We strive to build a diverse team comprised of the best and brightest individuals to support our mission to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry and our vision to use the arts as a transformative force for education, quality of life, and economic development. The Oklahoma Arts Council is currently seeking enthusiastic and creative people with an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to public service to contribute to our team.


The Oklahoma Arts Council seeks an experienced Finance Director to plan and direct the financial accounting, budgeting, cash management, and other fiscal operations and functions of the agency budget. This position serves as the primary Certified Procurement Officer for the agency and reports directly to the Executive Director. This is a full time, exempt position and includes state retirement and insurance benefits, including health, dental, life and disability insurance. Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $69,826.


Finance: Develop and maintain the agency’s financial system, including supervising the internal controls for receipts and expenditure, federal grant balances, program, and administrative fund balances.


Physical Office Management:

Other: Travel to occasional meetings or events required. Attendance may be required at occasional evening or weekend meetings or events. Any additional duties as determined by the Executive Director.

Successful candidates will:


Key Requirements/Physical Demands:

To Apply:
The Oklahoma Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of OAC to prohibit unlawful discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to political or religious opinion or affiliation, race, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law. It is the policy of OAC to provide equal opportunity in employment, advancement and other conditions of employment to all qualified applicants and employees. It is the intent of OAC to fully comply with all applicable state and federal equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws and regulations.
A successful application will consist of:

Please mail cover letter, resume, and references to:

Chandra Boyd
Deputy Director
Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Visual Arts Department Internship

The Oklahoma Arts Council is seeking an intern for its Visual Arts Department. The department oversees the following agency responsibilities: The Capitol Art Collection, which encompasses the art on view in the public areas of the Oklahoma State Capitol and grounds; the Oklahoma State Art Collection; the art in the public areas of the Governor’s Mansion; and, the Oklahoma Art in Public Places program.

The Oklahoma Arts Council Visual Arts Department Internship program provides participants with hands-on experience working with several of the most important art collections in the state of Oklahoma. The program enables interns to work closely with staff professionals and is tailored to accommodate one intern in the spring and one intern in the fall of each year.

Although focusing primarily on collections care and maintenance under the supervision of the Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections, the experience also broadens awareness of the role of collections management as a modern information science and an essential component of overall museum operations. Interns are given the ability and the opportunity to attend cultural events at the Capitol and assist in cultural programming sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. In addition, interns will assist with the day-to-day operations of the Visual Arts Department of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Art in Public Places program. Each intern will undertake at least one special project of their own design under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections.  


Interns obtain practical experience regarding collections care and management that typically include:

Interns are generally assigned to a focused collections management project. Interns coming from graduate programs will also prepare and present a short public gallery talk discussing an item on exhibit in the Betty Price Gallery or in one of the other public exhibition areas of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Ongoing instruction, discussions, exercises and assigned readings reinforce hands-on work and offer best practice insights and provide accurate and comprehensive introduction to collections management and care. Through their interaction with the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Program Interns also receive a general introduction to the processes involved in the management of a large scale public arts program.


Students pursuing degrees in Museum Studies, Art History, History, Ethnological Studies, Planning, or other public policy disciplines and who have completed three hours of museum studies-related course work or 12 credit hours of history and/or art history courses are qualified to apply for an internship. Prior experience working with art works or cultural materials is helpful, but not required.

Due to the Oklahoma Arts Council’s commitment to delivering high quality programing to the artists, art educators, art professionals and the art going public of Oklahoma, and due to our full schedule and limited staff, it is important for our interns, regardless of education or experience level, to possess the following attributes:

Good attention to detail
Effective working alone and with others
Able to lift up to 30 lbs.
Able to sit/stand for extended periods mutually respectful work style

How to Apply:

Send a letter outlining your interest in this internship to the address below. Include any museum relevant experience and contact information for at least one professional and one academic reference.

Oklahoma Arts Council
c/o Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001

As an agency of equal opportunity, the Oklahoma Arts Council strives to increase opportunities that foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from students of different race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, socioeconomic status, citizenship, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and veteran status.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.