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Carson City Recreation Program Supervisor – Arts & Culture

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  • Carson City
  • 51,982.94 - $77,975.66 Annually USD / Year

Website Consolidated Municipality of Carson City


This is a full-time, FLSA-exempt position with Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space.Organizes, implements and evaluates programs, events and activities that promotes community arts education through a variety of mediums including fine arts, visual arts, special events, public art projects, performing arts, exhibitions and festivals; coordinates and conducts outreach efforts, secures funding and collaborates with community groups, schools and other arts organizations to promote program awareness and advance the overall efforts of the City’s arts and culture programs, as adopted in the City’s Arts & Culture Strategic Plan.

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Please Note: Human Resources determines whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications for the job based on your experience as you describe it on your application. Do not substitute a resume for your application, or write “See Attached Resume” on your application. We do not review resumes, unless specifically stated on the job announcement. Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the “Education and Work Experience” section of the application. Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be considered for employment.

Examples of Duties

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

  • Plans, implements, acquires and oversees the City’s public art program; manages the process for selecting artists for commissioned projects including writing and distributing Requests For Proposals/Requests For Qualifications (RFP/RFQ) and coordinates selection panels; writes, negotiates, and monitors contracts with artists for the acquisition/lease of artwork and commissioning of public art; serves as a liaison with city Departments/Offices and outside agencies through design development, review of projects which include a public art element; develops, implements, and monitors service contracts for the maintenance and conservation of public art owned by the City.
  • Conducts extensive community outreach efforts; develops methods and opportunities for community input and participation; organizes and facilitates workshops, classes and public presentations; serves as a liaison between artists, City departments/offices, designers, architects, landscape architects and community groups; prepares and posts Carson City Cultural Commission meeting agendas and supporting documents, presents to the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Board of Supervisors and other boards.
  • Develops, implements and oversees arts and cultural programs; recommends, develops, and implements short/long term-goals, objectives, and projects; creates and seeks partnership opportunities with non-profit organizations, schools and other organizations and businesses to advance the overall goals of the program, the Carson City Cultural Commission and the City; evaluates and modifies programs for maximum efficiency and customer satisfaction by reviewing current standards and programs, conducting participant surveys and researching similar programs; prepares and presents program reports; markets and generates awareness for programs and projects by assisting in the development of collateral, updating websites, community calendars, and social media platforms; prepares information for brochures and e-blasts.
  • Implements and manages Carson City’s Arts & Culture Strategic Plan, and the Carson City Public Art Policy as adopted; reports on progress and coordinates updates as needed.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of program funding and budget. Researches, submits, and administers applicable federal, state, and local grants, including grant writing, managing, reporting and sub-granting. Generates funds through contacts with private sector organizations, non-profit organizations, foundations, donations, government entities and other sources.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Organizes, plans, and coordinates cultural and special community events hosted by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department or community partners.
  • Communicates and confers with the CTA, a variety of community organizations, local arts agencies, special interest groups, and citizens regarding services and programs; elicits opinions and relevant feedback, answers questions and addresses concerns, facilitates productive discussions, and represents the Carson City Cultural Commission and the City in a positive and effective manner.
  • Participates in a variety of activities to enhance community relations; develops and manages outreach efforts and activities to enhance program visibility within the community: makes presentations, attends meetings and events, and participates in community organizations as a representative of the City and the cultural development interests and efforts.
  • Reviews, analyzes, evaluates, and summarizes a variety of narrative and statistical data and feedback regarding assigned programs and projects to monitor success in terms of utilization, customer satisfaction, cost effectiveness, return-on-investment, and overall value to the community; initiates and monitors necessary changes and modifications to current services as well as updating future planning and projections accordingly.
  • Prepares contracts; inspects or supervises on-site public art installations and/or the delivery of contracted services; evaluates completed work for project acceptance.
  • Coordinates plans for maintaining public art.
  • Serves as subject matter expert and the liaison for the Carson City Cultural Commission and City; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Serves as lead staff contact for the Carson City Cultural Commission; prepares and posts the agendas; prepares supporting documentation and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attends and participates in professional organizations; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of arts administration and public art; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  • Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; drives a personal or City motor vehicle to attend meetings and visit off-site City locations.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with elected officials, clients, visitors, and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

Typical Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree with major course work in arts/cultural planning, arts, public/parks and recreation administration, or a related field and three (3) years of arts and culture experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This position, along with other child care providers, are one of many groups of professionals required to report known or reasonable suspicion of abuse and/or neglect of children in their care and are considered mandated reporters as outlined in Nevada Revised Statutes. 


Required at time of hire:

  • Valid Driver’s License

Must be obtained within six (6) months of hire:

  • Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) certification
  • CPR certificate
  • First aid certificate
  • Mandated Reporting:  Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Crowd manager training

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of an arts and culture program.
  • Principles and practices of cultural, and a variety of art mediums, including visual and performing arts development and administration.
  • Understanding of Local Arts Agency requirements under the National Endowment for the Arts; ability to comply with associated processes, including applications, eligibility, grant management, subgrant compliance and other related responsibilities.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to cultural, visual, and performing arts planning and administration.
  • Cultural and diverse needs of various age and ability groups.
  • Principles and procedures of implementing and directing public arts and cultural service programs and the development of such programs through community participation.
  • Principles and practices of governmental agency budget development, administration, implementation and reporting.
  • Principles and practices of grant writing, fundraising and contract management.
  • Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Business mathematics and professional letter writing
  • Records management principles and practices.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, at all levels of responsibility, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.

Skill in:

  • Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive arts and culture program.
  • Participating in the development and administration of goals, objectives and
  • procedures.
  • Preparing grant proposals and administration of grant awards including reporting and sub-granting.
  • Preparing reports, letters of inquiry; administering large program budgets.
  • Identifying, developing, and implementing art and culture programs to meet diverse community needs.
  • Understanding and implementing oral and written directions in an independent and effective manner.
  • Determining, planning, managing, and evaluating public arts and culture services and programs suited to the needs of the community.
  • Event planning and coordination, working with community partners and recruiting and maintaining event sponsorships.
  • Managing facilities and/or use permits.
  • Conducting meetings and communications in a clear, concise, and positive manner.
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals.
  • Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Coordinating multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Assisting in the preparation of funding projections.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies related to the areas of responsibility.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with staff, coworkers, contractors and the public.
  • Ensuring proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other transactions.
  • Communicating effectively in oral and written forms.


Under General Supervision – Incumbents at this level are given assignments and objectives that are governed by specifically outlined work methods and a sequence of steps, which are explained in general terms. The responsibility for achieving the work objectives, however, rests with a superior. Immediate supervision is not consistent, but checks are integrated into work processes and/or reviews are frequent enough to ensure compliance with instructions. 


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in a typical aquatics/theatre/recreation setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.  Work is subject to performance with exposure to inclement weather conditions.

Supplemental Information


  1. Unclassified employees are “At Will” and as such, may be terminated at any time for any reason, or no reason.
  2. Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.
  3. Any City employee may be required to stay at or return to work during emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.
  4. Employees may be required to complete Incident Command System training as a condition of continuing employment.
  5. New employees are required to submit to a fingerprint-based background investigation which cost the new employee $56.25 and a drug screen which costs $36.50.  Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug screen.
  6. This position is required to make a report in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute 432B.220, if, in his or her professional or occupational capacity, he or she knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected.
  7. Carson City participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  All candidates who are offered employment with Carson City must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment.  Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made.  For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 775.887.2103 or go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at
  8. Carson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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