30 Nov 2023


Arts and Culture Manager

City of Ontario

 Ontario, California, United States

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Job Description

The City of Ontario’s Department of Museum, Arts & Culture is searching for a creative, organized, and community-oriented leader to join the team as an Arts & Culture Manager.

This position will oversee the City’s newly established Public Art Program and annual Arts Festivals. Working closely with the Director of Museum, Arts & Culture, the Museum, Arts & Culture Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of capital public art projects from inception to completion, including permanent, temporary, and creative placekeeping projects and programs. They will increase public awareness of Arts & Culture programs and projects by promoting community involvement, coordinating special events, and developing strategies to attract artists to the City for collaboration on public art projects and special events. This role will work interdepartmentally to promote Ontario as a regional arts destination. The Arts & Culture Manager directly supervises two full-time and two part-time staff members.

Our vision is to be the premier arts and cultural center for the Inland Empire by engaging diverse audiences, presenting dynamic experiences, and preserving our regional legacy. The ideal candidate for the Arts & Culture Manager position will have experience in managing a public art program, demonstrate an understanding of large-scale construction projects, and possess a strong sense of public service. They will develop effective public participation strategies and activities to establish effective working relationships with community groups, maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern program operations, and conduct needs assessments, research and analyze statistical and other data in order to make recommendations on administrative and operational problems, policies and procedures.


The City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in the Inland Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario is proud to have the reputation of being a progressive City, providing solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including; Police, Fire, Management Services, Community Life & Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Public Works, Financial Services, Human Resources/Risk Management and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City’s team is staffed with approximately 1,517 full-time equivalent diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.

The Community Life and Culture Agency

The City of Ontario’s Community Life & Culture Agency endeavors to meet the Ontario City Council goal to “encourage, provide or support enhanced recreational, educational, cultural and healthy city programs, policies and activities.”  Community Life & Culture does this through a comprehensive array of programs, activities, services and events available through the Recreation & Community Services, Library, Museum, Arts & Culture, and Housing departments.

The Department of Museum, Arts & Culture

The Department of Museum, Arts & Culture (MAC) enhances knowledge and appreciation of our Inland Empire community through dynamic, inspiring, and creative exhibits, collections stewardship, family-friendly educational programs, cultural events, and public art.  MAC reflects pride in our legacy, who we are, where we live, and who we aspire to be, as well as supports artists of all backgrounds who create experiences that are inclusive, innovative, and relevant. To learn more about the Ontario Museum of History & Art, please view the Department’s Strategic Plan here.


The essential functions typically performed by the Arts & Culture Manager include the following:

  • Develops, implements, and manages goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and the strategic plan for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements new policies, projects, and marketing strategies.
  • Supervises and directs the activities of staff including employee selection, work assignment, performance evaluation, employee development, disciplinary action, and complaint resolution.
  • Assists in preparing and presenting a variety of reports to and for City Council, Museum Board of Trustees, Public Art Commission, and internal stakeholders; may facilitate and work with appointed board or commission in relation to programs.
  • Assists in collaborating with City Council, City Administration, and various committees to develop and build the City’s regional identity by promoting agency programs, services, activities, and events; Attends meetings of the Board of Trustees, Board committees, Public Art Commission, City administration, community groups and organizations as required and/or in the absence of the Museum, Arts, and Culture Director.
  • Supports grants and other funding opportunities for projects that fit within the Department’s strategic plan; may direct the implementation, coordination, development, and operation of federal, state, or local grant programs or projects.
  • Evaluates proposed new programs, services, and policies; develops and prepares requests for proposals involving vendors and contractors.
  • Participates in the administration of the Department’s budget; ensures resources are allocated properly and expenditures are monitored for budgetary compliance.
  • Cultivates innovation and experimentation in developing and enhancing programs that actively encourage new audiences to explore and engage with art and local history.
  • Proposes and participates in ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Serves as Acting Museum, Arts, and Culture Director as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
    • Supports the development of key policies, procedures, and a strategic plan for a public art program for the City of Ontario.
    • Oversees facility management, including building maintenance, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), security, and safety for the department.
    • Collaborates with other City department’s internal stakeholders on all public art projects.
    • Stays informed of developments and current practices in the field of public art.


Qualification Guidelines


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in Museum Studies, Public Administration, Arts Administration, or a closely related field.


Five years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in museums, arts or arts administration, including one year of considerable experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity.


Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Public Administration, Arts Administration or a closely related field. Previous experience working with a municipal public art program.

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Arts and Culture Manager
City of Ontario
 Ontario, California, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, culture, and manager. States: California.
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