6 Apr 2024


Senior Program Coordinator

County of Marin  →   San Rafael, CA


County of Marin, California

Job Description


Marin County Fair

Marin Cultural Association

Department of Cultural Services

San Rafael, California

$93,745.60 – $113,817.60 Annually


At the County of Marin, our employees overwhelmingly report feeling their work is meaningful, they like the work they do, and they are proud to tell people “I work for the County of Marin.”
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There are currently two full-time regular-hire positions in the Department of Cultural Services.


Senior Program Coordinator – Marin County Fair

Now in the 81st year, the award-winning Marin County Fair is the county’s premier community event with over 100,000 attendees annually. Admission includes concerts, exhibits, entertainment, nightly fireworks and 28 free carnival rides. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Marin County fairgrounds under the backdrop of Mt. Tam. The Fair has focused on diversifying its programming, staff, and judges so every member of our community feels welcome. The Fair has been awarded the Western Fair Association’s prestigious Merrill Award an unprecedented six times. The Merrill Award, the highest award in the fair industry, is presented to a fair that clearly demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

As an integral member of the Marin County Fair team, the Senior Program Coordinator brings expertise in event operations and production. They will be involved in the planning and preparation for the Marin County Fair including organizing, and execution of specific program and business categories such as competitive exhibits, the agricultural barnyard, the Global Marketplace and/or food services. The Senior Program Coordinator will develop work plans and timelines, create and implement policies and procedures and make recommendations for improvements and modifications. For all assigned areas of responsibility, the Senior Program Coordinator will be expected to prepare comprehensive and concise status and activity reports, provide cost estimates for budgeting, and track and control expenditures. Additionally, the Senior Program Coordinator recruits, contracts, trains and supervises seasonal staff.


Senior Program Coordinator – Marin Cultural Association

The Marin Cultural Association’s (MCA) mission is to support art and culture in Marin County including the programs and facilities at the Marin Center and Marin County Fair. MCA was founded in 2015 with the goal of expanding the role of the Department of Cultural Services to have a meaningful impact on the artist and arts organizations in Marin County. In 2019 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Countywide Art and Culture Plan. The plan has served as a roadmap for MCA and for the Department. In 2023 the MCA board agreed to expand the mission to include serving as the Arts Council for Marin County. Reporting to the Director of Cultural Services, the Senior Program Coordinator for the Marin Cultural Association works with the MCA Board of Directors, department staff, community-based organizations, artists, arts organizations and other stakeholders to plan, administer and promote a variety of county-wide programs and services. They develop program work plans, make recommendations on program activities and objectives to management; evaluate program effectiveness, monitor expenditures and ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures.

The Senior Program Coordinator is also responsible for providing staff support for fund development which includes research, prospecting, proposal development, grant writing, reporting to funding sources and relationship development with constituents. The Senior Program Coordinator provides input for the annual budget process for MCA and provides technical assistance, information and data to the Director and Board regarding budget preparation, program reporting, expansion of services and/or the initiation of new activities. Additionally, the Senior Program Coordinator coordinates, facilitates and/or conducts public meetings and activities, including board and committee meetings and coordinates communication and marketing activities including press releases, and traditional and social media messaging.


Our Highly Qualified Candidate – Marin County Fair Coordinator

The ideal candidate has a broad range of professional level experience in the public and/or private sector that includes general knowledge of the Fair and/or Festival industry. They will possess considerable knowledge in organizing and implementing large-scale festivals or events (5,000+ attendees). The ideal candidate demonstrates success working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including vendors, community members, business leaders and internal partners. They have experience organizing and facilitating a variety of programming in a Fair or Festival setting including but not limited to grounds acts, community performances, competitive exhibits, commercial vendors, food vendors and agricultural exhibits. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and belonging through programming and staff selection.


Our Highly Qualified Candidate – Marin Cultural Association

The ideal candidate has a broad range of professional level experience in the public and/or private sector that includes general knowledge of the arts field, arts advocacy and arts programming. They will possess experience with budget preparation and monitoring and grant writing principles, as well as marketing, public relations and promotion. The ideal candidate demonstrates success working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including artists, arts administrators, grant makers, board members, members of the media, and nonprofit and community partners and has experience organizing and facilitating a variety of arts programming including but not limited to convenings, grantmaking, exhibits, arts education and performances. Experience with fundraising, including individual giving and donor solicitation are desirable, but not required.


Minimum Qualifications:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to the assigned program(s) and three years of experience providing community, educational or related services, of which one year includes responsibility for program administration, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Additional related experience may substitute for the education on a year for year basis. A graduate degree in a field closely related to the assigned program(s) is highly desirable.


Filing Deadline:

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 4:00pm.

Apply online at governmentjobs.com/../senior-program-coordinator
or visit  www.marincounty.org/jobs.

For any questions, please contact the Marin County HR Dept at jobs@marincounty.org or call (415) 473-6104. EEO/TTY


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Senior Program Coordinator
County of Marin
 San Rafael, CA

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: communication, coordinator, culture, development, marketing, and non-profit. States: California.