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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Center for the Arts Manager

Series: Production Theater – Performing Arts

Levels in series:  1 | 2










The Center for the Arts Manager is the third level of a three level performing arts production series which includes the Program Coordinator specification from the Program Coordination – Program Coordinator series.  Incumbents are responsible for performing various duties related to planning, directing, and reviewing the programs, activities, and operations of the Center for the Arts.  The Center for the Arts Manager is distinguished from the Program Coordinator by its responsibility for monitoring all aspects of the center including the facility and its resources.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Supervises staff: prioritizes and assigns work; conducts performance evaluations; ensures staff is trained; and makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.  Daily 25%
  2. Develops, plans, and implements programming goals and objectives.  Recommends policies and procedures related to the development and evaluation of programs, events and activities.  Daily 25%
  3. Develops and implements schedules for programmed events for internal and external clients including the support and growth of performing arts program.  Weekly 25%
  4. Develops and administers the budget; forecasts needs for staff, equipment, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures.  Weekly 15%
  5. Serves on various committees, task forces, and networks with groups.  Quarterly 5%
  6. Researches and identifies potential funding sources.  Quarterly 5%
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Not applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Direction, Theater Production, Performing Arts or a related field and two years performing arts management experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • None required.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry): 

  • Contract negotiation, principles and practices;
  • Supervisory principles;
  • Training techniques;
  • Program scheduling methods and techniques;
  • Research methods;
  • Public relations principles;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Budget administration principles;
  • Theatrical production procedures;
  • Applicable computer programs and equipment.

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Preparing and executing contracts;
  • Monitoring and evaluating staff;
  • Developing and administering a budget;
  • Preparing a variety of reports;
  • Conducting research;
  • Using computers and software application programs;
  • Prioritizing work and performing multiple tasks;
  • Developing and evaluating policies and procedures;
  • Determining staffing and equipment needs for future projects;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, sorting/separating small parts.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. 

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Updated by Pima Community College: 06/04, 03/15