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Columbus Area Arts Council Position:
Operations Manager

​(full-time, salary, $40k-$45k)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, occasional evenings/weekends during events

About the organization:

The Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) is a non-profit organization supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, serving Columbus, Indiana 50 years.



To strengthen the community through arts and culture.


Job Description:

The Operations Manager will provide support to the Arts Council’s daily operations as directed by the Executive Director to ensure the organization's mission is being fulfilled at a level of excellence and programs are being delivered successfully. As a team member, the ideal candidate must be able to work independently and, in a collaborative, creative environment.


Marketing and Communications:

  • Collaborate with the design/media team to effectively communicate programs/events and promote the arts in Columbus.

  • Develop copy for marketing materials and assist graphic designer and vendors to produce promotional material.

  • Manage updates to website calendar, write and submit press releases to media network, develop content for Mailchimp and Eventbrite.


Community Relations and Event Support:

  • Serves the mission of the organization, while collaborating with the Executive Director on the development and execution of the vision for the organization.

  • Collaborate with staff, board, volunteers, and contractors to plan and implement annual arts fundraiser, fundraising activities, and events.

  • Build and maintain professional client relationships with community partners, sponsors, artists, independent contractors, and volunteers.  

  • Assist with program/event logistics and support community partners as needed.

  • Assist the Executive Director with other duties as needed and direct organizational activities in the absence of the Executive Director.


Finance/Administration and Grant Services:

  • Assist with the daily management of the fiscal business and annual audited reports.

  • Administer artist contracts/payments and manage billing/purchase orders.

  • Manage donor software, acknowledgment letters and year-end appeal.

  • Update and develop standard office procedures as needed.

  • Schedule and coordinate meetings as requested by the Executive Director.

  • Manage the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partnership for Region 9.

  • Coordinate Region 9 Grant Panels, Workshops, and other related IAC events.

  • Work with IAC staff to communicate opportunities to local and regional partners.

  • Advise grantees with grant application process, funding requirements, and final grant reports as determined by IAC.



  • Degree from an accredited 4-year college/university or equivalent experience with a preference for candidates with knowledge of arts management, nonprofits, accounting, and finance.

  • Proficiency in digital applications including: MS Office products, Google suite, social media, Eventbrite, Square and Zoom. 

  • Ability to work Monday-Friday during standard office hours and evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Must be highly organized, have outstanding communication skills, including written, oral, and interpersonal, and willing to adapt and learn new skills.

  • Ability to travel locally (regularly) and throughout the state and region (occasionally) to attend training and meetings.

  • Passion for working with people and community-based arts programming in Columbus.


To Apply:

Email resume or CV and a cover letter, describing your experience and your interest in the position, and three professional references to Kathryn Armstrong, CAAC Executive Director karmstrong@artsincolumbus.org by March 29, 2022. For more information on CAAC visit, www.artsincolumbus.org.