Job Description

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The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts is seeking an Executive Director. The executive director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate, and eager to engage collaboratively and strategically to preserve Utah's heritage, art museums, state libary, Userve and multicultural development within the state. The executive director provides strong innovative leadership and vision to the administration of the Division of Arts & Museums, Division of State History, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Indian Affairs, UServe Utah, and the Utah State Library, while working to preserve and promote the heritage of the arts in the state, and cultural development within. The executive director is responsible for participating in establishing direction, goals, and policies; and appropriately organizing the department in an efficient and fiscally responsible way.

Example of Duties

Examples of Duties:

  •  Provides innovative leadership and vision to align the divisions and offices of Heritage & Arts to the goals and objectives of the governor's office
  • Develops and coordinates agency plans and policies
  • Ensures proper administration and coordination of all state or federal grant programs
  • Serves on various boards, councils, committees, or task forces to coordinate agency activities and facilitate agency goals and initiatives
  • Monitors agency programs and budget
  • Represents agency interests on key legislative issues, task forces, committees, etc.,
  • Communicates with news and other media; responds to media questions in an appropriate public relations manner
  • Testifies at legislative hearings to provide pertinent agency information
  •  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various offices, boards, commissions, councils, and committees


Typical Qualifications

Ideal Candidate

  • Extensive managerial experience in a matrix organization
  • Proven leadership role in an arts/cultural capacity
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ability to manage competing interests of multiple stakeholders
  • Public relations experience
  • Strong communication and team building skills
  • Appreciation for the arts, history and cultural anthropology
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a related field of study 
  • Managed and lead diverse external groups
  • Budget experience in a medium to large sized organization


Supplemental Information


  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • Possess a valid driver's license.


State of Utah
2120 State Office Building

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114.