Deputy Director

Posted on 02/22/2022

Deputy Director
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Title: Deputy Director

Reports to: Director

Status: Exempt – Full-time, Salaried

Position Summary
The Deputy Director is responsible for ensuring the strategic direction set by the Director and the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The Deputy Director actively facilitates and monitors business planning, financial management, HR compliance, operations, program evaluation, effective use of resources and revenue generation. This key role is designed to work cross-departmentally to ensure strategic priorities are appropriately balanced and implemented in support of the organization’s mission and vision.

Essential Job Functions

  • Support the Director to achieve the implementation of strategic goals approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage the effective implementation of programs, communications, resource development and operations to achieve strategic goals.
  • Monitor the implementation of policies and procedures that embody and embrace the                          organization’s mission and work with staff to assess department functions, priorities and processes to ensure efficiencies and excellence that align with AAM accreditation standards.
  • Manage and ensure effective information sharing between education, exhibitions, development, finance, operations and communications departments.
  • With the guidance of the Director, the Deputy Director works collaboratively with leadership and staff to develop and implement evaluation tools around program efficacy, use of staff, volunteers and financial resources.
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations to monitor operations of the office space, facility and campus, including administration of associated contracts, agreements, leases and other administrative documents including but not limited to café and retail shop.
  • Work with the Director and Director of Finance to ensure financial stability of the Center through accounting standards and controls, financial reporting, financial planning and budgeting, revenue generation strategies and responsible fiscal management.
  • Manage HR functions and work with senior staff to recruit, hire, manage performance, ensure positive morale and facilitate the training of staff as necessary.
  • Support the efforts of the Director to facilitate trustee engagement in fundraising, donor cultivation and stewardship and identify new donors and new sources of revenue.


  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, general studies or business and management, advanced degree preferred. Commensurate experience will be considered.
  • Seven to 10 years’ experience as a museum executive; experience in the arts, philanthropic, nonprofit plus leadership roles required.
  • Working knowledge of not-for-profit cultural organization management and governance; strong command of administration and delegation techniques; mastery of interdepartmental and interpersonal communication.
  • Deep interest in contemporary art writ large and cultural production required. Proven experience working in museums, multidisciplinary arts centers or performing arts organizations strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to Oklahoma Contemporary’s mission to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibitions and performance.
  • Proven familiarity with fundraising best practices, including donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Demonstrated experience with budget development. Management and analysis, including grasp of accounting and financial reporting.
  • Working knowledge of facilities and building operations best practices.
  • Understanding of human resources tools, techniques and compliance; commitment to supporting and inspiring employees; demonstrated successful management of people and projects; proven record of building professional relationships founded on mutual respect; ability to recruit, mentor, retain and support talented staff.
  • Experience with strategic planning, including assessment processes and data analysis.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Superior collaboration and team building skills.
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook; familiarity with database systems, experience with Blackbaud and/or Tessitura preferred.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills.
  • Extremely organized, reliable, punctual, accurate and detail oriented.
  • Integrity, honesty and good judgement.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is a plus.
  • Love of learning is a must.
  • This is an exempt position that includes benefits. This position typically works Monday through Friday, with weekends and evenings as needed, including frequent Saturdays. Work schedules may require expanded hours and flexibility when needed, and the successful candidate must attend major Oklahoma Contemporary events and programs, as well as all department-related activities.

Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

Other Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Use of a car required and valid driver license; legally registered and insured for daily use.
  • Use of a computer, telephone, and printer/copier daily.
  • Team environment with frequent group meeting participation.
  • Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking, and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.

Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, different abilities, gender identity or veteran status.

Oklahoma Contemporary offers a highly competitive benefits package including health insurance, vision, dental, employer-matched 403(b) plan, paid time off, an employee assistance program and more.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Debbie Manhan Gardner, CPA, at Accel Financial Staffing (

About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers. 

Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.

We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.

About Oklahoma City
In the middle of its third decade of economic and cultural expansion, Oklahoma City is a surprisingly lively and diverse American city. Recent growth has spurred exciting developments in the city’s recreation and nightlife, with the construction of new parks, a streetcar system, bike trails, shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. The construction of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new building in the urban core, originally scheduled to open in March 2020 prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.