job opening at Huntington Arts Council

Program Director

Huntington Arts Council

The Organization

The Huntington Arts Council is a not for profit community arts agency, founded in 1963.  The Council serves a dual mission – providing services for member arts organizations and making the arts accessible to 250,000 community residents in suburban Long Island.  The Council’s programs and services include an annual summer festival, arts education programs, regional regranting, technical assistance and publications.

Job Description

The Huntington Arts Council ins seeking a dynamic and innovative Program Director.  The Program Director is responsible for managing Council presenting programs.  Primary responsibilities include producing the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, an outdoor festival featuring over 50 nightly free performances by regional and national artists.  This position also supervises all facility use including community celebrations and rentals.  The Program Director reports to the Executive Director:

Responsibilities Include:

Reviewing & booking talent and negotiating contracts in coordination with the Executive Director; 

Hiring, supervising, professionally developing and evaluating technical crew volunteers and interns.

Developing new program initiatives and collaborations

Creating and tracking budgets.

Representing HAC at meetings, conferences, public relations activities and marketing events as needed.

Participating in the creation and maintenance of promotional materials such as Arts Cultural News, website content and program-related brochures and flyers.

Supervising the compilation of program statistics and financial data on programs.

Participating in the grant writing proposals and reports to funders.

Coordinating Chapin Rainbow Stage facility use, overseeing rentals, and equipment and maintenance.

Provides leadership in a collaborative work environment.

Identify and engage prospective audiences and visitors; and collaborate with regional organizations and artists.

Work with other arts and cultural organizations to develop and promote joint programs. 

Assist local groups or individuals with programming concepts.


Innovative, self-motivated and detail-oriented with a strong desire to “push-the-envelope” and think beyond traditional programming and community relations.

Excellent organizational skills; able to handle heavy paper flow and meet deadlines

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Experience with staff supervision and knowledge of research and evaluation.

Minimum of three years in performing arts programming

Excellent negotiating skills

Experience working with public officials and volunteers

Computer literacy

Superb organizational skills

Bachelor’s degree

Technical Theatre knowledge a plus


Health insurance

Retirement annuity (after one year)

Two weeks vacation 

To apply

Send a current resume, cover letter and three references and salary requirements to Program Director Search, Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743.  Position is available immediately.

The Huntington Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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