Rural and Community Programs Manager

Posted By: Karen Hampton Job Board,


Position: Rural and Community Programs Manager

Organization: GDEcD

Location: Atlanta, GA

Position Type: Full time

Education Requirement: Bachelors Degree 

Experiance: 3 Yrs

Salary: $50k

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts events and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) empowers the arts industry in Georgia and artists around the state to cultivate healthy, vibrant communities that are rich in civic participation, cultural experiences and economic prosperity. As a division of GDEcD, GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support this vital industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage and create increased access to arts experiences.

The Rural and Community Programs Manager will be responsible for managing GCA’s Vibrant Communities Grant program, as well as managing and developing programs that reach rural and underserved communities in the state. The ideal candidate will be someone who can multi-task and manage several different projects in a fast-paced environment. The selected candidate will work closely with the GCA staff to develop guidelines for grants programs, lead workshops for potential grant applicants, prepare applications for review by panelists, and approve final reports. The candidate will also develop and manage new folklife/traditional arts programs and creative placemaking programs for rural communities. This position offers an opportunity for the selected candidate to craft programs that tie the arts to economic development while ensuring that GCA’s programs are reaching all communities in our cities and state.

Responsibilities include:


  • Manage the Vibrant Communities Grant Programs
  • Develop grant guidelines that meet the needs of rural communities
  • Assist applicants with their grant applications
  • Set up grant applications in GCA’s online grant system
  • Create and present online and in-person workshops for applicants
  • Review applications for eligibility
  • Create diverse grant review panels
  • Prepare feedback for applicants based on panel comments
  • Maintain grant data within the database
  • Coordinate and run grant review panel meetings
Rural and Community Development
  • Manage multiple programs supported by GCA’s American Recovery Act Grant which target rural communities, including:
    • Partnership with Georgia Center for Nonprofits to provide workshops on facility management and financial recovery
    • Rural creative placemaking programs
    • A traveling exhibit to rural communities
  • Create programs that serve individual artists in the state as well as communities that GCA is not currently reaching
  • Create training and programming that shows communities how to utilize the arts for community and economic development
  • Continue to rebuild GCA’s folklife/traditional arts program
  • Building and expanding relationships/connections between GCA and rural/underserved communities through communications efforts and on-the-ground community presence

Additional Duties

  • Creating and delivering public presentations on the value of the arts
  • Assisting staff with grants-related activities.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, business administration, arts education or a closely related field AND Two (2) years of related professional level experience in the arts, arts education or grants field. NOTE: comparable experience and demonstrated competency in a similar position in an Arts organization can substitute for education and experience requirements.
  • Ability to quickly pick up new database systems
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Proven track record of meeting deadlines and working with stakeholders
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented work environment
  • Experience working in some capacity in the arts community
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Excellent oral, and written and interpersonal communication skills, self-motivated and self-driven
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several different projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable working collaboratively
  • Understanding of/affinity with artists/creative workers’ processes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience working in the Georgia arts community in rural areas, in the folklife/traditional arts field, or in creative placemaking projects with local communities.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, you must submit your resumé and cover letter (PDF format preferred) via the link on our Careers Page. If you do not have internet access or require an accommodation because of a disability, please contact GDEcD Human Resources at 404-962-4000 or email