Deputy Director

Download the PDF of the full position description here.Download the PDF of the full position description here.

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Schedule: 30-40 hours/week, Full-time, exempt, Monday-Friday. Flexible hours, evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis. 

Location: Arts Council offices on the Tannery Arts Center campus in Santa Cruz and on Beach Street in Watsonville. Reliable transportation needed.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Grants Manager
  • Tannery Program Manager

Salary & Benefits:

  • $75,000 – $85,000 annually based on 40 hours per week
  • We believe in work-life balance and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked
  • 10 vacation days, 12 sick days, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • We provide medical, dental, and vision insurance with the Arts Council covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package and 30% dependent coverage

Who we are: For 40 years, Arts Council Santa Cruz County has led the charge to support the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts community. We’re passionate advocates for the arts and the organizations and people who make art happen. We believe in the power of the arts to transform our community, and our daily work reflects that belief. Our staff and board team are deeply committed to and fired up about our mission to generate creativity, vibrancy, and connection in Santa Cruz County.

The job: This is a new position and schedule, salary, and responsibilities can be adapted based on the availability, experience, and capabilities of the successful candidate.

We’re looking for a passionate and courageous executive with a deep understanding of racial equity to provide leadership in Arts Council programs and in the community. As a member of the Council’s management team, you will play a crucial role in co-designing organizational plans to accomplish our mission and meet our strategic and long-term goals. As the Arts Council expands its presence in Watsonville, you will play a critical role in strengthening relationships, growing trust, and shaping our programming there with an emphasis on strengthening established assets and uplifting shared cultural values countywide. In addition, you will support Arts Council program leads in operationalizing equitable practices, increasing productivity and efficiency, and identifying opportunities to strengthen the adaptability and responsiveness of each program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise program leads:
    • Be a catalyst for equity in all programs and cultivate an equity mindset among all program staff.
    • Work with direct reports in crafting annual program plans.
    • Meet regularly with direct reports to support progress towards program and individual goals.
    • Work to identify synergies between programs.
    • Support the development and implementation of common processes and procedures across programs.
  • Provide leadership within the organization:
    • Be the staff lead on the Equity Committee working to ensure accountability to equity goals.
    • Serve as a member of the management team.
    • Be conversant with organizational and program budgets.
    • Represent the Arts Council and its programs to the public.
  • Provide leadership in the development of our Watsonville programming:
    • Build trusting partnerships with community members, the City, and other key organizations.
    • Support and empower artists and arts organizations to design the support structures they need and implement them in partnership with program staff.
    • Advocate for the institutional changes needed to build support for the arts.
    • Work with program leads to increase resources available to Watsonville artists and arts organizations.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • You are a charismatic, thoughtful, collaborative leader.
  • You value the arts and their role in a healthy community.
  • You have the experience, knowledge, and heart to put equity into practice.
  • You enjoy listening, learning, and problem-solving.
  • You are an excellent writer and a confident public speaker.
  • You have extensive experience directing programs, managing staff, and developing and tracking budgets.
  • Your management style tends towards mentoring and coaching.
  • You are able to interact effectively with a range of constituents, volunteers, donors, staff, and artists.
  • You have deep connections in the Watsonville community (and throughout Santa Cruz County) and are able to understand and speak Spanish.


And Now For Something Completely Different: The ideal candidate will have the majority of the skills outlined in this job description. However, if you beautifully fit most, but not all, of the bill, apply anyway. In either case, be direct in your cover letter about your strengths and interests. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Our hiring process:

  • We will review applications until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews as soon as we have strong candidates.
  • Following the interview, we may ask for some prepared materials relevant to this position, and conduct a second round of interviews.
  • Finalists will be invited to a panel interview with staff, board, and community members.
  • We will extend an offer to the best candidate as soon as references are checked.
  • Ideal start date for this position is early fall.


To apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter in one PDF outlining your interest and fit for the position to Please title your email and the PDF with this naming convention: Your last name – DD. In your cover letter, tell us why this opportunity lights your fire, and why you are a fit at the Arts Council. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Arts Council Santa Cruz County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing services and making resources available to every resident of Santa Cruz County without regard to ethnicity, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, or source of income.