Arts & Humanities Administrator - 3324

Career Purpose

Manage, operate, and direct arts and humanities programs and the operation of the McMahon Memorial Auditorium (MMA) for the City of Lawton, and to encourage maximum community involvement and coordination with other community agencies.

This position falls under the Parks & Recreation Department of the city. Offices are located in the McMahon Memorial Auditorium.


  • Directly, and through subordinates, plans, directs, monitors and evaluates all arts and humanities projects and McMahon Memorial Auditorium events for the City of Lawton.
  • Manages and coordinates all personnel functions for the Arts and Humanities Division and McMahon Memorial Auditorium staff.
  • Determines, develops, and advises the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council and the City Council of arts and humanities needs of the community, and programs and services designed to meet those needs.  Utilizes community arts and humanities resources to develop large-scale projects with statewide and regional appeal that have discernible economic impact and/or enhance Lawton’s cultural image.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with community arts and cultural organizations and local, state and national organizations and governmental agencies. 
  • Secures outside funding on behalf of the City for related arts and humanities projects; provides assistance to arts and cultural organizations and artists in researching and preparing grant and fellowship applications.
  • Serves as Executive Director to the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council, the McMahon Auditorium Authority, and the International Festival Committee.
  • Prepares annual budget estimates for division and MMA; administers funds and approves contract payments and purchase requisitions; implements budgeting controls; makes recommendations for rental fee schedule of the auditorium, and regularly monitors budget expenditures.



  • Manages and coordinates the business and operational activities of the Arts and Humanities Division and McMahon Memorial Auditorium to ensure effective administration of fiscal, personnel, and operational procedures.
  • Assists with editing and writing feature stories for the Lawton Arts & Entertainment magazine; a quarterly publication highlighting community arts and humanities activities, and the bi-annual Arts & Entertainment; At A Glance cultural events calendar.
  • Plans, implements and organizes City of Lawton special celebration events
  • Develops artist-in-residence programs and produces residencies and performances by regionally and nationally known artists.  Negotiates and prepares artists and performers contracts.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates, in conjunction with the International Festival Committee, the annual three-day festival, and supervises the festival’s technical staff.
  • Seeks sponsorships/partnerships from community businesses and organizations. 
  • Seeks grant funding, writes and produces grant narratives, budgets and final reports.
  • Communicates and makes program recommendations to the Parks & Recreation Director and other City of Lawton officials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Parks & Recreation Director.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field and three years of increasingly responsible experience in arts and humanities or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of arts and humanities resources and work of councils on the local, state and national levels.
  • Knowledge of private governmental arts and humanities agencies as well as local, state and federal legislation.
  • Knowledge of the needs of arts and humanities organizations and artists.
  • Knowledge of grant application processes and funding issues at the local, state and national   levels.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.    
  • Effectively supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Skill in planning, budgeting, writing, dealing with the media and in administration.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Near vision enough to read and review finely printed materials.  Hearing enough to understand and communicate in person and by telephone. Speak and communicate clearly and distinctly in person and by telephone.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position is generally performed in side an office setting, but may require infrequent exposure to adverse weather conditions.  The employee may occasionally be exposed to hot, wet and/or humid conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quite while in the office, and moderate to loud when performing duties outside of the office setting.


The position requires heavy contact with the public who are typically individuals and/or groups that have, or could have, impact on program or policy matters.  The purpose of the contacts is to plan and coordinate work efforts; provide input and advice, and resolve problems by influencing and motivating.  Media contacts are frequent, as are contacts with local and state organizations.  Public speaking is often required.


Supervision Received:

This position reports directly to the Parks and Recreation Director.

Supervision Given:

This position supervises all Arts & Humanities Division staff as well as McMahon Auditorium staff.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on April 22, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Closing Date
Career Type
$2,061.60 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Arts and Humanities

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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