City of Fort Collins, CO

Director of Cultural Services

Location: City of Fort Collins, CO
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City of Fort Collins, CO
Director of Cultural Services

The Community

Fort Collins, home to Colorado State University, has a population of 158,600 within 56 square miles and is located at the northern edge of the picturesque Rocky Mountain Front Range.  Fort Collins is consistently ranked among the top cities by national magazines and organizations for its great schools, low crime, good jobs in the high-tech field, and fantastic outdoor life.  Among this highly educated community, 52 percent of the residents have completed four or more years of college.  In addition, the community's median family income is $76,700 which is 20 percent greater than the national average.  Fort Collins is sixty miles north of Denver and the Denver International Airport.


Fort Collins has a strong economy anchored by the Colorado State University (CSU) campus with nearly 25,000 students and 7,000 employees. Founded in 1870 as a land grant college, students from every state and 95 foreign countries attend CSU. Graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered in nine colleges, and CSU is known for major research advances in agriculture, engineering, veterinary sciences, technology, and water.

Major private sector employers in Fort Collins include Hewlett Packard (1,250 employees), Poudre Valley Hospital (3,000 employees), and Woodward, Inc. (1,300). Innovation occurs across industry sectors in Fort Collins. Craft brewer, bioscience, software, hardware, water innovation, and clean energy companies contribute ideas, inventions, and products that positively impact the local economy.  In 2010, 225 patents were registered to researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs in Fort Collins.

Known as the community's "crown jewel" Downtown Fort Collins has a large selection of eclectic, unique shops and restaurants. In the summer public plazas invite social gatherings and outdoor concerts. Old Town Square, a pedestrian only business district, is a vibrant hub of activity for all ages with outdoor patios and regularly scheduled entertainment.


The Poudre School District (PSD) serves approximately 24,000 students and includes four high schools in Fort Collins and the surrounding area. In addition there are several charter schools in Fort Collins including Ridgeview Classical Schools which was rated among the top ten charter high schools in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, December 2008). For more information about PSD, please visit Additional educational institutions in Fort Collins include Front Range Community College, the Institute of Business and Medical Careers, University of Phoenix, and Regis College.


With 875 acres of developed park land including six community parks and 49 neighborhood/pocket parks, recreation opportunities abound in Fort Collins. The City also maintains 30,000 acres of natural areas and more than 32 miles of recreational trails.


  • America's Most Satisfied City according to Time, May 2014
  • ranked Fort Collins 13th Best Place to Live, Sep 2015
  • 2012 Top Downtown in the Country,, November 2012
  • Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins, 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation in 2010
  • Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community, League of American Bicyclists, May 2013


Fort Collins was incorporated in 1873 and has operated under the council/manager form of government since 1939. The City Council consists of six district Council Members elected on a non-partisan basis for four-year terms and a Mayor elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for a two-year term. The Mayor Pro Tem is chosen from among the entire Council and serves a two-year term. The City has 27 Boards and Commissions that provide advice and recommendations to the City Council on issues such as affordable housing, art in public places, the environment, human relations, and the needs of senior citizens, youth, and women.

The City Council appoints a City Manager who is responsible for managing municipal operations that consist of a $504 million calendar-year budget and 2,299 FTE's. The current City Manager has worked for the City for 17 years and was appointed City Manager in 2004. In addition to traditional municipal services, the City has an electric utility, a regional airport jointly owned by the City of Fort Collins and the City of Loveland, and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery which was created through a unique public/ private partnership.

The Position

The Director of Cultural Services Leads the Cultural Services Department and oversees the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Gardens on Spring Creek, Art in Public Places, Community Creative Center, and the Fort Fund granting program and supports the Cultural Resources Board. Develops and administers strategic direction and departmental policies and procedures consistent with objectives established for the Community Services service area.    This position reports to an Assistant City Manager and has supervisory responsibilities over approximately 200 classified and hourly employees, including 5 direct reports.

The Cultural Services Department follows a Cultural Plan to ensure that arts and culture thrive in the community, add to Fort Collins excellent quality of life, help drive the local economy and tourism, and remain an integral part of Fort Collins’ unique identity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in formulating and administering Cultural Services, Community Services, and City policies and procedures and ensures departmental alignment.
  • Develops and directs strategic and long-range planning goals and objectives for the Cultural Services department.
  • Prepares and oversees the department's biennial budgeting for outcomes process based on the goals and growth objectives of the service area; reviews monthly financial reports to ensure budgets are on track.
  • Reviews and analyzes programs, operations and associated costs forecasting, and departmental progress with regard to stated objectives and future needs.
  • Hires, trains, supervise coaches and mentors cultural facility managers/directors in their operational and community engagement roles.
  • Performs quarterly performance assessments of direct reports.
  • Evaluates the results of overall operations and service levels and provides regular reports to the Service Area Director.
  • Reviews major booking negotiations and signs off on contracts for performances at the Lincoln Center; may assist in bookings, attend booking conferences, as needed.
  • Serves as staff liaison and supports, administers, and coordinates activities of the Cultural Resources Board, including the Fort Fund granting program.
  • Ensures timely and accurate reporting to City for monthly operating reports, quarterly service area reviews, performance metrics, and leadership and citizen inquiries.
  • Represents the City in matters relating to Cultural Services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of arts, entertainment and cultural programming.
  • Knowledge of practices and principles of business management.
  • Knowledge of principles of finance and budget management.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis and basic math.
  • Ability to prepare bid specifications.
  • Contract negotiation skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize effectively.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens.

Education and Experience

Qualified candidates will have Bachelor's degree in Arts Facility Management, Fine Arts Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university. Candidates should have a minimum of six to eight years of related experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should have a background in art, dance, music, entertainment, theater, or another creative venue.  The ideal candidate should have knowledge and experience implementing cultural policy and operating the arts as a business.

This individual must be a forward thinking, business minded leader who is actively involved in the community, exhibits strong coordination and has the ability to build relationships with public/private partnerships, non-profits, and college/universities.

The ideal candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, exceptional organizational and administrative skills, a collaborative working style, and a demonstrated knowledge of and passion for the arts. The successful candidate must have the capacity and interest to be an effective mentor and supportive leader for staff.  Advanced written and oral communication skills will be imperative.


The City of Fort Collins is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Relocation assistance will also be available for a successful out of area candidate.

Residency Requirement

City Department Heads are required by City Charter to maintain a residence within five miles of the city limits during their tenure in office. 

How to Apply

Applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:
Reference: FCDCS

Affion Public
2120 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Fax: 717-214-8004

**Deadline to receive resumes is July 22, 2016**