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Career Opportunities: Apply to work at Oklahoma Contemporary

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the history of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, as we implement a new comprehensive strategic plan, expand exhibition and educational programming and outreach and raise funds for a new building, to be located in downtown Oklahoma City.





Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. We endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.



Current job listings:

Position Title: Education Curator and Director of Studio School
Reports To: Artistic Director

To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to

The Education Curator and Director of Studio School is a key member of the leadership team, contributing to the overall growth of the institution and a range of lifelong learning programs. Specifically, this position will be responsible for implementing the following critical activities: 

  • Lead a growing team to test, launch and evaluate multidisciplinary programming.
  • Drive the evolution of existing Oklahoma Contemporary classes and camps into a coherent “school” or “institute” that serves Oklahoma City residents of all ages, as well as the specific needs of regional artists.
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director and Curator to develop new programming; in particular working to connect with many diverse audiences and ensure that Oklahoma Contemporary is accessible and welcoming to a wide demographic.
  • Develop and manage relationships with community, academic, institutional and artistic partners. 

Oklahoma Contemporary values innovation in programming, encourages new ideas and supports creative exploration. This position requires a proven leader with experience in an institutional setting – academic and/or cultural. The ideal candidate is ready to take on significant responsibility at a rapidly growing institution, and is adept at mediating the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop, implement and evaluate a range of programs that engage adults and youth with visual, performing and literary arts, including but not limited to:
    • Classes, camps and individualized study programs
    • Artist talks, tours, films and other programs that bring Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions to life
    • Teen Art Group (TAG) and after school programming for teens
    • University partnerships that facilitate visits to Oklahoma Contemporary and offer outreach options
    • Artists in residence
    • Programming that responds to the needs of specific communities such as veterans and Oklahoma City residents who are differently abled or have Alzheimer’s/dementia
    • Festivals and special events
    • Partnership programs, performances and events that activate the Oklahoma Contemporary theater, lobby and grounds 
  • Create and implement a plan to transform the current variety of Oklahoma Contemporary classes into a formal education center/school/institute.
    • Identify and recommend opportunities for graduated learning, as well as individualized courses of study and open studio use; create coherent curriculum that meets the interests of various target audiences
    • Seek mutually beneficial partnerships with academic institutions that can benefit from Oklahoma Contemporary facilities and, in turn, feed students into Oklahoma Contemporary classes   
    • Investigate and recommend appropriate levels of certification and/or accreditation  
  • Support the development of interpretive material, relevant website content, visitor publications and curricula for tours/programs
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate education personnel, including a variety of instructors
  • In conjunction with the Artistic Director, Curator and others, advance and manage relationships with a range of Oklahoma Contemporary partners, including
    • Artistic organizations with which Oklahoma Contemporary co-programs
    • Academic institutions that may provide students and/or revenue to Oklahoma Contemporary
    • Art clubs and other non-profits that regularly rent space at Oklahoma Contemporary
    • Regional artists, schools and social service programs
  • Regularly evaluate and report on success and impact of programming through:
    • Tracking and analysis of participation/enrollment data, revenue and expenses
    • Feedback from students, faculty, visitors and partners
  • Ensure safe and effective policies/procedures and efficient operations are in place for classes and programs
  • Edit and approve all promotional materials for programs
  • Develop and maintain programming budgets
  • Work closely with the Development department to source funding opportunities for new and existing programs and scholarships. Grant-writing experience is particularly helpful.
  • Award and manage educational scholarships
  • Promote and represent Oklahoma Contemporary at events and conferences
  • Other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director


At least five years’ experience, with increasing management responsibilities, in a relevant academic and/or cultural setting 

  • MA degree in relevant field of study such as Art History, Art Education or Arts Administration
  • Knowledge of contemporary art/performing arts and current trends in artistic practice  
  • Proven experience planning and managing special projects, and motivating a team to implement a variety of programs
  • Working style that equally embraces collaborative and independent work multi-tasking in an environment with shifting priorities,
  • Excellent written/verbal skills in English; proficiency/fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Exceptional interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs, with a strong knowledge of Excel and Word

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. 

Other requirements and working conditions

  • Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use
  • Use of a computer, telephone and printer/copier daily
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required
  • Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
  • Physical requirements: Combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required from time to time.

To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to


Position Title: Class Instructor                                   

Reports to: Education Director

Instructor Requirements:
BA of MFA in studio art, art education, or relevant teaching subject preferred
Minimum of two years teaching experience
Demonstrated expertise in teaching field
High level of quality in personal artwork
High level of personal motivation and dependability
Ability to work independently
Skilled in teaching incremental steps designed for beginner to advanced students 
Ability to encourage and support the creativity of students of all ages

Classes typically meet for two hours a week for four or eight weeks. One-day workshops can meet within a timeframe of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please fill out the proposal and attach a resume. Email to Erin Oldfield, Director of Education and Public Programming at



Submit proposals for YOUTH PROGRAMMING, contact the Education Coordinator.

For proposals for TEEN PROGRAMMING and CLASSES, contact Director of Education & Public Programming