Americans for the Arts

Local Arts Advancement Programs Manager

US-DC-Washington
2 months ago
ID
2017-1058
# of Openings
1
Category
Local Arts Advancement

Overview

The Local Arts Advancement Department works to incite a feeling of relevance and necessity around the arts in America. It does so by cultivating local arts programming in communities across the country, that strengthen and validate local arts agencies and the many other individuals and organizations that advance arts, culture, and artists at the local level, and creating opportunities for professional and leadership development, field convenings, and peer networking opportunities. Local Arts Advancement brings to bear Americans for the Arts’ unique strengths in research, policy, professional development, visibility, advocacy, and strategic partnership in order to provide vital tools, information and resources to advocates, arts professionals and allies on the ground, all in an effort to establish and implement favorable policies benefiting arts organizations, artists and local cultural development across America.

 

Working with and reporting to the Director of Local Arts Services, the manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education (students to executives and board members, and all in between) offerings to develop competent and informed arts professionals ready to advance and lead the arts on a local, regional and national level. The position is responsible for planning and executing a suite of programs and resources centered around field development and advancement that focuses on the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs, and requires knowledge of the local arts development field, creative multi-platform engagement and adult education, variable learning styles, and training methodologies. This position coordinates a team of cross-departmental content providers and subject matter experts to ensure robust learning opportunities in the Americans for the Arts education platform (ArtsU).

Responsibilities

1. Organizational Advancement


Responsible for curating field education experiences that touch on what members, both individuals and organizations, of the field need to know to succeed in the future, as aligned with the goals and objectives of the organization and the department, specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Developing short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for field advancement and leadership activities informed by New Community Visions Initiative (NCVI) results/findings, in conjunction with the Director of Local Arts Services.
  • Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) concepts and strategies to promote and foster a more diverse arts and cultural workforce.
  • Curate and lead ArtsU, a comprehensive, multi-platform field education program crossing all areas of content and career trajectories. Curation requires:
    • Strong and consistent communication and facilitation with on-staff content experts throughout the organization
    • Creation and maintenance of an annual master plan for field education cued to organizational and departmental learning objectives
    • Development and execution of a communications and marketing plan
    • Ensure understanding and utilization of the platform across the organization
  • Ongoing expansion and improvement of ArtsU to realize the full potential of the program, including and beyond the robust possibilities of our online training platform.
  • This can include, but is not limited to, exploration of partnerships, mapping of growth areas and opportunities, engagement with people within and beyond the arts and culture field to design, develop and deliver new ways of learning and consuming information.
  • Implement badging, certification or endorsement program platforms for standardized use across the organization.
  • Develop and deploy steady, constant, and informative modes of evaluating the impact and success of the program, set and develop strategy for achieving success around benchmarks associated with those metrics, and share both the metrics and the strategies/results with department leadership on a regular and timely basis.
  • Regularly update the social pages with engaging content.
  • Regular contributions to the Americans for the Arts website, news and blog.
    • Maintain editorial calendar for content creation and distribution.
  • Regional Workshops (with the Arts Marketing and Organizational Sustainability Manager)
  • Developing short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for workshop offerings.
  • Identify, recruit and secure faculty.
  • Create, maintain and actively pursue prospect list.
    Analyze evaluation results and adjust program content accordingly.
  • Working with the Director of Local Arts Services, develop, maintain and account for program budgets including participating in the identification and development of proposals for prospective funders as directed.
  • With the Director of Local Arts Services, identify and generate revenue and earned income opportunities, as appropriate.

2. Leadership Pipeline

 

  • Emerging Leaders Network. Manage the emerging leader network program to cultivate leaders with less than 5 years of experience working to advance the arts in their communities through:
    • Propose and, where needed, develop appropriately-themed sessions and networking opportunities at national convenings which include Arts Advocacy Day, Annual Convention and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
    • The maintenance and guidance of national and local Emerging Leaders Networks and an Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.
    • Facilitate the nomination of and selection of a recipient of the annual Emerging Leaders Award.
    • Serve as the program lead, and aid the communications department in the promotion of, National Arts and Humanities Month and Creative Conversations.
    • Partnerships with universities and colleges to build relationships with student groups.
    • Work with Membership to generate value driven benefits and improve conversion and retention rates
  • Mid-Career Leaders Network. Manage and foster the Mid-Career Leaders network program to cultivate leaders with 5 or more years of experience working to advance the arts in their communities through:
    • Propose and, where needed, develop appropriately-themed sessions and networking opportunities at national convenings which include Arts Advocacy Day, Annual Convention and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
    • The maintenance and guidance of national Mid-Career Leaders Networks and steering committee.
    • Work with Membership to generate value driven benefits to improve conversion and retention rates
  • Executive Leaders Network. Manage and foster the Executive Leaders network program to cultivate C-suite leaders with 10 or more years of experience working to advance the arts in their communities through:
    • Executive Leadership Forum programs (Sundance, Site Specific) which includes identifying eligible members, developing timeline, application and selection process, coordinating logistics and program development.
    • Propose and, where needed, develop appropriately-themed sessions and networking opportunities at national convenings which include Arts Advocacy Day, Annual Convention and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
    • The maintenance and guidance of national Mid-Career Leaders Networks and steering committee.
    • Work with Membership to generate value driven benefits to improve conversion and retention rates
    • Coordinate programming for specific aspects of the Annual Convention programming as required, including the Roundtable sessions and the Threads programming.
  • Support or develop other projects, as directed.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree, or equivalent experience in the arts and culture field. Arts administration or management preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit or business administration, with a focus on professional development, leadership pipeline and DEI concepts
  • Project management experience including leading teams, adhering to timelines, documenting progress, and keeping multiple projects within scope and budget. Conference programming experience preferred
  • Demonstrated strength in program development including design, implementation and evaluation
  • Current knowledge and expertise with full spectrum leadership needs and practices in the arts and cultural field.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple interests against organizational and departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain strong interpersonal relationships with staff, members and field at all levels.
  • Experience working with local arts agencies and local arts development—programs, services, and operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Travel required.
  • A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing excellent customer service to our members and partners.
  • A commitment to advancing arts and culture in America.

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