Americans for the Arts

Local Arts Advancement Programs Manager

4 months ago
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Local Arts Advancement


The Local Arts Advancement Department works to strengthen the capacity of local arts and community leaders who are committed to building healthy, equitable and vibrant communities through the arts. It does so by implementing online and in-person programming in communities across the country that address the most pressing leadership and strategic skills needed to affect change.

The Local Arts Advancement team brings to bear Americans for the Arts’ unique experience in professional development, visibility and strategic partnerships 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 benefitting arts and cultural organizations, artists and local cultural development across America.

Working with and reporting to the Director of Local Arts Services, the manager:
- Develops Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education offerings to develop competent and informed local, regional and national arts professionals.
- Develops a suite of programs and resources centered around the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs to receive a diverse workforce.
- Manages an Emerging Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals who are entering or new to the field.
- Manages a Mid-career Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals who are established in their career path and looking to continue to grow and learn.
- Manages an Executive Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals who are seasoned in the field of practice and can share their knowledge with the field at large.
- Coordinates a team of cross-departmental content providers and subject matter experts to build robust learning opportunities in the Americans for the Arts education platform (ArtsU).


Organizational Advancement


• Developing short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for field advancement and leadership activities informed by the New Community Visions Initiative (NCVI)
• 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, field education program crossing all areas of content and career trajectories.

o 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.
o Implement badging, certification or endorsement program platforms for standardized use across the organization.

• Consistently measure 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.
• Create and maintain online presence and promotion of the ArtsU platform and engaging with the networks.
• Develop short-, mid- and long-range planning documents for field advancement
• Develop, maintain and account for program budgets including development of proposals for prospective funders and revenue generating programming, as directed.


Leadership Development

• Propose and develop appropriately-themed sessions and networking opportunities at national convenings which include Arts Advocacy Day, Annual Convention and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
• Facilitate the nomination 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.
• Executive Leadership Forum programs (Sundance, Site Specific) which includes identifying eligible members, developing timeline, application and selection process, coordinating logistics and program development.
• 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.
• Work with Membership to generate value driven benefits and improve conversion and retention rates


• Education or training related to business administration, arts administration, and/or local arts field
• Experience in arts or non-profit management, with emphasis on professional development, leadership pipeline and DEI concepts.
• Current knowledge, expertise and a vision for the future of the field, especially related to full-career-spectrum leadership development needs and organizational practices in the arts and cultural field.
• Project management experience including leading teams, adhering to timelines, documenting progress, and keeping multiple projects within scope and budget.
• Knowledge of training and workshop development methods, particularly for the arts sector.
• Demonstrated strength in complex program development including design, implementation and evaluation.
• Ability to balance and prioritize multiple interests against organizational and departmental goals and objectives.
• Ability to manage teams, including those that don’t directly report to you.
• Experience with program marketing and promotion to reach existing and new audiences.
• 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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