We are now accepting applications for an Executive Director

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

Arizona Citizens for the Arts Job Posting – Executive Director (02/19)

Position Description:

The Executive Director is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to set the long-term strategic goals and the execution of policy directives for Arizona Citizens for the Arts, whose primary mission is to create an environment in which the arts, culture and arts education can flourish in the state of Arizona.  The Executive Director manages the institutional growth of the organization, including strategic planning, fund raising, donor and governmental relations as well as leads and oversees Arizona Citizens for the Arts day to day business, planning, development, marketing, finance, and operations.

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Directly oversees all employees, vendors and contractors

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and advocacy in support of creating an environment in which the arts, culture and arts education can flourish in the state of Arizona
    • Build relationships and educate elected officials and community leaders statewide regarding the importance of the arts, culture and arts education to quality of life, economic health and vitality and educational excellence.
    • Promote public policy favorable to the arts and culture and funding for nonprofit arts and culture organizations in collaboration with the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
    • Coordinate organizational activities related to advocacy efforts including: direct communication with state and national policy makers, development of grassroots advocacy campaigns, research and dissemination of relevant issues, information to support advocacy positions as well as provide advocacy training and materials for board, arts organizations, arts educators and administrators and the general public.
    • Provide strategic direction and leadership in fundraising and other support activities necessary to ensure the long-term fiscal sustainability of AzCA including investing in organizational capacity and visibility, working with the Board, securing corporate, foundation and individual sponsorship and grants for events, programs and operations, identifying and cultivating new private sector opportunities and partnerships and maintaining a consistent relationship management program to attract and retain organizational members and individual contributors.
    • Coordinate a cohesive statewide advocacy network to improve arts education access and equity in Arizona.
  • Direct promotional and constituency building activities in partnership with the board, advocates, arts organizations, educational institutions, and other business and community leaders
  • Recruit, hire, supervise and retain personnel
  • Develop relevant national and statewide relationships and encourage strategic partnerships for the benefit of AzCA and the general nonprofit arts and culture sector
  • Serve as spokesperson on behalf of AzCA and the Arizona nonprofit arts and culture sector in local and national arenas
  • Encourage participation and investment by all board members, organizational members, and individual stakeholders
  • Assist the board in identifying board prospects
  • Manage the strategic development, design and implementation of a marketing plan, brand and social media strategy that supports the organization's education and advocacy activities, and positions AzCA as the Arizona leader in developing and implementing public policy conducive to a robust, well-funded, nonprofit arts and culture sector
  • Advocate and educate the public about why public funding for arts and culture is critical to building diverse communities where people want to live, work and play
  • Promote inclusivity and access to participation in relevant arts and culture experiences
  • Communicate effectively and stay true to the mission of the organization
  • Consult with the Finance Committee and adhere to accounting procedures and financial policies in compliance with accepted standards and accountability measures, as approved by the Board
  • Remains current on all relevant public policy issues on a local, state and national basis
  • Applies a broad understanding of the public policy process and ability to apply that to the political environment
  • Champion the Arizona arts and culture community

Position Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates would have a four-year college degree in arts administration, public administration public affairs, a related field or commensurate experience
  • 4+ years of experience working in fundraising, advocacy and/or public policy administration
  • Understanding of the characteristics and differences of communities statewide, including rural, isolated, underserved, urban, and suburban; the effects of geographic, cultural and economic barriers; and their effects on the role arts, culture, arts education, economy, tourism and community cultural development
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects and to adjust to inevitable changes in timelines, deadlines, and project goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and a basic understanding of social media, customer relationship management databases and organizational budgeting and bookkeeping
  • Proven leadership skills

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should email cover letter, resume, or curriculum vita and references to search@azcitizensforthearts.org by April 5, 2019.