Development and Foundation, Meetings/Expositions/Events, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
ABOUT AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, DC and a second office located in New York, NY.
The Leadership Alliances Department at Americans for the Arts builds existing relationships with and identifies and stewards’ new individuals who have the ability to heighten the profile and fundraising capacity of Americans for the Arts, as well as help to advance pressing advocacy issues. This is done through relationship-building programs such as The National Arts Awards, National Arts Policy Roundtable and other key cultivation events.
The Manager works closely with the Vice President of Leadership Alliances on overall strategies on how best to leverage and cultivate relationships with artists, thought leaders, and funders to further broader the work of Americans for the Arts as well as to help meet and further the financial goals of the department and organization at large. This relationship-building role enhances and nurtures existing relationships while further widening the cultivation circle; bringing in new supporters as well as engaging individuals who can help influence policy makers at every level of government.
The Leadership Alliances Manager is the lead on programs including the National Arts Policy Roundtable, as well as regional, NYC, and DC based policy and cultivation events. The Manager is also engaged with the National Arts Awards, Artists Committee, and other cultivation activities, as developed.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Manage all programmatic aspects for both the National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance and other regional roundtable programs. This includes:
Coordinating program content from a cross-departmental staff team.
Set and manage timelines, contact speakers and participants.
Work with staff and Chair on invite list and ensure invitations are distributed and RSVPs are tracked in a timely manner, prepare and distribute advance materials and reports, implement program and develop and distribute final report and recommendations in a timely manner.
Work with the Vice President of Leadership Alliances in identifying financial support for this program.
Engage staff in following through on the outcomes of the roundtables.
Work with communications staff to share the outcomes of the roundtables broadly.
Communicate with previous roundtable participants regularly to keep them engaged in the roundtable program as well as deepen their understanding of broader Americans for the Arts activities. This includes at least annual roundtable updates as well as invitations to AFTA events and roundtable outcome and report documents.
Explore, working with other staff, opportunities to organize additional roundtables on key priority issues for the organization.
Assess the impact of these roundtables and the relationships created as a result.
Advance Strategic Partnerships
Grow existing partnerships with organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Halcyon, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to consider joint opportunities for engaging artists and leaders in promoting arts policies.
Develop partnerships with new organizations and individuals that promote arts and social impact policies.
Fundraising and Cultivation for Leadership Alliances Programs
Produce several cultivation events throughout the year including dinners related to our other programming.
Manage a strategy and follow up actions for existing cultivation prospects.
Research current and potential supporters and add 5 new patrons/prospects annually.
Be a thought partner with the Leadership Alliances team in the successful planning of the National Arts Awards. This includes prospect research, honoree selection and program development.
Work with Development and Private Sector Initiatives staff to identify new opportunities to cultivate leaders that can be associated with existing programs.
Work in concert with the Vice President of Leadership Alliances, the Executive Office, and the Development Department to maximize sponsorship opportunities and fundraising for the Leadership Alliances programs as well as the organization as a whole. In addition, the Manager will work with the Vice President of Leadership Alliances to achieve the income and expense goals of the overall Leadership Alliances Department.
Coordinate a communications strategy that supports all Leadership Alliances programs, coordinating with appropriate Americans for the Arts Communications staff as needed.
Create ongoing content and update the Leadership Alliances sections of the Americans for the Arts website.
Serve as department liaison on AFTA communication vehicles.
Regularly post Leadership Alliances stories in all social media outlets.
Supervise the department intern, overseeing their portfolio of work.
Represent the department in internal and external events as needed.
Provide support to the Vice President of Leadership Alliances to ensure that the department is managed and organized in a way that supports departmental and organizational activities and goals.
At least five (5) years of experience in a donor services, events, prospect research, or development department for an art’s nonprofit organization or university
A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing quality customer service to our members, stakeholders, and partners
Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships
Ability to manage staff effectively
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Development experience for a nonprofit organization preferred
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience working with artists and/or arts organizations is highly desired
Experience working with high level donors, public officials and/or VIPs is highly desired
Keen marketing and communications skills are a plus
Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects
Strong Personal Computer (PC) skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet research experience, a basic knowledge of any Content Management System (CMS) and basic PC troubleshooting
This position works 37.5 hours per week Monday through Friday around core business hours (10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)
Some travel may be required
CULTURAL EQUITY COMPETENCIES
Americans for the Arts acknowledges the existence of systemic and structural biases and believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in pursuing cultural equity in all aspects of governance, operations, and programming. As an employee, you are expected to:
Pursue substantive learning to achieve greater cultural consciousness by attending at least one Americans for the Arts Learning Lab per quarter and/or other professional development opportunities
Support adoption of best practices to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work experience for colleagues and external partners
Strive to consider the people, places, and cultures that might be missing from your work and look for opportunities to increase inclusivity in all the work you do.
Support the mission and vision of Americans for the Arts in all interactions with colleagues, members and stakeholders
Encourage colleagues and external stakeholders to advance cultural equity by adhering to the standards outlined in the Staff Values & Behavior Agreement in all interactions
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Americans for the Arts believes that one of its greatest strengths is the rich diversity of its staff.
We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender and gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, including pregnancy and childbirth, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, political belief or activity, veteran or military discharge status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law and regulations under Title VII.
The policy applies to all employment practices, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
All employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination of any kind should contact their immediate supervisor or Human Resources. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The law prohibits retaliation against any employee for reporting discrimination or perceived discrimination, or for participating in an investigation of incidents of discrimination or perceived discrimination.
About Americans for the Arts
Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City, we provide a rich array of programs that meet the needs of over 150,000 members and stakeholders. We are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.