Development and Foundation, Meetings/Expositions/Events
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 is headquartered in Washington, DC and has a second office located in New York, NY.
The Leadership Alliances Team at Americans for the Arts builds existing relationships with and identifies and stewards’ new individuals who can heighten the profile and fundraising capacity of Americans for the Arts, as well as help to advance pressing advocacy issues. This is done through one-on-one relationship-building of individual leaders and Artists Committee members and includes the planning and implementation of cultivation programs such as The National Arts Awards, National Arts Policy Roundtable, and other key events.
The team is part of the Resource Development Pod which is designed to increase resources and relationships for the organization.
The Manager works closely with the Vice President of Leadership Alliances on overall strategies to leverage and cultivate relationships with artists, thought leaders, and funders to further the work of Americans for the Arts and to help meet and grow the financial goals of the programs produced by the team and the overall organization. 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 Washington, DC based policy and cultivation events. The Manager is also the primary staff contact for our Artist Committee and artist cultivation work. The Manager is also engaged with the National Arts Awards, our annual Art Basel Miami dinners and other roundtables and cultivation activities, as developed. The Manager also supervises the Leadership Alliances Coordinator.
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 with a cross-organizational staff team.
Set and manage timelines, contact speakers and participants.
Work with staff and Chair on the 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.
The Americans for the Arts Artists Committee is a made up of over 100 prominent artists from all artistic disciplines who help to heighten the national profile of Americans for the Arts’ message by advocating publicly on behalf of the arts. Leadership Alliances maintains regular communication with all Artists Committee members and interfaces on special projects with individual members and staff as required.
Coordinate cultivation and stewardship outreach for the Americans for the Arts Artists Committee, such as: regular reports, invitations, advocacy issue briefs, and special cultivation appeals.
Coordinate opportunities for artist committee members to participate in advocacy and other programming
Create new compelling content regarding committee members for various organizational communications outlets such as Artsblog, the Americans for the Arts website and various online newsletters.
Manage annual recruitment of new members and the development of a pipeline for prospective members. Actively and regularly research potential new members and ways to approach them for engagement with a goal of expanding outreach into less represented fields.
Coordinate with other teams to engage Artists Committee members to participate in AFTA efforts and campaigns.
Serve as a primary relationship manager of specified committee members who have been assigned by the Vice President.
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, budget permitting.
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 in the successful planning of the National Arts Awards including prospect research, honoree selection, and program development.
Work with staff to identify new opportunities to cultivate leaders that can be associated with existing programs.
Work in concert with the Resource Development Pod 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 Team.
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 team liaison on AFTA communication vehicles.
Regularly post Leadership Alliances stories in all social media outlets.
Represent the team in internal and external events as needed.
Provide support to the Vice President of Leadership Alliances to ensure that the team is managed and organized in a way that supports the team, pod and organizational activities and goals.
As a Supervisor you are responsible for the performance of your direct-report(s). You should guide, train, support, and motivate your team member(s) to help them accomplish their job-specific goals. As a supervisor it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of your direct-report(s) responsibilities and know how to get the tasks accomplished in their absence. You should continually work to earn the respect and credibility of your direct-report(s) by building an inclusive and supportive learning environment. As such, building trust with your team members is vital to a healthy work relationship. Specifically, you will:
Meet with direct-report(s) on a weekly basis to discuss progress on projects, priorities, and goals
Assist direct-report(s) with workflow/bandwidth management, and ensure that direct-report(s) understand their duties and delegated tasks
Provide timely and ongoing constructive feedback, including soliciting feedback from colleagues from other teams with whom direct-report(s) collaborate
Document progress of individual direct-report(s) goals by administering annual performance review and mid-year review of performance goals in compliance with AFTA’s strategic plan
Support and assist in planning direct-report(s) professional development activities; assist with finding professional growth opportunities
Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by establishing and enforcing organization standards and adhering to legal regulations
Develop and update employee job descriptions, as necessary
Approve timekeeping records prior to each pay period’s deadline
Assist direct-reports with ongoing coaching and counseling
Provide quick and appropriate resolution of all challenges, discrepancies, and miscommunications
Share, support, and carry out decisions made by the organization’s management
Ensure adherence to Americans for the Arts’ personnel policies and practices
Focus on creating a culture where accountability and fairness are present in every situation
Support an innovative workplace that fosters creativity, encourages new ideas, and supports examining different approaches to existing initiatives
Recognize the contributions of your direct reports in ways that are meaningful to them
At least five (5) years of experience in a donor services, events, policy, prospect research, or development team 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
SALARY: Starting at $65,000.00
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.
Twelve days paid vacation first two years of employment, 15 days in third year and 20 days in fifth year and beyond with the ability to carryover your full years vacation to the following year
Twelve sick days per year with the ability to maintain up to 20 days in your accrual balance
Three personal days per year
Paid Volunteer time off
Individual HMO Advantage health insurance, dental and optical with option to upgrade to a PPO or add dependents
Healthcare, Dependent Care and Transportation pre-tax flexible spending accounts
A full list of benefits can be found on our website at:
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.