Local Arts Advancement Program Manager

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2020-03-19
  • Organization: Americans for the Arts
  • Organization Type: Arts Services Organization
  • Career Type: Arts, Culture Non-Profit Administrator
  • Grant / Salary: Salary starting at $65,000.00
  • Location: Washington, DC, MD
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

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 Local Arts Advancement Team works to create conditions in which Arts Agencies (State, County and Local) and Arts and Culture Organizations work in concert to advance access to the arts for all. By leveraging Americans for the Arts’ unique strengths in research, policy, professional development, visibility, advocacy and strategic partnerships, we provide tools, information and resources that grow and sustain stronger understanding and appreciation of the full arts and culture ecosystem and the infrastructure that supports it. We deliver nuanced and targeted data, trends and training to the field that is focused on leadership in the field that reflects the changing demographics in their community and organizations integrating equitable practice to be responsive to the community in which they serve.

By facilitating skill-building, amplifying best practices, and creating tools and resources through ArtsU, the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager is responsible for supporting, fostering and cultivating the ongoing practice of arts administrators working in arts agencies and arts and culture organizations around the country to build healthier and more vibrant communities and support practitioners to pursue equitable and sustainable practice and policy. With a particular eye on career and leadership development, the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager design, develops and deploys skill building and affinity group networks to advance and foster the 21st Century arts and culture workforce.

Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program and Field Work
• Develop field education offerings to foster and cultivate competent and informed local, regional and national arts and culture professionals in alignment with NCVI and Cultural Equity integration and long-term strategic targets.
• Embed the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and access in the design, development and deployment of all field education offerings.
• Curate and lead ArtsU, a comprehensive, field education program crossing all areas of content and career trajectories, to ensure alignment and relevance.
○ Coordinate a team of subject matter experts to build robust learning opportunities in the Americans for the Arts education platform (ArtsU) and develops goals for year-round activities.
• Manage the ArtsU LIVE and Digital program to grow earned revenue and increase market share of learning opportunities in the field.
• Work with Field Education Coordinator to ensure understanding of broad content areas and field trends to best position live learning opportunities.
○ Manage ArtsU Live and Digital workshop sales to maximize earned revenue opportunities.
• Work with Field Education Coordinator to prepare a sales plan, provide product knowledge and coaching to ensure earned revenue goals are met.
○ Engage staff in developing and executing programming goals.
• Provide orientation for new staff, training, tools and resources to assist in program development to ensure high quality and consistency across content areas.
• Explore partnerships, map and develop local arts field growth areas and opportunities, and engage people within and beyond the arts and culture field to design, develop and deliver new ways of learning and consuming information.
• Propose and develop relevant sessions and networking opportunities at national convenings which include National Arts Action Summit, Annual Convention, Public Art & Civic Design Conference and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.
○ Coordinate programming for specific aspects of the Annual Convention programming as required, including the Roundtable sessions and the Threads programming.
• Through the Forum Program: Design, develop and execute the Art Leaders Forum which includes program development, identifying eligible participants, developing timeline, application and selection process, coordinating logistics.
• Serve as lead liaison to, and coordinate and develop appropriate programming for the County Arts Network, Emerging Leaders Network, and Arts Marketing Network
○ Facilitate ongoing activities of the Emerging Leaders Council including the nomination and selection of a recipient of the annual Emerging Leaders Award, annual election of Council members, and plan for and deliver the agenda of the winter and summer Council meetings.
○ Ensure regular communication with these networks through listservs and other vehicles.
• Manage and execute the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts Marketing initiative, which builds the marketing skills of arts leaders throughout Pennsylvania.
• Assist in the development and execution of the National Arts Marketing Project and the professional development and programming to build earned income and audience development strategies for the field.
• Develop programs and resources aimed at expanding organizational understanding and capacity around supporting individual artists. This includes developing a multitude of resources including webinars, blogs, toolkits, newsletters, etc.
• Serve as the program lead, and aid the communications department in the promotion of, National Arts and Humanities Month.
• Develop, maintain and accounting for program budgets including development of proposals for prospective funders and revenue generating programming, as directed.
• Supervise the Field Education Coordinator.
• Support or develop other projects, as directed.

Member Relationship Management
• Steward relationships with partners to field education program offerings.
• Deepen relationships with new and existing members, partners and consultants to broaden AFTA’s pipeline of potential consultants.
• Interact regularly with members — help them feel heard, understood and welcome in the community. Foster member connections to each other and to resources relevant to their work.
• Help grow new membership audiences beyond local arts agencies to other organizations doing community building through the arts.

Leadership and Planning
• Draw on facilitative leadership methods and tools to nurture and support a team culture that allows people of different cultures, backgrounds and approaches to work to thrive.
• Participate in organization’s knowledge management and internal learning efforts.
• Coordinate as needed with colleagues on joint projects, and complete other duties as assigned with an eye toward drawing connections between existing work.
• Participate and, in some instances, lead organizational work planning efforts.
• Assist with the creation and analysis of evaluation instruments and learning activities for peer learning programs; continuously seek and incorporate appropriate feedback to improve programming. Ensure local arts advancement group and subject matter experts understand evaluation results and participant feedback to advance program development.

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:

Performance Management
• 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 departments 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

• 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 work with minimal supervision
• Bachelor’s degree
• CMP preferred with at least five years of meeting and event planning experience, and at least two years in a management/supervisory role in a professional office environment
• Excellent customer service skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• 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

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

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

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