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Manager of Research

  • Organization: NALAC
  • Organization Type: Arts Services Organization
  • Location: San Antonio, TX
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Manager of Research   

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s largest funding and advocacy organization devoted to the support and promotion of Latinx arts in the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1989, the mission of NALAC is to promote, advance, develop and cultivate the Latinx arts field. Through grants, leadership training and professional development opportunities, NALAC plays an important national leadership role that builds the artistic and professional capacity of Latinx artists and organizations. NALAC also facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.

Summary

NALAC is growing and seeks a Manager of Research to develop and oversee a research portfolio priorities, projects and programs.  

The ideal candidate will have quantitative and methodological expertise in the trends of philanthropic funding, demographics, frameworks, policies and practices and economies that influence and impact the Latinx cultural arts field and national arts sector. The Manager of Research must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment, adept with digital workplace platforms and strategies and able to thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace. Additionally, the successful candidate is a capable public speaker with a track record of effectively communicating complex research and findings to a variety of audiences including board members, funders, peer organizations, media, partners, staff, etc. 

NALAC’s mission is to promote, advance, develop and cultivate the Latinx arts field. We conduct objective, rigorous, interdisciplinary research, evaluation, and policy analysis and deliver data-driven recommendations focused on the Latinx cultural arts field as vital and major element of impact in the national cultural arts sector. These recommendations will inform cultural policy, arts funding priorities, programming, training, and technical assistance across the nation.   

In carrying out our research, we seek to center the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Latinx cultural artists, practitioners, organizations, and communities in lens of social and racial equity and inclusiveness.  

The Research Manager will have quantitative and methodological expertise and will work collaboratively with staff, researchers, and other stakeholders at all levels on a variety of projects. Areas of expertise can include various aspects related to cultural arts such as trends and opportunities in philanthropic funding, Latinx demographics, socially engaged arts, creative economies, creative placemaking/place keeping, community arts education and the arts and humanities. 

Further, methodological and quantitative skills may include expertise in cost-benefit analysis, randomized control trials, quasi-experimental methods, survey methodology, community engaged methods, and/or working with large administrative datasets with expertise in linking across system level data. The ideal candidate approaches research with an equity focus. 

The ideal candidate will bring subject matter expertise in one or more of these areas and a solid track record of directing national and local research in arts policy and/or the cultural arts. This position will be expected to support ongoing work, contribute to business development to further build the NALAC research portfolio, and serve as principal investigator or senior advisor for future studies. 

BIPOCQ2S individuals are encouraged to apply. 

Management Responsibilities

This position reports directly to the President & CEO. This position may also a supervise a part to full-time associate level position.  

Essential Responsibilities

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in policy and research in the cultural arts system within and across the organization constituencies. 
  • Exhibit mastery of complex research and evaluation methods and processes and leads the improvement or innovation of broadly accepted and new methods or process 
  • Manage and design all aspects of research projects, including staffing (by supervising and coaching individual team members), team performance, monitoring project progress, budget, and schedule, designing and implementing strategy, and ensuring effective dissemination 
  • Raise funds to advance bodies of work within at the organization.  
  • Oversee quality control activities for specific projects, including ensuring the accuracy of data management, analysis, and reporting 
  • Present to NALAC members, grantees, practitioner organizations, technical working groups, funders, and policymakers 
  • Disseminate research by authoring external facing products, including reports, blog posts, and journal articles 
  • Serve as a resource to the media on topics for which one has expertise 
  • Advise on strategic direction of NALAC and assist with operational efforts  

Desired Qualifications

  • Possess a graduate degree (MA, MPP, PhD) in Arts Research, Arts management, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy, Statistics/Mathematics, Economics, or other similar social science fields, with the following skills: 
  • Requisite quantitative, analytical, and writing skills; 
  • Substantive expertise in a NALAC related topic; and 
  • Substantial experience interacting with artists, organizational leaders, practitioners and community stakeholders. 
  • Be a recognized expert with a reputation for effectively advancing knowledge, policy, or practice at the city, state, or national level. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage with sophisticated research and connect results to policymaking. 
  • Possess excellent management skills, including experience coordinating or staffing high-level advisory groups and interdisciplinary teams, and experience coaching staff and teams to desired outcomes.  
  • Demonstrate prior fundraising success and experience growing resources to support knowledge-building, policy analysis, and/or evidence-based policy and practice. 
  • Have produced clear, concise, and compelling analysis of complex policy issues and research evidence and have outstanding oral and written communications skills. 
  • Have experience with strategic communications, including outreach to media and target audiences in the public, business, and nonprofit sectors. 
  • Exhibit a track record of publication of research findings for multiple audiences through a variety of dissemination outlets from refereed journals to practitioner-oriented briefs. 
  • Comfortable using video communication (Zoom) and project management tools, Skill in Microsoft Office 365 platform & programs a plus. Adaptable to maximize effectiveness of digital collaboration. 
  • High ethical standards with the ability to maintain confidentiality, ensure data privacy and secure sensitive information. 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the NALAC mission. 
  • Ability to work well independently and as a collaborative team member. 

Core Competencies & Commitments

Adaptability: willingness to embrace change, test new ideas, and learn new ways of working. 

Collaboration: eagerness to share resources and work with others toward organizational goals. 

Fluency with technology: understanding that much of our work occurs in digital systems, which require ongoing learning. 

Alignment with values and mission: understand and embrace our values and mission, in particular how they reflect our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. 

Sharing power: comfortable taking on leadership and followership roles.  

Job Location & Travel

NALAC is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Some travel for board meetings and national convenings may be required (3-4 times/year.) 

NALAC is open to flexible work schedule. This is a remote position.  Candidates can be located in greater San Antonio region or any other location. Some travel to headquarters will be expected for in-person meetings, retreats, etc. 

Compensation & Benefits

The compensation includes an annual salary of $60,000 to $62,000 and participation in the organization’s comprehensive benefits plan, which includes  

  • Health insurance coverage of fulltime employees at 100% cost to NALAC  
  • Health insurance coverage of eligible dependents fulltime employees at 25% cost to NALAC 
  • 22 days of annual paid leave including vacation and approved holidays  

NALAC is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination. NALAC is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination. People of color, indigenous people, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for positions.  

How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter via the NALAC Job and Internship Application portal: https://nalac.submittable.com/submit/60177/nalac-job-and-internship-application

 

NALAC is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination. NALAC is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination. People of color, indigenous people, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for positions.