Education and Training, Marketing, Project Management/Program Development
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 Local Arts Advancement Department works to create a feeling of relevance and necessity around the arts in America. It does so by cultivating local arts advancement in communities across the country, developing and implementing programs and services that strengthen and validate local arts agencies and the many other individuals and organizations that advance arts, culture, and artists at the local level, and creating opportunities for professional and leadership development, field convenings, and peer networking opportunities. Local Arts Advancement brings to bear Americans for the Arts’ unique strengths in research, policy, professional development, visibility, advocacy, and strategic partnership in order to provide vital tools, information and resources to advocates, arts professionals and allies on the ground, all in an effort to establish and implement favorable policies benefiting arts organizations, artists and local cultural development across America.
The Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager works under the supervision of the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement to design and implement programs to enhance the skills of diverse emerging arts administrators and assist local arts agency, public sector, and private sector leaders in adopting and implementing policies and programs that move the arts sector and communities-at-large toward cultural equity. This position will oversee the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate.
Since our founding in 1960 as the National Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts has retained a core focus on the deep and persistent role of the arts in every community. Systemic barriers that exist within the U.S. arts field challenge that vision and have kept field leadership from representing the full diversity of the communities in which the field operates. Changing that reality requires supporting leaders through the career spectrum and impacting the creative workers and public and private sector partners responsible for those systems. By reinforcing a pathway for leaders from historically underrepresented demographic backgrounds and supporting local arts, public, and private sectors in systems change, we believe we can shift the systems and create leadership that reflects the full breadth of American communities today.
The Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager has two primary roles:
To oversee a suite of programs that together support and accelerate the career trajectories of emerging and mid-career leaders who have been historically disadvantaged by the systemic biases of the field, while also inciting stronger community-wide commitment to systemic change that results in equity in leadership as general practice.
To facilitate planning and strategic dialogue among the various program leads of Americans for the Arts who are developing and deploying cultural equity-related programs and services to craft coherent, collaborative goals, strategies, and tactics for success across our work.
The Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager works with program leads across the organization to affect local impact, and sits within the Local Arts Advancement Department, which works to incite a feeling of relevance and necessity around the arts in America by cultivating local arts advancement in communities across the country; developing and implementing programs and services that strengthen and validate local arts agencies and others that advance arts, culture, and artists at the local level; and creating opportunities for professional and leadership development, field convenings, and peer networking opportunities. At Americans for the Arts, we deeply believe in the relevance of the arts in America, and we want others to also. We pursue healthy, equitable, vibrant communities by empowering leaders through a broad set of programs and services to strengthen, validate and advance arts, culture, and artists at the local level.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
National Early-Stage Training Programs
In conjunction with various members of the Local Arts Advancement department, as well as other internal and external partners, the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager will facilitate training programs particularly designed to impact and support college and post-graduate students as they decide whether and how to enter the arts field. In particular:
National Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship: Build on the 26-year success of the New York City-based Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship by establishing a national program (4 cities in 2019) designed to promote diversity in the arts management field.
Oversee the annual solicitation, selection and placement of interns, local arts agency coordinators, arts organization hosts, and business mentors in New York City and three additional communities.
Provide trainings, toolkits, a standardized evaluation system, and ongoing guidance to local arts agency partners in the 3 non-NYC communities, as well as their associated arts organizations and business mentors.
Design a local arts agency support strategy to ensure each partner community is striving towards sustainability gradually over 3 years with a goal of being self-sustainable by year 4.
Support local arts agency partners in conducting their duties. In New York City, serve as the local organizing body.
Creating evaluative measures to understand the success and impact of the program both immediately and over time.
Arts Pipeline Expansion Programs
Working in close partnership with the Director of Local Arts Services and the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, develop supplemental efforts to specifically attract, engage, and retain people traditionally untapped for arts leadership that will layer on and/or integrate into Americans for the Arts’ existing leadership training programs. In particular:
Diversity in Arts Leadership Mid-Career Mentorship Program: Engage late-stage-emerging and mid-career arts management professionals from historically underrepresented populations in training and mentorship program to develop the skills needed to earn senior level positions.
Track, communicate with and engage DIAL intern alumni to sustain long-term engagement with Americans for the Arts and with fellow interns/alumni.
Offer a series of professional development and networking opportunities specifically designed for mid-career arts managers from historically underrepresented populations.
Coordinate one-to-one mentoring by pairing members of this program with arts and business leaders to serve as champions, accountability partners and advisors.
Conduct “talk-back” sessions to capitalize on Americans for the Arts’ connections with arts nonprofit leaders, corporate/government leaders, board members, and funders.
Develop key strategic partnerships with organizations such as The Conference Board and SHRM to host and inform these programs.
Arts and Cultural Equity Fellowship Program: The Manager will also design and execute a fellowship program for emerging arts administrators of color and the organizations in which they work that seeks (1) to deploy crucial skills to the fellows for their professional development, and (2) begin the process of breaking down systemic barriers within the organizations they call home.
Oversee the annual selection and placement process for the cohorts of fellows.
Hire and oversee a curriculum development and training team and oversee their work as they offer two consecutive iterations of a one-year fellowship program for arts administrators of color built around both standard arts management skills and next-generation community and sector leadership skills.
Oversee expert consultants in planning and executing a concurrent program in each year for the Fellows’ home institutions that will guide these organizations toward a baseline competency in the values, policies, and practices of cultural equity.
Aligning Strategy and Communications around AFTA’s Cultural Equity Work
In addition to the programmatic focus above, the Manager, while not responsible for the cultural equity-related work outcomes of other staff, will facilitate planning and strategy dialogues among various AFTA staff to craft coherent, collaborative goals, strategies, and communications plans related to our ongoing work on cultural equity. This will include:
Convening a standing committee of programming leads within Americans for the Arts who have programs or services related to cultural equity to identify common goals, timelines, and themes, as well as core stories to communicate, pathways to funding, and strategies for sustainability and evaluation.
Implementing a communications strategy in partnership with the Marketing and Communications team to promote Americans for the Arts field-oriented cultural equity work and engage members and field constituents, including web, email and social media content.
Develop and cultivate strategic alliances with partners in the arts and business community to provide opportunities to disseminate our message and programming.
Stay current on, and share, research and best practices on leadership development.
Oversee program design to enable the systemic change that enables diversity in leadership to be accepted as general practice.
Create, disseminate, and analyze evaluation surveys, program recaps, and program impact for internal evaluation and external reporting. Work with Vice President to identify funders for these programs and assist in writing grants and grant reporting.
Select, direct, plan, and manage the performance of the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate.
Develop, in consultation with the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, the program areas’ budget and maintain it accordingly with direct staff.
Maintain files of intern program communications for grants and track income and expenses
Establish networks of program alumni and strategically link them to each other an ongoing American for the Arts initiatives.
Network and convene local arts agency leaders with commitment to cultural equity work to advance the learning in the field.
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 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
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience managing social media
Interest in, and prior experience related to developing, professional, and leadership development programs.
Knowledge of the New York arts scene, U.S. arts ecosystems
Project and people management experience, including in peer-to-peer engagement
Proven experience in a supervisory or relevant role
Related experience in a professional office environment, particularly knowledge and training around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
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.