ABOUT AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is a national nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization dedicated to equitably advocating for the economic, cultural, social, and educational power of the arts. AFTA promotes the arts and culture sector as a national asset and vital driver to solve some of the country’s greatest challenges and help create healthy and thriving communities where all can experience the arts for a lifetime.
Having completed a transformative Strategic Realignment Process, Task Force for Racial and Cultural Equity, and a staff-led people first workplace culture rebuild, AFTA embraces:
Transformative Ethos: Demonstrate highly visible, unmistakable behaviors and values for belonging, collaboration and transparency.
Universal Narrative: Focus messages and programs around artistic engagement and creativity.
Narrow and Deep Strategy: Align all initiatives to equitable advocacy.
Collective Structure: Engage partnerships to empower collaboration and a network of networks.
Equitable advocacy is AFTA’s strategy for continuously encouraging support for the arts and culture ecosystem. It seeks to integrate the different ways of advocating to achieve mutually complementary and equitable effects. For example, it uses congressional engagement, partnership development, policy & programs development, and local arts agency engagement teams in which each team collaborates with and supports the other. It fosters a culture of continuous learning, and achieves integrated, inclusive, diverse, and accessible advocacy policies, practices, partnerships, and programming outcomes.
Americans for the Arts staff is reorganizing into three major groups Equitable Advocacy, Institutional Effectiveness, Relationship Development, with an Executive Leadership Team.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the new Senior Vice President of Equitable Advocacy (SVP of EA) role manages the following advocacy planning, operations, and activities:
Federal congressional engagement
Local arts agency engagement
Partnership and network development (across all sectors)
Policy and program development, execution, and evaluation
Using a whole-of-organization approach, the SVP of EA leads the integration of the joint activities performed by its assigned Government Affairs, Local Arts Engagement, Policy and Programs, and Partnerships teams in collaboration with other organization groups to derive and provide equitable advocacy solutions to a variety of challenges and issues within the art and culture ecosystem.
The ideal candidate is an experienced local arts advocate and thought leader for the economic, cultural, social, and educational power of the arts. This person possesses deep local arts agency experience with exemplary knowledge, skills, and abilities in:
legislative and regulatory public and private sector policy making,
arts policy and programming development, execution, and evaluation;
skills in cultivating and sustaining strategic partnerships and network of networks (government, nonprofit and for-profit), and;
along with strong strategic acumen, a foundation of professional networks as well as an appreciation and context for political engagement, strategic communication and research and evaluation.
For the full job listing and to apply, visit their website by clicking HERE
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