President & CEO, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Raleigh, North Carolina
United Arts Council (UAC) of Raleigh and Wake County is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit that has worked for more than 30 years to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through the support of and advocacy for the arts. United Arts Council provides programs, and services and partners with businesses, individuals, foundations, and the government to raise funds and distribute grants to schools, arts organizations, and local artists. Key programs include:
- Artists in Schools is the United Arts Council’s signature program, it offers support and matching grant assistance for all schools in Wake County to host curriculum-based performances, workshops, and residencies.
- Programming grants for Wake County nonprofit arts organizations, municipalities, and schools.
- The Wheels on the Bus Fund offers support for public Wake County elementary schools to provide transportation to arts and cultural facilities.
- Murals for Municipalities partners with Wake County municipalities annually and provides financial support for new community murals.
- Advocacy, workshops, technical assistance, and special projects, cyclical data collection on the nonprofit arts industry; the Piedmont Laureate program; Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internship program launching in summer of 2022, and the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access, whichconsists of arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities.
- Professional development grants for individual artists from five counties (Wake, Chatham, Lee, Harnett, and Johnston) supported by the state arts council, Raleigh Arts, and private funders.
- Arts Integration workshops, both stand-alone sessions and a week-long institute, to teach elementary and middle school teachers how to integrate the arts and non-arts curriculum.
United Arts Council is governed by a 26-person Board of Directors and has four full-time and four part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $1,500,000. In this year’s budget, 56% of United Arts Council’s revenue comes from government support, 39% from contributed revenue with the remaining from earned revenue and endowment earnings.
The Board of Directors is seeking a visionary community builder to advocate for and champion the arts Raleigh and Wake County. To learn more, visit: www.unitedarts.org
THE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The successful candidate will be a consensus builder who can create and implement a shared vision in supporting and championing greater equity, inclusion, and access in the performing arts. The Arts Council’s new leader will build on past successes and forge new collaborations and partnerships with government officials, community leaders, and organizations. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO of the United Arts Council will lead the organization and its staff in executing all aspects of its mission to build better communities through support and advocacy of the arts. Early in the new President & CEO’s tenure, they will partner with the board to create a new strategic plan, casting a fresh and dynamic vision for the future.
The new President & CEO will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:
- Leadership & Strategy: Serve as the primary advocate, fundraiser, and spokesperson for the county-wide organization, which increasingly takes a leadership role in regional initiatives and strategies. Ensure the organization upholds values of equity, inclusion, and access and believes that it is the responsibility of arts organizations to inspire a better world. Responsible for inspiring a unified sense of purpose among staff, board members, volunteers, donors, community partners, and the community at large. Work in collaboration with the board in refining the vision and creating a strategic plan that charts a course for the United Arts Council’s future and articulates that vision to internal and external stakeholders.
- Government Relations: Build strong collaborative relationships, especially with Wake County Commissioners and staff, developing a shared vision for how arts and culture can help meet community needs. Foster relationships with North Carolina Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, and other government officials and community leaders.
- Resource Development: Articulate the United Arts Council’s impact to motivate the community, donors, and partners in a way that inspires them to support the United Arts Council financially. Expand the breadth and depth of relationships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and increased philanthropic investments. Develop a philanthropic spirit and unified sense of purpose among all stakeholders.
- Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations: Work in collaboration with the Director of Communications to build strong brand consistency that will position the United Arts Council to take advantage of financial, programmatic, and fundraising opportunities. Seek regular dialogue with staff, donors, government officials, arts organizations, and other key partners on issues important to the United Arts Council’s future. Serve as the face of the organization in the community.
- Program Development and Financial Oversight: Bring an openness to evaluating current programs and services while building a dynamic vision for the future. Oversee finances and overall legal compliance and operational effectiveness. Support the staff and board to promote effective planning, oversight, and execution of all organizational activities.
- Staff Development: Cultivate a welcoming and positive culture throughout the organization. Support and encourage the staff to meet shared and individual goals. Provide opportunities for team building, planning, and professional development. Ensure that all human resource processes are executed by following applicable legal requirements including policies, payroll, insurance, and compliance issues.
- Board Engagement: Identify, recruit, train, retain, and celebrate diverse board members and volunteers. Ensure a quality process for building and maintaining an effective Board of Directors. Maintain regular communications with the board and provide the board with the support, counsel, and information necessary for effective board governance.
ATTRIBUTES OF THE NEW LEADER
The new leader must demonstrate a firm commitment to and passion for the United Arts Council’s mission and vision. In addition, they should possess a variety of attributes, including:
- Visionary leadership that motivates and aligns the board, staff, donors, and community partners.
- A deep understanding of how the arts play a vital role in an increasingly accessible community that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
- Big picture vision with an ability to also manage details.
- Integrity, consistency, and sound judgment in decision-making.
- An entrepreneurial spirit open to expanding and evolving community partnerships and programs.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Effectively articulate the importance and impact of the arts, inspiring others through effective storytelling, written, and interpersonal skills.
- A self-starter with ten or more years of experience in a leadership position where they successfully managed a team.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising and increasing revenues and/or philanthropic investments, with personal experience securing gifts of $10,000+.
- Demonstrated commitment and action towards leadership in the field and study of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Knowledge and understanding of community resources, the ability to make connections and partner with organizations, and identify resources to fulfill the organization’s strategic objectives.
- Comfortable with technology and how to leverage technology to build community engagement and maximize organizational efficiency.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university.
Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with the United Arts Council’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the United Arts Council’s position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact email@example.com. No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.
The review of candidates will begin in January 2022. This is a full-time position with the opportunity to work remotely when not meeting with staff and stakeholders. The anticipated salary offered for this position is $100,000-$110,000 and a benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 403(b) plan.
United Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.