||Chicago Cultural Alliance
||Public Folklore, Non-Profit
The Chicago Cultural Alliance seeks an
Executive Director to lead a growing consortium of Chicago- area ethnic
museums, cultural centers, and historical societies (Core Members) partnered
with mainstream institutions and agencies. The Chicago Cultural Alliance
(CCA) works toward its mission of effecting social change and public
understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives. The CCA
offers a new model of collaboration, one that benefits small and large
organizations alike and prioritizes the rich perspectives and experiences of
Chicago's diverse ethnic communities. All CCA programming is guided by
the interests and needs of our member organizations and partner institutions
and builds upon the concept that heritage is an asset. The CCA is not a network
of organizations, but rather a community of diverse organizations with strong,
trusting relationships that form the cornerstone of our work.
The ideal candidate will have direct
experience leading collaborations and building community among organizations
that are diverse in capacity and mission. S/he will be a strong leader, who is
excited about working directly with community leaders and has well-developed
ability to lead while also being flexible and responsive. The position acutely
attends to the CCA's commitment to ‘first voice' as the primary mode of
The Executive Director works with the Board
of Directors and CCA staff to develop CCA's vision and goals and to implement a
fundraising strategy to achieve them. S/he leads the organization as it serves
Core Members and increases CCA's impact and visibility in the Chicago
metropolitan area through public programming and advocacy. The Executive
Director effectively manages tight resources, a small staff (between 5-7), and
competing priorities to achieve the greatest impact for CCA's Core Members.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Management and Administrative Leadership
- Provides oversight of all CCA activities,
manages the day-to-day operations, provides fiscal oversight, and assures a
smoothly functioning, efficient and financially viable organization.
- Assures a work environment that recruits,
retains and supports quality staff and volunteers
- As primary human resource representative and
financial manager, ensures compliance with all laws and regulations.
Fundraising & Board Relations
- Maintains clear communication with the Board
of Directors, informing them of progress towards organizational goals and
informing them of opportunities and trends relevant to CCA.
- Works with the Board to ensure their full
engagement in policy making, governance, and resource development. Ensures a
healthy board development process.
- Plans and oversees a range of fundraising
events and activities including but not limited to: direct mail, annual dinner,
donor cultivation and grant writing to private and corporate foundations and
- Maintains and is guided by a strategic plan
developed in collaboration with the Board and including input from Core Members
Member Engagement & Advocacy
- Fosters strong and trusting relationships
with Core member and partner organizations.
- Prioritizes needs of Core Members and an
awareness of resources that CCA can leverage for them.
- Shapes the vision for the CCA, providing
creative leadership that maximizes resources.
- As CCA's primary spokesperson, shapes and
expands awareness of CCA's brand and mission through public presentations and
innovative institutional marketing efforts.
- Advocates for CCA's vision and Core Members
in metropolitan and statewide policy meetings and in relevant policy-making
- Regularly evaluates CCA's organizational and
- 5-7 years of demonstrated experience in a
dynamic or non-profit organization managing its financial sustainability,
supervising and developing personnel, overseeing marketing and communications
and programs, and working with diverse partners in the arts and culture sector.
- Experience working with or on a nonprofit
board of directors.
- Fundraising record that demonstrates
ability to meet increasing goals and includes experience securing funds from
foundations, corporations, government sources, and individuals
- Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences,
Humanities, Arts, Urban Planning or relevant fields.
- Proven oral and written communication skills
and ability to adjust presentation styles for different audiences and
- Demonstrated ability to provide leadership
and to think strategically and creatively.
- Entrepreneurial, politically astute, and
committed to working in a collaborative environment.
- Proven ability to organize, represent, and
engage a diverse set of stakeholders including organizations and individuals in a way that
builds community and consensus.
- Experience working in deadline driven
environment with tight resources.
- Master's degree or higher in related field.
- Strong connections and commitment to
Chicago's ethnic communities, arts and culture sector, and immigrant rights and
social justice movements.
- Museum/cultural center experience.
- Knowledge of arts and cultural policy.
- Spanish or other second language
This is a full time exempt position. This
position requires a flexible schedule and ability to travel throughout the city
and suburbs; applicants must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Salary
commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
The Chicago Cultural Alliance is an equal
opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Qualified
and interested candidates should submit letter of interest, current résumé,
email address and phone numbers. Applications
received by December 15, 2013 will be given priority consideration.
If you meet the above criteria, please send
your cover letter, resume, salary history, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Executive Director" in the subject line. All application
documents must be in English and only short-listed candidates will be
contacted. Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample.
Finalists may be required to undergo a criminal background check and will be
asked to supply three work references.