Creative Capital (CC), a national nonprofit artist support organization, seeks a personable, ambitious, and artist-centric innovator to join our leadership team as Director of Artist Initiatives (DAI). Our perfect candidate has 10 years professional experience in the arts sector as either a social entrepreneur, grantmaker, or at an arts focused nonprofit. Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country by providing substantial financial investments, professional development, and community building and engagement opportunities that shape the creative sector nationally. You can learn more about our work here.
In partnership with the President & Executive Director, the DAI is responsible for providing conceptual and strategic leadership for the organization’s pioneering venture philanthropy approach to helping artists working in all disciplines realize their project visions and build sustainable, thriving practices. This full-time position is based in our New York headquarters and requires significant nationwide travel.
The fun stuff you’ll be doing:
Develop and implement a clear direction for award-making:
Manage the full cycle of CC’s unique award-making program and participate in award decision-making by selecting evaluators, reviewing proposals and applications, managing evaluation rounds, and collaborating on public outreach and announcements at all stages. Supervise the staff, consultants, and content required to complete all aspects of the selection and funding approval process.
Manage the planning, coordination, and participation of awardees at CC orientation, pre-retreat sessions, retreat, regional and other gatherings.
Design services and programs for awardees and artists nationwide:
Conceive and implement new, responsive workshops and webinars to meet the continually changing needs of artists across the country.
Select and hire consultants, evaluators, panelists, workshop and webinar leaders whose experience can address the needs of CC awardees and other artists we serve.
Regularly conduct roundtables of thought leaders in the field, including administrators and artists, to identify specific areas of content and potential leaders and consultants.
Research, cultivate, and recruit new advisory consultants and coaches in areas such as legal, financial, public relations, marketing, community engagement, book publishing, and web services.
Serve as CC’s Lead Ambassador:
Collaborate with the Marketing & Communications Department to develop outreach strategies, including digital marketing plans that reflect the mission of the department and attract talent to new programs being offered and/or developed.
Attend professional conferences and convenings, give interviews, and organize presentations and panels to represent the unified program, its new initiatives and goals, and CC as a whole.
Manage in alignment with our budget:
With input from Program Managers, establish and manage an annual department budget based on earned and unearned income, determining allocations to specific projects based on impact on artists and strategic goals for the year.
Review and report on program budget, plans and financials and potentially rebalance portfolio as needed through feedback from stakeholders, artists, forums and roundtables.
Collaborate with development efforts:
Support the Development Department's goals to identify and implement new and innovative models for organizational funding
Collaborate on artist-led fundraising initiatives that help build community of supporters
Support ongoing impact analysis of Creative Capital's work and awardees' projects
Interested and qualified candidates should email a resume, cover letter detailing relevant background and skills (including salary requirements), and a list of three references to email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include “DAI” and your full name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
Creative Capital is committed to diversity in all its forms and is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. Since 2015, Creative Capital has been participating in ongoing anti-oppression training to examine systemic issues that perpetuate inequality. We remain committed to this work and are currently participating in Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab to continue our institutional and personal education.
To rise to the top of our hiring list, ideal candidates should already have experience:
Building relationships with national stakeholders, especially with those who are investing in artists in alignment with CC’s mission;
Developing teams with a sophisticated anti-racism and anti-oppression analysis, and that center the experiences of people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and other communities deeply within their work;
Managing staff with candor, generosity, humor, and mentorship;
Partnering with artists to accelerate and amplify their work, to include: implementing and continuously refining our existing programs and services; taking a creative and innovative approach to artist development and investment; and an eagerness to think far outside of traditional financial and social paradigms to create new models for artist support.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Made possible through public and private philanthropy, Creative Capital has committed $40 million in financial a...nd advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached more than 15,000 artists in 700 communities through workshops and webinars. To learn more, visit www.creative-capital.org.
Creative Capital is committed to diversity in all its forms and is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.