The Executive Director of the California Arts Council is responsible for providing statewide leadership in order to meet the CAC's strategic priorities, which include: building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations (including but not limited to ethnically, geographically, economically, and socially diverse populations); serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts on both a statewide and national level; and providing effective, and relevant programs and services.
The candidate hired will bring creativity, collaboration, vision, and the ability to grow astute political skills to navigate the complexity of the arts community in California. The Executive Director will be committed to balancing current best practices in the public sector for the arts, culture, education and economic development, while adapting the best of the private sector and remaining sensitive to trends nationwide. The Executive Director will build on existing strong relationships with the state legislature as well as develop new relationships with members of the legislature. The Executive Director will build strong and lasting relationships with the CAC staff, the Council members, and the many public constituencies that comprise the arts community and, where appropriate, position the CAC as the leader in statewide thought leadership, convening and coordinating services on the arts and creativity.
The Executive Director is expected to work full-time at the CAC's office in Sacramento. Travel for meetings and events throughout the state, and occasional national travel, is required.
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Position Summary: Under the direction of the Chair and members of the California Arts Council, the Executive Director has primary responsibility for agency administration; implementing the mission and the strategic vision of the CAC; oversight of all agency policy and programs; local, state and federal level inter-agency activities; state and national legislative relationships; public information; Council support and representation; leadership of civil service staff; and actions requested by the Office of the Governor, legislature, and other state agency directors.
• At least five years’ experience in executive-level management at an arts or arts education organization; a local, state or national arts agency; an arts philanthropy organization; or as head of an arts related program in an accredited college or university. • Ability to educate the State Legislature and Governor about the value of public funding for the arts, form partnerships and build public and political will in order to meet current and future goals of the CAC. • Experience in strategic planning and implementation. • Experience developing and overseeing a multi-million dollar budget and program funding and administration. • Experience with grantseeking or grantmaking. • Proven talent and history of being an exceptional manager of high performing teams; a leader who sets high expectations, motivates others to strive and mentors them to achieve their goals. • Experience working with state or local government and providing public testimony is desirable. • Experience working with volunteer board structures is desirable. • Experience in resource development or fundraising is desirable. • Degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in nonprofit management, arts/business administration, education/public administration or arts field (such as music, theater, dance, visual/digital arts) is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on State of California Exempt staff salary range and experience.