The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
YoungArts winners represent a dynamic group of artists. YoungArts alumni are:
Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners and nominees
Dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New York City Ballet
Musicians in the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras
The New York Times bestselling authors
Artists who exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
Filmmakers who present at Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
Founded in 1981. Since then:
Over 20,000+ winners
40+ full-time staff
20+ member national Board of Trustees
7 Alumni Advisory Council members
$14 million budget
The National Strategic Partnerships Department is responsible for three focus areas: Alumni Programming, Educational Initiatives, and Public Programming. With the future build out of an entire city block campus, YoungArts is strongly positioned to serve our ever-growing YoungArts alumni community working with accomplished artists across various disciplines. This position will oversee the strategy and implementation to grow and develop programs that serve our alumni base through the Miami campus headquarters and other sites such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. The campus will also become a major cultural anchor for the City of Miami, with a proven track record of successful, accessible public programming such as Outside the Box and Salon Series.
This position will develop the strategy for all local, regional and national partnerships, including evaluating existing alliances as well as building new collaborations that advance the mission of YoungArts; execute on the strategic priorities that expand alumni offerings; contribute to audience development; and create strong relationships and opportunities in the educational field, thus establishing YoungArts as the leading pipeline for the next generation of great artists and creatives for the nation’s workforce. The VP of National Strategic Partnerships will report to the President/CEO and will perform various programming and administrative duties as outlined below.
Who are we looking for?
Innovator. Builder. Strategist. Connector. These are just a few words that describe our ideal VP of National Strategic Partnerships. We’re looking for a strategic leader, bold thinker and thoughtful manager.
The ideal candidate will provide:
Strategic direction and oversight for all aspects of national educational initiatives; and build strategic relationships to drive public and alumni programming at campus headquarters and offsite across partner venues.
Coordination of national educational strategy and implementation with Programming team and External Relations & Communications as related to the YoungArts Core Programs: YoungArts Week, Regional, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts programming.
Thought-leadership and strategy in maximizing relationship opportunities with target high school and higher education networks.
The ability to develop strategy to inform and direct programmatic decisions.
The evaluation experience to measure success and inform programming decisions.
An innovative approach and ability to build relationships with nonprofit, community and corporate partners; Will liaise with Vice President of Development to maximize partnerships with foundation, corporate and institutional relationships.
A portfolio of metrics to measure sustainability and manage growth.
Dynamic leadership, training and professional development for a growing team with two direct reports.
Understanding and familiarity with budgets and the budgeting process.
Expertise and the ability to build strong diverse working teams through leadership, mentorship and coaching.
A passion for YoungArts’ mission and strong commitment and ideas to enhance the culture of the entire organization.
10+ years of experience as a senior manager supervising staff with preference toward management experience in a philanthropic organization or nonprofit. Solid educational background including an undergraduate degree. Advanced degree preferred.
Knowledgeable about the national arts and education systems and network desired but not required.
Understanding of working with underserved communities is a plus.
Experience with program design and planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Excellent project management skills, including ability to handle multiple assignments; successful track record setting priorities and ensuring execution.
Effective team leader, team player with ‘can-do’ attitude.
Thrives in a collaborative, entrepreneurial and dynamic work environment where team members are open, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the organization.
Easily navigates technology; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience with data collection and impact measurement to track program effectiveness.
Skilled negotiator with extensive contract management experience.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to make effective oral presentations to large and small groups of internal or external stakeholders.
This position will be based in Miami, Florida.
A unique opportunity to lead. An outstanding chance to partner with our CEO, senior leadership and board. A competitive compensation package including salary, health, 401k and paid-time-off benefits.
Send your resume and a cover letter with salary history and three professional references in one continuous WORD or PDF document. No phone calls, please.
A background check must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may commence employment with YoungArts.
The National YoungArts Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal, state and local law.
YoungArts is the core program of the National YoungArts Foundation, founded in 1981 by businessman and visionary, the late Ted Arison, and his wife Lin. The organization’s mission is to identify the next generation of emerging artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, to provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American Society. Visit us on the web at www.youngarts.org.