The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), located in the heart of the Arts District near downtown New Orleans, seeks a dynamic and visionary Executive Director to lead the organization. The Executive Director oversees the staff, finances, development, facilities, education, communications and performing and visual arts. The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic and operational planning and reports to the President and Board of Trustees.
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC presents its programs to educate audiences and encourage collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.
The CAC was formed in the fall of 1976 as a non-collecting organization by a passionate group of artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide. Housed in an 80,000 square foot, 4 floor building with two contiguous 10,000 square foot warehouses, the CAC began as an artist-run, artist-driven community organization in the nearly empty Arts District of New Orleans. Through the generosity of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, the property was donated to the CAC in 1999 and has since become an anchor of the burgeoning Arts District with neighbors such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National World War II Museum and the Julia Street gallery corridor. According to Forbes, the Warehouse District is among the top ten of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.” The CAC has developed its property to include tenants in the atrium and on the third and fourth floors, a public parking lot and two contiguous warehouses available for performances and special event rentals.
Throughout its 40-plus years, the CAC has been recognized as a leading presenter in the visual and performing arts, as well as the arts education communities, representing an era of creative freedom and multi-disciplinary expression. Each season, the CAC presents a diverse array of visual art exhibitions; theater and dance performances involving companies of local, national, and international recognition; concerts; music; and special events supporting the local arts community and our dedicated members.
The CAC serves 120,000 visitors and has an annual operating budget of $2.3 million. To learn more about the CAC, visit www.cacno.org.
The ideal candidate must be a visionary leader with passion, knowledge and appreciation for the visual and performing arts. To achieve the institution’s mission, the Executive Director must have experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and patron stewardship. The Executive Director must possess excellent budget and management skills as well as superb written and oral communication abilities. In addition, the Executive Director must be a dedicated fiscal steward of a multi-disciplinary arts institution with demonstrated experience as an active participant in the arts community. Additional strengths include human resources management and excellent interpersonal skills.
The Executive Director will:
Report to the President and Board of Trustees, serving as management liaison and reporting on annual operating budgets and strategic initiatives.
With the Directors of Visual and Performing Arts, plan and budget for cutting edge visual and performing arts programs that will engage diverse and inclusive audiences and community participation throughout the region.
With the Director of Education, create innovative programming that will engage audiences of all ages in the community.
With the Development Department, inspire and execute effective revenue generation strategies, including membership growth, to maximize earned and contributed revenue.
Lead and participate in donor cultivation and major solicitations.
Develop cultural collaborations with other organizations, especially those in the metro New Orleans area.
With the CFO, plan and monitor all financial aspects of the organization, including operating budgets and fundraising initiatives.
With the Director of Communications, raise the visibility of the CAC with innovative marketing and special events.
Effectively lead the institution, providing guidance and coordination among all departments while fostering a team environment.
Work with the managers and curators to insure the artistic programming fulfills the CAC’s mission and strategic goals.
Lead inclusive strategic planning and insure plan implementation.
Set goals and manage expectations that will challenge the organization’s administrative and volunteer leadership to strive for the highest artistic values and institutional goals.
Represent the CAC in the arts and cultural community locally and nationally to maintain and strengthen relationships and collaborations with community groups, peer organizations and schools/universities.
With the Director of Facilities and Hospitality, maintain the CAC’s property to insure ongoing earned revenue streams from it.
A Master’s degree in Arts Administration, an advanced degree in a CAC related discipline or related management experience preferred
5+ years of experience in arts management at an organization of similar complexity
Exceptional team leadership and management skills
Experience working with board and staff members to achieve earned and contributed revenue goals
Demonstrated success in non-profit fund raising
Knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary art disciplines
Demonstrated understanding of an artist-focused perspective and commitment to supporting local artists balanced with national and global programs
Strong budgeting skills and fiscal responsibility/accountability
Ability to develop professional ties to local, regional and national arts organizations
Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, ability to make public presentations
Understanding of current best practices in the programmatic fields of the CAC
COMPENSATION Compensation is commensurate with the importance of the role and the candidate’s experience. The CAC offers a competitive benefits package.
Once all your materials have been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation of your submission via the email address you have provided in the application.
The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans is committed to creating an inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
About Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
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