Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, DC and a second office located in New York, NY.
The Americans for the Arts Action Fund (Arts Action Fund) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliate of Americans for the Arts. The Arts Action Fund is arts advocacy organization of 400,000 individual members, with a goal of recruiting and mobilizing at least one million citizen activists to become members and advocate for the adoption of arts-friendly public policies to be adopted at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Arts Action Fund Program Manager executes all aspects of Arts Action Fund programming including membership acquisition and retention high- and low-dollar fundraising, its political action committee (PAC) management, political and educational initiatives, fundraising special events and PAC fundraising campaigns, and content writing for its publications and website. The Manager will also assist the Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund (E.D.) in preparing for meetings with the Arts Action Fund’s board of directors. The Arts Action Fund Program Manager will actively participate in internal working groups to execute the member recruitment fundraising, communications, marketing, and advocacy objectives of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. The Arts Action Fund Program Manager reports to the E.D.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
The Arts Action Fund Manager will execute all of the day-to-day marketing and production activities of the Arts Action Fund’s membership recruitment and retention program in order to reach our goal of one million members.
Manage all aspects of membership renewals, fulfillment, list pulls, marketing
Develop membership recruitment campaigns and materials
Identify and carryout opportunities for speakers to promote Arts Action Fund memberships in their speeches
Recruit and foster membership partners at the national, state, and local levels, which include securing annual member lists from partners.
Ensure successful execution of membership recruitment events by coordinating invite lists, checklists, and shipping of supplies to local hosts
Travel to Partners’ conferences for membership recruitment and fundraising events
Set up membership booths and events at partner conferences
Develop working relationships with high end donors and board members for future membership and fundraising events
Manage the Year-End Campaign efforts, including content development with E.D.
Recruit and keep Field Organizers engaged
Carry-out grassroots advocacy campaigns through Voter Voice at the direction of the E.D.
Manage the quarterly newsletter for content, timeliness, and mailing.
Work with E.D. and designer to create SWAG/identity materials for Arts Action Fund branding and membership recruitment.
Analyze membership and contribution statistics and generate reports
The Arts Action Fund Manager will help raise funds for the Arts Action Fund PAC through direct mail and electronic appeals, one-on-one phone banking, and traveling to meet with donors and special events throughout the country. The goal is to raise $250,000 every election cycle.
Complete FEC filings in a timely manner and reconcile bank financials for the Arts Action Fund PAC with the FEC Report
Complete FEC filings for a second PAC, the Arts and Humanities in America PAC, in a timely manner and reconcile bank financials for the Arts and Humanities in American PAC with the FEC report
Ensure successful execution of PAC fundraising events by coordinating invite lists, checklists, and shipping of supplies to local hosts
Assist E.D. in developing and distributing candidate surveys and Congressional Arts Report Cards
Prepare materials for Arts Action Fund board meetings including the drafting of Arts Action Fund board bullet reports, board agendas, and minutes
Develop and do follow-through for customized board giving plans/pledges
Grow online and social media presence of the Arts Action Fund
Write, manage, and upload web content, web design
Check website daily for problems, opportunities, links, updates, etc.
Keep Arts Action Fund social media channels fresh and up-to-date
The Arts Action Fund Manager will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Arts Action Fund.
Recruit and manage the Arts Action Fund contractors and interns
Maintain up-to-date department manual for all operations of the Arts Action Fund
Serve as liaison to all vendors (Linemark, ROI, Salesforce, DMP, Blue State, VoterVoice, PACBuilder)
A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing quality customer service to our members, stakeholders, and partners
Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships
Ability to manage people and projects to attain our goals within budget and on time
Strong working knowledge of Salesforce and/or CRMs.
Experience with Pardot, FormAssembly and Drupal preferred.
Ability to negotiate contracts with vendors and manage outsourced work
Ability to work with minimal supervision
At least five-to-seven years of experience in membership, development, marketing, management, database, and political fundraising
Excellent attention to detail
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience and high comfort level in working with donors
Proficiency in various computer design programs helpful, such as Creative Cloud.
Strong interest in political and electoral issues
Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects
Strong Personal Computer (PC) skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet research experience, a basic knowledge of any Content Management System (CMS) and basic PC troubleshooting
This position works 37.5 hours per week Monday through Friday around core business hours (10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)
Some travel required
CULTURAL EQUITY COMPETENCIES
Americans for the Arts acknowledges the existence of systemic and structural biases and believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in pursuing cultural equity in all aspects of governance, operations, and programming. As an employee, you are expected to:
Pursue substantive learning to achieve greater cultural consciousness by attending at least one Americans for the Arts Learning Lab per quarter and/or other professional development opportunities
Support adoption of best practices to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work experience for colleagues and external partners
Strive to consider the people, places, and cultures that might be missing from your work and look for opportunities to increase inclusivity in all the work you do.
Support the mission and vision of Americans for the Arts in all interactions with colleagues, members and stakeholders
Encourage colleagues and external stakeholders to advance cultural equity by adhering to the standards outlined in the Staff Values & Behavior Agreement in all interactions
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Americans for the Arts believes that one of its greatest strengths is the rich diversity of its staff.
We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender and gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, including pregnancy and childbirth, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, political belief or activity, veteran or military discharge status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law and regulations under Title VII.
The policy applies to all employment practices, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
All employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination of any kind should contact their immediate supervisor or Human Resources. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The law prohibits retaliation against any employee for reporting discrimination or perceived discrimination, or for participating in an investigation of incidents of discrimination or perceived discrimination.
The Arts Action Fund contracts with Americans for the Arts for employees and thereby abides by Americans for the Arts’ employment policies and practices.
About Americans for the Arts
Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City, we provide a rich array of programs that meet the needs of over 150,000 members and stakeholders. We are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.