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Employment Opportunities

Director of Development

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC), located in Little Rock, AR, seeks a senior fundraising professional to advance the institution during an extraordinary transformation that includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open in 2022. Designed by the renowned architecture firm, Studio Gang, the new facility will secure the Arkansas Arts Center’s position as one of the top cultural institutions in the state and region. The new Arts Center will feature state-of-the-art galleries, Museum School, theatre, lecture hall, outdoor event area, and other spaces to host programming, classes, and performances. The innovative Cultural Living Room, restaurant, store, and landscaped grounds will position the AAC as a cultural hub for Little Rock and the Delta region.

The accompanying successful $128 million capital campaign, which has now raised $122.7 million, is funding the project and expanding the endowment. The AAC is an active partner in the educational, economic and cultural life of a diverse community; inviting discovery, creativity and learning through engagement with the visual and performing arts.

The Director of Development is a key strategic position responsible for advancing the annual fundraising program to support the AAC in its new incarnation and beyond. The Director of Development will report to and work closely with the Executive Director, and actively interface with donors, Board members, department directors, and other stakeholders.

Primary Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Develop, oversee, and execute a comprehensive plan to achieve annual and endowment fundraising goals for major, individual, corporate, foundation, and government fundraising, and membership
  • Develop and oversee the execution of specific and strategic plans for expanding:
    • Individual giving, including major gifts and annual fund donations
    • Galas/benefits and other events and initiatives
    • Institutional giving, including corporate sponsorships, unrestricted and restricted donations, and foundation and government grants
  • Build on the strength of existing capital campaign to exceed the stated goal; interface with Executive Director, campaign leadership, and fundraising consultant, and pursue new opportunities for funding to raise annual funds and increase the endowment
  • Work with Executive Director and campaign leadership to develop and oversee events related to the Grand Opening and the transition to the new facility
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, AAC Board, and AAC Foundation Board to identify and engage prospective donors while deepening relationships with current supporters
  • Implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit new and increased gifts for operations and programs
  • Develop and oversee appropriate, compelling, and strategic cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention plans for both annual and capital donors
  • Reinforce a culture of philanthropy among all stakeholders; Effectively articulate in written and verbal communications the mission and impact of the Arts Center to strengthen relationships with donors, prospects, and external stakeholders and raise the profile of the institution
  • Guide and support staff who are engaged with fundraising by fostering teamwork and a collaborative culture; understand programs and priorities to effectively connect supporters to funding needs
  • Oversee all positions in the Development Department, which currently includes five full-time staff members and part-time support
  • Ensure donor data is properly collected and leveraged to drive outreach and maximize total revenue
  • Other related duties, as needed

CANDIDATE PROFILE:

  • The successful candidate possesses substantial fundraising knowledge, with seven years minimum experience, preferably in a museum, nonprofit, or cultural organization
  • The successful candidate is a proven fundraiser and will have direct experience in securing significant support from the following constituencies: major donors, individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies
  • She/he must possess:
    • Superior strategic, organizational, and interpersonal skills
    • Proven success in developing and executing clear and effective fundraising plans
    • First-hand experience working with trustees and key donors, and cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors
    • A proven track record in meeting goals and building long-term organizational capacity
    • Strong management skills, both strategic and operational
    • A demonstrated ability to build, manage, motivate, and inspire volunteers and team members to productive action
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to translate the Arts Center’s mission and programs into fundraising initiatives that garner financial support
    • A commitment to the Arts Center’s mission and diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Self-motivated with a high energy level and record of success

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org

Associate Curator

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC), located in Little Rock, AR, seeks an Associate Curator to join the staff  during an extraordinary transformation that includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open in 2022.  Designed by the renowned architecture firm, Studio Gang, the new facility will secure the Arkansas Arts Center’s position as one of the top cultural institutions in the state and region. The new Arts Center will feature state-of-the-art galleries, Museum School, theatre, lecture hall, outdoor event area, and other spaces to host programming, classes, and performances. The innovative Cultural Living Room, restaurant, store, and landscaped grounds will position the AAC as a cultural hub for Little Rock and the Delta region.

The Associate Curator is responsible for forwarding the institution through the research, development, and implementation of engaging and innovative special exhibitions, artist-based projects and initiatives, and the presentation of the AAC’s permanent collection of nearly 14,000 works of art.  Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Associate Curator will work closely with the Executive Director, Curatorial and Education Department staff, and community partners to ensure the presentation of art reflects and is relevant to the community and inspires thoughtful conversation and engagement with the Arts Center. 

Primary Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Develops new and engaging ways to showcase art and artists through exhibitions, artist installations, art-based community collaborations, and initiatives that broaden the public’s understanding of art and artists
  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues to develop and implement curatorial projects that reflect the Arts Center’s mission of inclusivity and diversity
  • With the Chief Curator and Executive Director, develops new strategies for working with artists and presenting and interpreting art in the Art Center’s galleries and non-gallery spaces, including outdoors, in the community, and statewide
  • Researches and presents thoughtful and scholarly opportunities that inspire visitors and the public to learn about and enjoy art
  • Recommends new acquisitions for the Arts Center’s collection
  • Identifies and researches significant trends, issues, and opportunities in the visual arts
  • Is exceptional and trusted in establishing and fostering strong, credible and long-term relationships with our artists, colleagues, donors, Board members, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders
  • Assists with inquiries by scholars, researchers, and professors; supports the work of the Arts Center’s Collection Research Center.
  • Is able to manage budgets and meet deadlines

CANDIDATE PROFILE: 

  • Collaborative, credible partner who builds and fosters strong, trusted relationships across all levels, internally and externally
  • Innovative thinker who is able to balance practical and effective strategies and approaches to meaningfully engage Arts Center visitors, the community, and public
  • Flexible, agile, and supportive staff member who embraces diverse points of view and creative problem solving to achieve the institution’s mission and goals
  • Curious, open minded learner who stays up to date on museum trends and best practices that engage audiences through art and artists
  • Effective communicator with exceptional public speaking and writing skills
  • 2 years of curatorial experience in museum or gallery setting, preferably focused on contemporary art
  • Master’s degree required; Ph.D. in art history or directly related field preferred

To apply, please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest and a detailed resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org

Museum School InstructorS 

The Arkansas Arts Center is seeking candidates for the following positions in the Museum School. Please submit cover letter and resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.

 

 

 
 

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