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The Arkansas Arts Center is undergoing 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.

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Associate Director of Development

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC), located in Little Rock, AR, seeks a senior fundraising professional to advance the institution during a transformative era 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 include landscaped grounds, by the firm SCAPE, and will secure the Arkansas Arts Center’s position as one of the top cultural institutions in the region. The new building includes expanded galleries, a new Art School, restaurant, Museum Store, theater, lecture hall, and other programming and event spaces. 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 Associate Director of Development is a key strategic position responsible for advancing the fundraising program, which will support the AAC’s operations in its new home. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director, Board members, department directors, and other stakeholders.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Builds on the strengths of the existing capital campaign and annual fundraising program; develops an expanded strategy that supports annual goals and the endowment
  • With the Director of Development, implements strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit new and increased gifts for operations and endowment
  • Works closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director, and leadership to identify prospects and implement a robust stewardship and retention plan for donors
  • Deepens relationships with current donors while launching initiatives to identify and target avenues for future financial contributions
  • Supports all development efforts related to the Grand Opening, scheduled for 2022, and the transition into the new facility
  • Assists with the development and execution of event fundraisers, including gala/benefits
  • Reinforces a culture of philanthropy among all stakeholders; guides and supports staff who are engaged with fundraising by fostering teamwork, camaraderie, and accountability
  • Ensures donor data is collected and leveraged to drive outreach and maximize total revenue
  • Reports regularly on outcomes, efforts, and progress toward fundraising goals
  • Other related duties, as needed

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate must possess:

  • Substantial fundraising knowledge, with five to seven years minimum experience
  • Direct experience in securing significant support from various constituencies
  • Superior organization and interpersonal skills, and have proven success in developing fundraising strategies and with face-to-face solicitation of donors
  • A proven track record in meeting goals and building long-term organizational capacity
  • Strong management, strategic, and operational skills
  • An exceptional written and verbal communicator, and a strong presenter, who can translate the Art Center’s mission and programs into fundraising initiatives that garner financial support
  • A mission-driven individual who values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has strong affinity for artistic endeavors and artists
  • Knowledgeable about fundraising databases, donor segmentation, and research
  • Self-motivated with a high energy level and track record of success
To apply, please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest and a detailed resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org

 

Development Officer

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC), located in Little Rock, AR, seeks a senior fundraising professional to advance the institution during a transformative era 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 include landscaped grounds, by the firm SCAPE, and will secure the Arkansas Arts Center’s position as one of the top cultural institutions in the region. The new building includes expanded galleries, a new Art School, restaurant, Museum Store, theater, lecture hall, and other programming and event spaces. 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 Development Officer will report to the Director of Development and maintains regular communication with and working knowledge of the AAC community, donors, prospective donors, and cultivation strategies.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a robust and comprehensive support program that generates annual revenue and actively engages the individual and corporate community in the AAC
  • Builds a program for current supporters, deepening the relationship with the AAC and leveraging the benefits of the new building, scheduled to open to the public in 2022
  • Researches and pursues new individual and corporate funding, developing, and sustaining long term support of the AAC
  • Establishes and maintains interpersonal relationships with AAC partners, donors, and stakeholders. Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships
  • Develops fundraising strategies based on knowledge of established AAC objectives, needs, and priorities
  • Works with AAC staff to build a deep knowledge of programming, benefits, and objectives to create a compelling case for support
  • Assists in and makes independent, direct solicitations for sponsorships and in-kind support
  • Assists in the generation of annual revenue to meet budgetary goals through identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts
  • Continuously monitors status of current donors and builds prospects for new gifts
  • Assists with the development and execution of fundraising events, including gala/benefits
  • Assists in reporting, research, and supports other aspects of the Development Department; and as needed, serves as liaison with certain community and auxiliary groups.
  • Other related duties, as required
Candidate Profile:
  • 3-5 years related experience and/training; equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; MBA preferred
  • Highly organized and proactive individual
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Knowledgeable of the strategic use and reporting of donor and/or customer relationship management software
  • Uses active learning and listening while working with potential and existing donors and partners.
To apply, please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest and a detailed resume to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org

 

Web Designer

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC), located in Little Rock, AR, seeks a web designer with development experience to join the staff during an extraordinary transformation that includes the construction of a newstate-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 Web Designer will drive innovation at the AAC by researching, developing, and implementing engaging new technology solutions across a variety of digital platforms and will work closely with Curatorial, Education, Performing Arts, Fundraising and Marketing Department staff to ensure the AAC’s online presence and digital offerings are relevant to the community and inspire thoughtful conversation and engagement with art and the Arts Center. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the vision and plan for the website, ensuring the site reflects best practices and aligns with the institution’s mission; 
  • Improves the creativity, effectiveness, and innovation of digital solutions, achieving institutional goal of increased online engagement;
  • Collaboratively directs web development and design, integration, testing, implementation and maintenance for projects supporting visual arts, performing arts and art making;
  • As a member of the marketing team, assists in the execution of quality graphic design, typography, page layout, UX/UI and responsive design for desktop and mobile;
  • Supervises external vendors and maintains integrations from and to multiple APIs/third-party applications;
  • Manages WordPress security and plug-in updates and patches, working closely with external solution providers on tickets and troubleshooting;
  • Proactively provides actionable business intelligence and analysis for data collection, input, queries and reporting;
  • Assists in supporting revenue generation through analytics and segmentation strategies;
  • Other related duties, as needed.

Candidate Profile:

  • 3-5+ years’ experience in web design, development and content management
  • Self-motivated to work independently but also thrives in a collaborative culture that encourages creativity and innovation
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Bachelor of Science or Arts or equivalent degree

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP
  • Experience with Excel, SQL, Google Analytics
  • Experience with email automation systems such as MailChimp or WordFly
  • Experience with enterprise CRM/eCommerce platforms such as Tessitura
  • Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator

Submit cover letter, resume and online portfolio to personnel@arkansasartscenter.org.

 

 
 

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Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: Arkansas Arts Center Foundation; City of Little Rock; City of North Little Rock; Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau;
and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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