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Project Director

Company: Fresh Arts
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: April 10, 2021

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Donate Today Houston BIPOC Arts Network & Fund: Project Director Closing on: Apr 15, 2021 Houston BIPOC Arts Network & Fund (BANF)
Job Description
Job Title: Project Director
Reports to: BANF Community Board
FLSA status: Full-time
Salary range: $90,000 - $120,000
Prepared by/Date: Search Committee/April 2021
Purpose: To create the Houston BIPOC Arts Network & Fund (BANF), a regional five-year community-led network and fund, with the potential for longer-term existence, that aims to bolster greater Houston's BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) cultural sector by (1) capitalizing and developing sustainability plans for arts groups; (2) investing more ambitiously in community-centered arts organizations; (3) building organizational capacity to provide leadership in arts programming and education that serves the goals of BIPOC arts organizations and artists; and (4) empowering individual artists to create and catalyze a variety of arts
aesthetics.
Origins of the Houston BIPOC Arts Network & Fund (BANF)
Tethered to the Ford Foundation's America's Cultural Treasures (ACT) national initiative is the launch of individually tailored regional BIPOC grantmaking initiatives across seven regions. The foundations initiating the work in the regions and cities include the Barr Foundation (Massachusetts), Getty Foundation (Los Angeles), Heinz Endowments (Pittsburgh), Houston Endowment (Houston), John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago), Joyce Foundation (Chicago), McKnight Foundation (Minnesota), The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation (Los Angeles), Terra Foundation for American Art (Chicago), and William Penn Foundation (Philadelphia).
Structural discrimination and inequities in arts funding have resulted in ongoing challenges for the BIPOC arts ecosystem. In Houston, approximately 55 percent of the arts sector's annual revenue typically comes from philanthropy - around $329 million, 90 percent of which goes to only 27 of 1,600 organizations.1 Given the limited support of Houston BIPOC cultural organizations, conditions of fragility and more vulnerability are more likely exacerbated during ongoing climate, public health, and economic disruptions.
Using the collective impact approach to social change as a model, BANF is structured as a collaborative, multi-phase fund and a resource network guided by funders, artists, and nonprofit leaders in the region. Acknowledging historical underinvestment in Houston BIPOC cultures and art communities, the initiative aims to increase philanthropic support to collective grantmaking and facilitate new connections between funders and prospective grantees through shared decision-making authority. The five-year arc of the initiative underscores the importance 1 Moffett, D. (2017). Houston cultural capacity building consortium: capacity needs and resources analysis. Commissioned by Houston Endowment.
There is the potential for BANF to continue to exist beyond the current five-year timeline through additional fundraising capacity beyond the funded five-year plan. BANF is led by a Community Board (CB) that brings together donors to make decisions in partnership with leaders and members from the very community they seek to serve. The 13-member CB and the Project Director (PD) will establish the goals and design the activities of BANF. An ad-hoc Search Committee of the CB is leading the hiring process. Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the operational home of BANF and will provide administrative services: grants administration, financial, and technological services, and some administrative support. The PD will operate independently, reporting to the CB. Strategy and approach will be developed independently by the PD and the CB.
Position Summary: The ideal PD is a local arts leader with deep sector knowledge and has the innovation-capacity to lead a start-up. Through partnership with the CB, they are responsible for providing strategic leadership in conducting the business of BANF and, with operations support from HAA, responsible for all matters pertaining to the operation of BANF. They will perform all duties in a manner consistent with the high standards of the nonprofit community. The PD will work with the CB to implement BANF grantmaking strategies as well as continue to establish long-range goals, plans, and policies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: THE STATEMENTS BELOW ARE INTENDED TO DESCRIBE THE GENERAL NATURE AND LEVEL OF WORK BEING PERFORMED BY INDIVIDUAL(S) ASSIGNED TO THIS POSITION. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES AND SKILLS REQUIRED OF PERSONNEL SO CLASSIFIED IN THIS POSITION. THE POSITION DESCRIPTION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY BANF AS THE NEEDS OF BANF AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION CHANGE.
Visionary Leadership Responsibilities:
--- Provide executive level leadership in setting the vision and strategic planning for BANF
--- Think and problem solve at a systems level, as opposed to a program or organizational delivery level
--- Develop and implement BANF's priorities, goals and long-range plans with the CB and stakeholders
--- Provide inspiration, motivation, and incentive for stakeholders to achieve BANF's mission for the community through collaboration, information sharing, and capacity building initiatives
--- Represent and serve as spokesperson for BANF to the public and non-profit community and provide leadership and a convening role in the community
--- Participate in appropriate local, regional, and national conferences, events, and workshops which relate to BANF's growth and impact in the community
--- Identify national and local partners and organizations for alliance-building and learning purposes
--- Build and maintain knowledge about community and national issues and trends that have impact on the work of BANF, and share this knowledge with the CB and stakeholders, such as the Houston philanthropic community, artists and arts organizations, elected officials, and other constituencies Learning and Evaluation Responsibilities:
--- Serving as an objective and thoughtful advisor to the CB, and with the operational support of HAA, help ensure grants and programs are grounded in the best available research and knowledge
--- Working with the CB to ensure that all programs are carefully designed to deliver timely, meaningful, quantifiable impact in accordance with BANF's goals
--- Working with BANF's grant recipients to define assessment and reporting strategies that will enhance their effectiveness
--- Developing a systematic approach to measuring BANF's impact, including securing consultants to design evaluation mechanisms, overseeing analysis of results, and making recommendations based on findings
--- Initiating and maintaining networks of local and national relationships with other learning and evaluation leaders
--- Providing a high level of accountability about BANF's work in the community by continually soliciting and being responsive to feedback from diverse constituencies Grantmaking Responsibilities:
--- Represent BANF in collaborative relationships with current and prospective grantees, other funders, philanthropic organizations, and community stakeholders
--- Ensure that funding strategies address community needs and identify proactively those grants that have the potential to advance BANF's goals
--- Maintain relationships with other funders in the community; when appropriate, assist grantees, funders and other community organizations with conferences, meetings, and coordination around issues of mutual interest
--- Develop a network of peers in the field as a potential source of new ideas and/or strategies BANF may want to pursue
--- Conduct appropriate due diligence of applying organizations thorough phone interviews, site visits and research, and analysis of relevant programmatic and financial information on the organization and its leadership
--- Prepare grant recommendations to be presented to the CB
--- Share knowledge gained from evaluation process with colleagues and use to inform future grantmaking
Ideal Experience, Education, and Traits:
--- 5-7 years of experience in a community nonprofit organization, government agency, or similar organization, of which 2-3 years should be at a senior or executive level and/or focused on creating systems change
--- Experience fostering collaboration among BIPOC stakeholders, brokering agreement between different stakeholder groups, and working with coalitions to breach power divides
--- Demonstrated success leading teams to achieve strategic goals
--- Understanding of Houston BIPOC cultures and art communities within the Houston Harris County cultural, political, and social landscape
--- Demonstrated commitment to equity and addressing disparities
--- Ability to work independently, exercise appropriate action and good business judgment
--- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
--- Comfort with work planning and managing multiple priorities in a context of change and ambiguity and adapting to changing needs or momentum Compensation: In addition to salary, the candidate will be eligible for standard benefits to
which a full-time employee is entitled, including the Insperity 401(k) Defined Contribution Plan,
vacation time, sick time, medical, dental, vision and term life as well as short-term and longterm disability coverage. Eligibility for benefit coverage begins with the first day of
employment.
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to banf@haatx.com with "BANF Application" in the
subject line by 11:59 pm on April 15. Houston Arts Alliance is the operational partner for BANF,
providing administrative services to the initiative. The hiring committee will contact candidates
who most closely match our requirements. We thank you in advance for your interest. Discipline Categories: Cinema Arts Crafting Arts Dance Literary Arts Music Theater Visual Arts Intersecting Arts,
Commerce, and
Community Location PO Box 66494
Houston, TX 77266

713.868.1839 Office Hours Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday,
and all major holidays
Appointments Recommended.

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