Company: Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Posted on: April 10, 2021
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance seeks a President who
will help develop and articulate a compelling vision and roadmap
for both the Alliance and the cultural sector as a whole, and who
will champion this vision with stakeholders and constituencies at
the local and national levels. The President will be a dynamic,
forward-thinking, collaborative leader who will help redefine and
cultivate the Alliance's role as the key advocate and
representative on behalf of the cultural sector. They will be the
central architect of the pathway forward into the next decade and
will garner the respect of all stakeholders within the Greater
Philadelphia arts and culture community. The President reports to
and works in partnership with the Board of Directors of the Greater
Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, comprising 28 (including two
ex-officio) community and cultural leaders. The President is
responsible for developing and managing a staff of 13 through the
following direct reports: The Chief Officer for Finance and
Administration, the Vice President of Audience Engagement, the Vice
President of Development, and the Director of Community
Partnerships. The President will also manage the Alliance's $2.2
million operating budget; the organization's fiscal year extends
from July 1 through the following June 30. The cultural sector is
currently in the midst of significant change, in response to
economic pressures as well as to calls for equity, access, and
justice. The Alliance has the opportunity to play a leadership role
in this crucial transformation. This position represents a
career-defining opportunity for the successful candidate. Specific
Duties The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's President
serves as a thought leader in shaping the Alliance's mission and
strategies; effectively implements its policies, plans, and
programs; resourcefully and efficiently administers its operations
and finances; strategically connects with relevant individuals and
groups on behalf of the Alliance; and actively promotes Greater
Philadelphia's arts and culture sector. The President works closely
with the Board of Directors and its committees, with the following
specific responsibilities: Mission & Strategic Planning
- Work with the Board of Directors to assess the needs of the
Alliance and cultural sector, re-affirm the mission, define where
the Alliance can be the most effective, and chart a strategic
course for the organization to implement programs and actions that
advance the vision and mission.
- Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop and
implement a new strategic plan that strengthens the Alliance's
fundamental goals. Allocate the organization's resources to reflect
the strategic priorities and implement activities specified in the
- Lead and manage the Alliance staff to execute on goals
established by the strategic plan and to deliver mission-focused
outcomes and programs. The Alliance's Public Presence and Advocacy
- Increase the visibility of Greater Philadelphia's arts and
culture sector as a key to regional growth and position the
Alliance as the central voice for the sector. Represent the
Alliance to legislative bodies, at public events, and in
discussions with other organizations by attending meetings,
providing testimony, and serving on boards, committees, and task
forces as appropriate.
- Work at local, state, and national levels to recommend and
advocate for policies that develop and sustain the region's
- Develop effective working relationships with cultural
organizations, community leaders, government agencies, elected
officials, the business community, grant makers and other funders,
and others to promote community support for arts and culture.
- Promote the Alliance and the sector and raise its visibility
through written articles and personal presentations on radio,
television, with all appropriate social media, and at conferences
and relevant community events. Board Engagement
- Activate and coordinate the work of all Board committees, task
forces, and staff in support of the mission and long-range plan.
Work with the Board to support nominations and other Board
- Advise the Board in a thought-leader capacity on
sector-impacting opportunities and challenges.
- Keep the Board and other constituency groups informed of local
issues, trends, events, and best practices of significance to
member organizations, as well as relevant national policies.
- Evaluate existing programs and services to ensure that they
support the mission of the Alliance and the growth and continued
success of its members at both an institutional and aggregate
level; develop and implement new programs and services, as
- Assess and update all current policies, programs, and services
to ensure that they accurately reflect and effectively serve the
diversity of the Alliance's varied membership and the region's
cultural community. Organizational and Administrative Management
- Oversee financial management and control of the Alliance to
evolve our revenue model and ensure continued fiscal health and
stability. Recommend an annual operating plan and budget for Board
approval, and prudently manage organization resources within budget
- Review activity reports and financial statements to determine
progress and status in attaining objectives, and revise objectives
and plans in accordance with current conditions.
- Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including
identifying resource requirements; researching funding sources; and
establishing strategies to approach funders, submit proposals, and
administer fundraising records and documentation.
- Provide leadership to strengthen and empower the newly-combined
DEI Affinity Group and Board DEI Subcommittee.
- Develop and oversee "umbrella" marketing strategies that
advance the agenda of Greater Philadelphia's cultural sector.
- Evaluate, engage, motivate, and develop staff to ensure the
organization's capacity to fulfill its goals and objectives.
Candidate Profile As chief executive and the primary individual
entrusted with maintaining the public image of the Alliance, the
President must be a bold leader, big thinker, and thoughtful
catalyst who can set the course of the organization and implement
action toward impact. The strongest individuals will demonstrate
integrity, a collaborative spirit with a can-do attitude, and the
administrative and leadership track record to position the Alliance
for the future. Candidates should bring a breadth of knowledge of
the nonprofit cultural sector, combined with an appreciation of the
organizational dynamics of a diverse membership organization. The
successful candidate will be a tested leader who has succeeded in a
dynamic, mission-driven environment within a changing landscape.
The most compelling candidates will have a combination of the
following skills and abilities: Passion for the Mission
- A consumer of arts and culture, this passion and conviction
should be integrated into the successful candidate's DNA.
- Strong desire to be fully immersed into the arts and culture
community of the Philadelphia region; this individual will bring or
build a robust network of local and regional stakeholders,
supporters, and advocates who will join the Alliance in championing
the importance and relevance of the sector. Innovative, Proactive
- A charismatic, forward-thinking, solutions-focused individual
with a strong work ethic, as well as an energetic, enthusiastic,
and passionate approach to work.
- Individual of integrity and conviction who will not shy away
from difficult conversations or decisions in support of the larger
goals of the organization and the sector.
- Courageous in breaking new ground while concurrently working
with a diverse group of stakeholders; they will work to develop a
clear agenda for change and progress, while focusing on the
long-term institutional goals of the Alliance.
- A demonstrated ability to foster and lead a conversation with
varied stakeholders and constituents including government agencies,
funding organizations, individual donors, the business community,
member organizations, Board members, and staff. Adept at adjusting
to these audiences, connecting with them in a genuine and earnest
way, and activating those relationships for the greatest
- Experience in strategic planning and execution, formulating
policy, and implementing new approaches to achieving goals.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Justice
- Demonstrated track record promoting diversity, equity,
inclusion, access, and justice as core values and developing
anti-racist policies and systems.
- A champion of proactive efforts to develop and support these
core values internally and externally; a resource and an exemplar
for anti-racist, equity-focused work across the sector.
- Cultural fluency and the desire to engage with organizations
and individuals across the region's wealth of vibrant communities.
- A credible, professional, and natural proven leader with
instincts around how to manage and embrace change. A visible,
accessible, and compassionate leader with superb management skills.
Must have experience hiring and be able to train, mentor/develop,
and motivate staff.
- Dynamic, agile executive with strong multi-tasking skills who
can control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously.
This includes switching priorities as necessary without losing
- Bold visionary who welcomes constant improvement and embraces
experimentation; strategic developer, promoter, and implementer of
big ideas in support of a clearly defined mission.
Relationship-Building and Fundraising
- A brilliant connector, with past success building cooperation
with and among diverse groups around a common goal.
- Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communications
skills, including being an effective, engaged, and interested
listener. Must be a skillful public speaker and group
- Demonstrated expertise in raising funds from public and private
sources. Broad knowledge and interest in the application of new
media technologies to advance organizational goals. The salary
range for this position is $145,000 to $160,000 and will be
commensurate with experience. The Greater Philadelphia Cultural
Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages
applications from people of color, persons with disabilities,
women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. About Koya Partners Koya Partners, a
member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive
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and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the
communities we serve. Naree Viner, Andrew Wheeler, and Tenley Bank
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considered strictly confidential. Greater Philadelphia Cultural
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 732
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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