Director: Activating Innovation, EmcArts

EmcArts, a social enterprise and program agency for innovation in the arts, is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to develop the company’s newest area of work in Activating Innovation field-wide. EmcArts has pioneered programming to spur innovation in selected arts organizations across the country. Building on this success, and recognizing the increasing importance of organizational innovation, we are now launching an innovation web portal and online community, the first learning exchange for innovation in the arts on the web. Through this major initiative, we will extend learning and field dialogue about new organizational practices and innovation beyond our program participants to arts leaders and organizations nationally and internationally. We aim to move the dialogue about the vital importance of innovation to the center of discourse about the future of our field.

The portal is the initial program of our Activating Innovation initiative. It will be a fully interactive platform for sharing stories of arts organizations, making new connections among arts professionals, trustees and investors, stimulating new thinking and helping to solve the pressing issues of change that the arts field is confronting. Additional program areas in the AI initiative include knowledge development and learning projects for cohorts of grantees of major foundations (including The Doris Duke Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation), dissemination of learning via conferences and convenings (including the development of “Innovation Summits” produced by EmcArts) and building partnerships with funders and policy makers to actively support innovation programs and capacities. We’re seeking a strategic and intellectually curious leader to creatively shape and implement the programs and products of EmcArts’ Activating Innovation initiative. The Director will interact with today’s most progressive arts organizations and their leaders, will create and commission a wide range of compelling content and will contribute to thoughtful field discussions (online and face to face). Working hands-on across the full range of initiative activities, he or she will lead the translation of stories of organizational adaptive capacity and innovation in the arts into different modes of delivery (e.g. social media, video, audio and written profiles, blogposts, standard communications pieces, presentations, EmcArts produced conferences, etc.).

This position works closely with the President and the Managing Director to advance the vision and goals for the Activating Innovation initiative, and with the company team and associates as a whole. The Director will lead a documentation and communications team that includes EmcArts’ Online Cultural Producer and Technology Solutions Manager, as well as contracted specialists – writer/editor, videographer, audio producer, designer, bloggers – to implement the devised strategies.

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Program Analyst, National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking a survey methologist and statistical analyst in its Office of Research & Analysis, who will be responsible for designing and implementing large-population surveys to investigate the value and impact of the arts in America and for conducting complex statistical analyses of the resulting data. The person will also oversee the office’s efforts to integrate fresh data sources from the academic, government, nonprofit, and commercial sectors. The ideal candidate will be skilled in the use of statistical analysis software (SPSS, STATA, or SAS) and software to assist mapping and network cluster analysis. Knowledge of large, national data sets including geographic, demographic, and economic variables (e.g. U.S. Census data) is essential, as the person may be tasked to merge data from multiple sources for the purpose of presentation and reporting.(Visit the link for more info. Deadline: April 1, 2011)

Program Assistant for Program and Nonprofit Investments, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

UMEZ is a private, not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to revitalize Upper Manhattan’s economy through business, institutional and workforce development investments.  Significant resources are allocated through the Cultural Industry Investment Fund (CIIF), which engages in community building through a cultural and economic lens and a marketing of place that repositions Upper Manhattan as one of New York’s primary cultural districts.  CIIF investments assist cultural organizations with capacity building, organizational development, and sustainability enhancement.  UMEZ’s Board of Directors includes local and city-wide leaders and is chaired by Mario Baez.

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