Do you have a passion for Native arts and cultures? The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) advances equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States. The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation was founded in 2007, following a preliminary feasibility study demonstrating a deep need to support Native arts and cultures in the United States. Since its launch in 2009, NACF has been fortunate to collaborate with a wide variety of arts and non-arts organizations across the nation, ranging from tribal to educational to arts to presenting to exhibiting organizations. Over these years, they have also developed strong, positive relationships with grant-makers, funders, donors, as well as local and federal government agencies.
Through its program initiatives, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation supports Native artists and culture bearers through a variety of projects that engage the community on issues of social, environmental, and cultural focus. From nationally recognized fellowships to public art and social change projects, NACF lifts the voices and impact of American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives. NACF supports artists to create new work, develop their arts practice, and produce projects in collaboration with communities. This support includes financial resources, artist training and professional development, presenting and promoting artist work, and project management.
To accomplish NACF’s strategic goals, NACF seeks an accomplished, visionary programs and partnership leader who is passionate about having impact across a broad array of programmatic areas that increases Native artistic and cultural visibility and access and who is deeply committed to advancing social justice, racial equity, and cultural truth. The Vice President of Programs and Partnerships – a gifted programming strategist, part- researcher/evaluator, and part-community relations builder – provides overall leadership and strategic direction for NACF’s high impact programming and artistic and cultural equity partnerships that will help successfully drive the transformational program growth currently underway. This new, elevated position reports to NACF’s President/CEO and serves as an essential member of the senior management team.
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Located in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rich Native traditions and dedication to artistic endeavors, NACF is based out of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. This year Yale Union, a contemporary arts center, rematriated their Portland, Oregon 40,000-square-foot building to NACF and in 2021 it will become the Center for Native Arts and Cultures.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
- Provide strategic leadership and direct, daily oversight of all programming and artist professional development and training, including project planning and solid development and management of program budgets that operates within guidelines.
- Develop, implement, oversee, and communicate effectively the culturally appropriate evaluation for funded projects that includes programmatic benchmarks that align with NACF’s mission and strategic goals.
- Prepare accurate, timely, and informational program reports for the President/CEO, board of directors, funders, and others as necessary.
- Lead the development of program strategy reviews, annual plans, budgets, and new program development in close collaboration with the President/CEO.
- Recruit, hire, manage, inspire, and mentor a strong program and partnership team, maintaining a high performance, inclusive culture.
- Manage the demands and needs of an emerging department while working collaboratively with the President/CEO and team to help build national program, research, evaluation, and partnership efforts for NACF.
- Plan and coordinate the programs related to fundraising and the use of the new building.
- Develop and maintain high quality use of research, evaluation, and analytical skills to programming.
- Contribute to the research, writing, and development of grant proposals for program activities as needed and assist the communications team with writing and information as needed.