Senior Vice President of Community Engagement
In 1958, ASC was founded as a cultural hub to sustain and support art in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. That same year, ASC raised $68,000 to support eight member organizations, including, Charlotte Choral Society (Carolina Voices), Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Nature Museum, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Mint Museum of Art, Theatre Charlotte, Oratorio Singers (now part of the Charlotte Symphony), and Opera Carolina.
ASC turned $68,000 into nearly $15 million in donations because of public and private donors that believe everyone should have access to arts and cultural experiences and to educate, entertain, and enhance their quality of life. These donations support organizations, cultural education, individual artists, cultural festivals, and more. Our donors know that ASC is a dedicated steward of resources and is committed to making Charlotte-Mecklenburg come alive through meaningful encounters with art, science, and history/heritage.
The ASC partners with the community in every way: befriending local corporations; being present in local schools; connecting neighborhoods with artists; understanding government policy. The ASC works at this tirelessly because it believes in Culture For All and Culture for You.
For additional information, visit the Arts and Science Council website at www.artsandscience.org.
The Senior Vice President of Community Engagement reports to the Arts & Science Council President. The role will have direct reports, including VP of Communications, VP of Development and Director of Government Relations and Grants.
The Senior Vice President of Community Engagement is a key member of the Arts & Science Council’s management team and, along with the President, is a primary external face of the ASC to the regional community, peer organizations, and key donors. This individual will articulate ASC’s vision and serve as the principal manager for all funding relationships.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to:
• Oversee all marketing and public relations campaigns related to brand recognition and revenue generation.
• Effectively collaborate with peer organization to ensure representation of arts and culture in key regional branding efforts.
• Link arts and culture to high priority community issues and business conversations about economic development.
• Develop and execute a contributed revenue plan that meets the strategic needs of ASC programs and initiatives, using traditional as well as innovative methods to meet current funder needs and preferences.
• Actively engage the Board and President in fundraising and advocacy; providing structure, direction, and support for prospect cultivation, government relations, briefings, meetings, and follow up.
• Develop and execute an advocacy strategy with the public sector at local, state, and national levels to create a long-term, dedicated funding stream to ASC.
• Maintain a dynamic portfolio of major gift prospects in all phases of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, using ASC’s Customer Relationship Management system.
• Ensure that the necessary human, financial, and technological resources are budgeted and utilized as necessary to support the fundraising plan.
• Work in partnership with the Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust to design a planned giving strategy for building the ASC endowment assets; monitor and advocate for staffing resources necessary to accomplish these goals.
• Influence the President and board to adjust its strategy when necessary to commit key funders.
• Understand grant sources and grant writing with attention to new grant opportunities.
• Produce tangible results, increasing the number of organizations and individuals supporting ASC.
• Minimum of 5-7 years senior management experience in fundraising and/or sales, communications, and marketing.
• Passion for, and understanding of, the cultural sector and its work in the community.
• Commanding presence to represent ASC in community, corporate, regional, and national settings.
• Understands how to navigate within corporate, non-profit, and public sector environments.
• Demonstrated ability to craft advocacy narrative to motivate public sector into sustained funding.
• Experience in leading, motivating, coaching, and evaluating marketing and development departments.
• Ability to listen to community leaders about their needs, and ability to participate and determine how ASC can respond to that information.
• Skilled in building and growing relationships with donors, volunteers, and co-workers to successfully achieve mutual goals.
• Experience being closely tied to revenue and expense management.
• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will include a competitive base salary, benefits, and relocation assistance.
For additional information contactASC@colemanlew.com