Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) is seeking an entrepreneurial, proactive, and energetic Executive Director (ED) to be the face of CPAG, and to guide the vision and scope of this nearly 50-year-old nonprofit organization.
CPAG’s mission is to unite artists and communities in partnership to produce high-quality public art, and to expand the tradition of collaborative, community-involved public artwork. The ED will establish and nurture relationships with external stakeholders: Chicago’s government and communities, funders, and various organizations and other partners, and will work closely with internal stakeholders, including the CPAG board of directors (Board), staff, and artists. The ED reports to the board and oversees the staff, currently a Managing Director with occasional auxiliary staff including interns and consultants.
Work with the Board to implement CPAG’s current strategic plan.
Initiate, maintain, and cultivate the organization’s relationships with external stakeholders and act as primary contact for external stakeholders.
Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
Foster teamwork among internal stakeholders.
Strive to lead significant and innovative developments in the field of community-engaged public art.
Create a development plan annually and, in coordination with the Board, implement that plan.
Lead public art advocacy efforts in consultation with stakeholders.
Serve as CPAG’s spokesperson to external stakeholders, media, and the general public.
Design and implement a marketing and communications plan to maximize the visibility and brand of CPAG.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong and diverse Board and staff, implementing plans and policies authorized by the Board, and keeping the Board fully informed on the programmatic, fiscal, and operational health of the organization.
Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local legal requirements and sound business practices.
Ensure sound fiscal management through compliance with financial policies, procedures, and controls.
Promote and facilitate community among, and development of, diverse group of artists.
Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and review of all paid staff.
Provide leadership in developing programming plans with the Board, staff, and artists.
Work with the lead artist(s) of projects to create contracts, budgets, and project plans.
A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in arts management, urban planning, community engagement, or arts education, and working knowledge of the visual arts.
Demonstrated success working with a board of directors.
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
Strong understanding of the philanthropic landscape.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; the ideal candidate would be a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
An entrepreneurial, proactive, and energetic spirit.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
Experience with program planning, budget management, and staff management.
Commitment to building expertise in the production aspect of public art and the process of community engagement.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits are available, negotiable.
About Chicago Public Art Group
Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG)
Chicago Public Art Group is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that brings artists and communities together to produce high-quality public art, extending and transforming the tradition of collaborative, community-involved public artwork?.
CPAG’s goals have remained consistent during more than 47 years of making public art.
To design public art projects in partnership with communities while maintaining a high level of artistic quality.
To introduce creative skills to children and adults, providing them with tools to articulate ideas and confidently transform their physical environment.
To train and educate professional artists in creating community-responsive art projects, enabling them to become responsible leaders in the field of public art.
To educate communities to the social and aesthetic possibilities of collaborative public art.