Vice President, Strategic Community Programming
Performs as the senior most internal thought leader and external face for all Kennedy Center community engagement strategies and activities as part of the centers commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all programming. Assumes a highly collaborative role with all Kennedy Center decentralized staff performing community engagement, diversity, and equity related work in an effort to produce and maintain a comprehensive strategy, message, and well-coordinated set of activities. Although residing in the Programming department, this role is expected to drive internal alignment within a highly matrixed environment.
- Engages staff, artists, and audiences in exploration and celebration of culture, identity, and diversity through artistic expression.
- Leads all community engagement strategies and activities for the organization.
- Creates, supports, and advances collaborative transformative arts practice and leadership in service of cultural equity and social justice.
- Produces original Kennedy Center programming and curates artistic presentations.
- Responsible for programs of Performing Arts for Everyone (more than 400 annual engagements) to include the Millennium Stage, Open House, Page-to-Stage, ArtChange US @ Kennedy Center National Conversation Series and other annual and one-time events and festivals.
- Develops innovative initiatives, festivals, and events designed for sustainable audience-building and engagement.
- Produces performing arts experiences that are participation-based, community-driven, both inside and outside the Center's theatres and campus.
Duties and Responsibilities:
25% Sets overall vision and internal coordination of community engagement, diversity, and equity strategy and activities for the Kennedy Center.
25% Strategically develops programming and partnerships (internally and externally) directly with artists, programmers and communities in the creation, expansion and/or curation of programming for Kennedy Center
20% Supervises all programs of Performing Arts for Everyone
20% Manages staff and departmental budgets
5% Works closely with development department in cultivation of funding sources
5% Represent organization in the press, the industry, and the community
10-12 years' experience or more in community engagement and programming performing arts for festival or multi-disciplinary presenter.
Experience budgeting for performances--ticketed/paid and free programming.
5 years' experience supervising staff of 4 or larger.
Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required
- Ability to envision and produce new programs in response to desired outcomes
- Ability to collaborate effectively
- Ability to think strategically
- Critical thinking and creative problem solving
- Determination and resilience
- Highly collaborative and able to incorporate the ideas of many
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.
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