The African American Cultural Center (“AACC”) is a newly created 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose and mission is to own, operate, and preserve the August Wilson Center building located at 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a vibrant community asset focused primarily on producing and presenting African American arts and cultural programming. The AACC's intent is to preserve both the building as a community asset and its original purpose of providing an African-American arts and culture center for the greater Pittsburgh community. The AACC is further committed to ensuring that the organization has the time and resources necessary to build the community support and trust required for its long-term success as a community institution.
The building is operated under contract by our valued partner, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (“The Trust”). The Trust, with its core competency of theater management, is able to leverage its current internal expertise, the Shared Services model, to assure that the AACC is managed to the highest degree of efficiency and remains true to its mission. Shared services include scheduling and booking diverse performing and visual arts events, marketing and ticket sales, providing event support, managing visual arts spaces, managing and reporting on revenues and expenses with frequent reporting to the board of directors, and keeping the facility in good order. While the AACC does not develop programming, it is very committed to encouraging and engaging the community to utilize the Center to host national and local programs.
In addition to the services provided by the Trust, the AACC Board of Directors has determined that there is a need for a person with a high level of senior management experience to serve as an Executive Director. This position, which reports to and is engaged by the Board, will manage the organization as it transitions from a start-up to a well-established cultural organization with a clear mission and goals as well as a proven track record of high-quality programming, fundraising, and audience development activities.
The AACC operates with a small staff of FTE’s, given that the programming and facility management have been contracted to The Trust. The 2016 operating budget was $1.7 million and the 2017 projected budget for the organization is $2.3 million.
Current and future confirmed programming at the center can be viewed here - https://culturaldistrict.org/pages/awc/
The Board of Directors is searching for a savvy Executive Director to serve as a liaison to myriad community stakeholders, to lead the organization through a strategic planning process, and to design and put in place financial, fundraising, marketing, community outreach, and audience development systems that will ensure longer-term organizational stability. The ideal candidate has a strong operations/business background, and a demonstrated passion for the arts.
Key areas of responsibility:
- Develop, in collaboration with the Board, a 2-4 year plan with community input that includes goals and objectives in addressing AACC’s mission. Establish the necessary systems and collaborations to ensure successful achievement of those goals. This plan will include:
- A 2-4 year programming plan and vision focused on mission-related programming;
- A financial model and plan to market appropriate revenue generating programming that includes program-mission and non-mission related activities;
- Strategies for developing community awareness and outreach in order to engage community groups in the work of the AACC;
- Strategies for marketing and communication campaigns including brand guidelines and messaging that generate community awareness and that highlight the success and progress of the AACC;
- Fundraising strategies to support the AACC that do not compete with key partners;
- A system to evaluate progress against the goals of the plan.
- Direct, administer, and coordinate activities and events that support the Board, community engagement, advisories, and other activities in support of policies established in conjunction with AACC Board.
- Develop new as well as enhance and improve current program initiatives at the AACC. This could include rental/curated rental programs, artistic capacity building programs, and program partnerships with local artists and arts organizations. Such new initiatives will be designed to assure access and inclusiveness, further activate the AACC, and support its brand message.
- Support the development and implementation of an intern program.
- Serve as the primary spokesperson for the AACC, representing it in the general public, local media as well as in the regional and national artistic, social, political, and business communities and other appropriate constituencies.
- Develop and implement a strategy for marketing and communications programs that generate community awareness and that highlight the success and progress of the AACC.
- With guidance from the board, develop the AACC’s institutional marketing campaign, brand, guidelines and messaging.
- Support the AACC Board of Director’s efforts to identify and cultivate appropriate candidates for the Board.
- Help build an Advisory Board that can fundraise, attract programming, and serve as a vehicle for recruiting future board members.
- Oversee all organizational finances and administrative activities.
- Work with the Trust to develop the AACC rental guidelines and create a marketing program for rental activity.
- Develop a program to provide consistent outreach to artistic groups and determine their capacity and need for organizational support and development.
- Establish strong partnerships with key organizations, including August Wilson Center Renewal, and develop a more collaborative and formal communication system to support relationships.