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Chief Executive Officer of Central Arts Alliance

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

This is a Full-time position in Phoenix, AZ posted December 23, 2021.

Chief Executive Officer of Central Arts Alliance


Position Summary

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Arts Alliance assists the Board of Directors in the creation of the Strategic Operating Plan, and is responsible for its implementation, in line with the mission, vision, and core values of the organization.

The CEO also manages the day to day operations of Central Arts Alliance and all its branches, including Phoenix Center for the Arts, Thunderbird Arts Center, and the Arizona Art Mobile, as well as any and all future locations managed by Central Arts Alliance.

The CEO also leads the creation of, and adherence to, the annual operating budget in excess of $1.5 million, under guidance of the Board of Directors, with input from Department Managers.

The CEO serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization, in presenting to or conversing with clients, contractors, partners, stakeholders, staff, and the community.

This extends in large part to the areas of corporate/donor advancement and fundraising.

Candidates with strong connections to the community that CAA serves will be given preferential consideration.

Bilingual-Spanish speaking is a plus.

Strong presentation skills to serve as event chair, spokesperson, and community advocate are required.

Job Responsibilities

Possesses staff authority and makes final decision in all operational matters

Hires, dismisses staff when needed, and trains all staff members when a senior member of personnel is not available/able to perform this function

Creates organizational structure and assigns staff/department duties as needed

Implements policies and procedures as established by the Board of Directors

With support from the Board of Directors and Development Department, directs all fundraising activity, focusing specifically on sponsorship and large gifts

Identifies growth opportunities in line with vision, mission, and core values

Prepares annual budget for presentation to, and adoption by, the Board of Directors

Maintains operational compliance with all appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Serves as event chair for any and all major fundraising events, including, but not limited to The Mayor’s Arts Awards and Phoenix Festival of the Arts.

Writes and submits grant applications for government, foundation, and corporate grants.

Plans and produces the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards fundraising event, in collaboration with the Development Officer, Board Development Committee, and an independent event manager.

Develops and oversees City of Phoenix partnerships in conjunction with the Development Officer.

Assists the Development Officer in strengthening and ensuring dynamic processes and strategies for Development in all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in a manner that is integrated across the organization.

Helps identify, implement, and track key performance indicators for all departments

Helps maintain and grow a dynamic portfolio of donor prospects, securing major, principal, and planned gifts through effective donor identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation.

Assists in the cultivation of major gifts and corporate gifts through Board Development Committee and community engagement.

Stewards relationships with local leaders, businesses, community members, and other stakeholders, and builds relationships between these groups & individuals and CAA, serving as an exemplary advocate in the community.

Tracks organizational activities and goals, and reports progress on a regular basis to the Board of Directors.

Shall assume other duties as duly assigned by the Board of Directors.

Requirements and Qualifications

The CEO must possess a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit business practices, community relationships, fundraising, and organizational efficiency.

The CEO must demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills.

The CEO must also be willing and able to liaise with the community in local meetings and be comfortable speaking publicly about high level topics, such as business strategy, economic development, job growth, and community impact.

Minimum 5 years of administrative experience, ideally within the arts and with increasing levels of responsibility

Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience

Ability to work with diverse constituencies with a record of leadership and accomplishment, and ability to capitalize on and move forward with CAA’s goals related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Experience directing or supporting major capital campaigns

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Attentive and active listening skills

Master’s degree in nonprofit management, the arts or business management (desired).

Seniority Level: Executive

Salary Range: $65,000-$80,000 (DOE)

Instructions to apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to

No phone calls or third-party solicitations, please.

Application Deadline:

January 17, 2022

About Us

Central Arts Alliance (CAA) provides arts and culture opportunities for all through education, programming, and advocacy.

CAA is governed by a Board of Directors and includes approximately 12 staff members, 100+ contractors/teaching artists, and serves over 3,000 students annually at two campus locations: Phoenix Center for the Arts in downtown Phoenix and Thunderbird Arts Center in north Phoenix, as well as throughout the state via the Arizona Art Mobile .

CAA works to eliminate barriers to arts and cultural opportunities through accessible tuition pricing and reduced-fee programming to qualified individuals.

We also strive to strengthen the Phoenix arts and culture community, while providing a home to multiple community arts and culture organizations.

Central Arts Alliance will conduct a screening that may include work history, academic credentials and personal references.

We will also complete a background check:this includes a criminal background check and verification of past work history, etc.

Employment is contingent upon successful passing of all background checks.

Equity Statement:

Central Arts Alliance understands the broader meaning of equity as: Access to the resources needed to thrive such as education, employment, healthcare, food, clean water, housing, and arts & culture.

The board, staff, instructors, and volunteers are committed to equitable practices in everything we do.

Our actions to strive for more equitable practices may include, but not be limited to:

• Listening to the needs of our vastly diverse community

• Aspiring to educate those who work with us, using tools such as readings, videos, etc.

• Addressing any inequitable behavior not in alignment with our core values

Core Values:

Arts and cultural education for all ages and stages of life.

Respect for the individual, community, and environment.

Fiscal responsibility.


Central Arts Alliance is committed to making programs accessible for all participants.


Job Type : Full-Time