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Executive Director - Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education

Posted: 01/10/2022

Executive Director


The mission of the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education (KSAAE) is to ensure that the arts are an integral part of quality Pre-K-12 education to promote students’ personal development and academic performance.

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Position Summary

KSAAE is seeking an experienced Executive Director who can help realize our ongoing vision as the leading state arts advocacy and programming organization. This position requires a dynamic, mission-driven individual who is committed to operational and programmatic success through collaboration with K-12 educators and stakeholders. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for KSAAE's programs, fundraising, and execution of our mission.

Fundraising & Donor Relations

  • Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion 

  • Ensure the KSAAE meets reporting requirements/application deadlines for new and existing grant opportunities

  • Build relationships to garner new opportunities

  • Lead the grants process by researching available grant options, maintaining strong relationships with grant providers, maintaining a grant calendar, and managing independent grant opportunities

  • Provide operational leadership in the management of the KSAAE membership program with the board

  • Lead communications with current and potential donors through segmentation/cultivation/relationship building alongside the board of directors

  • Create annual fundraising plans and manage all events/activities

Arts Education Programming 

  • Lead the effective day-to-day operations of the KSAAE in collaboration with the Alliance’s Executive Board

  • Oversee the successful management of programs and contracts 

  • Support the creation, planning, and implementation of programs and services with the Board of Director Committees

  • Maintain a working knowledge of developments/trends in the field of arts education research and arts integration best practices


Community Relations & Advocacy

  • Establish an effective public relations strategy through all communications channels and be the organization’s spokesperson to raise community awareness of the KSAAE mission and programs/activities

  • Effectively communicate measurable outcomes for all programs/activities to the community 

  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with policymakers and relevant community organizations to help achieve the vision and goals of the KSAAE

  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of existing programs as a model for regional and national replication

Financial Planning & Management 

  • Maintain the financial health of the organization

  • Regularly provide the Board with comprehensive reporting on the KSAAE’s financials 

  • Lead the preparation of the annual operating budget

  • Oversee the annual compilation and tax return with outside accountants 


  • Determine and maintain current organizational charts reflecting roles and responsibilities to support KSAAE programs and activities

  • Lead by developing, training, and managing a high-performance team culture for continued growth and enthusiasm

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with the Board; provide timely and accurate information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions


Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A track record of effectively leading a regionally and/or nationally outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

  • Strong interpersonal skills for our collaborative approach to programs and activities across the organization

  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising strategies 

  • Experience with digital communications platforms

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience 

  • 5+ years of nonprofit management experience and a passionate commitment to arts education 





       Status: Full time, exempt employee; Occasional nights and weekends required

Reports: Reports to the Board of Directors 

Supervises: Independent Contractors

Salary range: $40,000-42,000 

Applications Review Begins the week of January 24, 2022


To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, work samples and three professional references to:


Job Type: Full Time