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Director of Cultural Access Fund

Job Description

REPORTS TO:  Cultural Access Fund Executive Committee

OVERVIEW:  This newly created position of the Cultural Access Fund (CAF) will oversee the on-going development of the CAF effort among cultural institutions, ranging from zoos to science centers and arts and heritage museums, across Washington State  to secure multi-year public operating funds to facilitate broader public access to the institutions and to ensure operating sustainability for a wide range of cultural institutions that measurably enhance the quality of life in their region, contribute  significant economic benefits and provide much needed educational programming.  This initiative has two phases: 

  1. Passing state legislation authorizing the creation of taxing districts by any and all counties in the State whereby funds may be raised through voter-approved sales tax or property tax levies to support the operating budgets of qualifying cultural institutions.  Estimated timeframe is 2-3 years.
  2. Working with interested counties in managing a campaign to have this initiative placed on the ballot and generating voter support to ensure passage.  Estimated timeframe after passage of authorizing legislation is 1-2 years.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The Director position will have broad responsibility and authority to manage, in coordination with the CAF Executive Committee, the many strategic and tactical aspects of this initiative, including but not limited to:

  • Executing the 2012 CAF strategic plan developed for the first phase of this initiative.
  • Raising funds from foundations, corporations and individuals to complement payments from the participating organizations to attain full budget requirements.
  • Defining the associated benefits of the initiative, such as economic, quality of life, and educational, and developing appropriate coalitions with interested third-parties.
  • Managing all lobbying, communications, research and analytical activities.
  • Representing, coordinating and communicating with the CAF committees and the membership at large, as well as with appropriate external parties, including elected officials, donors and the media.


  • Extensive experience with political campaigns or project management, preferably at a senior level.
  • Issue advocacy at the state and county level, as well as with a diverse group of participants.
  • Coalition building and managing toward key objectives.
  • Fundraising from participating entities and third-parties.
  • Multi-year planning and measurement against key objectives.
  • Development and deployment of lobbying strategies and grass root campaigns.
  • Communications – strong writing and presentation skills; ability to be a strong advocate; solid grasp of traditional and social media channels.
  • Understanding of database management and how to use as strategic tool for communications and fundraising.
  • Creativity – demonstrated experience with applying new approaches.
  • Working effectively and responsively in a political environment.
    o  Experience working with a governing board of directors.
    o  Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of relevant experience.

This engagement will be as a fulltime contractor for a multi-year term, the duration of which is to be assessed annually.  Compensation to be based on relevant experience.

Please submit a digital version of your resume and cover letter to Graham Mills at Graham@artsfund.org. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 5th, 2012. Interviews will be conducted in late October and the position will start in late November. Questions about the position may also be forwarded to the address above.

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