Executive Director Search

Position Profile:

The Executive Director is the chief administrator, connector and spokesperson for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall operations of MCA. The Executive Director reports to and receives direction from the Chair and the Executive Committee.

The Executive Director organizes arts organizations, artists, and the arts-interested public to create positive public policy outcomes on behalf of the Minnesota nonprofit arts community.

The position is open with the retirement of long-time Executive Director, Sheila Smith.

MCA has retained an interim Executive Director, Jennifer Halcrow, to support the leadership transition.

Opportunity Summary

MCA seeks a collaborative coalition builder who is an exceptional listener, organizer, educator, advocate, communicator and connector. This leader will be motivated by the opportunity to understand the nuance and perspective of all stakeholders and coalition members and to enact strategies to build alignment, understanding and consensus regarding MCA’s future direction.

The leader will demonstrate lived experience around consensus-building, negotiating, advocating and leading coalitions. They will be energized by the opportunity to engage the entire State of Minnesota in the work to build and highlight the foundation of the case for renewing the Legacy Amendment in 2033 and by the opportunity to build relationships with legislators and other potential funders to advocate for expanded current support from the legislature and other potential funding partners.

The next Executive Director will understand the mechanics and process of public policy making and coalition building. They will work to strengthen the relationship with and between the Minnesota State Arts Board, Regional Arts Councils and MCA and with other arts and cultural advocacy entities.

MCA seeks a leader who will guide the organization through its ongoing work on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and who embodies the vulnerability, empathy, compassion and courage required for this type of adaptive leadership and change management work. This leader will be able to be articulate their own journey on issues of equity and inclusion, and how it informs their leadership.

This leader will serve as a bridge between the work accomplished to date and charting a new course for MCA’s future. They will be comfortable with the discomfort that comes with evolution, growth and change and energized by mediating and resolving conflicts within the coalition community of MCA.

Additional responsibilities are outlined in the following pages.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide thoughtful, strategic leadership to the Executive Committee, Committees, and Board in creating, implementing and evaluating short- and long-term goals of the organization.
  • Oversee financial planning and management of resources to ensure the accomplishment of the organization’s goals.
  • Communicate in an open, transparent manner to inform statewide membership and, when appropriate, government agencies and the press, of the mission, services, goals and accomplishments of MCA.
  • Provide direction and work positively and closely with lobbyist(s) in the development and implementation of political strategy to achieve MCA goals.
  • Provide visionary, collaborative leadership for the organization. Hire, supervise, coach and develop other staff members, contractors and volunteers.
  • Administer and lead Creative Minnesota (CreativeMN.org).
  • Maintain active participation in partnerships with other organizations involved in arts advocacy.


  • Background, experience and related education in management, community service, political or grassroots advocacy, administration, or similar field(s).
  • Experience in fundraising, budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Preference for candidates with knowledge and understanding of the nuance of Minnesota’s political system and arts and culture organizations.
  • Passion for the mission and values of MCA.


The salary for this position is budgeted at $148,000 and includes participation in the organization’s benefits plan.

To Apply:

Email Cover Letter and Resume by Monday, May 17th to: lars@ballingerleafblad.com

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