Vice President of Programs and Partnerships

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 28, 2020
Oct 27, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led, national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures. NACF advances equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change. NACF supports Native artists and culture bearers through a variety of programs and projects and lifts the voices and impact of American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives. Located in Portland and Vancouver, Washington, NACF has a 12-member national Board of Directors, a staff of 10, and a $4 million endowment. To date, NACF has supported 312 Native artists and organizations nationally to create new work, develop their arts practice, and produce projects in collaboration with communities. In July 2020, the Yale Union, a contemporary arts center, transferred ownership to NACF of a historic 40,000-square-foot arts building in Portland. In 2021, this building will be reopened as the Center for Native Arts and Cultures and supported by a transformative multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign.

NACF seeks an accomplished, visionary programs and partnership leader who is passionate about having impact across a broad array of programmatic areas and who is deeply committed to advancing social justice, racial equity, and cultural truth. The Vice President of Programs and Partnerships – a gifted programming strategist, part-researcher/evaluator, and part-community relations builder – provides overall leadership and strategic direction for NACF’s high impact programming and artistic and cultural equity partnerships. This new, elevated position reports to NACF’s President/CEO and will oversee two direct reports and be expected to hire two additional program staff. NACF is poised for its most dynamic phase of future growth, requiring the new Vice President to be an energetic, pro-active leader who can successfully lead, develop, and implement strategies to create quality local and national programming and build external partnerships. This position is based in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon with an opportunity to work virtually until able to relocate to this area.

The ideal candidate must bring a passionate, enthusiastic commitment to the mission and values of NACF with at least eight to ten years of senior-level nonprofit leadership experience in managing successful teams in grantmaking, programming, and project management with proven success in program design, evaluation, implementation; have experience managing arts-based projects, large art installations, performances, or comparable events would be preferred; and bring a strong knowledge and cultural competence with one or more Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska native cultures and communities. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree ideally in arts or a related field of study would be an advantage. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: