– The acuity to ascertain competing priorities, resolve difficulties, overcome obstacles, and maximize the use of time and resources to attain the desired outcomes.Personal Accountability
– The ability to take responsibility, be accountable, listen and use feedback, and analyze data to learn from mistakes, possessing a high degree of awareness of the impact of personal actions and decisions.Diplomacy
The clarity to demonstrate emotional intelligence and sensitivity when handling challenging issues while communicating, building rapport, and relating well to others.Resiliency
The dexterity to quickly adjust to changing circumstances in the industry and environment with the flexibility to remain optimistic in the face of setbacks and challenges, recognizing these are part of learning and growth that informs new strategies and tactics.Leadership and Decision Making
– The capacity to make consistently sound and timely decisions and to organize and inspire people to believe in a vision that centers on the well-being and growth of The Union’s artists, patrons, and community.Planning and Organizing
– The capability to identify and oversee all resources, tasks, systems, and people to establish courses of action to ensure that work is completed effectively.
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. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:Renée Danger-James, Vice PresidentDelilah Norris, Senior Advisor1040 First Avenue, Suite 352New York, New York 10022-2991(888) 234.4236 Ext. 212 (Danger-James) or Ext. 230 (Norris)TheUnion@ArtsConsulting.comTo support a full creative life for all, The Union for Contemporary Art commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts programming; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of financial and informational resources.The Union for Contemporary Art recognizes that our work takes place on the ancestral homeland of the Umo?ho? (Omaha) and O?héthi Šakówi? (The Seven Council Fires) Nations. The colonial genocide and forced removal of these people remain an irrevocable part of the history of the land we now call home. The Union acknowledges this history and affirms the sovereignty of the thousands of native peoples still inhabiting, tending, and sanctifying this land. As an arts organization, The Union is committed to pursuing opportunities to support the creative and cultural light of the people who’ve made this land a home for countless generations.OrganizationThe Union for Contemporary Art
(The Union) is a community-based hub strengthening the cultural and social landscape of North Omaha, Nebraska, using the arts as a vehicle to inspire positive social change. Founded in 2011 by journalist and visionary arts administrator, Brigitte McQueen, The Union began programming in a 3,500-square-foot former food pantry on Burdette Street responding to the needs of the North Omaha artists and community members. Playing an anchor role in the revitalization of their North Omaha community, in 2017 and subsequently, in 2022, The Union renovated the historic Blue Lion Center and F.J. Carey Block buildings, the epicenter of entertainment and arts in North Omaha’s golden era of the 1920s - 1960s.Today, The Union is a cornerstone for the development and presentation of artistic expression in its historic community. It is an economic driver in its North Omaha community that strengthens the cultural and social landscape by providing free and low-cost programs, equitable compensation for artists and The Union’s workforce, artist development and training for all ages, state-of-the-art facilities, and intentional investment and partnerships. Simultaneously, the organization works to center the arts within a larger critical conversation on how to collectively build a more just and liberatory society. Among its core values, The Union attests to the power of dialogue: “By nature, artists who seek to challenge the status quo – aesthetically, socially, politically – produce works that often agitate, unsettle, and disquiet our most closely held assumptions and beliefs. Inherent to The Union's commitment to fostering social change and promoting freedom of artistic expression is a firm belief in the power of dialogue. To this end, The Union for Contemporary Art invites challenging conversations between artist and audience while maintaining a supportive environment of equality and respect.”Featured in Architecture Magazine, The Union’s state-of-the-art facilities include the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery; Co-Op Studios including ceramics, darkroom, digital design lab, fiber arts, and print shop; private studios for local artist fellows and studio/living space for national/regional artists-in-residence; offices, library, and community gathering spaces; youth engagement classrooms, studios, and commercial kitchen; and the Abundance Garden’s greenhouse, raised bed gardens and fruit orchard, compositing facilities, and outdoor classroom. The Shirley Tyree Theater features a 75-seat black box theater, set-design workshop, lobby, box office, rehearsal, and community gathering space enhancing The Union’s performing arts program.Entering its second decade, The Union serves its mission through its dynamic programming and the exceptional talents and passion of its creative, diverse, and dedicated staff, board leadership, and community and funding partners. Part of the national cohort of the Wallace Foundation’s Arts Initiative, The Union leadership and staff are engaged in strategic planning that prioritizes staffing capacity and policies; growth and sustainability of programming; business-model strategy for long-term financial sustainability; succession planning; and expanding its national profile as a model for community-based cultural organizations serving artists of color.From youth programming, a performing arts collective, and communal studio spaces, to an artist fellowship program, The Union’s programs nurture the creative practice of artists of diverse disciplines at all stages of their development. Exhibition programs showcase works by local and national artists, with an emphasis on the diversity of twenty-first-century experiences, and annually commission new works by women of the African diaspora. Co-Op Studios and Fellowship programs create opportunities for local artists to strengthen their creative and social practices offering access to space and resources to create. The Performing Arts program is dedicated to sharing productions that reflect authentic narratives about experiences within the African diaspora. Youth Engagement programs offer free access to the arts, including studio-based classes, for youth living in North Omaha. The Abundance Garden is a 6,500 sq. ft. garden, cared for by Union staff and neighborhood youth, growing and distributing 700 pounds of free produce each year. The Neighborhood Arts program is a community-focused mural initiative, connecting artists and North Omaha residents to create public works in North Omaha. The Populus Fund, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting program, distributes six $10,000 project grants to regional artists annually.The Union is governed by an 11-member board of directors led by chair Shavonne Washington-Krauth, with Brigitte McQueen, founding Executive Director, overseeing a full-time staff of 19. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, The Union anticipates total revenues of $2.6 million with 87% from Foundations/Trusts, 5% from Government grants, 2% from Corporate and Individuals, and 6% from Interest and Other Earned Revenue.Sources: architectmagazine.com; u-ca.orgCommunityOmaha, Nebraska is known as the gateway to the West, and North Omaha has a rich legacy as an influential and vibrant African American community uplifting activism, literature, and music. Omaha-born Malcolm X spent his first years of life in a home less than two miles from The Union. In the decades since the community has nurtured the roots of generations of grassroots leaders working for the liberation of an area frequently left under-resourced and segregated from the city surrounding it.North Omaha has also sustained a rich cultural heritage. In the heyday of jazz, the intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets (where The Union is situated) was a destination for musicians traveling through the Midwest. Legends including Duke Ellington, Charlie Christian, and Gene Krupa performed in the neighborhood. Today, this vibrancy continues with The Union at the center of a revitalized artistic corridor. Within walking distance of The Union are multiple cultural organizations—The Great Plains Black History Museum, North Omaha Music and Arts, Culxr House, and Fabric Lab—each uplifting distinct aspects of history and the humanities in the community.Annual events and festivals uniting community members and attracting visitors to the area include Native Omaha Days, the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, Omaha Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Festival, and the annual Juneteenth Joyfest. The wider Omaha arts and cultural scene features a variety of contemporary art centers, museums, galleries, and cultural destinations, including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Durham Museum, the Kaneko, Joslyn Art Museum, Kiewit Luminarium and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy parks and scenic trails along the Missouri River with the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, and the 390-acre Cunningham Lake with fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. The historic Old Market District features shopping, dining, and nightlife with boutiques, galleries, family-owned restaurants, world-class steakhouses, and fine French dining.Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies with a mix of public and private employers, including Berkshire Hathaway, CHI Health, First National of Nebraska, Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Medicine, Offutt Air Force Base, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., and Union Pacific Railroad. Eppley Airfield, just ten minutes from The Union and four miles from downtown Omaha, serves five million passengers annually with 200 daily flights including non-stop service to 31 of the nation’s busiest airports. Omaha has the highest number of millionaires per capita in the nation and its Public Schools serve more than 52,000 students.The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area has a population nearing one million. Omaha’s cost of living is 8% below the national average whose population of 500,000 is 65% white, 12% Black, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 1% Native American, 4% Asian, and 4% two or more races. North Omaha’s more diverse population is 43% Black, 32% White, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 7% Asian, and 5% two or more races.Sources: unomaha.edu; redfin.com; visitomaha.com; forbes.com; parks.cityofomaha.org; worldpopulationreview.com; census.govQualificationsQualified candidates will have seven to ten years of increasing responsibility in nonprofit administration. Prior executive-level experience with arts education and community-based organizations is ideal but not required. Significant experience and a proven track record of board development, fundraising, marketing, branding, and fiscal management are expected. Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the propensity to be a passionate spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser are needed. A strong commitment to the professional development of staff and a successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive team is essential.