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The Center for Arts Education



The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is committed to ensuring that all New York City public school students receive quality arts instruction as part of their pre-K–12 education.

Founded in 1996, CAE makes important and unique contributions to advancing equitable and quality arts learning through rigorous implementation of a comprehensive suite of programs: direct services for students in and out of school time; professional development for educators, teaching artists and school leaders; arts education research and dissemination of model programs; and advocacy and public engagement initiatives for the general public, school communities and policy makers.

CAE is governed by a 19 member Board of Directors, has an annual operating budget of $2.1M, 14 full and part time staff, and works with a roster of 80+ teaching artist staff.


The ED is hired and supervised by the Board and, with their and the staff’s support, ensures CAE’ssustained commitment to quality and innovation in arts education; is the public face of the organization; develops and measures strategic and business goals and outcomes; supports clear and efficient communication within the organization; supports a healthy work environment with competitive wages; establishes long- and short-term fundraising goals to ensure sustainability andfiscal health; fosters communications that publicize and expand the reach and impact of CAE’sprograms and mission; and builds strong collaborative management and evaluation models throughout the organization.

The ED is responsible for building positive relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the arts education community and establishing productive relationships with local, regional and national arts advocacy and education offices, as well as with elected officials and community leaders. The ED actively engages and energizes volunteers, Board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders to expand the base of support for CAE at all levels. The ED also participates in national conferences, workshops and other forums to promote the organization and policies that support arts education.



In consultation with the Board, develop and execute annually a comprehensive Fiscal Year operating and programmatic strategy, matched to a Fiscal Year operating budget, which contains measurablegoals and objectives that meet CAE’s annual operating requirements ; manage key externalrelationships for the organization and maintain an active presence in the community to ensure CAE’shigh public profile; identify and forge new relationships with organizational partners that may be strategically important for the future. Promote the necessity of arts education in New York City public schools; develop an extensive network of political, education, and artistic leaders with whom to forge new and strengthen existing relationships; and spearhead the development of a sophisticated stakeholder engagement and advocacy strategy.


In collaboration with the Director of Development, oversee the creation of a development plan designed to achieve the fundraising goals in the annual operating budget; spearhead and increaseorganizational focus on fundraising linked to CAE’s programs and strategic plan. Partnering with theDirector of Development, devise and implement new fundraising strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade major donors; manage and build on the organization’s relationships with government,foundations, and corporations to secure success in institutional fundraising.


Expected to provide leadership and guidance to the Board on CAE’s strategic vision and ongoing activities. Spearhead the ongoing identification, recruitment and retention of suitably qualified Board members; maintain and support the Board of Directors and serve ex-officio on each committee;manage the Board’s involvement in annual strategy development; in collaboration with the Directorof Development manage and expand each trustee’s proactive involvement in fundraising and supportthe Chair to assign fundraising portfolios to each Board member and coach, train, and motivate them to solicit major gifts.


Financial: Oversee the fiscal integrity of the organization, including developing a detailed annual operating budget for each Fiscal Year; monitor and report to the Board on financial performance of investment portfolios and departmental expenditures against budget; oversee the management of payables, receivables, day-to-day cash flow and cash handling in accordance with Board policies; manage; and accurately allocate donor investments in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the advice of auditors.


  • Facilities: Ensure that all CAE facilities and co-location sites are maintained and operated in accordance with state, local, and federal standards. Manage facilities requirements for the future. Technology: Oversee the strategy for CAE’s technology needs in conjunction with technology supportvendor.
  • Project management: Strong project management and prioritization skills
  • Human Resources: Manage staff to achieve results and foster a diverse culture of care and respect; recruit, train, manage staff through annual performance appraisals in accordance with employee policies; ensure compliance with state and local labor laws; manage payroll and employee benefits.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; an advanced degree is highly desirable
  • A minimum of 10 years of results-driven management and fundraising experience in the non-
  • profit or private sector, or equivalent experience;
  • Experience working with donors, trustees, high net-worth individuals, and diverse
  • constituencies; established contact networks in the New York City philanthropy community is
  • desired;
  • Experience with successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a
  • competitive fundraising environment;
  • Experience collaborating with and managing staff, volunteers, and diverse groups of people;
  • Superb interpersonal skills and excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills;
  • Strong project management, planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical, and
  • communication skills required, with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task;
  • Ability to think strategically about the increasing importance of technology and digital media
  • in achieving an organization’s goals;
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed;
  • Knowledge of advocacy work, and experience navigating the political climate in New York City
  • Demonstrated success as a highly motivated manager providing leadership and guidance;
  • additional leadership qualities in goal-setting, strategic thinking, communication and
  • empowering of staff
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups and individuals
  • Strong team player and collaborator who works well with individuals at all levels both inside
  • and outside of the organization, especially in a creatively driven organization
  • Effective in a “hands-on” environment requiring resourcefulness and flexibility
  • Strong interest in the mission of CAE with a commitment to the overall goals of the organization

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Center for Arts Education is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

The Center for Arts Education has retained the services of BSBSearch. Please email a cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Barbara Brown

Managing Director


Date posted:

October 2018

Expire date


Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable