The Field- Executive Director



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August 15

The Field seeks a visionary leader with a passion for supporting independent artists to join a team of talented staff, artists and board members in the role of Executive Director.

For purposes of clarity in this job description, we refer to the role as singular (Executive Director/ED). However, In concert with The Field’s values of anti-racism, racial equity, and staff resilience, The Field is also interested in alternative structures for executive leadership. The Field and ALJP Consulting will accept applications for this role from teams of two as well as from individuals. In the case of a team candidacy, applicants should include their initial thoughts on the structural implications of their shared leadership plan, particularly in regards to the leadership salary. An organizational chart is available upon request. 


Who is The Field?

Our name is The Field for a reason: a truly thriving community must include the voices and visions of the full field of artists and makers: from the radical, gorgeous and bizarre to the schmaltzy, swelling, and overblown. 


Founded in 1986, The Field has stewarded $45 million and given more than 200,000 artists the services, guidance and resources they need to bring their bold artistic visions to life. Noted for our excellent service delivery and human touch, our work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and more. Artists who have grown from our support include Kyle Abraham, Young Jean Lee, Kaneza Schaal, Geoff Sobelle, Momenta Quartet, Michelle Dorrance, Okwui Okpokwasili, and hundreds of others.


The Field’s mission is to provide artists access to opportunities, resources, funding, and information to bring their visions to life. From performance marathons to Fellowships for Black, Indigenous and arts workers of color, from fundraising to entrepreneurial regrants, The Field has been a go-to home for thousands of artists to thrive. We serve independent artists and small, unincorporated arts organizations through entrepreneurial capacity-building for artists, thought leadership on subjects such as failure and privilege, and our Vision for Life Preparedness for artists, a transformational suite of technology and human services that puts artists in charge of their money, their work, and their lives. 


Our vision is a future in which artists can prosper in all areas of their lives. We are building new services and technology to connect artists with a robust network of vetted service providers for the full arc of their careers and beyond. Both high-tech and high-touch, this will be the first people-powered platform of its kind.


The Field has achieved significant fundraising success in recent years in relation to the launch of the Vision for Life Preparedness for Artists. New funding was achieved by major foundations including a three-year grant of $420,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as part of their competitive national arts service organization cohort, $200,000 from the Bloomberg Philanthropy as part of their Digital Accelerator, and substantial multi-year grants from Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Mental Insight Foundation, New York Community Trust, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The Winston Foundation, The Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and Scherman Foundation. The Field also successfully receives annual support from other funders and government sources including the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Arts Council, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund. 


Who is in Leadership?

Alice de Callataÿ (she/her/hers), Board Co-Chair, joined 2014, is a wife and mother of 2 children. She moved to New York City in 1996 right after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics. She joined the asset management firm BlackRock and worked in support of a proprietary trading system for nearly 10 years. At the time of her “retirement”, she was managing a group of 10 analysts, responsible for training and end-user support for more than 800 users. She enjoyed the teaching and training challenges of her job, but left to focus on raising her children. 


Michael Wellington (he/him/his), Board Co-Chair, joined 2005, presently serves as Co-Head, Credit Advisory, within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. In this capacity, he is a trusted advisor to the firm’s top corporate clients and private equity investors, as well as to the firm’s senior debt underwriters and risk managers on credit-related matters connected to transactions in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, debt capital markets, leveraged finance, hybrid equity capital markets, and liability management. Over a finance career spanning nearly three decades, Michael has also held prior leadership roles in the area’s of investment banking, corporate lending, high yield underwriting, distressed trading & restructuring, and risk management. Michael and his wife, Dale (a former choreographer, artist manager, arts org founder, and Board member) reside in New York City and Litchfield County (CT) where they support civic and charitable activities related to the performing arts, financial literacy & education addressing racial inequities, LGBT+ rights, and historic/land preservation. 


What will you do?

The Executive Director (ED) leads the strategic and operational execution of the Mission and Vision of The Field. The new ED will establish, manage and supervise the overall programs, policies, revenue generation, staffing and finances of The Field as driven by the mission and values of the organization, and the needs of the community. They are responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of the organization, and staffing and growing the organization as appropriate to meet the changing needs of the artistic community. The Executive Director leads, implements and oversees the revenue strategy and advancement goals for the organization. They represent the organization in public, acting as the primary voice for the organization, particularly to advocate for the needs of individual artists. The Director ensures that The Field is advancing and operationalizing its values of equity and inclusion.


The Executive Director will be responsible for setting and maintaining a positive and inclusive work environment for all staff, artists, and board. Direct Reports include the Deputy Director, Finance Director, Development Director and Operations Manager. 


Your Areas of Accountability 

Leadership & Organizational Management

Ensure programmatic excellence is aligned with Vision, Mission and Values;

Ensure high-quality fundraising and institutional communications;

Actively engage and energize partner organizations and funders;

Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; 

Lead, coach and develop staff; 

Ensure effective systems to track key performance indicators of Vision and Mission delivery that can be effectively communicated to the stakeholders; 

Ensure that all work and services are implemented in alignment with The Field's values as stated here and that all staff and teams are working toward being an anti-racist organization. 


New Business Development:

Design the national expansion into new geographical markets; 

Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site; 

Work in coalition with local arts service organizations and other partners to advocate for a thriving sector.


Revenue Generation: 

Supervise fundraising activities to robustly support existing programs, Vision launch, and program expansion;

Manage earned income generation as well as growth and scale of services;

Deepen and refine all aspects of communications and marketing — from web presence to external relations – with the goal of creating a strong brand; 

Lead the paid search and marketing strategy to grow and scale usership in collaboration with staff and external consultants.


Programming and Services: 

Work with staff to ensure The Field’s website platform and its features are delivering effectively and efficiently in line with our Vision, Mission, values, budgets, priorities and non-profit compliance;

Determine programming and programming reporting in line with Vision and funder/stakeholder deliverables;

Lead, implement and manage new “Connect” services buildout;

Lead new data and publication deliverables (ie. “Elevate”).


Financial Management:

Create and manage the annual operating budget;

Work with staff to meet financial goals;

Liaise with Program, Fundraising and Finance staff to ensure financial growth and integrity;

Manage internal control systems to ensure accurate reporting to Board, auditors and other key stakeholders; 

Supervise Finance Director to ensure accuracy, efficiency and integrity.


Community and External Relations

Serve as chief liaison with community organizations and key constituent groups; 

Facilitate and create internal systems to support core staff’s presence and visibility with key groups and organizations.


In addition to the aforementioned skills, experiences and competencies the ED will: 

Ensure that work is implemented in alignment with The Field's values as stated here;

Actively participate in anti-racism trainings, groups and seminars. 


Who are we looking for? 

The Executive Director role is ideal for a leader with a passion for the arts in general and for supporting and uplifting artists in all aspects of their lives. The ED will demonstrate curiosity and appreciation for how art is evolving as well as how artists and their needs are evolving. The Executive Director will lead with values of equity and inclusion, with a track record of implementing anti-racist practices and policies within an organization. This role requires an individual with exceptional relationship management skills, excellent communication skills, and strong financial acumen. The ED will also have a solid understanding of and comfort with new technology. 


Applications from teams of two will also be accepted and considered.


The ideal candidate will possess: 

Exceptional delegation skills

Innovative thinking 

Public speaking skills

Income generation, including earned and contributed income

Experience successfully expanding and scaling programs

A strong national network of arts practitioners

Audience development skills and experience

A passion for engaging and supporting young emerging artists

Staff management and mentorship skills

A data-driven approach to decision making


How much are we paying and what are the perks? 

Salary: $110,000 - $160,000/year

Benefits: Medical and dental coverage; vacation and sick paid time off, IRA retirement plan with a 2% match, and professional development support. 

Workplace Environment: Our office hours are 10am to 6pm EST Mon-Fri, with work occasionally required in the evenings and/or on weekends. Work schedules are generally flexible. Post COVID-19, The Field staff are all working remotely and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. The Field observes all federal holidays.

Remote Work: We are open to candidates who wish to work remotely, however, they must have a strong knowledge of and connections to NYC arts culture and funders.


The Application Deadline is August 15, 2022.