President and CEO

United Arts of Central Florida

Posted: 11/14/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: Maitland

Postal code: 32751

State: Florida

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

United Arts of Central Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the one-stop-shop to support the arts, sciences and history in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Through a dynamic collaboration of individuals, businesses, local governments, foundations and more than 60 arts and cultural organizations, we work to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences throughout Central Florida.

Position Details:

Job Description:


United Arts of Central Florida (UA) collaborates with more than 60 arts and cultural
organizations, individuals, businesses, local governments, and foundations to
enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences throughout Central
Florida. UA is committed to enriching Central Florida’s diverse and energetic
community through art, music, science, dance, history, and theater.

The organization has
supported the arts, sciences, and history in Lake, Orange, Osceola, and
Seminole counties for 30 years. Toward that end, UA has invested more than $155
million in local arts and culture organizations, as well as education, with an
annual investment of more than $5 million. In addition to raising and
distributing funds, UA provides management, administrative, and advisory
services to its partner arts and cultural organizations. Last year, United Arts
supported more than 2.9 million experiences, including more than 1.2 million for
K-12 students.

core programs include numerous grants providing operating and project support
opportunities for arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and genres;
contract for service opportunities that ensure arts, science, and history
experiences are available to K-12 students and adults of all means;
collaborative fundraising through the annual Collaborative Campaign for the Arts; technical assistance opportunities; research and data on the
economic impact of the arts on the region; and arts advocacy.

With its office just
outside Orlando in Maitland, UA is a four-county
agency with a staff of 12 employees and an annual budget of $8 million. UA
recently received $2 million more in ongoing funding from Orange County. Its board
of directors is comprised of 43 members, with a 14-member Executive Committee.



The Central Florida
region is a welcoming, uniquely livable area offering small-town charm with
big-city amenities, including Orlando—one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan
cities in the country. With more than 4,000 square miles and a population of more
than 2.5 million residents, the Central Florida region provides both high-rise
living and distinct neighborhoods. With a median population age of 37, Orlando
is younger than other metropolitan cities throughout Florida. It is also home
to the nation’s ninth-largest school district and the second-largest
university. The region also boasts rolling hills, world-class golf courses,
pristine nature preserves, a thousand lakes, miles of trails, and year-round

Florida is home to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Ballet, Opera
Orlando, Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, CityArts,
Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Fringe, Orlando Science Center,
Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Shakes. Many of the major cultural
institutions are clustered in the beautiful Loch Haven cultural district just
north of downtown. Orlando is also the home of the new Dr. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts, which houses the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater and the
soon-to-open 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall, which will be the home to the Orlando
Philharmonic, Orlando Ballet, and Opera Orlando.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, the
economic impact study from Americans for the Arts, showed that Central Florida
nonprofit cultural organizations contribute $399 million per year to the
region’s economy and employ more than 13,500 people. Its three major theme
parks—Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld—employ more than 9,500 creatives.
In 2018 a record 75 million tourists visited Orlando.

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Position Summary

Serving as a
visionary spokesperson for UA and the region’s cultural
community as a whole
, the President and CEO will offer creative ideas to
adapt, strengthen, and diversify the local arts agencies’ programs and
partnerships to address the changing needs of the community. The President and
CEO will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategy, resource
development, and administration. This individual will be responsible for
ensuring that UA’s strategic and grantmaking goals are achieved by leading and executing on strategic and partnership efforts.
The President and CEO will serve as a liaison to the public sector partners in
four counties and will build relationships within the highest levels of the
business, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors.


Roles and Responsibilities

Strategy, and Community Engagement

  • Enhance UA’s role and
    image within cultural and community planning by being active and visible in the
    community and working closely with other professional, civic, government, and private
    organizations within the cultural sector and broader community.
  • Cultivate and nurture
    positive working relationships and partnerships with staff, cultural and civic
    leaders, and local creative individuals; public sector and key local civic
    partners; corporate sector; and the donor community, ensuring that the general
    public, funders, arts organizations, business leaders, and elected officials
    understand UA’s role, value, and impact in the community.
  • Serve as the chief
    liaison to the four representative counties’ public sector and government
    officials and represent the agency to the media and at local, state, regional,
    and national meetings and arts community functions.
  • Promote transparency
    and facilitate ongoing communication among stakeholders.
  • Support excellence
    within cultural organizations by serving as a conveyor on best tactics and
    trends within the field while also facilitating training, coaching, and
    mentoring to arts organizations.
  • Assume
    leadership for ongoing strategic planning, working in partnership with the board
    to establish the agency’s vision and strategy.


and Resource Cultivation, Allocation, and Stewardship

  • Seek
    opportunities to regularly communicate UA’s vision and activities to a variety
    of audiences to support effective public advocacy of behalf of the cultural
  • Regularly
    and responsively interact with the media to present an accurate representation
    of the interests of UA and the cultural sector.
  • Serve
    as the primary catalyst in identifying opportunities, changes, and enhancements
    for UA and the cultural sector, along with the board, staff, cultural partners,
    and key community leaders/stakeholders.
  • Actively
    position UA to ensure the organization has the necessary financial, human,
    technological, and other resources to achieve its mission.
  • Lead
    efforts to raise an additional $500,000 to meet Orange County’s $500,000
    Challenge Grant requirement of a 1:1 match.
  • Publicly lead the
    annual fund drive and oversee other campaigns in annual giving as well as
    special multi-year campaigns, endowment campaigns, and planned giving as
  • Serve as the face of
    the organization, representing UA in arts and culture advocacy initiatives at
    the local, regional, and statewide levels to raise the profile of all arts
    organizations, regardless of size.
  • Speak and make
    presentations at meetings, conventions, and public forums in the business,
    philanthropic, and civic sectors to enhance the entire cultural sector.
  • Serve as a liaison to
    the board of directors and trustee-level donors as part of an overall
    fundraising strategy.
  • Identify, cultivate,
    and solicit prospective donors, in partnership with the development team, and
    promote a culture of philanthropy in the organization at all levels.


Program and Grant Management

  • Seek opportunities to
    develop strategic partnerships and collaborate with arts organizations to
    deliver relevant and timely programming to diverse communities across the four
  • Oversee
    grants, art education, programs and services, development, finance and
    operations, cultural tourism, public policy, technology, administration, and
    special projects functions of the agency.
  • Develop funding
    criteria with the board of directors, oversee the grantmaking process, and
    communicate grantmaking outcomes.
  • Embrace other program
    and grant management responsibilities as needed.



  • Hire, mentor, and
    retain an engaged, competent, and qualified staff, maximizing the use of human
    resources to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that UA has the
    right diverse balance of skills and talent properly deployed so that
    organizational goals and objectives are achieved, embracing and encouraging diversity
    on all levels within UA and the community.
  • Encourage learning
    opportunities and professional development for staff, promoting continuous
    career development and growth.
  • Maintain official
    records and documents and comply with federal, state, and local regulations.


Board Relations and Governance

  • Communicate effectively
    with the board, provide timely and accurate information, and support all board activities,
    including meetings and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Prepare and present
    written and oral reports for the board as necessary.
  • Partner with the Board
    Governance Committee to identify, cultivate, recruit, and engage new board
    members and play an active role in the orientation and education of new and
    existing members.
  • Engage board members to
    maximize their participation in their contribution toward UA’s success and
  • Ensure UA’s fiscal
    integrity, including submission to the board of a proposed annual budget,
    monthly financial statements, and an annual audit, which accurately reflect the
    organization’s financial condition.
  • Embrace other board
    relations and governance responsibilities as needed.


Traits and

President and CEO will be a visionary, forward-thinking leader and passionate
advocate for the arts who enjoys connecting with diverse stakeholders at every
level. Possessing a working knowledge of arts
funding standards and current trends, this individual will be committed to the
changing needs of Central Florida. Politically astute, resilient, decisive, and
versatile, the President and CEO will understand the issues affecting the arts
and cultural sector and enjoy a wide variety of tasks. An excellent
communicator and presenter, this individual will build trust and credibility
and act as an engaged advocate for the four-county arts and culture ecosystem.
The President and CEO will have a highly visible presence in the local
community and beyond in support of the UA mission. This individual will inspire
the development of a broad vision that embraces and enhances many stakeholders.


Other key
competencies include:

  • Diplomacy and
    Interpersonal Skills

    – The capacity to effectively and tactfully handle difficult or sensitive
    issues and to constructively embrace different points of view, resolve
    conflicts, and bring cohesion to a wide array of stakeholders while interacting
    with them in a positive manner, treating them fairly, and listening carefully
    to what they have to say.
  • Leadership and Flexibility – The ability to
    organize and motivate others to accomplish goals and the agility to embrace and
    implement change when needed, serving as an inspiring leader.
  • Community Focused and Self-Starting The aptitude to anticipate community needs, wants, and expectations
    and to demonstrate initiative and willingness to work with the goal of meeting
    or exceeding those needs.


A bachelor's degree (master’s degree preferred) and a demonstrated track record of increasingly responsible leadership experience in nonprofit arts and culture organizations, public arts agencies, foundations, other grantmaking organizations, or similar institutions are required. A passion for artists and the arts in its myriad of forms is expected. Demonstrated fundraising and advocacy success is essential. Experience working with elected officials and nonprofit boards, as well as excellent written and verbal skills, are necessary. The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of success in creating, leading, and managing through change.


UA offers competitive compensation (commensurate with experience) and a benefits package that includes health, life, vision, and dental insurance; short- and long-term disability; vacation, holiday, and sick pay; and an employee retirement plan with employer match.

United Arts is a drug-free, smoke-free equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ people, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President

Arts Consulting Group

292 Newbury Street, Suite 315

Boston, MA 02115-2801

Tel        (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225

Email    United[email protected]

Posted By: Arts Consulting Group


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