Manager of Advocacy and Partnerships

Posted on 11/19/2018

Manager of Advocacy and Partnerships
ahha Tulsa – Application Deadline: December 14, 2018

Ahha is looking for our next full-time Manager of Advocacy & Partnerships. Ideal applicants will be self-starting and have solid experience in community organizing, public administration, and/or civic affairs. They will draw on their significant knowledge, leadership skills, and network of contacts to achieve goals in this position. Familiarity or experience with local, state, and/or federal government operations is a plus. A listing of duties is included in the job description.

Ahha Tulsa is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate a more creative community. Founded in 1961, ahha advocates for arts and culture policies and programming in the community and in the education system. Ahha takes a lead role in fostering cooperation among Tulsa arts and humanities organizations as a whole to benefit the entire community; and develops, supports and nurtures innovative programs and exhibits that bring the arts to the public. Ahha operates a state-of-the-art facility to support the mission, the ahha Hardesty Center in the downtown Tulsa Arts District.

Position Summary
The ahha Manager of Advocacy & Partnerships takes the lead role in coordinating and growing advocacy efforts for ahha and for the arts community as a whole in Tulsa. Part of this effort includes managing the Arts & Humanities Council Affiliate program: determining appropriate dues and benefits, providing services to affiliates, maintaining strong communications channels, managing affiliate events, serving as the single point of contact at ahha for these groups and maintaining strong relationships with current and future affiliate organizations. The Manager of Advocacy & Partnerships attends meetings and conferences at the local, state and national level to share information about the importance of the arts at all levels of government.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Other duties may be assigned in keeping with the mission of ahha Tulsa.

  • Develops and manages the Arts & Humanities Council dues structure, recommending changes to leadership as necessary.
  • Develops and manages the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa affiliate benefits and constantly works to improve the services provided in order to better elevate the arts sector in Tulsa. Is the ahha expert on Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa benefits.
  • Manages the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa affiliate membership processes, including packet fulfillment, card printing and renewal schedule. Ensures that affiliates receive timely renewal notices and works to maintain a large and influential affiliate list.
  • Acts as the single point of contact at ahha for Arts & Humanities Council affiliates, responding to phone calls and emails in a timely manner.
  • Develops and manages the Arts & Humanities Council annual event calendar, working with affiliates to create events that are beneficial to the membership. Promotes and coordinates all such events.
  • Attends and contributes to advocacy meetings, conferences and sessions at the local, state and national level to communicate the value of the arts to all levels of government. Maintains strong relationships with elected and appointed leaders. Encourages Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa affiliates to get involved where appropriate. Regularly reports the results of meetings to Council affiliates to keep the sector informed.
  • Develops and manages the annual advocacy issues list for the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and coordinates the annual Advocacy Summit. Watches for movement on all core advocacy issues and sends advocacy alerts to Council affiliates as appropriate.
  • Coordinates the annual Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol for the Tulsa arts sector.
  • Maintains relationships with core sector partners such as the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahomans for the Arts and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture.
  • Manages the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa facebook group and related social media tools.
  • Manages the Arts & Humanities Council portion of the ahha webpage, ensuring information is accurate, useful and up to date. Maintains the Council affiliate profiles on the website.

Ahha Values
Employees of ahha must be committed to upholding the values of the organization:

  • Self-Expression
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Community
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Capacity Building

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities, but acts as a connector and influencer for the Tulsa arts sector.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Continuous Improvement
    • Works hard consistently and enthusiastically
    • Displays original thinking and creativity
    • Meets challenges with resourcefulness
    • Develops innovative approaches and ideas
  • Integrity
    • Accepts accountability for personal performance and behavior
    • Admits and takes responsibility for correcting mistakes
    • Represents collective interests over personal gains
  • Teamwork
    • Able to establish and maintain effective and professional working relations with coworkers
    • Relates well to all kinds of people, building rapport with diplomacy and tact
    • Shows empathy and respect towards others
  • Customer Service
    • Deals courteously and effectively with the public at all times
    • Responds promptly to customer needs
    • Solicits customer feedback to improve service
  • Safety and Security
    • Adheres to all safety regulations and policies and maintains a safe and productive workplace for visitors, program participants and fellow employees
    • Reports potentially unsafe conditions
  • Project Management
    • Develops project plans
    • Coordinates projects and communicates changes and progress to the team
    • Completes projects on time and budget Leadership
    • Displays passion and optimism
    • Inspires respect and trust
    • Serves as a role model for employees, embodying ahha’s core values
    • Mobilizes others to fulfill the ahha mission and vision
    • Accepts feedback from others
    • Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Managing People
    • Delegates tasks, projects and assignments effectively
  • Business Acumen
    • Understands business implications of decisions
    • Displays orientation to profitability
    • Works within approved budget
    • Develops and implements cost saving measures
    • Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals
    • Adapts strategy to changing conditions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
 Bachelor’s degree from college or university; one to two years related experience and/or training in a member services or advocacy role; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of ahha employees, managers, clients, customers and the general public.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions and percentages. Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and decimals to practical situations.

Computer Skills
Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi, Tessitura or equivalent donor database, point of sale and ticketing system, Internet Browser(s)- Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc. Must be able to communicate effectively to groups of people using technological tools.

Other Skills, Abilities or Qualifications
Must be able to travel as needed outside of Tulsa, OK and must be able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires moderate sitting; moderate walking; moderate reaching with hands and arms; minimal climbing or balancing; minimal stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; substantial talking or hearing; and minimal lifting 20 to 60 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires minimal work in wet or humid conditions; no work near moving mechanical parts; minimal work in high, precarious places; no work with or around fumes or airborne particles; no work with or near toxic or caustic chemicals; moderate work in outdoor weather conditions; and moderate work with loud noise level.

Position is Full-Time DOE. Interested applicants may send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Lauren Collins, Director of Communications: [email protected]. No phone calls, please.