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The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), a non-profit arts organization producing festivals, tours, concerts and other public programs seeks an experienced, energetic, and creative individual to become the executive director of the nation’s oldest folk and traditional arts organization, one who will advance the organization’s mission; support and maintain the continued excellence of NCTA programs; and lead the organization into its next phase of development. S/he will direct the overall operation of the NCTA and its activities including programming, event production, finances, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, staff supervision, board relations, and advocacy. The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to, and understanding of, the folk and traditional arts; have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a senior role of responsibility for an arts or cultural organization, including the supervision of professional staff; and a minimum of three (3) years in a senior role of responsibility in the conception, programming, production and marketing of cultural programs. S/he will possess the ability to effectively articulate the nature and value of the folk and traditional arts to non-professionals; to develop and manage budgets; to plan and conduct fundraising activities including grant proposals, sponsorships, individual giving, etc.; to develop and maintain collegial, collaborative relationships with diverse institutional partners and constituencies; and to negotiate programs and budgets with outside partners. Excellent verbal and public presentation skills are required, as are excellent, adaptable writing skills, and an understanding of how to employ digital and social media to broaden positive organizational exposure. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits. Send cover letter and resume, electronic submissions preferred, to: ED Search Committee, c/o NCTA, 8757 Georgia Ave., Suite 450, Silver Spring, MD 20910. executivedirector_search@ncta-usa.org

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The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions – music, dance, crafts, rituals and stories passed on through time in families, communities, tribal, ethnic, regional and occupational groups.