The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is seeking a collaborative, visionary, experienced, movement-oriented leader to help steward and evolve the people-powered department at a moment of significant transformation and opportunity. We envision a teammate who believes in, and has ties to grassroots justice movements, whether hyper-local or national.

The person in this role will join a collaborative effort to grow capacity and systems, build partnerships and support the USDAC growing into its next chapter. They will contribute to “holding the whole”— helping to develop long-range strategies, ensuring solid organizational foundations, and helping to create the conditions through which a growing
team can support and activate the USDAC’s network of 30,000+ artists, cultural organizers, educators, policy-makers, arts administrators, activists and allies.

We are looking for a value-aligned collaborator with significant leadership experience in organizational development and a commitment to building the cultural and movement ecosystem that the USDAC is a part of. A successful candidate will have an appreciation for and understanding of the power of cultural work and creativity in movement-building.

This role will ideally begin in March 2020, beginning with a 12-month contract depending on availability and skillset. Our team is currently composed of four contractors, all compensated at an equal solidarity rate. Initial contract would be for a rate of $39,000-$46,800, depending on agreed upon scope. As a note, our team has historically been composed of contractors managing multiple projects, but we are actively moving toward bringing team members into staff positions with benefits.

This person should be excited about the opportunity to support in the development of organizational processes, capacity and strategy in a time of significant internal and external transition. This person would be “lead bird” alongside USDAC’s Co-Director of Power and Possibility, and a small, dedicated team of BIPOC project leads.


Strong organizational development experience- examples could be fundraising/development, growing and managing teams, creating and running programs, leading or co-leading organizations
Experience and interest in operational development and management
Interest— though not necessarily deep experience in— co-curating meaningful events and convenings
Some experience with coalition-building and/or volunteer-driven organizing
Collaborative leadership style and expertise or interest in alternative organizational models with shared leadership
Local and national leadership experience
Willingness to “make the road by walking”
Strong managerial experience
Comfort working remotely
Ability to handle multiple, concurrent and high priority projects

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: In collaboration with other Co-Director

Building organizational capacity, in collaboration with Co-Director and team, developing a long-term sustainability and fundraising plan, and initiating the execution of that plan by raising initial resources and attracting necessary team support
In partnership with Core Team, supporting and enhancing existing programming and strategy, and operating as a thought partner for emerging opportunities
In collaboration with Co-Director, boosting organizational capacity by analyzing and improving existing systems, workflows and practices
Contribute to development of communications plans, strategic partnerships and funder relationships
Represent the values and vision of the USDAC in partnerships with allied organizations, stakeholders, network members, elected officials and others. For context, take a look at our Statement of Values
Practice timely reporting, communication and engagement


The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) was founded in 2013 as a people-powered department— a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. We connect artists, organizers, and allies in an ever-expanding learning community by sharing vital information and creative tactics, taking action together, and devising policies and programs to catalyze culture shift in the service of social and environmental justice. (The USDAC is not a government agency.)

Over the past six years the USDAC has:

Built a translocal, intergenerational, intercultural network of 30K+ Citizen Artists working across issue areas and media.
Hosted participatory, arts-based community dialogues and actions engaging tens of thousands of people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Created free guides, toolkits, and trainings on cultural policy, artistic response, Indigenous land acknowledgment, creating a culture of health, arts-based community dialogue, cultural organizing for climate justice, and much more. These resources have been used to shift culture in thousands of community, cultural, educational, and civic settings, and been featured in a range of outlets—including Teen Vogue, Native America Calling, and the New York Times.
Developed a network of more than 100 Affiliate Organizations and 20 local Outposts, committed to USDAC values.
Hosted two sold-out national convenings that have been called “life-changing” and “transformative” by artists, activists, policy-makers, and educators in attendance.


Organization/Company: US Department of Arts and Culture
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: January 25, 2021
How to Apply: Click here to access the application form:
Be sure to read instructions at the top of the form and to submit by January 25th