Newark Arts has been powering arts to transform lives since 1981. Serving more than 80 arts organizations throughout the city, Newark Arts serves as a cultural resource lighthouse to the community through its goals of sharing resources, cross-functional opportunities, activism, and promotion of arts and culture. Transforming the lives of those who live, work, and visit Newark, the organization is committed to arts and culture, education, and racial equity.

Newark Arts is one of four BIPOC-led cultural organizations in the city. The 40-year-old institution reflects the diversity of the city’s population of 281,700 people and strives to stimulate the economy with artistry and jobs, serve as a catalyst for social-justice, and promote access to arts education. Collaborating with other nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, Newark Arts amplifies the voice of the community to address racial injustice, women’s empowerment, and recognition of indigenous peoples through fiscal and technical support.

Position Summary

An exceptional visionary and advocate for the arts, the Executive Director will imagine, organize, and execute across the spectrum of administration, management, human resources, financial planning, community advocacy, marketing, promotion, and fundraising. A visible leader, this individual will work closely with city officials and community leaders. The Executive Director will provide the vision and leadership to promote equitable and inclusive strategies for participation in the arts. They will ensure that the Newark Arts’ programs and services have an impact on culturally, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse communities throughout Newark. The Executive Director will be responsible for Newark Arts as the critical intermediary institution, providing fiscal stewardship and serving as a fiscal agent for 10 arts initiatives.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Direction and Vision

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access throughout the organization, with policies and practices that foster transformative change.
  • Balance an exciting vision for Newark’s creative economy with a realistic understanding of local policy and the political and environmental factors impacting the region and the arts sector.
  • Recommend vision and strategy to accomplish the mission for an innovative, forward-thinking organization that inspires and engages the board, staff, and community members.
  • Serve as the champion for the organization’s strategic plan and the successful achievement of longer-term goals.
  • Stay abreast of external environmental trends and make recommendations to manage their impact or influence on the organization.
  • Inspire opportunities to support program development and management, identifying and creating partnerships with other organizations that further the mission.

Fiscal Responsibility and Resource Management

  • Serve as the chief fundraiser with the ability to comprehend the technical and financial aspects of fundraising for a growing organization.
  • Effectively communicate to public and private funders on the local and national level.
  • Manage financial resources with integrity and transparency, establish and monitor financial controls, and oversee audit standards and money management policies.
  • Establish and uphold efficient procedures and effective controls as the fiscal agent for arts institutions.
  • Provide oversight and leadership for all areas of the organization and ensure staff members have what they need to do their jobs.
  • Build an efficient organization with a sustainable infrastructure based on available resources, defining new positions and integrating them into the organizational structure.

External Relations and Governance

  • Effectively communicate with excellent writing and communication skills to different audiences, including elected officials; various levels of City, County, and State government; corporate leaders and representatives; community leaders; artists; and members of the public.
  • Express a passionate interest in arts and cultural programs and services and how they impact economic development and can transform a community.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with diverse private and public partnerships, creating consensus to bring diverse interests together.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain cooperative and collaborative partnerships with state agencies, municipal governments, local and national funders, and regional and national organizations.
  • Frequently visit and communicate with cultural leaders in Newark and across the region, conducting site visits to partner and grantee organizations when appropriate.
  • Communicate the organization’s mission to the funders and support engagement with individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors.
  • Support fundraising efforts and identify and prepare grant applications.
  • Identify and create partnerships with other organizations that further Newark Arts’ mission.

Organizational Resiliency and Team Empowerment

  • Serve as an effective leader, working independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment with tight time constraints and deadlines.
  • Inspire and maintain an organizational culture that encourages collaboration, accountability, professional development, and mutual respect.
  • Establish and uphold efficient procedures in creating and managing public-private partnerships.
  • Keep abreast of the latest arts sector issues and trends through active participation in regional and national arts service organizations.
  • Serve as primary point person for the board, ensuring it members understand the organization’s mission and their role in supporting its achievement.
  • Partner with the board in its policy-making role and report on the organization’s finances, ensuring its members have timely access to accurate and updated information on finances, policies, key performance indicators, cultural trends, and relevant issues to help them reach decisions that advance the organization’s mission.


Five to 10 years of progressive leadership experience in public or nonprofit administration and management, including high levels of supervisory, administrative, and budgetary experience, is required. A demonstrated leadership capacity and a commitment to workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and access is necessary. A background in coalescing diverse interest in managing complex collaborative partnerships will be advantageous. The ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience in public administration, particularly with programs involving public funds. Knowledge of the City of Newark, County of Essex, and its surrounding arts communities, as well as the political landscape, will be helpful attributes. Qualified applicants will have a history of personal involvement in and appreciation

Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please click here or visit For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact:

Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Senior Vice President

292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel:       (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225

Equity Statement

Newark Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual or affectional orientation, religious creed, national origin, nationality or ancestry, marital or familial status, citizenship, age, legally defined disability, veteran status, or eligibility for service in the armed forces. This policy applies to all employment actions, programs, and services of Newark Arts. Our state-approved Americans with Disabilities Act Plan highlights our support of access for people with disabilities. We seek equity for artists and under-funded arts organizations, most of which are women-led, black, brown, LGBTQ entities. Their value to Newark’s economy and vibrancy is priceless.

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Date Posted: July 29, 2021