In 2006 a coalition of business, labor, government, non-profit, and educational leaders in the Puget Sound region focused on strategies to help sustain the cultural sector and to increase public access to Puget Sound cultural organizations. In its report published in 2012, the coalition recommended that the State of Washington authorize the local creation of cultural access funds, statewide.
Following passage of State cultural access legislation in July 2015, Cultural Access Washington (CAWA) became incorporated as a 501(c)(4) organization, governed by a 24-member Board of Trustees with a mission to create a cultural access program in King County and support similar efforts in other localities across the state. The King County Council passed an ordinance to create Access for All with a public vote in August 2017. Proposition 1/Access for All fell short of approval by less than one percent in an off-year primary election.
Despite this legislative defeat, Cultural Access Washington remains a unique coalition of 50 cultural, science, and heritage institutions – the first time small and large institutions from these diverse sectors have joined together to advocate for equity, education, funding, access, and expansion of the shared value created in our communities.
Today, CAWA stands at an inflection point. In a complex policy environment and in the context of rapid social change, our mission and vision have remained strong:
To transform communities across Washington State through the inspiration of arts, science, and heritage experiences.
We envision vibrant communities where:
We seek a new voice to craft new strategies and lead us in building a plan to achieve these ambitious goals.
CAWA’s Executive Director will unite our diverse cultural sector – nonprofit arts, science and heritage organizations large and small, their audiences, allies, and communities – in the cause for cultural access. CAWA seeks a visionary leader who is not only able to coordinate a wide range of activities; direct a team of researchers, consultants, fundraisers, and others; and manage the activities of our coalition; but also energize and inspire our constituents in a state-wide movement towards meaningful political action.
The position calls for a leader who can build consensus, empower advocates, and create and sustain new and existing relationships with cultural leaders, policymakers, and allied community organizations. We especially seek a leader who brings meaningful expertise in addressing issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, and experience working with ‘community based organizations’ (with budgets under $1.25 million).
Salary is commensurate with experience. CAWA pays 100% of the premiums for a generous benefits package.
Qualifications and Qualities
Tasks and Responsibilities
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter expressing interest and a resume. Applicant review will begin May 31st.
CULTURAL ACCESS WASHINGTON
Board of Trustees
King County Member Organizations
Cultural Access Washington (CAWA), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, seeks a visionary Executive Director to create a movement to expand the value that arts, science and heritage bring to our communities and to build a powerful advocacy coalition to effect change at the local, regional, and state levels.