Executive Director, NAMAC

  • Deadline:
    June 16, 2014, 4 p.m.
  • Location:
    National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, 145 9th Street, Suite 230, San Francisco, California, 94103, US


The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) seeks a visionary and adaptive leader who is passionate about the role of the independent media arts in catalyzing creativity and a vibrant democracy. Founded in 1980, NAMAC is the membership organization and collective voice for the media arts field, providing convenings, leadership development, research, and cultural policy advocacy. NAMAC’s annual operating budget is approximately $430,000.

The Executive Director position is .80 (4 days a week) with a salary range of $72,000 to $75,000 (for .80) commensurate with experience, plus benefits. NAMAC’s two-person office is based in San Francisco within the 9th Street Independent Film Center, a hub of independent media arts activity. As a national organization, NAMAC is willing to consider having its Executive Director work from another urban area that has a strong membership base.

Reporting to a national Board of Directors and working with a small team of staff and project partners, the Executive Director ensures diversified resource development, quality programs that are responsive to member needs, strategic collaborations that advance the field, prudent fiscal management, and the continual evolution of NAMAC’s digital space to create a more connected, informed, and empowered independent media arts sector.

The Executive Director will work with the Board and staff in the fall of 2014 to develop NAMAC’s next strategic plan. Building on historic strengths, this effort will re-imagine NAMAC’s potential in a dynamic media arts landscape in light of trends including: the growth of multiplatform, interactive storytelling; increasing cross-sectoral collaboration; renewed interest in media literacy and media education; and heightened public awareness of the need to protect the open Internet as an essential underpinning for creative expression and a democratic society.


The mission of NAMAC is to foster and fortify the culture and business of independent media arts. This mission is accomplished by:

Convening members to develop knowledge and share promising practices through NAMAC’s regional gatherings, national conference, and digital space

Strengthening leadership capacity in the field through the NAMAC National and Regional Leadership Institutes and the Leadership Institute alumni network

Telling the story / stories of the independent media arts and advocating in the public policy arena

Supporting organizational capacity building through online programs and small capacity building grants for targeted technical assistance

Conducting research, such as the National Youth Media Survey and the Mapping the Field initiatives, which collect and analyze data over time to help advance the work of member organizations and the field

NAMAC was born 34 years ago as a handful of media arts centers banded together to create a national organization to support the development of individual member organizations and advocate for the field. Today NAMAC serves and represents more than 300 members, including artist service organizations, community-based digital media and technology centers, public media (television, radio, web) broadcasters, K-12 youth media and digital literacy programs, film exhibitors and university programs.

NAMAC’s next Executive Director will succeed Jack Walsh, who will leave his post effective August 31, 2014.


NAMAC’s Board of Directors is seeking the following background and capabilities in the organization’s next Executive Director:

Mission Passion: A passion for the independent media arts as a creative catalyst to build a more vibrant democracy and a more just world; knowledge of the field
Strategic Thinking and Vision: A strategic thinker who is able to engage others in co-creating, resourcing, and enacting shared visions; experience as a leader and manager of change
Fund Development: A proven track record in fund raising, including individual, corporate, foundation, government, and earned sources (e.g., social media, mobile, crowd funding strategies)
A Compelling Communicator: An effective spokesperson, partnership builder, and advocate; listening skills; ability to frame and deliver messages to diverse stakeholders and communities
Public Policy Experience: Knowledge and experience with public policy issues and advocacy efforts in the communications and/or arts arenas
A Collaborative Style: A demonstrated ability to form and maintain collaborative working relationships with a Board of Directors, professional staff, partners, and members
Financial Management Experience: A skilled manager of resources with experience developing and managing budgets, projecting and managing cash flow, maintaining internal controls, and interpreting financial information to the Board
Tech Literacy: Conversant with the use of technology to advance the work of nonprofit organizations and networks
Board Development Experience: Knowledge of nonprofit governance issues and experience working with a Board of Directors


Download and review the Executive Director Job Description at the below link

Submit the following: (1) a letter that reflects how your previous experience qualifies you to become NAMAC’s next Executive Director and (2) a complete chronological resume.

Email as a PDF or Word document to: search [at] namac.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line by June 16, 2014 @ 4 p.m. PDT. No mailed responses or phone inquiries, please.

NAMAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome and celebrate diversity.