Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs and recreational activities. The Institution has just recently passed a strategic plan, 150 Forward, that endeavors to expand its reach to year-round programming and to harness its brand for continuous impact. A new Washington, DC, office has opened to allow the Institution to play an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation.
Chautauqua Institution prioritizes making Chautauqua an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible experience for all. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) work is a cross-cutting imperative of the 10-year strategic plan approved by Chautauqua’s Board of Trustees in May 2019. The plan emphasizes the importance of IDEA work in calling it and other imperatives “important organizational capabilities needed to achieve Chautauqua’s mission.”
This position grows out of months of listening and learning. Recent efforts have included conducting a “Future Backward” exercise, collecting survey data, holding nine weekly open forum listening sessions during the 2019 summer assembly season, and convening focus groups to gain a better understanding of how IDEA works (or does not work) in those groups’ experiences. The most important learning from these efforts was that truly embedding IDEA into Chautauqua Institution’s culture will require a fulltime position that is financially and administratively supported.
The Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) will collaborate with staff, patrons, and other stakeholders of Chautauqua Institution to infuse IDEA principles throughout the Institution and into the planning and development of all its programs across the four pillars of the Arts, Education, Recreation and Religion. The Institution is transitioning from a relatively siloed organizational structure to a cross-functional model. This position will play a key role in building alignment and interdependences among groups and minimizing barriers to collaboration.
The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to continuous learning with dedication to understanding the history and context of Chautauqua Institution overlaid with the current events its stakeholders examine. The successful candidate will bring knowledge and skills that can help identify opportunities for change at Chautauqua Institution. The successful Director will have a deep understanding of the systemic and structural challenges across the United States, and be willing to deepen an understanding of how those challenges manifest at Chautauqua Institution and are barriers to it being the inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible community it always strives to be. We seek someone with not only technical knowledge of the field, but also the talent, instincts and lived experience to lead institutional/cultural change with a diverse array of partners.
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Qualified candidates should upload a current cover letter and resume (as a single .PDF) and complete the online application procedures by clicking here. Candidates are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org. This position may be based at either the Chautauqua headquarters in Western New York or at the Institution’s Washington, DC office. The successful Director must reside in Chautauqua during the Summer Assembly Season (currently nine weeks) and, should the position be based out of Washington, DC, be willing to make regular work visits to the headquarters in Western New York.