Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey invites applications from strong leaders to serve as their next Chief Executive Officer. The CEO will provide executive leadership and strategic oversight for KCFAA, including strategic planning, Board governance, financial stability, community engagement, programming, and staff management. The KCFAA Board of Directors seeks an executive leader who will embrace the values of the organization – serving the entire community – while working collectively to set a future vision for KCFAA that will inspire and guide the Board and staff. The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors through the Chair. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has engaged Management Consultants for the Arts to lead the search, and interested candidates may apply for this position by visiting this link: https://mcaonline.com/searches/ceo-friends-ailey-kansas
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) was founded in 1984 as an official second home to the world-class contemporary dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Since that time the organization has presented either Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater or the smaller Ailey II company annually for Kansas City audiences. In 1989, KCFAA created the very first AileyCamp, a 6-week dance program for young people ages 11-14. The program offers dance training in popular styles like West African, jazz, ballet, and the Lester Horton technique. Students also experience workshops focused on building self-confidence and leadership/ communication skills. This acclaimed program continues to this day in both Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS and now is also presented annually in eight other cities across the United States under the auspices of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. All told, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has reached 1.4 million students, community members, and audience members since its founding. KCFAA awards and honors include the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, presented by First Lady Laura Bush, the Governor’s Arts Award presented by the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Award.