Job Description
How to Apply

Are you passionate about harnessing the power of arts and culture to drive social and economic justice? Alternate ROOTS is seeking Executive Leadership to steward our member-led organization’s mission of supporting original art deeply rooted in communities of tradition, place or spirit that works to effect social change. As a coalition of artists and cultural organizers primarily based in the U.S. South, we are dedicated to fostering a more equitable world through our work.

About Us:

At Alternate ROOTS, we are more than just an organization; we are a community committed to social and economic justice, as well as the preservation of our natural environment. With a 48-year legacy, a robust Strategic Plan, stable finances, and a reputation for participatory democracy, we are poised for continued growth and impact. Our Executive Leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping our public identity, representing us within the arts, culture, and social justice spheres, and driving our programs, events, and advocacy efforts forward.

Why Join Us:

  • Community-Centered Leadership: We are seeking visionary leadership deeply connected to Southern traditions and movements for progressive change.
  • Operational Impact: Take the reins of our dynamic organization, overseeing programs, fundraising, staff, and more.
  • Financial Stability: Benefit from our strong financial outlook and supportive staff structure, allowing you to focus on strategic initiatives.
  • Governance: Collaborate with an engaged board and executive committee dedicated to providing stability and support during the transition and beyond.

Qualifications We’re Looking For:

  • Team Participation/Collaboration: Skilled facilitator who has in-depth experience of handling conflict, remote teams and shared leadership.
  • Cultural Roots: Deep knowledge of and connection to the various cultural traditions and heritages of the contemporary U.S. South.
  • Visionary Leadership: A big-picture thinker who challenges the status quo and advocates for equitable funding and policies.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communicator and relationship-builder who can represent us on a national stage.
  • Managerial Acumen: Skilled manager ready to guide and empower staff and challenge existing structures.
  • Community Engagement and Activism: Proven track record of engagement in movements for social justice, equity, and human rights.
  • Flexibility: Enjoyment of travel and openness to being away from home up to 40% of the time.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time salaried position with competitive compensation and benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement plan.

Desired Start Date: Fall 2024

Position open until filled.

How to Apply:

Review the Executive Leadership Job Description below and our Strategic Plan, as well as the principles of community engagement codified by ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change program. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to this link by May 3, 2024. All applications will be handled confidentially.

For inquiries, email

ROOTS will accept applications from individuals or teams of individuals.

Join Our Movement:

Alternate ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and progressive thinkers. Come lead change with us!


JOB DESCRIPTION: Executive Leadership Opportunity at Alternate ROOTS

Job Title: Executive Leadership

Reports to (Title): Executive Committee (ExComm) and Board of Directors

Department: Executive

Employment Classification: Full-Time

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Salary Range: $110,000-$140,000

Alternate ROOTS’ Mission

Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.

Job Summary

Executive Leadership plays the pivotal role in ensuring fruitful collaboration among members, staff, and Executive Committee – the Alternate ROOTS community. Executive Leadership supports and guides operational teams, keeps a consistent overview of ROOTS’ programs and initiatives, leads fundraising, and participates in presenting the public face of the organization. Executive Leadership works in partnership with the ExComm to hold the collective responsibility for assuring ROOTS’ programs and services align with ROOTS’ mission and values.


  • Commitment to work at the intersections of art and social justice movements; familiarity with the language, histories, theories, and practices that undergird this field and Alternate ROOTS’ singular approach to organizational structure.
  • Knowledge of southern cultural traditions as well as social and artistic movement infrastructure and landscape.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit board governance best practices and how to tailor them to ROOTS’ structure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build relations with colleagues, coworkers, and others.
  • Knowledge of principles of marketing, promotion, and public relations.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles of strategic planning and human and material resource allocation, and skill in implementing them.
  • Ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, and solutions, and to motivate them to take action.
  • Familiarity and experience with formal conflict resolution and mediation practices, and commitment to working towards fully implementing a Transformative Justice process.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to discover new opportunities and solutions for problems by looking beyond current practices and using innovative thinking.
  • Ability to develop and manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.
  • Skill in people management through motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and identifying the best people for the job.
  • Ability to communicate information effectively in writing and orally to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Organizational skills in managing multiple projects while developing satisfactory work products that are  delivered on deadline.
  • Ability to work remotely and manage a remote staff.

Essential Job Functions & Key Outcomes

Strategy & Vision

  • Manifest the vision and strategic direction for the organization in partnership with the staff and membership. This includes marshaling the people, financial, programmatic, and infrastructure resources that ensure operational excellence and a successful future.
  • Partner with the ExComm, membership, senior leadership team, and staff in identifying and implementing strategic initiatives that expand Alternate ROOTS’ programming and capacity.
  • Ensure that Alternate ROOTS’ core values are embraced and cultivated by leadership, the membership, and reinforced by all staff.

Operational Leadership

  • Ensure that mission-aligned strategic plans are in place.
  • Provide leadership and executive oversight for all operations and programs of the organization, including staff, community engagement, finances, and fundraising.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Alternate ROOTS, including providing the ExComm and Membership a proposed annual budget and accurate quarterly statements.
  • Ensure compliance with laws and regulations of government, funders, and organizational policies.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization, within policy guidelines as established by the ExComm/Board of Directors.
  • Assist with the identification, recruitment, and hiring of qualified individuals.

Board Relations

Alternate ROOTS’ structure includes a Board of Directors with more than 150 members who guarantee mission-directed operations and fiduciary responsibility. The Board’s elected representatives, the Executive Committee (ExComm), carry out most of the functions of a traditional Board.

  • Responsible for communicating in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the ExComm and voting members to function effectively.
  • Leverage the ExComm to serve as ambassadors of the organization in raising the public profile of Alternate ROOTS and to be strategic partners in policy development, fundraising efforts and campaigns and the development of new programs.
  • Ensure that ROOTS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is manifested in the nominations and election process of new ExComm members and that the structure of the ExComm represents best practices of continuity and development of leadership, stability, orientation, and racial and social equity.
  • Share and communicate cultural policy issues with the membership to promote mission-aligned activism.

External Relations, Partnerships & Visibility

  • Serve with other staff, ExComm, and members to represent ROOTS as a spokesperson, ambassador, and external face of the organization.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of Alternate ROOTS by maintaining and strengthening relationships with stakeholders.
  • Serve as a liaison on behalf of Alternate ROOTS at national and regional conferences as well as those presented by Alternate ROOTS.
  • Maintain existing formal partnerships and develop new relationships with similar organizations nationally and regionally, serving on boards and attending meetings as necessary and appropriate.

Resource Development

  • Serve as the chief Alternate ROOTS fundraiser.
  • With Development and other staff, ensure that ROOTS’ strategies increase and diversify revenue streams, safeguarding the health of the organization.

Job requires travel up to 40% of the time.

Alternate ROOTS will not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities or status as a covered veteran or any other attribute or characteristic protected in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.