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Create Birmingham’s mission is to invest in imagination and invention. In practice, this means the nonprofit organization supports workforce development, entrepreneurial ventures, and job growth in the nonprofit and commercial creative industries, including performing arts, visual arts and crafts, culture and heritage, media and film, design, and culinary arts.

The agency’s work is informed by the knowledge that creative enterprises often need external resources to be successful but lack access to conventional support services. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of the agency and consciously influence its operations.

Formerly the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the organization was incorporated in 2004 in response to a community cultural plan that identified the need for an umbrella organization for the nonprofit arts and culture sector.

Ten years later, the Alliance was transformed by its leadership role in the development of “Stoking Innovation in the Magic City: Birmingham’s Creative Industries,” a research study and map for economic growth, released in 2014. This economic and talent snapshot of our creative community, taken at a critical stage when investment and stewardship can be catalysts for continued momentum, guides Create Birmingham’s program design and implementation.

As the only agency in the region exclusively dedicated to the economic development of the creative industries, Create Birmingham offers a slate of programs and services that provide a rapidly evolving continuum of creative industry infrastructure. Flagship programs include CO.STARTERS, Film Birmingham, Birmingham365, and SpaceFinder.

Position Summary

The President and CEO leads an organization at the forefront of economic innovation and creative achievement, developing and implementing institutional strategies where programmatic advancement meets social impact. Reporting to the board of directors, the President serves as an ex-officio member in financial matters while advancing best practices in governance and policy making.

The successful President and CEO will clearly communicate an agency identity, leverage new opportunities, deliver results that resonate in creative vibrancy and institutional resiliency, and engage in authentic community relationships with diverse constituencies.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

The President must have effective communication skills, experience in developing a strong organizational culture, and an ability to develop productive relationships. The individual is expected to build upon the organization’s history and mission with innovative ideas that assess and address complex issues. S/he will support and encourage the staff’s potential with strategic direction, highlighting team performance, transparent processes and collective accountability for results that are specific and measurable. As the face of the organization, the President will seek opportunities for proactive engagement with government officials, funders, constituents, diverse community groups and other relevant stakeholders.

Business Acumen, Finances & Funding

The President must maintain a sound operational infrastructure and implement board-approved strategies and processes in support of optimal success. S/he is directly accountable for agency financial soundness, making certain that internal and external resources are sufficient and well-managed. This stewardship requires evaluation of current fundraising efforts, cultivation of current relationships, consideration of earned income strategies, and development of new support to undergird the future of the organization.

Organizational Resiliency and Team Empowerment

The President is expected to steer the organization from its initial entrepreneurial growth and expansion stages to levels of maturity and stability. S/he will inspire staff  to have an inclusionary voice in the organization’s future, celebrating creativity, innovation, and equity. The individual will foster organizational structures, staffing, and digital platforms to ensure that the breadth and depth of services is in alignment with current and anticipated team workloads and that its community has an experience consistent with Create Birmingham’s mission and values. S/he will provide the board of directors and funders with timely data that advances policy decisions and highlights program impacts.

Traits and Characteristics 

The President and CEO will express a generosity of community spirit, coupled with a passionate commitment to entrepreneurs and artists. S/he will be a fair and credible collaborator who can gain the respect and trust of diverse stakeholders. The individual will have sound social and leadership skills, including the ability to motivate, negotiate, conciliate, and take initiative. This person will be entrepreneurial in character, uniting others around specific goals and their successful implementation. Resolute and imaginative, the President will have the ability to think tactically, conceptualize creatively, and analyze diagnostically.

Other Key Competencies:

Guidance & Flexibility – The facility to progress, solidify, and pursue strategic initiatives while adjusting to societal fluctuations and welcoming a diverse range of opportunities.

Abstract & Futuristic Thinking – The receptivity to fresh ideas and hypothetical situations, formulation of contexts and new insights, and envisioning of what has not previously been actualized.

Professional & Personal Responsibility – The agility to build diverse and important relationships, listen carefully, and respond conscientiously to an active array of internal and external stakeholders.

Time & Priority Management – The skill to collaboratively set strategic targets while evaluating risks, shaping activities, and operationalizing priorities.


The ideal President/CEO candidate will have at least 7-years of progressive senior management experience in organizations known for innovation and resourcefulness. Deep involvement with the creative industries and a network to Birmingham’s creative community is needed. Exemplary speaking, writing, and public presentation skills are required. Demonstrable experience growing philanthropic and earned revenues is preferred.   Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

Compensation and Benefits

Create Birmingham provides an equitable and competitive compensation package that includes:

  • Salary range of $105,000-$115,000/year commensurate with experience
  • Health and dental insurance provided by the organization
  • Retirement plan with 8 percent matching contributions
  • Generous vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays
  • Professional development opportunities

To Express Your Interest:

TO APPLY, submit your cover letter and resume prior to March 26, 2021.  Send via email to jobs@tateassociatesllc.com with “CB-President/CEO” in the subject line. 

To ensure your resume is considered, PLEASE follow the submission process.  And PLEASE – no direct emails or phone calls to Create Birmingham staff.  They are focused on the mission, while we’re focused on the President/CEO search.  Thank you.

For more information about the agency and its programs, visit www.createbirmingham.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider

Create Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote/serve persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, veteran status, or any other classification protected by local, state or federal law. All staff and volunteers will adhere to all anti-discrimination policies and procedures. Create Birmingham will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities as long as they do not create an undue burden in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

Why Birmingham?

Our climate, tree-blanketed and hilly terrain, and the genuine hospitality of our people make Birmingham an ideal place to live.

Birmingham has outstanding communities and public and private schools, colleges and universities.   This includes a world-class medical research institution – the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), recently named America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer 2021 by Forbes.

Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument; a progressive business climate that fosters growth; a revitalized downtown where people go to work, live and play; and an unparalleled food and art scene that has grabbed the attention of visitors and publications from across the world.  With one of the lowest costs of living of any major metro in the Southeast and more green space per capita than any other city of our size, Birmingham is one of America’s best-kept secrets.

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