Center for the Arts Executive Director job description and application information posted below.
Executive Director Job Description:
ORGANIZATION: Center for the Arts
POSITION: Executive Director
REPORTS TO: Board of Trustees
LOCATION: Jackson, WY
TARGET START DATE: End of 2011, early 2012
The Center for the Arts promotes artistic creativity, education and presentation for a collaborative, inclusive and vibrant cultural community.
Over the course of its seven year history, the Center has presented or hosted over 700 events, including art exhibits, theater presentations, concerts, distinguished speakers, performances and private gatherings. The Center also houses and supports extensive educational programs sponsored by the residents.
Today the Center for the Arts facility includes the 41,000 square foot Arts and Education Pavilion with dance, visual arts, photography and music studios, as well as the 33,000 square foot Performing Arts Pavilion, which includes a 525 seat Center theater, a 100-seat black box theater, a Music Center, classrooms and administrative space.
The Center for the Arts is a multi-tenant facility housing, hosting and partnering with 17 organizations. The majority of these resident organizations lease permanent, affordable space from the Center for the Arts. Within the contemporary and thoughtfully designed Center are studios, classrooms and offices optimally used by these residents. Locating these arts and education organizations, and the people who keep them running, under one roof encourages an atmosphere of collaboration and inspiration. The residents of the Center comprise an exceptional array of artistic, cultural and educational organizations currently including; the Art Association, Center of Wonder, Central Wyoming College/Jackson Campus, Dancers’ Workshop, Jackson Community Theater, Jackson Hole Chorale, Jackson Music Experience, Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Jackson Hole Writers, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, JH Community Band, Off Square Theatre Company, pARTners, Teton County Education Foundation and University of Wyoming Outreach School.
PRIORITIES AND ONGOING RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Director will have responsibility for implementing and enhancing the organization’s strategic goals, leading fund raising initiatives, developing and administrating program activities, leadership of the day-to-day administrative functions, and ensuring that senior management and staff are in place to meet operational needs. The individual selected will be bold and creative in enhancing the Center’s position as a vibrant community arts center and a leading regional center for the performing and visual arts. The Director will enhance the Center’s goal of establishing beautiful Jackson Hole as a cultural arts destination.
Much of the Director’s energy will be spent enhancing and creating connections with a vast variety of constituents. These may include leaders of the community, donors, year round and seasonal residents, artists, leaders of other artistic/cultural organizations as well as others with a vested interest in the programs. Strategic alliances – be they formal or informal – will continue to be important.
1. The Director will participate in strategic planning and the evolution of existing and new programs. He/she will be creative and willing to work closely with the existing Board and foster new Board candidates to enhance the mission of the Center, its programs and development efforts.
2. The Executive Director is expected to lead and strengthen fund raising endeavors utilizing local, regional and national resources. Development is a primary responsibility of the Director, supported by a Director of Development.
3. The Director will have excellent communication skills, and will develop and maintain regular and frequent communication with the Trustees. The Director will also possess a passion and ability for developing and maintaining long-term relationships that will enhance the financial, artistic and educational goals of the Center.
4. He/she will have a solid track record of seeing projects through to successful completion.
5. The Director will be charged with establishing the Center brand through groundbreaking programs that generate regional and state-wide recognition.
6. Working closely with the CFO, the Director will be responsible for overseeing the assets and financial affairs of the Center, ensuring expenditures are in line with the Center’s resources and achieving an appropriate balance between revenue generation and fundraising.
7. The Director is expected to lead and delegate to staff responsibility for the successful management of daily affairs of the Center.
A passion for and knowledge of artistic endeavor
Proven fundraising experience
An entrepreneurial spirit; specifically, vision coupled with motivation and execution.
Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
A strategic thinker with an innovative style, and a willingness to try new strategies.
The ability to think like a business (for profit) person, while working with non-business (not for profit) people. Possessing business acumen with financial responsibility is vital.
A successful track record of leading a not-for-profit organization
Skilled at establishing and maintaining positive relationships
A personable and inclusive management style that optimizes the staff and resources through leadership and delegation.
A willingness to live in Jackson, Wyoming and to participate actively in the Center’s lively schedule of activities and events weekdays, evenings and weekends
An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree (MBA, MFA, etc.) is desirable, Experience may be factored in lieu of advanced degree.
Compensation package is highly competitive.
Please direct any inquiries to:
Ms. Alice Widdess
270 E. Simpson
PO Box 4717
Jackson, WY 83001