Orange County Arts Council seeks a full-time Executive Director
27 July, 2022
About the Orange County Arts Council
The Orange County Arts Council (“OCAC”) is a New York 501(c)(3) not-for-profit formed in 2007. The Arts Council is a non-governmental organization. The Arts Council is governed by an involved Board of Directors that currently meets monthly to oversee the operations, management, and direction of the organization. The Board believes that there are significant opportunities to continue the growth OCAC has enjoyed over the past four years and the ideal candidate will come prepared with ideas for assessment and expansion.
The Arts Council’s mission is to support and empower artists, foster diverse forms of expression and promote access to the arts through educational programs, cultural events, public projects and participation integral to the economic development and collective well-being of our community.
About the Executive Director Position
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (“ED”) has strategic and operational responsibility for OCAC’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will lead and manage fundraising operations, direct programs, and will build and deepen relationships with existing and new constituents. The Executive Director must share the values, mission, and vision of OCAC including a dedication to developing community arts programs, institutional membership, and broad partnerships.
Primary/Essential Responsibilities and Duties
The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects and operations of the Arts Council. These responsibilities include:
∙ Maintains a mission-related and dynamic strategic plan, ensures timelines and resources to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
∙ Works with staff and the Board to prepare, monitor, and adhere to a comprehensive budget and prepare and provide monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
∙ Assures organizational stability through the development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation of effectiveness. Oversees and monitors the financial activities of the organization including budgeting, endowment development, fundraising, grant writing, and reporting.
∙ Actively engages and energizes Board Members, staff, community members, partner organizations, and funders.
Board of Directors
∙ Arranges and manages regularly scheduled Board meetings; facilitates discussion, deliberation, and decision-making.
∙ Assists the Board with the identification of Board candidates and their recruitment and onboarding.
Fundraising and Resource Development
∙ Cultivates and nurtures relationships with individual donors, potential corporate sponsors, foundations, and other funders, to support increased contributed revenue.
∙ Actively seeks out new and renewed sources of contributed income, with a particular focus on identifying and establishing relationships with key individual donors and available grants.
∙ Tracks grant and contract implementation and reporting obligations.
∙ Develops and manages Annual Gala and other fundraising events
Community and Public Outreach
∙ Serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization. Effectively communicates the position of the organization in verbal, written, and presentation formats including drafting press releases.
∙ Recruits and develops staff and volunteers while maintaining a positive, inclusive, accessible, and safe work environment.
∙ Establishes partnerships and joins coalitions with other organizations with similar, complementary objectives. Seeks out, meets and establishes relationships with artists, nonprofit arts organizations, arts and other businesses, the media, and government officials.
∙ Develops and implements program priorities
∙ Working with committees, volunteers, and contractors (as appropriate) creates, oversees, and manages educational, arts, and public art programs, community engagement.
∙ Administers annual community grants program
Required Skills and Qualifications
∙ 5+ years of relevant executive leadership experience
∙ Fundraising experience (including, but not limited to experience with digital/e-mail based fundraising and grant writing)
∙ Experience working directly with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing Board member relationships.
∙ Proven experience in areas of administration, fundraising, leadership, budget, and relationship management.
∙ Computer skills including Microsoft and Google products.
∙ High level of emotional intelligence and ability to foster positive team environments.
∙ Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, delegate and mentor staff, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
∙ Goal-driven, action-oriented, and innovative. Must be able to anticipate and solve problems, appropriately take advantage of opportunities, and be a self-starter, independent worker, and team player.
∙ Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and backgrounds.
∙ Strong written and verbal communication skills; an influential and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
∙ Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
∙ Experience working with diverse cultural communities and underserved constituencies
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
∙ Experience working in or with arts or cultural institutions
∙ Website and fundraising database experience
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
∙ Works in an office and hybrid office environment
∙ Ability to maneuver outdoors, in all weather conditions on uneven surfaces
∙ Ability to stand or walk for long periods of time during events
∙ Frequently sits for long periods of time
∙ Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
∙ Occasional lifting, stooping, or bending
∙ Ability to lift/move up to 30lbs
Based in Goshen, New York, with programmatic work occurring throughout Orange County, NY. Hybrid work possible.
Please apply online or submit your resume and cover letter by email to email@example.com with Executive Director in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Benefits and Pay Range
This full-time exempt position is eligible for a starting annual salary range between $70,000 – $80,000, depending on qualifications. The position includes generous paid time off and a medical benefit contribution. It is expected that benefits will be enhanced as funding becomes available.
Research shows that men apply for jobs when they fulfill an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.
People who are of color, gender oppressed, LGBTQ, immigrants with work permission, and people of diverse social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Orange County Arts Council does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration.
Orange County Arts Council is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Orange County Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit.
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