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Orange County Arts Council seeks a full-time Executive  Director  

Job Posting  

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:  

Organizational Leadership  

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.  

To Apply  

Please apply online or submit your resume and cover letter by email to ocacjobposting@gmail.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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