Position Overview: The Executive Director (ED) is the key management leader of the Whitemarsh Art Center. The ED is responsible for overseeing the Administration, Programs, and Strategic Plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising and community outreach. This position reports directly to the Executive Board of Directors.
The Executive Director works closely with the working Board of Directors and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
Management & Financial
Hire administrative staff and teachers
Lead, coach, develop, supervise and retain qualified staff
Sign notes, agreements and contracts on behalf of the organization
Communicate with the Board of Directors on issues relating to the financial health and mission of the Whitemarsh Art Center
Direct the operation and maintenance of the Art Center’s facilities
Submit a monthly ED’s report to the Board of Directors no later than one week prior to the monthly board meetings
Manage financial operations within the approved budget and promote positive growth, in accordance with the Whitemarsh Art Center’s Strategic Plan
Demonstrate a track record for fundraising, grant writing, and creating revenue-generating, sustainable programs, special events; experience with capital campaigns a plus
Operational & Strategic
Fundraise through established and new events
Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence in classes, exhibitions and special events with rigorous program evaluation
Maintain and expand fundraising, communications, and systems with recommended timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
Communicate and collaborate regularly with the Board of Directors, Art Center committees and staff to support existing program operations and regional expansion
Leverage and ensure established or new systems to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, donors and other constituents
Work with the Marketing & Improvement Committee to design and enact strategic business plans for program expansion into new markets
Participate in the efforts of the Whitemarsh Art Center to manage and fundraise for a new Art Center building
Continues the strong, ongoing partnership with Whitemarsh Township to ensure the Art Center is collaborative and compliant with all its activities and operations
Build partnerships in new markets, establish relationships with donors, community groups, businesses and other cultural centers
Promote the Art Center’s mission through attendance and support of Whitemarsh Art Center functions
Minimum of 5+ years of experience of increasing responsibility in a senior management role at an arts or similar non-profit organization
Self-starter who is comfortable working with a high degree of independence and accountability
Fluency with Microsoft Office, Google Office Suite, using the Internet and Quickbooks/other professional financial accounting software and other modern technology (mobile phones, video and audio conferencing, etc.)
Strong experience with fundraising and grant-writing
Strong leadership skills and high personal integrity, with a dedication to transparency
Knowledge of management and financial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and Return On Investment (ROI) measurements, or willingness to learn
Comfortable with ambiguity and the ability to perform non-routine work with changing priorities
Excellent delegation skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills when corresponding with or speaking to employees, the Board of Directors, members, volunteers and donors, with a strong attention to detail
Embrace different points of view constructively, resolve conflicts, and bring cohesion to a wide array of stakeholders while interacting with them in a positive manner, treating them fairly, and listening carefully to what they have to say
Strong passion for the arts and a vision to build and bring a wide variety of artistic endeavors and opportunities to the community
A resume, cover letter and 3 relevant writing samples (emails, newsletters, announcements, etc.) are required for consideration.
Email your resume, cover letter and 3 relevant writing samples as PDF attachments, with subject line “Executive Director Application” to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Only applicants who apply via email will be considered.
Additional Salary Information: The Whitemarsh Art Center offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience and qualifications. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Whitemarsh Art Center
The Whitemarsh Art Center is a small but growing organization that offers day and evening programming for children and adults. Our children's classes are mixed media and offer a safe and fun environment in which to work with a variety of mediums both new and familiar. Our current offering of art classes for adults focus on either clay or paint mediums and are led by professional local artists. We frequently offer workshops to explore other unique mediums such as printmaking, jewelry, porcelain and raku pottery, and bookmaking.
Annual highlight events include a Plein Air Paint Out open to all painters over 18 and juried by a leading area painter or educator, as well as our Art in the Park anniversary celebration and an assortment of student and teacher exhibitions and other art events, often free to the public.
We conduct outreach into our county's schools and work with area corporate partners and local businesses to offer art education and programming to all residents of Greater Whitemarsh, including those who face economic, physical and learning challenges.
The Whitemarsh Art Center strives to enrich our community by fostering inspiration, appreciation and engagement in the arts for people of all ages and abilities.