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27 Nov 2018

Full-Time Executive Director

Franklin Street Works  Stamford, Connecticut, United States

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Job Description

Franklin Street Works (FSW), a nationally recognized, award winning contemporary art space located in Stamford, CT is seeking a new Executive Director (ED).
The ED will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for financial management, operations, strategic planning, and oversight of exhibition and programming development. The ED supervises and motivates FSW staff.

[This is currently a 3/4 time position [30 hours] that will become full-time as funding increases to support a full-time position.]



  • Build awareness of Franklin Street Works by being an active and visible participant in local and regional arts and cultural organizations; build and expand collaborative partnerships
  • Work with the Board to continue to implement the 2014 strategic plan.
  • Work with the Curatorial Director to ensure that exhibitions and programs are in keeping with the mission of FSW: to support emerging and contemporary artists and curators, in order to present local, regional and national audiences with leading-edge experiences in contemporary art practice.



  • With the Board Development Committee, create and implement an annual fundraising plan and execute appropriate strategies for obtaining grants, sponsorships, memberships and major gifts
  • Plan and direct all fund-raising activities including Annual Appeal(s), FCCF Giving Day and other special events
  • Working collaboratively with the Board, solicit and cultivate major gift prospects
  • Deepen commitment of current donors and the Board, and attract new donors to FSW
  • Maintain and expand relationships with government, individual, corporate, and foundation funding sources
  • Serve as primary grant writer and manage all phases of the granting cycle; write and compile major local, regional and national grant submissions and sponsorship proposals
  • Lead and manage all aspects of the annual gala event including event sponsorships, silent auction, fund-a-need, gala program, ticket sales and event promotion; work with volunteer committee to smoothly and cost-effectively execute all event details



  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy to further FSW’s organizational goals
  • Manage institutional messaging, media relations, advertising, e-communications, social media, and marketing materials; write press and media releases
  • Coordinate communications to ensure strong and consistent positioning of the organization to all internal and external constituencies
  • cultivate, contact, and maintain positive relationships with foundation program officers, community leaders, board members, and donors
  • Maintain contact database as well as foundation, corporation, and individual donor records
  • Manage memberships renewal, new and lapsed membership process, including mailings and calls



  • Update and present annual budget; manage cash flow
  • Work with FSW’s bookkeeper and tax preparer to file all necessary forms; ensure compliance
  • Maintain proper insurances including Directors and Officers insurance, Liability, etc.
  • Sign all checks, agreements, grants and other instruments for effective operation.



  • Track organization’s progress and evaluate program components; communicate updates regularly to the Board
  • Assist President in preparation for quarterly board meetings. Prepare agenda and supporting materials; development reports, audience growth, budget review
  • Create and publish Annual Report
  • Cultivate Board involvement and recruitment; serve as ex-officio on all committees
  • Maintain oversight of all FSW Events and Programs
  • Hire, manage and motivate FSW staff
  • Prepare yearly performance evaluations for staff
  • Ensure ongoing facility maintenance including outdoor cleanup, snow removal, cleaning, and repairs


Professional Qualifications

  • Five or more years of management experience in a non-profit visual arts organization or comparable business; advanced degree from an accredited University preferred
  • Strong leadership and financial acumen; knowledge of grant making and the ability to attract resources to an organization
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for the goals of FSW and a commitment to building and servicing audiences
  • Hands-on, action-oriented, self-directed, with a desire to prioritize and accomplish tasks
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and art history preferred


Please submit a cover letter stating why you are interested in, and a good fit for, the Executive Director position, along with a resume and compensation expectations:



About Franklin Street Works:

Franklin Street Works, now in its 7th year of operations, is an award-winning, not-for-profit contemporary art space that presents museum-quality exhibitions and engaging educational programs. The organization’s goals include broadening community participation in the arts, contributing to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivating contemporary and emerging artists. By presenting a rigorous curatorial program, innovative artistic practices and grassroots community building Franklin street works serves the region while also participating in a larger, international dialogue around contemporary art.

To date, Franklin Street Works has exhibited the work of more than 350 artists, curated 30 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 130 programs, including talks, tours, and performances. This work has received national and regional support, including two, multi-year grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as well as grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, and more. In the past, Franklin Street Works’ original exhibitions have been recognized with positive reviews in major publications such as Artforum online, Art in America online, Art New England, Art Papers, Bomb blog, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and Modern Painters.


Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, contemporary art, director, executive director, fund-raising, gallery, management, and marketing. States: Connecticut.

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