22 Nov 2014

Full-Time Executive Director

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the ArtsLubbock, Texas, United States

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Job Description

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

Executive Director

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) seeks applications for the position of Executive Director, a year-round, full-time position beginning as early as January 2015.

Our mission:
To inspire and enrich the City of Lubbock, and its surrounding region, by being a catalyst for the arts.
LHUCA supports Lubbock and its surrounding region by:
• Serving as the anchor for the arts through promoting the continuous growth of the cultural district and arts education of the South Plains.
• Affording the opportunities for the creation and appreciation of arts by nurturing regional artists, audiences, and organizations.

LHUCA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1997. Each year it welcomes over 45,000 visitors to its campus, reaching individuals of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. LHUCA serves as an important catalyst in the redevelopment of downtown Lubbock, LHUCA anchors the north end of the Lubbock Cultural District. Home to the visual and performing arts, it serves artists and arts organizations throughout the region. Each year over 300 artists and 20 cultural organizations utilize our five buildings totaling 64,000 square feet, available for the inspiration and incubation of the arts. The main building includes a state of the art 159 seat theater and four visual art galleries – The Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall, The Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery, Martin-McDonald Gallery, The John F. Lott Gallery, as well as an outdoor plaza. The buildings provide studio, clay studio, meeting, exhibit, workshop, rehearsal, and performance space for emerging and established artists and art organizations.

The Executive Director has the responsibility to oversee the planning and operational processes for all components of the entire organization.

LHUCA seeks a leader who will bring to the position of Executive Director a high degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as the strategic, financial, organizational and personal qualities that will garner respect and cooperation, while advancing the mission of LHUCA.

Scope & Responsibilities of the Position

The Executive Director(ED) reports to the President of the Board of Directors. The ED collaborates with the Board and committees to clearly define the support required by the ED and staff to fulfill the mission and goals of LHUCA.

Areas of responsibility include strategic/operational planning, staff leadership and management, fundraising, financial management, public relations, marketing, and programming.

The ED oversees the selection and evaluation of the organization’s staff and acts as the primary staff representative to the Board of Directors. The ED works closely with standing Board and Advisory Council committees to plan and implement programs for LHUCA.

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include the following:

* Oversee and coordinate the development, implementation and continuous monitoring of annual operating budgets, project budgets and long range budgets. Ensure that the Board of Directors receives accurate and timely financial reports.

* Serve as the chief representative for LHUCA within the community

* Increase public awareness of LHUCA through an effective marketing and public relations plan.

*Maintain positive working relationships with peer nonprofits throughout the region

* Hire, lead and manage the staff and create a results and team-oriented environment that both challenges people to succeed and rewards outstanding performance

* Work closely with the Board of Directors to create and execute a long-term strategic plan as well as annual goals. Continuously use the strategic plan/annual goals as a vital roadmap for LHUCA’s direction

* Ensure that annual operational plans and programs reflect LHUCA’s strategic plan

*Set annual, personal business goals for the following year and participate in an annual review conducted by the Board of Directors

*Evaluate staff annually and present evaluations to the Board of Directors

Development and Fundraising Duties:

*As the primary fundraiser for LHUCA, provide for the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations strategy. Engage in identifying foundation, corporate, governmental and individual donor prospects, and build relationships as needed.

* Create and implement a stewardship plan for all donors

*Research, write, administer, and report upon grants to private and public foundations

*Maintain donor database and generate reports to aid in donor research, stewardship, and fundraising goals.

*Coordinate all fundraising events

*Work closely with the Board Development Chair to ensure solid communication throughout all development efforts.

Board, Committee, and Volunteer Management Duties:

*Implement policy recommendations as defined by the Board
*Draft meeting agendas for approval by the President
*Prepare draft budget and recommendations for the Treasurer/Finance Committee
*Help identify prospective board members for consideration of the Governance Committee
*Collaborate with Board officers and committee chairs to promote their projects and efforts
*Coordinate all materials for monthly board meetings, submitting via email prior to meetings as needed by Board members (approximately one week before meetings).
*Submit an annual calendar for Board and committee meetings as well as all LHUCA hosted events and/or fundraisers
*Communicate about, and support Board participation in, all fundraising endeavors
*Convene the Advisory Council and recruiting its members as needed
*Communicate positively with volunteers and volunteer organizations
*Articulate volunteer responsibilities with well-defined duties and expectations
*Steward and actively maintain positive volunteer relationships
*Be flexible and work with a variety of people and personalities
*Be able to work under the authority of the Board of Directors

* Passion for LHUCA’s vision of the organization and a commitment to the realization of its mission
* A proven fundraiser with a track record of success
* A proven understanding of the arts, and art community
* Superior writing and communication skills that are effective reaching a range of audiences
* Ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors

Highly Preferred:
* Experience as an executive director in the nonprofit sector
* Experience in grant writing
* Experience in capital campaign fundraising
* Managerial and supervisorial historyFV

How to Apply

By January 1, 2015, please forward, via email, the following materials in your application packet: (i) a letter of interest, (ii) current position, (iii) a current resume/CV, (iv) references (maximum of four), (v) samples of work (e.g. grants, marketing materials, promotional materials, proposals). References will not be contacted unless and until an applicant is chosen for an initial phone interview.

All application information must be received via email with “Executive Director LHUCA” in the subject line and sent to the LHUCA Board of Directors Secretary: andreatirey@lhuca.org.

For more information about the organization, go to www.lhuca.org.



• Job Title: Executive Director
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
• website: http://lhuca.org
• Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts center, arts education, director, education, executive director, gallery, and non-profit. State: Texas.
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