18 Apr 2014

Full-Time Executive Director

Sun Valley Center for the ArtsSun Valley, Idaho, United States

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Job Description

The Overview
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts seeks an Executive Director who will be an inspirational leader and prominent member of a spectacular mountain resort community, that is recognized nationally as an arts and culture destination. The Executive Director will inspire and energize the staff, board, volunteers, and the community to build on The Center’s 43-year history and help plan and execute a vision for the future.

The Center
Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, with a budget of $3.2M is the oldest arts organization in Idaho’s Wood River Valley and the largest in the state. The Center serves more than 40,000 attendees every year (in a valley with a population of 22,000 full-time residents) through programs in the visual arts, theatre, music, film, education and humanities. The SVCA is now recognized in North America for its unique, multidisciplinary approach to programming and presenting, exploring ideas, themes and topics of relevance to its community through events in multiple disciplines. In 2006 The Center received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in recognition of its adherence to the highest standards of operation and programming. Only five percent of America’s arts and cultural institutions share this distinction.

The Community
Located in South Central Idaho, the Wood River Valley is in Blaine County, at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests. Sun Valley has been referred to as “America’s First Destination Ski Resort,” and offers recreational activities galore. Nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the Sun Valley Resort is one of the great winter ski destinations. Summer offers a multitude of recreational activities and is the time that many cultural events take place including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. To the north of Ketchum/Sun Valley is the majestic Sawtooth Wilderness Area that boasts over 200,000 acres of natural splendor, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, mountain biking, white-water rafting and more.
With all of these natural amenities and a terrific climate (an average humidity of only 30%) the community attracts an athletic, active population. They are involved and interested in sustaining a healthy, enriched lifestyle. Bright, accomplished professionals and their families typically spend winters and summers in the Valley and many choose to leave metropolitan areas to make this their year-round home. With excellent public and private schools, an abundance of arts, culture, and recreation, this is an ideal place to raise children. The well-educated, well-traveled population demands diverse and exceptional arts and culture programs. The Center’s programming provides nourishment for the Valley’s mind and soul.
Last year, ArtPlace named Sun Valley one of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces—vibrant communities identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle. Also, Smithsonian Magazine recently included Ketchum, Idaho on their third annual list of cultural gems; one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014.

The Position
The Executive Director is a dynamic leader who appreciates the past, embraces and evaluates the present and envisions the future of the organization. As The Center’s lead development professional, reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, staff and Board, the ED develops and executes a Strategic Plan and Campaign for the Future that supports The Center’s mission and values. The plan and campaign bring about organizational sustainability, institutional vibrancy and national recognition. The ED’s responsibilities include oversight of development, marketing, finance, human resources and operations to fully realize the potential of the staff and organization, maximize contributed and earned income, and positively impact The Center and the Community.

A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is desirable along with a minimum of 10 years of senior management and development experience. Candidates must have a proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities and major donors to achieve and exceed annual and other campaign fundraising goals. A passion for and history of working with arts, culture, education, community and/or other not-for-profit organizations is required. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to craft and share a compelling story to inspire individuals and captivate audiences. Clearly, this position requires a compassionate and gracious collaborator who can enjoy and engage people of all ages and backgrounds, build deep relationships, support and mentor staff, and be a respected leader in the local and national community.

Compensation & Benefits
A significant salary, based on experience & expertise and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Relocation assistance, if needed, is available.


How to Apply

Please visit http://sunvalleycenter.org/get-invo… to view the complete position description. Then email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to the attention of Greg Phillips of CSTAR Development at executivedirector@sunvalleycenter.org

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.



• Job Title: Executive Director
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Sun Valley Center for the Arts
• website: http://sunvalleycenter.org
• Location: Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, development, director, executive, human resources, and marketing. State: Idaho.
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