1 Aug 2015

Full-Time Executive Director

Spiva Center for the Arts (Job Poster) – Joplin, Missouri, United States

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Job Description

Executive Director
Position Announcement & Description
Target Start Date: Fall 2015


George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (Spiva) is seeking an energetic, experienced and entrepreneurial Executive Director (ED) to lead the Center into an exciting future. Spiva is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional arts and education center that traces its roots to a group of artists who formed the Ozark Artists Guild in 1948. Over the last dozen years it has become the area’s “anchor” institution for the arts. Now located in the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin, this well-established 67-year-old institution offers year-round exhibitions and hands-on educational programs for all ages.

The Center houses three galleries, a gift shop, classrooms and a library/public meeting room and offers visual arts experiences to more than 12,000 patrons annually. In addition, Spiva has approximately 600 members and over 200 program and policy volunteers who contribute more than 2,400 volunteer hours per year. Art education programming provides learning opportunities year-round to over 1,000 students ranging in age from pre-school to senior citizens. Spiva is committed to art education and accessibility for everyone. Each year the Center holds a special exhibition and designs educational programming for more than 1,400 area third graders who experience what Spiva has to offer.

Support for the Center comes from a mix of individual and corporate gifts, exhibition sponsorships, grants from foundations and trusts, income from special fundraising events, and membership fees. Additional revenue is derived from class tuition, facility rental, sales of art and gift shop items, plus voluntary admissions contributions. Spiva’s organizational assets total more than $1M.


The City of Joplin has a population of over 50,000 people and is a commercial, medical, educational and cultural hub for the area, offering quality of life amenities rare in a city of its size and providing services for more than eight times its population. Located in Southwest Missouri in the “four states” region encompassing Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas, Joplin attracts thousands of daily visitors who work here, shop here and enjoy the many attractions the city offers. During the day, the population swells to more than 200,000 people.


The mission of the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is to celebrate the creative experience. To that end, Spiva provides programming that promotes the arts, nurtures creative expression, and stimulates and educates it audiences. Spiva is a place to see, learn about, create, and collect art. It’s the place to be inspired.


The Executive Director (ED) provides leadership for day-to-day operations as well as direction to facilitate Spiva’s long-range plans. The director initiates and implements the organization’s overall vision and communicates that vision to the public. The ED is responsible for the Center’s financial integrity and, in collaboration with the board of directors fundraising efforts. The ED supervises and manages a seven-person staff and interacts with artists, sponsors, donors, members, volunteers and the public. The staff includes a full-time Assistant Director. Six part-time positions include PR/Development Coordinator; Gallery/Gift Shop Coordinator; Bookkeeper; Weekend Coordinator; Education Coordinator; and Maintenance. The ED reports to the Executive Committee of Spiva’s Board of Directors.


– Coordinate operations and programming;
– Hire, evaluate, manage and motivate staff;
– Create positive and productive relationships with the working board of directors;
– Work with the board to review and develop appropriate policies and practices;
– Ensure security and maintenance of the facility.

– Work with the treasurer and Finance Committee to develop the annual budget for presentation to the board for review and approval;
– Administer the adopted budget and assure effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time;
– Present monthly financial packet (balance sheet, account balances, profit and loss statements) to the treasurer for approval and distribution to the board;
– Meet with the Endowment Trustees and provide support for Spiva’s endowment campaign efforts.

– Work with members of the board to secure sponsorships for exhibitions and special programs;
– Initiate and review grant applications and provide direction regarding specific grant-funded programs;
– Seek, maintain and develop relationships with current and prospective funders;
– Work with the Development Committee and Assistant Director to develop a fundraising plan;
– Oversee and implement established fundraising events;
– Evaluate and manage new, approved fundraising events.

– Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop, implement, review and revise short- and long-term goals and strategies to further the organization;
– Conduct focus groups as necessary to gauge community interest and needs.

– Work with the Exhibits Committee and Gallery Coordinator to research artists and develop exhibition schedules for the Main and Regional galleries;
– Oversee exhibition logistics and expenses including, but not limited to, artists’ contracts; rental, shipping and insurance details; delivery, installation, and return of work;
– Approve content and final placement of artwork and ensure that high standards for installation and lighting are maintained.

– Supervise programs and services that support Spiva’s mission, including exhibitions, education, membership, special events, gift shop, and volunteer recruitment, training and retention.

– Promote Spiva programs and image through public speaking engagements, television and radio appearances, newspaper interviews, and gallery talks at opening receptions;
– Oversee public relations efforts, including timely press releases, website and social media posts, and e-mail broadcasts to membership.
– Provide copy and oversee production of all print materials, including newsletters, invitation postcards, posters, banners, signs and catalogs;
– Work with Marketing Committee to develop additional avenues of publicity.


The ideal candidate will possess an understanding and appreciation for the arts plus a history of progressive leadership in a nonprofit organization. He/she will demonstrate a proven track record in managing revenue-producing programs, fundraising and grant writing, and will have excellent management skills. High-level interpersonal communication skills and a high degree of confidence when working with the public are critical. The ability to work independently, but in a team-oriented atmosphere, plus a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done, is vital. Computer proficiency is required.

Leading candidates will demonstrate imagination, vision, leadership, and a deep-rooted passion for the arts and for furthering a broad engagement between the arts and the communities Spiva serves. The successful candidate will be bold and creative in enhancing Spiva’s image as a vibrant community and regional arts center.


Three to five years’ experience in management, fundraising, and nonprofits is desired, including:

– College degree in arts management, museum studies, business or a related field—or equivalent—master’s degree preferred;
– Experience and strong interest in art;
– Experience and enthusiasm for art education;
– Experience creating and implementing effective marketing, advertising, and public relations programs and activities;
– Proven experience working efficiently and effectively with a board of directors and volunteers;
– Proven fundraising record plus vision and ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies;
– Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills;
– Excellent organizational and budgeting/financial skills;
– Ability to actively participate in Spiva events, including weekdays, some evenings and weekends.

– Familiarity with, and history of active engagement in, the region’s arts community;
– Familiarity with current and potential individual and institutional funding sources;-
– Ability to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff;
– Ability to maintain and enhance Spiva’s positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment to foster community engagement and membership;
– Recognition of and ability to maintain high professional standards for the display of art to foster relationships with artists, curators, and other exhibiting organizations;
– Awareness of and interest in trends (e.g., use of technology) to actively engage visitors and enhance the visitor experience;
– Successful experience with capital campaigns as Spiva explores expanding and moving to a new facility.

Please submit resume with three professional references and cover letter describing your interest, experience, and recent salary history by email to resumes@spivaarts.org , or to Brandon C. Davis, President, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third Street, Joplin, MO 64801. No phone calls, please. For more information about Spiva please visit www.spivaarts.org. The Executive Director is an exempt, full-time employee. Spiva Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

Application deadline August 26th, 2015. To view this job description on Spiva’s website, visit: http://www.spivaarts.org/news/news_detail.aspx?newsID=74



• Job Title: Executive Director
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Spiva Center for the Arts
• website: www.spivaarts.org/
• Location: Joplin, Missouri, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts administration, arts center, arts management, director, executive director, and fund-raising. Location: Missouri. Job listing expires in 27 days.

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