Full-Time Job Executive Director
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BACKGROUND: TeenTix is a 12-year-old, Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring equitable access to the arts for all teenagers. Since 2004, our unique, consortium-based approached to empowering teen arts participants has brought over 78,000 teens through the doors of 64 partner arts organizations, making TeenTix the central office of a community-wide effort to connect young people with arts experiences. We offer teens the tools to engage with the arts on their own terms, as leaders, patrons, critics, influencers, audience members, and advocates. Our vision is a healthy community whose diverse civic leaders value, support, and participate in a thriving arts sector.
Having successfully transitioned from a City of Seattle public program to an independent non-profit organization over the last three years, TeenTix is a well-established organization with the heart (and budget) of a start-up. Our 2016 budget is $218,000, and we currently employ 1.75 full-time employees, 2 – 4 part-time or contracted staff, and a host of dedicated volunteers.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION: TeenTix seeks a passionate, imaginative, and inspiring Executive Director with solid non-profit management skills, deep leadership abilities, a love of the arts, and a high regard for teens and all that they have to offer the greater community. Our ideal candidate will share our values, and be excited to grow, refine, and advocate on behalf of the programs and priorities that have made TeenTix a critical part of the local arts community, while setting ambitious new goals for the coming decade, including developing strategy around expanding TeenTix beyond the Seattle area.
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
SUPERVISES: Director of Partnerships & Programs, Development Associate, Communications Associate, contract staff, volunteers
Leadership & Management:
• Collaborate with the Director of Programs & Partnerships to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence
• Ensure effective systems to evaluate program performance; Measure, celebrate, communicate, and build on successes; Learn from and correct failures
• Ensure consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
• Work with staff and board to develop annual budget and individual program budgets
• Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors
• Actively engage and energize TeenTix’s volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partner organizations, and funders
• Hire, inspire, coach, develop, and retain staff; Ensure that everyone maintains line-of-sight to the mission
• Work with and guide the Development Associate to craft and execute annual strategy to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, government, and corporations (2017 goal: $250,000).
• Grow and actively steward major donor portfolio
• Lead strategies and research to identify, solicit, and cultivate donors at all levels
• Work with Development Associate to pursue and maintain grants
• Work to secure corporate sponsorships for programs and major fundraisers
• Work with Board President and Development Associate to ensure that board members play their role in fundraising
• Take responsibility for the success of all fundraising events, including annual gala
• Work with Communications Associate to produce exceptional communications across all channels
• Care for the development and refinement of the organization’s voice and brand
• Provide all organizational public relations, including writing and editing press releases, providing phone, in-person, and on-camera interviews, and building long-term relationships with press
• Provide regular public appearances on behalf of organization; serve as TeenTix’s main public voice and advocate
• Create majority of organization’s visual collateral, including print and video work, and donor-facing materials
• Contract and collaborate with graphic design professionals for major work
Community & Partner Relations:
• Work with Director of Partnerships & Programs to maintain strong relationships with existing arts and community partners, and to develop new partnerships
• Collaborate with Director of Partnerships & Programs to provide expert guidance to partner organizations regarding their efforts to engage youth
• Maintain strong network of relationships with local government officials, corporate leaders, arts leaders, social justice leaders, youth development leaders, and others who can help advocate for and advance TeenTix’s work
Planning & Visioning:
• Work with staff and board to maintain a culture of active, consistent strategic thinking
• Work with staff and board to develop, refine, and evolve long-term strategic plan
• Have great ideas; create a culture of creativity, flexibility, innovation, and risk where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas, and where those ideas have room to grow
• Be TeenTix’s Prioritizer-in-Chief: evaluate existing and new programming ideas against available resources, and deploy resources wisely in the manner that will best serve the mission
• Continue to build TeenTix’s work around race and social justice; Rigorously evaluate TeenTix’s progress toward becoming an anti-racist organization
• Tend to the mission; Take responsibility for making sure that it has room to evolve in order to remain relevant to the community it aims to serve
• Enthusiastic commitment to the mission of ensuring equitable access to the arts for all young people, but especially for teens who have traditionally been excluded from arts participation, including teens of color, low-income teens, teens whose first language is not English, and teens with unstable housing; Willingness to challenge entrenched assumptions regarding young people and the arts, and ability to guide organizations and communities toward greater understanding and inclusivity
• Minimum 5 years of experience in non-profit management; Work, volunteer, academic, and other life experience are all valid forms of relevant experience.
• Stellar written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, and an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a diverse range of people, from board members, to major donors, to staff at partner organizations, to teen volunteers
• Proven success as a fundraiser
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends
• Facility with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
• Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and a desire to lead a small, growing organization and pitch in where needed to move the mission forward. (This could range from showing up to staff an outreach table, meeting with city councilmembers, or washing the dishes.)
• Strong understanding of both the arts and youth development
• Experience working in the arts
• Experience working with teens
• Marketing, communications, engagement, patron services, or audience development background
• Bachelors or Master’s Degree in arts management, arts leadership, or non-profit management
• Project management experience
• Previous race and social justice training; Experience working with diverse and marginalized communities
• Facility with Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft PowerPoint, Expression Engine CMS (or similar), MailChimp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, SurveyMonkey, and Google Analytics
COMPENSATION: $36k – $45k, Depending on candidate’s experience and qualifications; 10 days of paid time off after the first 3 months, 11 paid holidays; Parking or public transit assistance; Health care stipend
PROCESS: To apply please fill out this form. You will be asked to provide:
Written response to these questions:
1. What is the value of TeenTix in the life of a teen? Provide an example from your life that supports your conclusion.
2. What are the particular challenges in leading a small nonprofit organization? How would you plan to overcome those challenges at TeenTix?
We will begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews July 15, so we strongly encourage you to apply before that date. We will continue to review applications on a rolling basis after that date. We will conduct in-person interviews in late July and early August, with a second round of interviews in mid- to late-August. Candidates who are invited for a second interview will be asked to review provided materials related to TeenTix’s strategic plan and ongoing programmatic efforts in advance of the second interview. We hope to have this position filled no later than September 15, 2016.
TeenTix is an equal opportunity employer and an anti-racist organization that is actively working to identify, name, and correct institutionalized racism within our own organization, and to dismantle systems of oppression that have traditionally kept young people of color out of arts leadership positions. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
|• Job Title:||Executive Director|
|• Job Type:||Full-Time Job|
|• Location:||Seattle, Washington, United States|