Full-Time Executive Director
Now that the bulk of the capital campaign has been completed and the new building opened, the Center for the Arts Board of Directors is seeking its next Executive Director, to lead the organization and the community into a new chapter, maturing the organization and maximizing the promise of the new facility.
The next Executive Director will need to close out the first phase of the capital campaign, bring the organization to a place of financial stability, and lead the staff and stakeholders in building the long-term vision and plan for our programs to be sustainably funded and effectively run to demonstrate clear impact in our community.
The Ideal Profile
This is not a typical nonprofit or arts center Executive Director position, and we are looking for the right person to jump into this challenge with excitement and energy. The ideal candidate for this role has these qualities and expertise:
- A depth of experience in leading a similarly-sized organization or business into a new chapter – this is someone who knows how to analyze the financial statements, and asks the right questions to assess operations and diagnose challenges. This person has the backbone to make hard decisions, and excels with building buy-in for changes that lead to a stronger organization.
- Success in generating revenue by selling a vision – someone who can clearly communicate the impact and potential, and identify strategies for creating sustainable programs. This person has demonstrated results in 1-on-1 major gifts fundraising, business development, or consultative sales, understanding the value (and higher ROI) of long-term relationship-building and stewardship.
- Skilled connector and convener – someone with a high degree of political acumen, who brings seemingly competing groups together, finds common ground, and motivates them to act together toward a compelling vision. This is someone who has experience facilitating sometimes contentious conversations – asking great questions, listening to responses, and making connections to the bigger picture; a skilled diplomat who can create, inspire, and nurture teamwork in the community, and within their own team. He or she brings out people’s strengths, and honors those contributions and perspectives.
- Leads through influence rather than authority – this person has led in complex environments, is highly effective in navigating politics and relationships – by helping everyone keep their eyes on the goal, and setting clear boundaries and expectations for participation. This person has deep experience working with boards, committees, and similar groups. As an organizational leader, she or he has sought out ideas from staff at all levels, and used that input to build a strong, stable culture.
- A balance of fearlessness and empathy – this person has a great deal of confidence managing expectations and negotiating with donors, staff, and the community. And, he or she leads with exceptional listening skills and empathy, and can extract the true concerns and help people move forward together.
- Has a heart for small towns and their dynamics – as a bonus, the ideal candidate has some understanding about what is unique about our community and its institutions, or has lived and worked in comparable areas, and knows how to navigate the close-knit relationships and webs of connection.
- Connection to the arts – while not essential, the ideal candidate has a passion for the arts, whether as a leader, attendee, or participant, and understands the value the arts bring to a community.
Responsibilities & Expectations
The Executive Director reports to the Center for the Arts Board of Directors and is responsible for high-level administration of its programs and strategic initiatives, meeting revenue and expense goals to support a $2.5M annual operating budget, oversight of 15 full-time and 25 part-time staff, and representing the Center in the local, statewide, and regional communities.
The Executive Director will continue the Center’s transition in organizational growth, from a fast-changing ‘start-up’ that has been through an intense capital campaign and expansion, to one that is increasingly streamlined and mature in its operations and focus. Key areas of responsibility include:
Fundraising and Revenue Generation
- Quickly conclude fundraising for the first phase of the capital campaign, by strengthening the compelling case and vision, building relationships with long-time donors and potential supporters, and closing gifts.
- Build a fundraising strategy that will consistently support annual operations of the Center.
- Develop diverse revenue models to sustain and stabilize the operations and programs of the organization.
- Collaborate with the Development Director on fundraising efforts and processes, including careful stewardship of major donors.
Strategic Organizational Development
- Ensure the Center has long- and short-term strategies to achieve its mission sustainably.
- Provide leadership in assessing and envisioning programs, as well as organizational and financial plans, in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff.
- Execute operational plans; ensure the team meets deadlines and benchmarks.
- Convene community stakeholders to develop consensus-driven solutions.
- Understand the town, county, state, political, and business climates.
- Build strong working relationships and cooperative arrangements with town leadership and council, as well as community organizations.
- Represent the Center’s interests in the community.
Overall Leadership and Management
- Strengthen and maintain a culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a high-quality staff.
- Maintain overall responsibility for financial performance of the Center, and fiscal accountability of all programs and projects. Develop and maintain sound financial practices and annual budgets.
- Lead and manage the Center’s staff.
Other Key Details
Location and Travel: This position is based in Crested Butte, Colorado, and requires occasional domestic travel to meet with donors.
Compensation & Benefits: This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. It also offers the opportunity to live and work in a unique mountain town, which offers incredible skiing and snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking – as well as an excellent community school. The salary range is $95,000 – $105,000, depending on level of experience.
If this profile speaks to you, please submit a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains your interest in the Center for the Arts, and why this particular role is an ideal fit for you, along with your resume, to our executive search partners at Gemm Consulting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1985, a passionate group of local residents began raising money for a nonprofit community arts center in the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Two years later, they had raised $425,000 and the old county road maintenance garage was renovated into a 6,000 square-foot Center for the Arts facility.
Since those beginnings, the local population has doubled, and there has been tremendous growth in the number of events presented, the size of audiences, and the number and variety of educational programs provided by the Center for the Arts and its partner organizations. Fewer than 8,000 people attended Center events in 1985, and 30 years later, more than 40,000 people attended over 650 events, positively impacting the local economy by more than $3 million.
After recognizing the need to create a larger and lasting home for the Center, the Board embarked on an ambitious $20 million capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. In December 2019, the new building was opened, featuring 28,000 square feet of multi-use space, including a 350-seat theater, two art studios, four performance studios, a visual arts gallery, and a demonstration kitchen and bar.
Truly unrivaled in Colorado as a captivating and welcoming place, The Center for the Arts brings people together to share, inspire, nurture, educate, and enjoy arts and culture.
Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, arts center, director, executive director, finance, fund-raising, management, and non-profit. States: Colorado.
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