Full-Time Executive Director
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) seeks a dynamic, creative, and visionary Executive Director (ED) to lead this multifaceted 40 year-old organization into its next phase of growth and development. As the primary spokesperson for the organization, the ED is responsible for ensuring the delivery of CIVA’s mission, building and stewarding the resources to support needed infrastructure, and overseeing a team to execute programming and other services with excellence to constituents.
As an organization that has pioneered the movement of art and faith for nearly four decades, CIVA is at an important moment in its history with a vision for forging ahead with innovation while maintaining a rich legacy. We desire an ED who can navigate this well, possessing an entrepreneurial spirit that allows him/her to think creatively about furthering CIVA’s mission while preserving well-honored traditions.
The ideal ED is a strategist and operational leader, a gifted administrator who is able to bring significant organizational and management expertise to CIVA. This next leader will demonstrate excellent stewardship, leveraging resources wisely while building both membership and donor bases to expand CIVA’s reach and visibility and assure a strong financial foundation for future growth. He/she should be significantly involved in his/her particular Christian faith tradition and practice with an openness to engaging and embracing other traditions and practices, Christian and other, within both the CIVA community and the broader artistic community. An advanced degree in art, humanities, social sciences, non-profit management, and/or ministry is preferred, or possessing professional experience and deep knowledge of the visual arts field if an advanced degree is lacking.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading the day-to-day activities of CIVA and is accountable for strategic and operational priorities; overseeing the implementation and enforcement of policies and procedures; and effectively communicating, interacting, and maintaining positive and ongoing professional relationships with constituents throughout the nation. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the strategic planning process for CIVA, including the creation of a long-range plan for organizational sustainability and growth.
Raise the visibility and importance of CIVA’s mission to the world stage.
Develop and maintain sound financial practices; work with the Board Chair and Treasurer to create and manage operational budgets.
Expand, nurture and steward strategic partnerships and alliances.
Cultivate active and broad participation by the Board and volunteers in fundraising and in all areas of CIVA’s work.
With staff and partners, foster a steady and growing portfolio of projects, initiatives, and innovations that benefit the CIVA community.
Champion strategic planning with the Board of Directors and cultivate an agile annual planning process.
Attract and retain high-caliber staff, consultants, and volunteers in step with the organization’s growth, project portfolio, and fundraising needs.
Secure significant funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Provide staff with opportunities for professional development, giving timely feedback to recognize achievement and good results.
Prepares materials and reports for the Board of Directors and works closely with the
Executive Committee to draw up meeting agendas.
Participates in all meetings of the Board of Directors and serves as an ad hoc member in all committees of the Board of Directors.
Leadership and Management
Manage, inspire, motivate and empower a strong team at all levels.
Actively engage and energize CIVA’s volunteers, board members, event committees, members, partnering organizations, and funders.
Utilize electronic data management tools in order to analyze pertinent information and monitor financial and mission related results.
Stay current on CRM technology and processes to optimize time and talent resources.
Foster cross-programmatic program improvement through a continuum of outreach, registration, and engagement, in tandem with data collection and analysis.
Promote an effective and transparent administrative infrastructure through regular communication with the staff and Board of Directors.
Develop organization-wide budget to take advantage of opportunities to optimize spending in order to consistently achieve financial targets.
Devise ethically sound strategies to get budget back in line in event that an area spending target is exceeded. Proactively present proposed actions to Board in timely manner for approval.
Establish timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, build pipeline of new talent and resources, and ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and consistent quality of financial and administrative oversight, fundraising, communications, and systems.
Ensure financial integrity of the organization through general oversight of business operations and solid management decisions.
Work with Board Treasurer to accurately complete required tax forms (i.e. 990) and filings in a timely manner.
Oversee financial, contractual, and legal matters for the organization in coordination with Board members and business and legal advisors.
Report on the financial state of affairs and progress towards organizational goals to the Board of Directors.
Create and deliver annual report presentation to Board of Directors and major stakeholders as needed.
Project Development and Implementation
Collaborate with Board to identify, advance, manage and deliver high-quality projects and initiatives throughout the country and eventually on a global basis.
Research opportunities in new landscapes and markets and establish relationships with faith communities, funders, advocates, and arts organizations to develop new project opportunities.
Encourage inclusive diversity of the visual arts to include traditional visual art practices (e.g. painting, sculpture, photography) as well as non-traditional and contemporary art practices (e.g. community-based work, social practice, installation, performance).
Integrate individuals and organizations in the various academic and community pursuits of the visual arts to include, but not limited to: art history, art theory, anthropology, archaeology, architecture history, humanities, history, classics, museum studies, theology, and psychology.
Track progress and regularly evaluate programs to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, partners, and other stakeholders.
Develop overall market revenue plans including core tactics and minimum standards of performance.
Identify short and long-range issues that must be addressed, and develop objectives and strategies to ensure successful attainment of financial goals, including profitable and aggressive, sustainable year over year growth.
Continue to position CIVA as a crucial and effective Christian home for visual artists and a voice for effective, sound testimony for advancing the transformational presence of Jesus Christ.
Maintain good relationships and ongoing effective communication with local neighborhood groups, state institutions, diverse churches, key congregations, higher-education leaders, and related governing agencies.
Assure CIVA compliance accountability to Board, funders, partners, government agencies, and regulatory bodies.
Monitor public ratings and public opinion for “beyond reproach” reputation. Immediately address any troublesome feedback in accordance with Board’s direction.
Fundraising, Communications, and Outreach
Oversee, in conjunction with the Board, the development of a diverse and growing funding base, including public funds, foundation grants, earned revenue, and corporate and individual support.
Lead staff in identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to secure large gifts, submitting proposals, and managing fundraising records and documentation.
Oversee all public and media relations and act as the primary spokesperson for CIVA.
Represent CIVA at all appropriate public functions and makes effective public presentations. And lead, support, and participate in all aspects of communication, from CIVA’s web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger, widely recognized brand.
Develop and present presentations in order to educate and sell mission engagement opportunities to prospects and members.
Together with Board partnership, drive all existing and potential advocates to activate their support aggressively.
Leverage communications to build relationships, open up new opportunities, and garner fresh support for CIVA.
Secure CIVA’s position as the go-to resource for those visual artists who are interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts as an element of their Christian journey.
Ensure CIVA members have access to identify and connect with potential Christian pathways and role models for studying art, or pursuing related work that promotes the importance of visual arts within society.
Launch meaningful professional development platforms where members can refine their practice, deepen their faith, and reflect upon the intersection of faith and visual arts.
Proactively expose younger generations to faith-based arts communities and mentors, challenging them to become the next generation of Christian leaders.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in the arts, humanities, social sciences, nonprofit management, or ministry required. An advanced degree and/or certification strongly preferred. A solid track record of desired skills and knowledge will be considered in lieu of advanced education.
Required Experience: 10+ years professional experience with minimum of 5 years experience directly related to senior leadership in the arts and/or nonprofit world.
Preferred Experience: 5+ years working with under-resourced communities and building effective, productive, and collaborative community partnerships. Creating sustainable income for growth and expansion.
Work Style: Strong entrepreneurial spirit that can work successfully with a governing Board, staff team, as well as independently with confident self-motivation and enthusiasm. Deep emotional intelligence, patience, and humor to deal effectively with artists, patrons, and staff of diverse, highly creative personalities and interests.
Ambition: Focused and engaged problem solver who enjoys the challenges of growing and expanding an organization while keeping true to its mission. An ability to think broadly, critically, and conceptually; intellectual curiosity, with an openness to new ideas; creative thinking with good operational sense and an ability to engage others and influence outcomes; an ability to say “no” as necessary.
Networking Ability: Knowledge of and networks in various nation-wide visual arts, philanthropic, and faith communities. Global networks are a plus.
Office Administrative Skills: Advanced proficiency with Microsoft products (Office Suite, Windows). Familiarity with Adobe products (Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop), CRM (Salesforce) and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) is highly preferred.
Special Requirements: Must be available to work a flexible schedule as requested by the Board of Directors. Work schedule will involve some evening and weekend work. Executive Director must have the ability to travel for several days in a row.
Working Conditions: Must be able to work effectively in an open, co-located environment where all staff shares space. Office is located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Background: A clean driver’s license and criminal record required. A comprehensive background check will be undertaken of the successful applicant.
Title: Executive Director, Christians in the Visual Arts
Office Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Reports to: Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Benefits: Salary, paid time off, travel allowance, 403b match, stipend for
healthcare, relocation stipend, and flexible work week
Status: Full-time, Salary, Exempt
How to Apply:
Please send your cover letter & resume in PDF format to CIVA Board Secretary, Karen Brummund, at CivaBoardSearch@gmail.com. Include “CIVA Executive Director Search” in the subject of your email. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applications may be submitted up to (but no later than) 5:00 pm Central Time, Friday, October, 26, 2018.
Applicants for the position of Executive Director are asked to submit a cover letter that describes specific interest in Christians in the Visual Arts / CIVA and outlines experience and qualifications that would make them a successful choice for the position. Kindly include résumé and contact information for at least three professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge. The Search Committee will begin to review credentials in September and expects to make a decision in late December.
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