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13 May 2022


Executive Director

Clark Center  Arroyo Grande, California, United States

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Job Description

Job Announcement:
Executive Director, Arroyo Grande, California

Organization and Mission:
The Clark Center was created to inspire, entertain and educate our community through the power of cultural and performing arts. Built as a state-of-the-art performance venue in 2002, it is the home to many community, school and professional touring artists and groups.  The non-profit organization manages the facility for all rentals, presents a professional season of 15-20 performances and educational school bus-in program, and operates an extensive fund development program.

Position Overview:
The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the Clark Center. The Executive Director reports to a volunteer Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and programmatic and financial objectives. The ED works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic plan and guides the staff in implementing the plan.

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations to ensure the overall success of long-term goals.
  • Assure that the organization makes consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission and programmatic goals.
  • Have a partnership with the Board of Directors to ensure policies are in place, goals are established and the organization is financially stable.
  • Create, manage and evaluate organizational budgets, staff duties and programs to fulfill the mission.
  • Recruit, supervise and evaluate all staff leadership positions.
  • Develop, lead and manage a talented, passionate team of professional staff.
  • Develop, cultivate and manage relationships with community partners including the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Candidate must have a strong nonprofit/business management background, passion for the performing arts and excel at building community relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership and Management

  • Establish goals, objectives and operational plans in collaboration with the Board of Directors, staff and other leaders.
  • Build on the current team’s strengths and continue to foster a high-performing organizational culture and appropriate structure to ensure team members feel supported, challenged and respected while reinforcing organizational goals and values.
  • Communicate and work effectively with the Board to ensure engagement, management and visionary leadership of the organization.
  • Plan monthly Board meetings with the President. Attend all meetings and provide reports on current project progress as well as future planning.
  • Recruit, engage and retain talented staff and community leaders to be part of the organization.

Program and Event Management

  • Work with appropriate staff and volunteers to plan, implement and evaluate special events.
  • Work with Entertainment Committee to select programming for performing arts season including educational events, negotiate booking details, implement season and evaluate current season.
  • Work with staff to maintain a well-run, professional performing arts center, including maintenance, capital improvements as well as the daily operation for over 300 events annually.

Community Partnership and Collaboration

  • Engage in recruitment, development and retention of community relationships including Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, other venues and other local businesses.
  • Nurture the relationship with Lucia Mar Unified School District, owner of the Clark Center Building.  Including regular meetings with District Staff and reporting to the Board of Education.

Fund Development and Financial Sustainability

  • Work with the Development Director to ensure adequate fundraising efforts through Annual Campaigns, fundraising events, sponsorship program, grants and legacy gifts.
  • Work with the Finance Committee to ensure assets are properly invested.
  • Develop and monitor an annual budget that allows for growth while maintaining the financial stability and sustainability of the organization.

The above is not a comprehensive list of job duties.

Skills and Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit management and successful fundraising including budgeting and accounting, human resources management, facility and program operations management, marketing, public relations and fund development.
  • Proven track record of growing organizational capacity and programmatic impact.
  • Knowledge of how to foster an environment of accountability, healthy work relationships and partnerships, and inclusivity among organizational staff in order to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Possess a positive, focused attitude and be able to work independently.
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to work well with media, staff and the community.
  • Comfortable with basic MS Office programs, Quickbooks, CRMs system (we use NEON) and social media.
  • Hands-on financial management experience, including complex departmental budgeting, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Passion for the arts as well as learning about, engaging and interacting in the local community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with booking and contracting professional artists.

Salary Range: $85-$105,000 plus benefits package, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Start Date: As early as June 2022.

Terms of Employment: Full-Time Exempt Position (40+ Hours a week, approximately 8:30 AM—5:00 PM. Additional hours required for after-hours meetings and Clark Center-sponsored events, weekend events, etc.).

Reports To: Board of Directors.


To Apply

If interested, submit cover letter and resume to Board President, Ashlea Boyer –


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Executive Director
Clark Center
 Arroyo Grande, California, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, entertainment, executive director, management, performing arts, and recruitment. States: California.

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