Full-Time Executive Director
GLEN ARBOR ARTS CENTER (GAAC)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH: JOB DESCRIPTION
This is a chance to lead a vibrant, growing arts organization and take it to the next level. The Glen Arbor Arts Center’s first, and only, Director has decided to retire after reaching many major milestones in her 15 years with the organization. Now, more than ever, with the right person at the helm, the GAAC is ready, willing, and able to grow in the support and expansion of its mission to enrich community life through the arts!
- The GAAC’s new building has greatly expanded the organization’s physical presence in the Glen Lake region.
- A strong partnership exists with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for programming, as well as use of studio/classroom space at Thoreson Farm.
- The number of part-time staff has increased.
- The GAAC has significantly increased its local and regional marketing presence.
- Program offerings have been rejuvenated.
- The Board has modernized its governance structure and processes to accommodate its growth.
The Executive Director’s top priorities for the first year will be to: 1) continue to build the resources and financial capacity to support its growth trajectory; 2) further strengthen its already strong community relations; 3) evaluate and improve current programming; and 4) build brand awareness through effective marketing; all while having fun leading the GAAC in taking advantage of the exciting opportunities before it! It is imperative, therefore that the successful Executive Director must have a demonstrated love of the arts, and an understanding of the role of creative thinking in pursuing the GAAC’s mission and opportunities.
The Executive Director reports to the GAAC Board of Directors and manages the staff (paid employees and independent contractors) as well as many dedicated volunteers.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director fall into the following categories:
- Participate with the Board in further developing and continuing to implement the vision and strategic plan in furtherance of its mission.
- Foster and expand effective, collaborative relationships among Board members, staff, GAAC members, donors, sponsors and the community at-large.
- Develop and direct the implementation of GAAC’s marketing, communications, and fundraising strategy in consultation with the relevant staff and members of the Board of Directors.
Financial Planning & Risk Management
- Lead the GAAC’s fundraising efforts to secure funding for the operation of the organization, including meeting with donors, researching new funding sources, and writing grant proposals to increase revenue.
- Oversee the management of the financial planning and forecasting, budgeting, and resource allocation; develop an annual budget and ensure that appropriate internal controls are in place and operating as intended..
Operational Planning & Management
- Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the GAAC’s programs and services and monitor their day-to-day delivery to maintain or improve quality, contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the approved priorities and budget.
- Determine staffing and volunteer requirements for organizational management and program delivery and recruit, interview, and select staff and volunteers with the skills and personal attributes to help further GAAC’s mission.
- Work to develop and expand the GAAC’s visibility and brand recognition through public and media relations, print, and internet-based programs (via GAACs website and social media), as well as other marketing activities as called for.
- Serve as the primary spokesperson for the GAAC and communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the organization’s work.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with both new and existing community groups, the media, funders, and other agencies.
The Executive Director must be a dynamic and versatile individual with an eye for detail and a strategic thought process who shares the organization’s commitment to enriching community through the arts.
Ideally, the Executive Director will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent and a minimum of 7-10 years relevant experience.
The Executive Director should be a person who:
- Has a clear passion for the Arts and understands their role in enriching community life.
- Is an effective fundraiser.
- Excels in team leadership, organizational management, clear communication and both short and long-term strategic planning.
- Is able to speak credibly and convincingly represent the GAAC to audiences of all sizes and composition, including the media.
- Demonstrates the ability to work with a Board to ensure governance best practices and to develop and recruit Board members.
- Enjoys and places high value on managing people, leading teams, listening and affording people opportunities to grow.
- Supports the continued development of the work culture at GAAC.
The Executive Director usually works in an office environment. However, at times the GAAC’s programs and events may take the Director to non-standard workplaces.
This is a salaried position. The Executive Director is an exempt employee with a flexible full-time schedule. Peak office hours are June, July and August. The Executive Director will often work evenings and/or weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings, classes, concerts, etc. and representing the GAAC at public events.
The Organization and History:
The Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) was founded in 1983 by a group of local artists and art supporters who wanted to see the work of area artists celebrated and promoted for all to enjoy. Their focus was to host social activities, offer art classes, and organize exhibits to bring artists and the community together to promote greater awareness and appreciation of the arts. Over the years – from its grassroots beginning to the present — many talented and dedicated individuals have since joined that nucleus of people to carry on and expand the original vision to what the GAAC is today.
With generous and widespread support from the Glen Lake community, in 2018 the Glen Arbor Arts Center remodeled and expanded its building which doubled its original space. The building is conveniently located in the heart of the village but is tucked away on a quiet drive in a natural wooded setting. Besides being the administrative center and providing artist-in-residence accommodations, the renovated building has become the focal point for its primary mission — nurturing and encouraging interest in art in its many forms.
The GAAC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $250,000. The GAAC enjoys the support of over 400 members; a significant number of sponsors and donors; a dedicated board and staff; and many volunteers — all committed to its continued success.
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