27 Dec 2023


Executive Director

Umpqua Valley Arts

 Roseburg, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

• Umpqua Valley Arts
• Executive Director Open Position
• Location: Roseburg, OR
• Appointment Type and Duration: Full-time, Ongoing
• Salary: starts at $60,000
• Application Timeline: December 19th, 2023, applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will remain open until filled.


Umpqua Valley Arts

Umpqua Valley Arts (UVA) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead our rural arts non-profit with year-round programming including arts education classes and workshops on and off campus, rotating exhibitions, an annual Summer Arts Festival, and special projects as they arise. UVA is a community arts organization located in Roseburg, Oregon and was established in 1971 to provide arts education and appreciation activities for Douglas County. Our mission is to foster arts appreciation and education.

We are seeking candidates with strong leadership, management, development, and strategic planning experience. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in community engagement and will be a successful collaborator and with proven ability to work effectively with a staff and Board of Directors, a nonprofit team, and volunteers. Prior work experience with non-profit or arts organizations is a plus but not required.


Position Summary

UVA’s Executive Director position is an exciting opportunity to work with an established arts organization and continue to grow its education, exhibition, and community programs and create robust and dynamic ways in which its programming serves Douglas County, Oregon and beyond. The director will also foster and grow relationships with funders, members, donors, and community partners through programs and special collaborative projects. Fundraising in conjunction with the Summer Arts Festival, fundraising events, program revenue, and grant writing are the pillars of keeping UVA financially stable and sustainable.

Overview of UVA’s Programming:

UVA’s Education Department currently consists of programs that serve all ages through multiple programs. We serve youth through arts experiences in Douglas County public schools called Arts Express, school field trips to UVA, classes and workshops, art camps during the holidays and Summer break, weekend workshops, teen studios, student exhibitions, and community events. Adult programming serves artists and the general community through our Clay Place Studio, classes and workshops, artists talks and education opportunities, and at community events. A brand new staff position has been secured through grant funding awarded in 2023 for a full-time education program manager who will work closely with the Executive Director to further develop education opportunities for all ages, recruit new art instructors, manage the Clay Place Studio, and assist with education related grant opportunities and special projects as assigned. The Executive Director will guide programming development, set overall goals and projects, and ensure the success and sustainability of this department through successful delivery of arts programming and earned program revenue.

UVA’s Exhibition Department delivers year-round exhibition programming through five rotating exhibits located in UVA’s five galleries and occasionally in spaces throughout the community, in airports, and in other public spaces. The Exhibitions Department is managed by the Exhibitions Programs Coordinator with the guidance of the Executive Director and a volunteer Gallery Committee. Exhibitions also provide the opportunity to share artists talks, accompanying educational programming, and community events. Each exhibition has an opening reception hosted at UVA for the community and participating artists.

UVA also hosts the Summer Arts Festival, a 3-day event that is UVA’s biggest fundraiser and a cultural staple to the community. UVA recruits approximately 120 artist vendors from all over the region, 20+ bands and community entertainers on two stages, 10+ food vendors, and art demonstrators. Over 10,000 people attend this event and enjoy all the festival has to offer. The Executive Director is responsible for growing the event, securing sponsorships that financially support the event, and ensuring the event’s success.


Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors The Executive Director (ED) will:

▪ Be responsible for the overall success and creative growth of UVA, including its programs, campus, quality of its resident partnerships, financial sustainability, and impact.
▪ Oversee UVA’s programming, strategic partnerships, development, marketing, financial management, production, and operations, as well as supervision and development of its human resources.
▪ Maintain an active presence in Roseburg, Douglas County, and the state of Oregon, in order to build a strong brand, visibility, and financial support for UVA.
▪ Work collaboratively with board and staff members, resident partners, other arts organizations, and community members to fulfill UVA’s mission


Special working conditions and physical demands

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds regularly
  • Ability to transport self and materials between multiple buildings on the arts campus at at times to schools or other locations for UVA sponsored education and exhibition opportunities
  • Must be able to handle artwork properly
  • Must hold current Oregon Drivers Licence and ability to use an insured and safe vehicle throughout Douglas County and occasionally out of the County. (All mileage is reimbursed.)


Work Schedule

This position is salary and works a min of 40 hours per week. It is expected that the Executive Director is present to manage all aspects of scheduled arts education programming–which means evenings and weekend days. UVA’s current hours of operation are T-F, 10:00am – 6:00pm and occasional weekend program related events.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, arts education, or other related field;
Culmination of five years experience managing a team and community education and/or arts education program with children, youth, and/or adults;
Experience developing programs for diverse audiences–from idea to implementation, budget management, community relations, marketing, and managing student and educator safety;
Experience presenting to diverse audiences to education, engage, and recruit participants and generate community connections.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree in arts programming management or related field
Experience teaching arts classes and workshops

Special Requirements

  • Experience teaching and/or making art using a variety of media including clay, oil and acrylic paint, watercolor, drawing.
  • Demonstrated ability to convene a diverse committee of stakeholders and partners around shared goals and manage a group project from idea to fruition.
  • Professional Competencies
  • Ability to manage all administrative aspects of program development–program registration and rosters, registration fees and reimbursements, scheduling and calendaring, document creation and management, communications via phone and email.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with community partners including schools districts, arts educators, community arts organizations, and partnering businesses.
  • Ability to work with students of all ages from early childhood to adults from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to explain and present ideas, orally and in writing, to others in a clear manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to learn to operate instructional equipment and maintain a working arts education studio space.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to perform recordkeeping of grants, financials, and program inventory, and program budgeting tasks.
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

UVA provides three-weeks of paid time off. UVA does not currently offer a health or retirement benefits package. Full-time employees can participate in Oregon Saves, a state retirement fund and will receive a monthly healthcare stipend after 6 months as an employee.

UVA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. UVA encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. UVA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.
To request accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at executivedirector@uvarts.com

UVA prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices
Remote Work: Remote work is not a fit for this position. UVA is a community center with 3 buildings where we hold programming and host visitors. The Executive Director will be expected to have a regular presence in the building to support staff, programming, the building’s maintenance and to conduct business for the organization.


Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure consideration, complete applications must include a current resume, cover letter describing your interest in Umpqua Valley Arts supported with relevant experience, and answers to the following three supplemental questions:

  1. Describe your experience in developing relevant and aligned community and/or arts education programs that meet community needs and long-term organizational goals.
  2. Describe experience that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, schools, community partners, adults, and children from diverse cultures.
  3. As a member- based organization who relies regularly on volunteers and volunteer committees to carry out their programming (especially Summer Arts Festival), we are looking for a candidate who can work closely with volunteers and members and grow these pools of supporters.
    Please describe to the hiring committee your approach and experience working with and growing a member and volunteer base.

To ensure consideration, complete applications need to be sent to Emily Brandt at executivedirector@uvarts.com

Advertised: 15 Dec 2023 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: open until filled


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Executive Director
Umpqua Valley Arts
 Roseburg, Oregon, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts education, arts programming, director, executive director, exhibition, festival, and non-profit. States: Oregon.
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