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|Position Title:||Executive Director|
|Job Type:||Full-time (40+ hours per week)
Some evening and weekend hours required
|Locaiton:||2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113|
|Posted:||June 12, 2013|
SPACES is a 35-year old art institution that is dedicated to being the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. Located on the west side of downtown Cleveland, SPACES has presented over 9,000 artists and annually presents 9 – 12 public projects by artists and hosts approximately 30 different public events.
SPACES is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000. The staff includes three other full-time employees, one part-time employee, and numerous interns and volunteers who provide ongoing support throughout the year. A 22-member Board of Directors is active and engaged, reflecting a diverse range of expertise and perspectives. SPACES is highly respected by regional and national funders and project collaborators as a dynamic organization strengthened by sound fiscal management and a solid history of successful and impactful mission-oriented partnerships.
SPACES' Executive Director is a champion for its mission and artists. The Executive Director oversees all aspects of SPACES' operations, develops and guides its programs, and provides imaginative leadership. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and works strategically with the Board and committees to fulfill the organization's mission.
Specific duties for the position include:
- Overseeing the creative direction of SPACES—providing room for artists, staff, and board to experiment, while offering guidance and feedback along the way.
- Developing programs and curating projects in all media and presentation formats, either directly or by delegating to other staff or guest curators and artists.
- Collaborating with the Board's VP of Programming, staff, Board of Directors, and committees to preserve and support the artistic excellence, inventiveness, and integrity of programs; to evaluate the impact, efficacy, and sustainability of current programs; and to establish priorities, processes, and resources for new, evolving program development.
- Collaborate with board leadership on strategic planning efforts and the effective, progressive implementation of that plan.
- Working with the Board's VP of Engagement and Development and the Development Director to raise necessary funds from private, corporate, foundation, and government sources. This includes building and maintaining donor relations, working with the development director to execute timely grant applications, and conceiving, leading and overseeing SPACES' successful fundraising events.
- Providing prudent financial management—working with accountants, auditors, and the VP of finance on monthly and annual financials, developing annual budgets in consultation with the staff and board, monitoring budget-to-actual reports on a monthly basis, and coordinating the annual audit and 990 filing.
- Enhancing and expanding meaningful community engagement, connections, and strategic partnerships, and alliances to advance SPACES' vision, impact, and resources.
- Managing the day-to-day operations of SPACES.
- Hiring and managing staff—developing, mentoring, and retaining highly qualified, diverse and committed staff and volunteers. Fostering staff opportunities for professional growth, shared commitment, and meaningful engagement.
- Overseeing payroll, health benefits, and retirement benefits for the staff.
SPACES' Executive Director is an accomplished and highly regarded leader with experience in not-for-profit management and a deep appreciation for and understanding of artists, contemporary art, and the role of innovation in communities.
The ideal candidate is a focused and dedicated leader who is committed to artists and community and who values experimentation, risk-taking, and collaboration in all aspects of the organization. Important traits and qualities include confidence, integrity, passion, curiosity, and graciousness. While ambition and productivity are highly valued, an ideal candidate will possess a leadership style that encourages a balance between life and work. The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
- Demonstrated success in a high-level managerial role.
- Excellent leadership and communication skills.
- In depth knowledge of national and international contemporary and emerging art trends and topics.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff, Board of Directors and committees.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and a capacity to communicate those priorities to stakeholders.
- Strong time management skills.
- Capability to serve as an articulate, passionate, and effective spokesperson for the organization and its goals.
- Someone who models leadership in demonstrating core values of experimentation, excellence, and responsiveness.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and achieve fundraising goals.
- Enthusiastic and open approach to envisioning the future of SPACES and considering multiple potentials in the next phases in the organization's lifecycle.
- Ability to cultivate and steward strategic and meaningful partnerships.
Commensurate with experience
- Letter of application that addresses the following:
- Your interest in the position.
- Your dedication to artistic and social experimentation; challenging, nurturing, and empowering artists; and the impact of this work on a region's cultural ecology.
- Your fundraising and management experience, and the type of leadership approach you would bring to SPACES.
- Other specific skills and strengths you would bring to this role.
- Résumé detailing education and professional experience and accomplishments.
- List of five professional references with whom we may communicate.
Please submit all material in PDF format to John Farina, President, Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled.
SPACES is an equal opportunity employer. Our employment policies are administered without regard of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status except as permitted by law.
If you are interested in becoming involved with SPACES as a volunteer or work/study intern, please visit this link.
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Call For Entries: SPACES R&D and SWAP
DEADLINE: Monday December 23, 2013 5:00pm (not a post mark deadline) APPLICATION & GUIDELINES: R&D: http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/apply/rd SWAP: http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/apply/swap