The Writer's Center, one of the nation's leading nonprofit literary centers, seeks an Executive Director. The Director oversees the Center's programs and activities, and works with the Board of Directors to achieve the Center's mission of cultivating the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. The Executive Director must be ready, from Day One, to oversee a budget of more than $1 million a year and a staff of seven full-time employees, and to lead the organization's fundraising, program development, and public relations efforts. The essential duties for the position include:
Financial Management: The Executive Director oversees the Center's finances, and develops short-term, annual, and long-term revenue objectives for Board review. Likewise, the Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the Center's budget and expenses, as well as its endowment and reserve funds. The Executive Director skills must include preparing, reviewing and understanding cash flow statements, income statements, and balance sheets. The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the Center meets its fiduciary duties to the community.
Development and Fundraising: The Executive Director leads the Center's development efforts. The Center relies on grants from county, state, and federal governmental agencies, as well as foundations. The Executive Director must be able to write effective grant proposals to maintain the Center's existing funding and to seek new grant sources. The Executive Director also personally sustains relationships with key donors and supporters of the Center, and leads the Center's annual and capital fundraising campaigns.
Program Management and Marketing: The Writer's Center offers more than 350 writing workshops annually at its headquarters and at some offsite locations. The Executive Director oversees administration of these workshops, and ensures that the Center is effectively serving the needs of the community. The Center has expanded its offerings to include online writing workshops. Accordingly, the Executive Director must understand the logistics of online education, and how to market these workshops effectively. The Executive Director also oversees the Center's weekly reading series and other live events, and the management and maintenance of the Center's headquarters in Bethesda, MD, including possible construction improvements.
Staff Leadership: The Executive Director leads the Center's talented and dedicated staff. The Director encourages collaboration and creativity, and promotes individual growth opportunities. The Director develops a clear strategy for achieving the Center's mission, and works with the staff to implement this strategy.
Community and Public Relations: The Executive Director serves as the lead external spokesperson for the organization to constituents and stakeholders, including donors, workshop participants, writing workshop leaders, and the literary community. The Director facilitates effective relationships with all external stakeholders, including visitors, members, community partners, the press, and elected officials.
Some lifting and moving of chairs and reception tables will be required.
This position requires unusually flexible hours with many weekend and evening requirements.
How to Apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to:
Minimum of seven years of organizational management and supervisory experience
Ability to understand and oversee a nonprofit's finances
Passion for literature and writing
Experience with online marketing and program development
Fundraising experience with a track record of raising money from individuals for the annual fund and capital projects.
Ability to write effective grant proposals
Additional Salary Information: The Writer's Center will offer a competitive salary for this position, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package is available. The position also includes vacation, sick leave, personal days, and paid holidays.
The Writer’s Center offers more than 350 creative writing classes a year at its main location in Bethesda, MD, as well as in satellite programs and online. The Writer's Center also supports writers through a weekly Open Door reading series, as well in seminars on publishing and other major events. Outreach to the greater metro Washington DC community is carried out through creative writing worksho...ps for military service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and also for the adult immigrant community at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. The Center's annual operating budget is $1.2 million with 7 full-¬time employees, 150+ contract teaching artists, and approximately 20 board members. Founded in 1976, The Writer's Center is widely known for the quality of its programming and its service to the community. The Center's staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace, health and other benefits and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.