The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching community life through promotion of the contemporary visual arts, seeks an Executive Director with a commitment to GRACE’s contemporary arts mission, relevant postgraduate qualification, and demonstrated ability to be the leader of a dynamic and growing visual arts organization.
The Executive Director will have both operational and creative/content decision-making authority across the organization (exhibitions, education programming, and the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) and reports directly to the GRACE Board of Directors. For a detailed description of GRACE and its programs please explore our website at www.restonarts.org.
Applicant should provide a curriculum vitae or resume together with a letter of interest by October 20, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Digital portfolios of curatorial work may also be provided, and should be submitted as a PDF of no more than 25 MB.
The Executive Director will be a person with:
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Art History, Art, or related field relevant to the task of being the operational and content leader of a renowned visual arts organization now in its 42nd year.
Proven leadership and management capabilities. This should include planning and budget experience with prior P&L responsibility; the initiative to ensure that ongoing administration and annual fundraising are successful (including without limitation a proven ability to write successful grants); and a high degree of comfort working in a dynamic, growth-oriented organization.
The ability to confidently represent the organization and develop and articulate its vision. This must include excellent oral and written communication skills.
If not prior experience leading a contemporary visual arts organization, then a passion for the contemporary visual arts and a career interest in leading an organization that has as its mission the promotion of the contemporary visual arts.
Management, oversight, organizational skills, and vision that will allow the organization’s essential assets – its exhibitions, educational programming, and Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, all as further defined below – to flourish.
Proven capability of working effectively with staff, a board of directors, artists, sponsors, and supporters, particularly in a non-profit organization.
Complementing these professional qualifications will be a supportive and flexible team-management style; an ability to collaborate with diverse populations; strategic thinking that will help define and advance key objectives; and creative problem-solving essential for an evolving and growing organization.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be competitive with the market and commensurate with the skill set the candidate offers.
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1974, whose mission is “to enrich individual and community life by involving people of all ages in today’s visual arts through arts education, curated exhibitions and a national fine arts festival.” Its organizational goals are to: •Present programs for children and adults that actively foster an appreciation of... the visual arts.•Provide a forum for artists to exhibit, educate, learn, volunteer, and exchange ideas.•Engage in an ongoing dialogue with the community and reach out to all.In pursuit of this mission and stated goals, GRACE provides a year-round program of exhibitions, lectures, Children’s and Adult Workshops series, along with the Explore More learning center, a Summer Art Camp for children, Art in the Schools, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, and other special events.This opportunity comes at a time of dynamic growth and change for GRACE. The constant is the unyielding commitment to quality content that will continue to define and differentiate GRACE as a regional arts leader and destination/educational experience. The Executive Director and Curator will have the support of an engaged Board of Directors that has been directly involved with fundraising (resulting, over the last three years, in 21% income growth on a budget of nearly $600,000 and almost $200,000 in new capital reserves); a dedicated and highly effective staff of five (four full-time and one part-time); the love and support of a local community that lives the value – reflected in its founding documents – that the arts are a “necessity of the good life” (Reston’s Founding Principles, 1964); and a region that recognizes the importance of GRACE’s contributions (GRACE is the second-ever recipient of the Art Council of Fairfax County’s prestigious Arts Impact Award). The vision that is driving this change – Destination GRACE – is generating opportunity across the organization’s three pillars:• Exhibitions: Unique in the region, two years ago GRACE began investing in its exhibitions to augment its traditional local/regional shows with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists:o Patrick Dougherty’s A Bird in the Hand sculpture has drawn tens of thousands of visitors and is the first project in the community’s history to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts;o Shih Chieh Huang, a 2014 TED Talk Fellow, creates interactive sculptures at the intersection of technology and art and will open at the gallery in September; ando A third destination exhibition is currently under internal and external review.The Executive Director and Curator will be responsible for extending this vision and elevating the community experience by delivering at least one destination exhibition each year. He/she will be supported by an accomplished exhibitions team in delivering a diverse and quality exhibitions schedule, allowing the Executive Director and Curator to focus especially on the destination shows.• Education: The signature GRACE Art program and innovative summer camps already deliver art history and appreciation to over 40 elementary schools regionally and touch over 20,000 children annually. With investments from its strong capital reserves, GRACE has begun refurbishing the GRACE Art portfolios. The new Executive Director and Curator, assisted by a professionally accomplished education team, will ensure that all content is brought current, our digital offerings increase, and our summer camps and GRACE Art materially expand their footprints.• Festival: The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival ™, having just celebrated its 25th year, hosts over 200 artists from across the country, typically draws 40,000 visitors to the unique, open-air environment of Reston Town Center, and is already a place where “the arts stars vie for spaces.” (Art Fair Insiders 2015.) The new Executive Director and Curator, assisted by staff and the board of directors, will ensure that the festival grows as an extension of our gallery experience and is not only a regional but a true east coast destination event.
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