The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be uniquely responsible to and partner with the board of directors to advance the overall success and sustainability of The Arts Council. This includes the growth of private and public resources, accountability for the vibrancy of programs, quality of partnerships, financial sustainability, and The Arts Council’s impact throughout the seven county Brazos Valley region. The CEO will serve as the organization’s chief spokesperson in clearly articulating The Arts Council’s mission, vision, and values that guide the growth, public image, and increased brand awareness of the organization regionally and statewide. The CEO will cultivate relationships, develop strategies, and define an organizational direction embedded in the cultural, social, community, and educational activities of the region. The CEO will be an aspirational public leader at the forefront of regional initiatives that strengthen the vibrancy of local communities and the arts, culture and heritage organizations within. The CEO will establish strategic priorities with the board and staff that align with the needs of the diverse stakeholders that The Arts Council serves.
The Arts Council
The Arts Council, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a 45 year history of making the arts accessible to visitors and residents of the Brazos Valley with the vision of making the quality of life in the Brazos Valley the best that the state has to offer. Supporting over 65 affiliate arts, culture, and heritage organizations, 300,000 residents in 7 counties, Texas A&M University, Blinn College and over 3.5 million Brazos Valley regional visitors annually, The Arts Council is poised for exciting growth with a new centrally located arts facility that will serve as the hub of the arts in the region.
Roles and Responsibilities
Fundraising, Public Visibility, and Advocacy
* Serve as the primary spokesperson for The Arts Council regarding major statements to the media, government partner institutions, institutional vision, and collaborative agreement announcements.
* Formulate and direct all major fundraising initiatives and regularly interact with major gift prospects and existing donors.
* Develop and maintain productive relationships with local, state, and federal public and private agencies to financially support The Arts Council.
* Initiate conversations about all the ways in which the arts positively impact the economy, quality of life and lifelong learning and success.
* Represent The Arts Council by participating on local and regional boards, committees, and commissions.
* Cultivate relationships by attending and hosting stakeholders at various evening and weekend community events.
* Advocate local arts policy and funding with elected county, state, and federal officials.
* Perform other public visibility, fundraising, and advocacy responsibilities as needed.
Governance and Financial Accountability
* Provide guidance and support to best utilize the talents and resources of the board, stimulate their involvement, recruit new members, and work closely with the board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective governance of the organization.
* Partner with the Board Chair to enable board members to effectively fulfill their governance functions and facilitate optimum interaction between the board and the Brazos Valley community.
* Strategize opportunities for board prospect identification, cultivation, and recruitment.
* Orient, educate, and engage board members to maximize their effectiveness.
* Advise board committees on the development and implementation of their goals and appoint appropriate staff liaisons to support board committees.
* Ensure effective short- and long-term financial sustainability, with accountability for overall operating and capital budget submissions for board approval.
* Deliver transparent, accurate, timely, and relevant financial and organizational information to the board so it can fulfill its responsibilities in setting policies, strategic decision-making and engagement in fundraising activities.
* Deliver transparent, accurate, timely, and relevant financial information and quarterly reports to governmental partner agencies.
* Perform other governance and financial accountability responsibilities as needed.
Strategic Planning and Community Engagement
* Develop and implement updated organizational strategic plan that ensures a clear, sustainable direction that supports The Arts Council’s mission and vision.
* Lead the initiative to create a sustainable business plan and related policies for The Arts Council new facility.
* Working with the board, plan for the future of the Brazos Valley’s economy and political landscape to ensure the strategic placement and success of future projects, programs, and development resources for long-term sustainability.
* Connect to and collaborate with peer institutions and businesses at the local, state, and national level to learn about best practices, new technology, and innovative programming that will enhance The Arts Council’s brand and impact.
* Initiate, develop, and ensure strong collaborative and positive relationships among The Arts Council affiliate members and artists.
* Forge collaborative partnerships to leverage additional resources for future expansion of services to Brazos Valley residents.
* Perform other strategic collaboration and community engagement responsibilities as needed
Managerial Oversight and Leadership
* Manage and review the annual performance of The Arts Council Executive Team.
* Assume ex-officio status on all board committees and task forces at The Arts Council.
* Lead weekly Executive Team staff meetings and biweekly all staff meetings.
* Facilitate employee development and maintain a culture where diversity and inclusion are celebrated in achieving common goals.
* Perform other managerial oversight and mentorship responsibilities as needed.
The Arts Council seeks a visionary, ethical, and collaborative leader who values frequent interaction with a wide variety of constituencies as the lead advocate for the arts in the Brazos Valley. An enthusiastic and resourceful leader, the CEO will be receptive to new ideas, opinions, and opportunities. A professional who values social interactions and relationships a variety of constituents, The Arts Council CEO will inspire a positive organizational culture.
* Master’s degree in arts or non-profit administration, business, museum management or a related field.
* Minimum of 7-10 years of related executive management experience leading a broad-based nonprofit arts, community, or educational organization.
* Experience managing a budget exceeding $1.5m+ is required.
* Demonstrated experience in fundraising and as a visible leader in community engagement and public advocacy.
* Experience implementing and executing a successful capital campaign is preferred.
* Proficiency with MS Office products, QuickBooks and donor development software.
* Must have valid driver’s license and pass background and credit checks.
Compensation and Benefits
The Arts Council offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Package includes generous vacation and holiday allowances. Retirement benefits include 3% company match in company hosted retirement account, beginning after six months of employment.
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining relevant accomplishments and qualifications along with references to: CEO Search Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 2275 Dartmouth, College Station, TX 77840
No phone calls, please.
It is the policy of the Arts Council of Brazos Valley to provide equal employment opportunity to applicants, employees and clients without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, political belief or veteran status.