Company Name:



Atlanta, Georgia

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Executive Director / CEO

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree


September 14, 2018

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Executive Director

BURNAWAY, founded in 2008, is an Atlanta-based non-profit and digital magazine whose mission is to provide coverage of the visual arts in and from the South in order to support the vibrant creative communities in our region, increase national recognition of our region's artists and organizations, and foster new voices for the arts. Art enthusiasts turn to us an average of 300,000 times a year for art news, reviews, interviews, features and essays. We publish a weekly To Do List of cultural events and ongoing exhibitions in the region and the free quarterly Atlanta Art Guide, which is distributed to arts venues, hotels, eateries, festivals, and tourist destinations.


Our readers are educated, creative, young, and influential. They are involved in the arts and are cultural consumers. They are highly likely to attend museums, exhibitions, concerts, screenings, performances, and lectures. Of our top reader locations, 60% are in the South (Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and Houston). Other top reader locations include New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. We have 21K social media followers, 277K page views per year.


Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for the overall success and creative growth of BURNAWAY, including the vibrancy of its publications, events, and programs. This individual will effectively manage strategic partnerships, administration, marketing, financial management, and operations as well as supervision of a small staff. The ED will also oversee fundraising. The person in this role will be an active community member in Atlanta, and build BURNAWAY's visibility throughout the South (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana), working collaboratively with the Board, staff members, arts organizations, and community members to fulfill BURNAWAY's mission.


Strategic Planning & Community Enrichment

Develop and execute strategic plan in collaboration with the Board and staff to ensure goals are set and obtained.

Market Insights

• Assess trends in arts activity in Atlanta and nationally to identify future change and growth opportunities

• Assess best practices and new trends for fundraising to identify future change and growth opportunities


• Fundraising

• Programming and Development

• Evaluate need and demand for programming annually and adjust as needed (Budget & Human Resources)


Assess past (yearly and monthly) performance of BA and develop/execute fundraising goals and objectives for the organization.

• Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations and growth initiatives

• Identify funding resources, including government and foundation grants, establishing strategies to approach funders (including developing donor campaigns, in-kind donations, and donor stewardship plans)

• Develop and/or maintain strong relationships with public and private funders

• Build a plan/platform to reach individual donors both online and offline

• Prepare grant applications and administer grantor requests for documentation (progress and final reports, etc.)

Programming & Development

• Manage all promotion for public programs

• Work with staff and partners to arrange all logistics for programs

• Solicit partners and funding for programs as needed

• Work with staff to identify potential new programs and evaluate effectiveness of programs on an ongoing basis and adjust as needed

• Work with Editor to ensure implementation of mission and strategic plan in programming and publications

• Work with staff and Board to plan and execute annual fundraising events, primarily Art Crush

Marketing & Advertising Sales

• Meet and liaise with vendors to discuss and identify advertising requirements and negotiate details of advertising agreements

• Monitor the effectiveness of campaigns and web metrics

• Identify prospects and solicit advertising sales

Public Relations & Branding

• Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
• Develop strategic partnerships with artists, galleries, and organizations to increase and maintain BURNAWAY's role within the communities served

• Refine and maintain BURNAWAY's brand standards for the ors, photography, graphic elements, logo specs, s and messaging (online and print)

• Serve as a spokesperson and promoter of BURNAWAY

• Respond to inquiries from public about BURNAWAY

• Work with Editor to plan and implement marketing strategies

Board Administration

• Support operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, mediating between Board and staff, and supporting Board's evaluation of the organization

• Work closely with Board to develop and assess strategic and business plans

• Work closely with Board committees to execute organizational evaluation and annual implementation goals

• Assist in the ion, evaluation, and orientation of Board members

• Provide self-evaluation and reports as requested by Board

Financial Management & Administration

• Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage BURNAWAY's financial resources within budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations

• Work with staff to implement project budgets

• Work with the Board Treasurer and Bookkeeper to ensure responsible financial management and regular reports for monthly Board review

• Manage monthly, quarterly and annual cash flow projections, reconciliations, payroll, tax forms, and annual audit

• Work with bookkeeper on all invoicing and bill payments to ensure accounts payable and receivable are completed in a timely fashion

• Ensures annual registrations and paperwork, including D&O and property insurance, are filed and up-to-date

Human Resources (HR)

• Effectively manage BURNAWAY's HR according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulationsd• Oversee and advise staff and contractors (Editor, Program Manager, Outreach Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Bookkeeping/Accountant) and volunteers to be more effective

• Identify prospective staff/volunteers

• Complete annual staff/volunteer evaluations

• Oversee and solicit interns and manage internship program


Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred) plus a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a senior management role at an arts or culture organization. Candidates should also possess a solid track record in fundraising, as well as a strong command of running a nonprofit arts organization, including financial management, staff development, and communication skills. Candidates must know how to work effectively with Board members, staff, artists, arts organizations, volunteers, and community leaders and demonstrate a commitment to BURNAWAY's values of inclusion, creativity, and respect, and a genuine commitment to Atlanta and the South. This is a full time position. Salary commensurate with experience; benefits offered.


Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, including where you saw the job posting, with the subject line "BURNAWAY ED _ FIRST NAME LAST NAME" to Alexandra Siclait, Board Member at The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018.

Company Name:



Atlanta, Georgia

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Executive Director / CEO

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree


September 14, 2018

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