Jamestown Fine Arts Association, Inc. (The Arts Center) is a nonprofit arts organization committed to enriching the Jamestown, ND area community through the Arts. Founded in 1964, The Arts Center has grown into an entity that owns two downtown buildings (a gallery/office area and an arts studio) as well as the Hansen Arts Park, a downtown green space with an art installation, Prairie Grass Ballet, and the Boulder Pavilion, a stage for performances. The Hansen Arts Park has proved to be both a catalyst for downtown development and the venue for community building through the summertime Downtown Arts Market.
The Arts Center offers classes and programs for all ages in the Jamestown Community. The Artist in Residence program brings artist-teachers into every elementary school in Jamestown and is the sole provider of visual arts in these schools. The Arts after School program, targeted for grades 2 through 6, offers innovative arts education opportunities for youth every day of the school year. The Arts Center offers adult arts classes, hosts live performances (community theatre and regional musicians), display arts exhibitions and hosts a variety of special events/fund raisers throughout the year. Our Arts for Life program partners with a local nursing home and assisted living center to provide arts programs to local senior citizens. Partnerships with four human services organizations provide weekly classes to adults with developmental disabilities. These programs, along with numerous others, touch the lives of literally thousands of area residents every year.
The Arts Center is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors comprised of local community, corporate and cultural leaders. The organization is riding a wave of public acclaim thanks to the exceptionally successful inaugural season of the Downtown Arts Market and numerous community partnerships. We have also just been accepted into an extremely prestigious, three-year program administered by a large Midwest Foundation. The Arts Center’s has a 2018-19 Budget of $289,000 and is poised to expand our community service mission through growing, and enthusiastic, support from all segments of Jamestown.
Jamestown, ND is a community of 15,000 within easy driving distance of the two largest cities in North Dakota, Fargo and Bismarck. Home to The University of Jamestown, an academically excellent private institution, Jamestown has small town, Midwestern friendliness and feel, and yet is close to the thriving cultural scene of Fargo and the museums and amenities of Bismarck. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is only a 4.5 hour drive away. North Dakota routinely ranks among the top five states for quality of life in the US, and is the perfect location for growing families and young professionals seeking a great place to build a career.
The Arts Center is a founding member of Jamestown’s Main Street Community Initiative, working collaboratively with civic, business, governmental and educational organizations to build a stronger, vibrant community. The Arts Center has taken a leadership role in efforts to build a stronger Jamestown; the arts, and The Arts Center, are seen as integral components of the future of Jamestown.
The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of The Arts Center's strategic work plan, fundraising and grant writing activities as well as the overall administrative management of the organization. The Executive Director serves as The Arts Center's representative in communicating The Arts Center's vision and activities to the broader community. The Executive Director reports to The Arts Center's Board of Directors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
- Working closely with the Board of Directors, leads The Arts Center's participation in collaborative, community-wide planning efforts and implement programming to further the arts and community building.
- Strengthen opportunities to tie arts, culture and heritage disciplines into the curriculum of local schools and the University of Jamestown.
- To ensure the long-term financial viability of The Arts Center, strategize and implement long-range financial objectives, in particular expanding donor and membership bases.
- Maintain positive relationship with local civic, arts, culture, heritage, corporate and political communities. Promote transparency and facilitate ongoing communication among members and donors.
- Keep abreast of national and statewide initiatives and legislation to expand public support for quality of life, tourism and other initiatives. Update the Board of Directors and manage advocacy efforts, as appropriate.
- Promote the arts as a vital part of the community, engaging public officials (including city and county officials), school board members and administration and civic leaders.
- Seek and implement examples where the Arts can be used as a key economic development tool.
- Provide guidance to the Board of Directors, including board, sub-committee and task force meetings, as necessary.
- Engage Board members to maximize their participation in The Arts Center and their contribution toward its success and growth.
- Work with the Board Nominating Committee to identify, cultivate, recruit and educate new Board members.
- Prepare written and oral reports for presentation to the Board.
Fiscal and Administrative
- Provide fiscal and organizational leadership, including recruiting and supervisory guidance to all staff and volunteers, in order to maximize effectiveness and productivity.
- Implement annual fund raising plans that includes both corporate and individual gifts.
- Work with the Finance Committee to develop annual budgets and cash flow projections that portray positive cash and income statement positions.
- Monitor The Arts Center's financial position and make recommendations to the Board and/or take action as appropriate.
- Oversee the effective use of financial and technological resources needed to achieve the organization's goals and objectives.
- Monitor monthly financial statement preparation, bill and payroll processing and provide assistance to and information for accounting/audit representatives.
- Implement a grant-writing schedule.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
The Executive Director must be a model of integrity and fairness who can balance facilitation and consensus building with the ability to make decisions in a timely and decisive manner, while remaining focused on the mission, vision, values and strategic direction of The Arts Center. The selected individual will possess exceptional communication skills, along with the ability to interact effectively with a broad group of constituents and be a visible presence in Jamestown, ND. The Executive Director will be excellent at setting priorities and have the ability to deal with multiple tasks and functions simultaneously.
The selected individual will bring energy, tenacity and a passion for the arts, culture and community building and their importance to the community's quality of life. He or she will have a well-rounded set of competencies that places him or her ahead of other candidates in the field, including leadership experience, diplomacy and interpersonal skills, self-management and personal accountability and customer focus. The Executive Director must be prepared to work flexible hours, depending on the scheduling of events at The Arts Center.
Qualified applicants will have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible senior management experience in a related field. Knowledge of, and passion for, the arts and culture is required. Experience working with nonprofit boards is expected as are excellent communication, analytical and financial management skills. A proven track record of successful fund solicitation and writing grant applications is required.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including health benefits, vacation, holiday and sick pay as well as employer contributions to an employee retirement plan.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Please submit a cover letter and resume electronically with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to apply is September 27th, 2018
The Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer