Calls for Entry

Washington Studio School Seeks Executive Director

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

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Deadline: Sunday, August 20, 2017
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DESCRIPTION
The Washington Studio School seeks an Executive Director (ED) to serve as chief executive and chief operating officer. The successful candidate will build upon the School’s 32-year history as a unique venue for teaching art. S/he will possess the maturity and communication skills to function as the face of the School. The ED will communicate our mission to our public, students, donors, and arts and civic communities at large. The ideal candidate will have experience in the arts and will possess development and management expertise in a non-profit educational environment.

This is a full-time position that reports to and enjoys the support of the Board of Directors. The ED will direct and manage School operations in order to accomplish and maintain, over the next 5 years and beyond, the School’s strategic objectives. S/he will lead development efforts and manage administrative staff. The ED will work with the Head of Faculty to maintain and grow WSS’ unique program of teaching and to support the continued development of its curriculum, Certificate Program, and other programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLES:
Revenue Generation and Development
The ED will be responsible for leading the Board’s and WSS’ fundraising activities. S/he will actively participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors, individuals, foundations, corporations and government funders. S/he will research, identify and respond to grant and other funding opportunities, create and implement development plans and campaigns (including, possibly, a capital campaign), integrate marketing tasks into development, and create and use donor and other databases and reports to enable the Board’s ready participation in fundraising and to facilitate a culture of giving and fundraising. The ED will be a member of the Board’s Development Committee. S/he will attend meetings of the Executive Committee (the officers) and, as necessary, meetings of the Board. The ED will identify and present to the Board opportunities to increase earned income (tuition, fees, etc.), as well as donations and grants.

Financial and Facilities Management
The ED will provide prudent, hands-on financial management to advance WSS’ strategic objectives and mission. S/he will create and maintain appropriate policies and procedures for internal controls. S/he will develop and execute budgets to achieve financial stability and will achieve revenue targets and development goals set by the Board. S/he will also be responsible for monitoring and directing building maintenance and repairs.

Human Resources Management
The ED will supervise and manage administrative staff and contractors other than models.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a nonprofit management or leadership position, preferably with an art school or arts organization;
  • Substantial experience in fundraising, development and grant writing, including use of development software: experience with at least one capital campaign preferred;
  • Experience with and knowledge of business administration and financial operations;
  • At least 2 years’ experience supervising staff in a nonprofit environment;
  • Strong organizational, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills;
  • Strong technology and computer skills; experience with QuickBooks and Excel preferred;
  • Agility in responding to change, and ability to anticipate, analyze, diagnose and resolve problems;
  • Ability to interface with all stakeholders in an arts education environment, including Board members, staff, faculty, students, volunteers, donors, vendors, contractors, grantors and funders, community leaders and representatives;
  • Education equivalent to at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • References that will confirm the above qualifications.

COMPENSATION:

  • Annual salary of $75,000;
  • Paid federal holidays;
  • Accrual of 10 days of vacation each year, with ability to carry over unused days after each employment anniversary;
  • Reimbursement of health insurance premiums up to $150/month.

HOW TO APPLY
[email protected]
http://www.washingtonstudioschool.org

Please submit a cover letter and a resume or CV that reflects the qualifications described under “Education and Language” above.

BENEFITS

  • Paid federal holidays;
  • Accrual of 10 days of vacation each year, with ability to carry over unused days after each employment anniversary;
  • Reimbursement of health insurance premiums up to $150/month.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a nonprofit management or leadership position, preferably with an art school or arts organization;
  • Substantial experience in fundraising, development and grant writing, including use of development software: experience with at least one capital campaign preferred;
  • Experience with and knowledge of business administration and financial operations;
  • At least 2 years’ experience supervising staff in a nonprofit environment;
  • Strong organizational, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills;
  • Strong technology and computer skills; experience with QuickBooks and Excel preferred;
  • Agility in responding to change, and ability to anticipate, analyze, diagnose and resolve problems;
  • Ability to interface with all stakeholders in an arts education environment, including Board members, staff, faculty, students, volunteers, donors, vendors, contractors, grantors and funders, community leaders and representatives;
  • Education equivalent to at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • References that will confirm the above qualifications.