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Executive Director | Greene County Council on the Arts (Catskill, NY)

About GCCA

Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA), founded in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) organization. It provides, supports and promotes arts access, advocacy and education for all residents of and visitors to Greene, Columbia, and Schoharie counties. The Hudson Valley arts environment is vibrant and growing rapidly and GCCA is positioned to be a leader in supporting the growth and awareness of the arts in the three counties. The organization is evolving as the communities evolve; GCCA’s intention is to be the major driver of the arts in the vital Hudson Valley.

GCCA provides information and services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public. Acting as a chamber of commerce for the arts and a clearinghouse for the promotion of arts activities, we aim to stimulate the area’s cultural and economic growth through the arts.

We mount gallery exhibitions all year round, provide six weeks of free summer arts workshops for children ages 3-7, offer Regrant Funds for community and cultural arts, arts in education and individual artists in partnership with NYSCA and the Greene County Legislature, and produce a bi-monthly newsletter, Arts Alive, with feature articles, grant opportunities, resources for artists and a calendar of events.

Visit www.greenearts.org for more information.

GCCA Executive Director Role:

GCCA is seeking an executive director to lead us into the next chapter of the organization, a visionary with the ability to capture the attention and encourage participation by the newcomers flocking to our area as well as honoring and continuing to appreciate the faithful supporters of GCCA and our history in the Hudson Valley.

Major Responsibilities:

  • The Executive Director reports to and works in partnership with the Board of Directors to achieve the vital mission of GCCA to promote the creation, presentation and appreciation of the arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts.  
  • Responsible for GCCA to function successfully with fiscal responsibility to make it a sustainable arts council and support its mission; generate and monitor a workable budget.
  • Develop, implement and supervise programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission. Engage prospective program partners, identify prospective partner and funding sources, plan and implement activities/events.
  • Identify gaps in existing arts programming and formulate new programs or services.
  • Implement an ongoing strategy to position the arts and the organization as tools for economic development. Support related community revitalization initiatives.
  • Be a confident spokesperson with a passion for our mission
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership, planning and outreach to achieve GCCA’s mission and vision
  • Advocate for GCCA and the arts community by developing effective working relationships within the communities – the arts community and the broader community

Financial Management:

  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit GCCA to carry out its work
  • As chief fiscal officer, prepare and monitor budgets
  • Ensure compliance with fiscal policies and procedures
  • Provide monthly financial reports to the Board Treasurer and reports to Board members as requested 

Administration:

  • Management of day-to-day operations
  • Hire, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate staff
  • Evaluate success of programs and activities for Board. Include detailed reports on attendees and revenue/expenses
  • Establish strong marketing plan to include Public Relations, Constant Contact, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media

Development:

  • Set development goals with the Board of Directors on budget needs and meet those goals
  • Formulate strategic plan for fundraising with careful attention to timelines and accountability.
  • Secure and manage grants in partnership with the NY State Council on the Arts and county legislatures; pursue new grant opportunities and other new areas of funding
  • Seek opportunities to identify, cultivate and steward major donors
  • Oversee the health of membership program

Fundraising/Public Relations:

  • Develop strategy for annual fundraising events
  • Identify and secure potential corporate sponsorships and develop appropriate sponsorship materials
  • Represent GCCA at community, interagency and social functions

Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree
  • Management experience in an arts organization for 5 – 10 years, preferably for a non-profit organization
  • Ability to generate new ideas and exhibit innovative solutions
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and team building skills
  • Ability to delegate, work collaboratively, supervise and mentor staff, committees and volunteers.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Demonstrate problem solving of group facilitation and dispute resolution skills
  • Solid budget management skills, including: budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Proven record in donor development, fundraising and program development
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Excellent grant writing skills
  • Advocacy experience
  • Ability to work with computer systems and software (Microsoft Office, donor software, Quick Books) for communication, finances, social media, email marketing
  • Knowledge of the Hudson Valley and its history and current environment is a plus

Hours/Benefits:

  • Full time salaried position; monthly Board meeting attendance and openings of events required
  • Salary: Commensurate with applicant’s experience
  • Benefits: maximum of $300 per month to be used as contribution to health insurance
  • Vacation: 10 days per year for the first two years; 10 paid holidays per year

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
William Deane, President, GCCA at gccasearchcommittee@gmail.com

References required: Three, at least one from someone you have supervised
Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis from February 6, 2018 – March 16, 2018
Anticipated hire date May 1, 2018 with anticipated start date of June 1, 2018

GCCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.