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Executive Director | Sebastopol Center for the Arts (Sebastopol, California)

Under the direction and oversight of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director inspires and communicates the broad vision and strategic planning for the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA). The person in this position holds primary responsibility for SCA’s financial management, fundraising and staff management; secondary duties include oversight of marketing communications, program management, and facilities operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following; others may be added as needed:

Strategic Leadership

  • Strategy Formulation
    • Works closely with the Board of Directors to direct the development and maintenance of the organization's strategic plan.
    • Recommends policy and organizational changes to the Board when appropriate.
    • Board of Directors
      • Provides timely and accurate reports to the Board as requested or required.
      • Assists in the recruitment and retention of Board members and participates in maintaining the health and professional growth of the Board.
      • Serves as an ex-officio member of all Board committees and taskforces and appoints staff members to serve as board committee liaisons, as needed.
      • Oversees administrative preparation for Board and Committee meetings.
      • Program Oversight
        • Oversees all programs and recommends changes to the Board to meet the organizational mission and strategic plan within the approved annual budget.

Financial Management

  • Fund Development
    • Chairs the Board’s Fund Development Committee, responsible for maintaining and cultivating new donors and funding streams.
    • Works effectively with partners, committees, city and county officials, to build and maintain relationships and funding to support our work into the future. 
    • Ensures the optimal use of all organizational resources and implements changes as needed.
    • Works with Board Treasurer, accounting staff and contractors to create and manage annual budgets and to track, monitor and report on key financial indicators.
  • Fiscal Management

Staff Management

  • Ensures sound practices in SCA’s human resources management function within the approved budget, including staffing levels, recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, evaluation, performance standards, payroll functions, discipline and termination.
  • Leads and supports the SCA staff by establishing clear annual goals and providing regular feedback, guidance and assistance suitable to each person and situation.
  • Supports and joins staff in recruiting, motivating and managing volunteers, including Board members, to implement our programs and meet our goals.
  • Serves as liaison between staff and Board, representing the needs, viewpoints and support of each in light of SCA’s interests and goals

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

Marketing Communications

  • Develops key messages and oversees the compilation and distribution of all outward-bound messages.

Facilities Oversight

  • Ensures sound, safe and fiscally responsible policies and practices for the operation and maintenance of the buildings and other SCA property.
  • Oversees the management of SCA’s facilities rental program.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in the arts, arts management, arts education or a related field (advanced degree or certification desired) and at least five years in non-profit management (preferably arts-related) OR an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the successful performance of the essential job duties.

Required Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the arts as an essential component of a healthy community.
  • Consistently self-directed, with a generally positive attitude
  • Financial acumen, including budget management, forecasting, and the rules and practices related to non-profit accounting, including basic fund accounting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Power Point; working knowledge of Excel and QuickBooks
  • Working knowledge of applicable employment laws and best practices in human resources management, including volunteer management.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams
  • Proven ability to set and achieve strategic objectives for growing organization
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with a Board of Directors and the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and group presentation skills
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative in approaching organizational planning
  • Ability to work openly and effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; high level of skill and commitment in embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Strong computer skills and understanding of IT requirements necessary to run a multi-faceted organization

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requires sitting, walking, climbing stairs, talking (by phone, to individuals and in groups) and keyboard manipulation. Most work is done indoors with minimal noise; must occasionally be able to focus and remain calm in crowded settings with multiple distractions. Travel by car is required; proof of acceptable DMV driving record and sufficient insurance will be required annually.

To Apply: send a resume and a cover letter indicating your interest and match for the position to No phone calls, please.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts is committed to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. We strive to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our community.

To find out more about Sebastopol Center for the Arts, visit our website at