Executive Director : Job Description - 2020

Full Time Position

Summary: The Executive Director will bring vision, leadership and continuity to St. Louis ArtWorks, a nonprofit arts organization that works with teens from the St. Louis metropolitan area. The mission of St. Louis ArtWorks is to enrich the lives of the region's youth by providing art education, essential job skill training and exposure to career opportunities through paid apprenticeships. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives in program development and administration.

Reports To: Board of Directors

Supervises: Direct supervision of Assistant Director, Communications Manager and Office Manager

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position. Candidate will have availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Work Location: St. Louis ArtWorks is located at 5959 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis, Missouri

Compensation: Minimum of range: $75,000 annual salary

Start Date: August 1, 2020 (with 3-4 orientation meetings in the month of July)

Apply today

To apply, send the items listed below to jobs@stlartworks.org:

  1. Resume as a PDF, Word or Google doc
  2. Cover letter
  3. Three references

Executive Director Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy

  • Continues to realize St. Louis ArtWork's mission and vision and works to achieve strategic goals by leading the board in developing and maintaining a strategic planning process with long-range and short-range objectives. Ensures that the strategic plan aligns with the overall mission.
  • Works with staff to operationalize organizational priorities and goals.
  • Builds and maintains community partnerships in order to amplify the impact of St. Louis ArtWork's programs.
  • Oversees the implementation of day-to-day programs.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Oversees the team (Board of Directors, and staff) in meeting all fundraising goals, including corporate, foundation, and government support; special events fundraisers; artwork commission; individual, major donor, and board giving, and in-kind contributions.
  • Ensures that income is comprehensive and diversified. Actively seeks new opportunities for funding.
  • Works with staff and Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors and funders. Increases number of donors and size of gifts.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Oversees communications initiatives and serves as contact for press coverage.
  • Oversees all external relations, including communications, website, newsletters, annual appeals, and PR.
  • Serves as the public face and voice for St. Louis ArtWorks.
  • Seeks out nonprofit, government, and corporate partners and raises the visibility of St. Louis ArtWorks in the community.

Personnel Management

  • Actively models and reinforces organizational culture and values.
  • Ensures that HR policies are updated, reviewed, and followed as appropriate. Ensures that legal HR requirements are followed including compliance and compensation, benefits administration.
  • Develops and reviews staffing plan. Builds strong, collaborative relationships with staff and develops staff, ensures that talent is identified, coached, and made ready for leadership and opportunities.
  • Sets high expectations for an inclusive environment where staff, volunteers, stakeholders and students from all backgrounds thrive.
  • Hires, supervises, and mentors direct reports, prepares evaluations, conducts necessary disciplinary, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.
  • Conducts staff meetings to enhance internal communication, leveraging collaborations among staff, and staff development.
  • See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff.

Financial Management

  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  • Work with the staff, Finance Committee, CPA and the Board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Ensures expenses are in line with revenue and reports regularly to the Board on the budget and cash flow.
  • Oversees financial audit and the publication of St. Louis ArtWorks Annual Report.

Board of Directors

  • Serves as primary organizational liaison to the Board of Directors, including building relationships with new and prospective members. Assists in board development, including board succession planning.
  • Facilitates the Board's decision-making by providing accurate and timely information, recommending appropriate action and ensuring program implementation.
  • Works closely with Chair to prepare for board meetings.
  • Works with Board Treasurer and CPA to produce and share regular financial statements with the Board.
  • Ensures adequate staff support for board committees.
  • See that official records and documents are maintained, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board.

Program Development and Evaluation

  • Oversees all programs, ensuring the mission is carried out effectively.
  • Works with the program staff to develop and operate high-quality programs reaching an underserved apprentice population.
  • Ensures programs engage apprentices and our audiences creatively, and reflect current trends in artistic and design practice, especially as they relate to career development.
  • Ensures the regular evaluation of programs and the effective incorporation of results to inform future program delivery.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum five years' professional work experience in nonprofit administration (arts education or youth development preferred).
  • Previous experience supervising and managing staff.
  • An understanding of the grantmaking process and proven fundraising success, including individual donor cultivation and increasing income.
  • Prior experience managing a board of directors.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven capability of working effectively with staff, a board of directors, artists, sponsors, and supporters, particularly in a non-profit organization.
  • Proven leadership, organizational skills, and management capabilities, that should include planning and budget experience with prior P&L responsibility and experience managing direct reports.
  • An ability to extend the organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion, consistent with its determination to reflect and program for the diverse audience and stakeholder populations that we serve.
  • The ability to confidently represent the organization and communicate its vision. This must include excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency desired in social media platforms.

Apply today

To apply, send the items listed below to jobs@stlartworks.org:

  1. Resume as a PDF, Word or Google doc
  2. Cover letter
  3. Three references