Full job description
The Executive Director is the public face and administrative leader of the Kirkland Art
Center (KAC), a 60+ year arts organization dedicated to serving Central New York through arts-oriented programming — including through exhibitions in our gallery, classes for children and adults, an annual artist residency program, and an award-winning concert series.
The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the programming, operations, and finances of the Kirkland Art Center. They work closely with and report to the Board of
The Executive Director works with the Board to plan and execute programming that matches the needs of the local community, serves the arts-oriented mission of the organization, and is consistent with the organization’s larger strategic plan. The Executive Director provides fiscal oversight to ensure operation within the approved budget with positive growth and maximum resource utilization. The ideal candidate is a community-oriented leader with a deep love of the arts and an achievable vision for a thriving 21st century arts center.
The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:
❏ Working with the Board to plan and execute high-value, sustainable programming that matches the needs of the community and balances our mission of service with the need to support our work with revenue-generating projects
❏ Hiring and supervising qualified staff, teaching artists, and other contract-based employees
❏ Overseeing the operations and facility maintenance of the Kirkland Art Center.
❏ Working with the board to recruit and supervise qualified interns and volunteers to accomplish the organization’s goals
❏ Ensuring compliance with state and federal workplace and human resource regulations
❏ Communicating with the public, artists, instructors, funding agencies, etc. on behalf of the KAC
❏ Writing grants and reports for the KAC (which may also be accomplished by working with volunteer support)
❏ Signing notes, agreements, and other contracts made and entered into and on behalf of the KAC; and communicating with the Board of Directors on issues relating to the financial health and mission of the KAC
❏ With Board support, leading fund-raising efforts through sponsorship, grants, membership, and events
❏ Budgeting, maintaining financial records and presenting regular reports
Skills and Qualifications:
Leadership Work style:
❏ Thrives on independent, proactive work and has a proven track record of being able to prioritize important tasks, take initiative, and make sustainable progress towards multiple goals simultaneously
❏ Enthusiasm for our mission and a clear vision for how to build the center’s operations to serve the ever-evolving needs of our community
❏ Create and sustain strong, ethical and collaborative team environment
❏ The ability to lead with kindness and rigor including a positive attitude, a desire for mission-driven work, and a leadership style that is based in problem-solving and empowering others
❏ BA in arts, arts administration, marketing or related field or equivalent experience
❏ Proven ability to prioritize, execute, and effectively delegate a wide range of tasks (the ability to both get into and out of the weeds!)
❏ Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
❏ Proven ability to successfully manage a budget and execute high-value projects that meet financial goals
❏ A*_bility to rigorously assess and prioritize projects *_ and advocate to the board for spending the bulk of the organization’s resources on tasks and projects with the most value to the community and the organization
❏ Ability to hire, supervise, and set staff up for success by creating or maintaining efficient systems for all repeated tasks, maintaining institutional documentation, and helping staff and volunteers develop in their roles
❏ Competent using and staying current with online resources to maximize the efficiency of administrative work (QuickBooks, Squarespace, Mailchimp, and DonorSnap.)
❏ Thorough understanding of modern community-building and the value of social media, email, and website optimization in serving the mission of a modern arts organization
Preferred but not required:
❏ Fundraising Experience: some track record of funding a project through community, grant, or donor support.
❏ Arts Administration Background: some track record with the specific needs and challenges of a modern arts non-profit.
❏ Marketing Experience: some track record of understanding how user experience and clear communication through marketing and press channels helps to set programming up for success.
The position will be full time with flexible hours.
At the Kirkland Art Center, we value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our community organization. As such, we have a strict non-discrimination policy. We believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.
If you are interested in learning more about the position, please email Damhnait
McHugh (Board President) at info(at)kacny.org or contact a Board member.
To apply for the position, please send your resumé, a cover letter and a list of references by email to Damhnait McHugh (Board President) at info(at)kacny.org
References will not be contacted unless the candidate interviews for the position.
9½ EAST PARK ROW, PO BOX 213, CLINTON, NY 13323 WWW.KACNY.ORG
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $40,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year
- Monday to Friday
Work Location: In person