Executive Director Search
New York City
The arts-in-action organization, Global Arts Corps, seeks a dynamic
non-profit administrator to serve as Executive Director (ED). Working
with the Corps' founders and artistic leadership, the Executive
Director will establish and oversee an organizational structure and
operations to implement a plan for growth, which will build upon the
Global Arts Corps' portfolio of initiatives and partnerships and
Global Arts Corps' mission is to offer innovative strategies for
communities in conflict to process the past in order to thrive in the
future. The Corps brings together world-class artists from opposite
sides of civil, religious, and racial conflict, who, together, create
theatrical productions that tour the world's conflict zones to advance
the cause of reconciliation.
Global Arts Corps works with artists who either once looked down the
barrel of a gun at each other or, as children of conflict, still deal
with memories not yet healed. In so doing we create theatre ensembles
out of people who fundamentally disagree with each other; who are
suspicious of each other; who see each other as the "us" and "them".
The resulting piece of theatre tells the story of a conflict within a
shared collective consciousness – reconciliation in and of itself.
We then take this production to audiences living their own memories of
recent violence and oppression but having the same need to break the
revenge and vengeance cycle. In the dialogue that ensues, two totally
different cultures of violence are exposed to each other. The
production becomes a means for linking survivors of violence within
and across borders. We have found that through live theatre, forged
and performed by artists who have lived through their own conflict and
violence, Global Arts Corps can achieve remarkable non-threatening
platforms allowing for uncensored dialogue and constructive engagement
across all sorts of divides.
The Global Arts Corps has an annual operating budget of $1 million and
a small headquarters staff of four, including the Executive Director
position and the two founders, the Executive Assistant/Project
Coordinator, and a part-time Associate Artistic Director located
Following ten years of success and growth as a volunteer-driven
organization, the Corps now requires a more permanent structure and
operations staff to support its growth and multiple productions, in
the United States and several overseas locations.
Lead the development and implementation of an organizational structure
for the Global Arts Corps, in accordance with the Corps' strategic
plan for expanding programs and ensuring long-term program
sustainability and human resource development;
Develop the infrastructure to support the expansion of programs,
including providing technical expertise for the headquarters; and
Expand opportunities to collaborate with other international arts and
human rights organizations.
Work with Artistic Director and Board to develop a multi-year fund
development plan to secure the support and resources necessary for
planned productions, general operations, communications and
Enable effective use of founders and creative team in engaging donors;
Expand the existing donor base, engage new foundation and corporate
partners, and government support where feasible with the goal of
securing general operating support for three years while ensuring
sufficient funds for multiple productions and future growth.
Manage and supervise staff;
Bring an overall business discipline to the operations of the
organization including effective project management, evaluation of
operations and achievement of goals;
Hire and oversee consultants as needed, ensuring coordination of
efforts and efficient delivery of contracted services.
Finance and Administration:
Develop annual budgets, oversee financial expenditures, and provide
financial and budgetary oversight.
Promotion and Representation:
Serve as a spokesperson for Global Arts Corps as needed, while
supporting and maximizing opportunities for the founders to promote
its mission, publicize its programs, and engage a diverse audience of
operational partners and policy makers in its initiatives;
Work with leadership in developing a communications plan and structure
to implement it, including print materials, web site, on-line
communications (blogs, social media campaigns) and promotional events.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
A person who is passionate about the Global Arts Corps' mission with a
"can do" attitude.
Senior level management experience in an operations environment; has
worked in a non-profit or similar organization and understands the
nuances of the not for profit environment. Hands on and strategic.
Operations management experience, including start-up of new
initiatives, development of structures in support of program
implementation, systems to monitor and evaluate progress, and planning
for future development, preferably in an international setting.
Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
lead by example and get results through others, and drive change
through disciplined goal setting and the measurement of results.
Substantial fundraising experience with a proven track record for
securing funding for programs through a variety of means, including
preparation of grant proposals and engagement of individual donors.
Financial management experience including the responsibility for
budgets, and tracking and reporting of expenditures.
Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communications skills,
including group presentations and public speaking.
Advanced degree, preferably one of MPA, MBA, or MIA.
Send CV and cover letter with salary history by mail to:
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