YA Affiliate Arts Partners Seeks Executive Director


Interested in leading a small (but M-I-G-H-T-Y!) non-profit that connects local teaching artists with local schools to give students opportunities to learn through the arts? Arts Partners helps make that a reality for dozens of local artists and over 25,000 kids every year! Are you passionate about local non-profits, the arts, or education? Do you get excited about leadinginnovating, and growing an organization? Arts Partners announces the opening for the position of Executive Director. Inquiries and resumes will be accepted through December 31, 2017 and should be directed to Penny Vogelsang, Interim Executive Director, Arts Partners, 903 S Edgemoor, Suite 907 Wichita, KS 67218-3337 Penny@artspartnerswichita.org  316-262-4771. Visit www.artspartnerswichita.org/about.html to learn more about the Arts Partners mission. 


Job Title: Executive Director
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Board Committee (s): All
Revision Date: October 2017


Position Description 

The executive director is responsible for implementing policy and meeting the organization's objectives in finances, fund development, programming, administration, and strategic planning as established by the board of directors.  The executive director is responsible for the management of all staff positions and reports to the board of directors. 


Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Leadership of strategic direction of organization
  • Responsible for the organization’s  fundraising and public relations efforts
  • Oversight of financial operations
  • Supervision of all staff positions and contractors
  • Managing the work of the board
  • Leadership of local, regional, state and national efforts to promote the organization’s mission


Specific Responsibilities of the Job 

  • Oversees the development and implementation of strategies to achieve programming, financial, and other goals set by the board of directors
  • Provides leadership in strategic planning, working towards responsible growth while maintaining excellence in programming
  • Develops and administers the annual operating budget with the support of the board’s Finance Committee
  • Manages day-to-day operations with responsibility for oversight of financial operations, including production of accurate monthly financial statements
  • Assists audit firm in order to facilitate timely audit report and State and Federal fillings
  • Supervises all staff positions, including annual evaluations, and maintains personnel files
  • Works with the board and appropriate committees to ensure the artistic, educational and financial integrity of Arts Partners’ programs
  • Oversees Arts Partners’ fundraising efforts, working closely with the board and Fund Development committee to identify and solicit funds and in-kind services and to plan special events
  • Researches and submits grant proposals to foundations, corporations and individuals
  • Keeps current on funding opportunities on the local, state, and federal level, and is proactive in developing collaborative grant applications with the school district or other organizations
  • Serves as the staff media representative and is responsible for the organization's marketing, with support from the board's Fund Development committee
  • Attends all committee and all board meetings, and manages the work of all board committees
  • Maintains productive working relationships with education leaders, partner organization leaders and community leaders
  • Represents Arts Partners in the local arts and cultural community and on a statewide level, as required
  • Serves as Regional Director of Kansas Wolf Trap and oversees management of the Wolf Trap programs
  • Serves as liaison to Young Audiences, Inc. and represents Arts Partners at national meetings and activities


Job Requirements 

  • 3-5 years of leadership/management experience
  • Understanding and appreciation of the integration of the arts in education
  • 3 -5 years of experience in fund development and public relations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability in budget development and fiscal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of software platforms and technology


 Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, complementary to the job specifications and 5 years of increasingly responsible work experience
  • Specialized training in fund development preferred
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Experience in nonprofit management preferred
  • Previous experience in working with or answering to a Board of Directors


Physical Demands 

The ideal candidate is able to effectively communicate, listen and observe while performing their duties.  Extended periods of sitting at a computer or standing may be required.  Public speaking is required and the applicant must be able to give presentations to larger groups as well as the board of directors.  Travel to PreK-12 education facilities is required, with a means of transportation provided by the applicant.  Travel out of the area by air, train or car may be occasionally necessary where luggage or carry-on baggage will be required.   


Work Environment 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to share a working space with one or more colleagues; the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.  The work space is accessible by elevator and stairs. 



This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. 


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