Posted: Dec 18, 2019
The Executive Director (ED) will, foremost, be passionate about the visual arts. The ideal candidate will be a visionary, strategic, and people-oriented leader who can operationalize plans through strong tactical execution. As the face of the organization, the ED will further elevate KAC as a cultural and diverse visual art education and exhibition resource for the community and a tourist destination as a part of the new Park City Arts and Culture District. Reporting to the board of trustees, the ED will be responsible and accountable for all aspects of KAC’s portfolio, including operational, artistic, exhibition, education, and community programming; financial management; and fundraising and member development. The ED will be an engaged member of the local community and will maximize community partnerships and fundraising opportunities in support of KAC’s capital campaign and ongoing operations. This individual will work in partnership with the board to cultivate relationships and financial resources while educating, engaging, and energizing the board in its role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. The ED will build a culture of teamwork, diversity, and open communication.
Primary Responsibilities: Roles and Responsibilities
Programming, Community Engagement, and Fundraising
▪ Listen to major constituents to ensure KAC offers the best visual art opportunities for the community and visitors alike.
▪ Act as the public representative for KAC with the media and community, working in partnership with the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications on all public relations and marketing efforts.
▪ Lead staff and board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the individual, corporate, and foundation donors; and develop effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods with the board and staff.
▪ Engage and cultivate appropriate strategic partnerships throughout the community to enhance KAC’s reputation, brand, relevancy, and standing locally and regionally in support of its mission, vision, and strategic goals.
▪ Serve as the chief fundraiser for the institution, working collaboratively with the board and staff to achieve operational and strategic revenue goals.
▪ Execute a transformational capital campaign to support KAC’s new building and endowment.
▪ Manage the events team as it collaboratively plans, supervises, and executes KAC’s major events, including the Arts Festival, Gala, and a variety of donor cultivation and recognition events.
Leadership and Operational Administration
▪ Develop and foster an internal culture of respect and continuous learning that models transparency and sets the highest standards for visitor experience and operational excellence.
▪ Oversee all day-to-day operations and manage the senior team, setting clear job descriptions and expectations while providing appropriate feedback, instruction, and support.
▪ Build a collaborative, positive-thinking team that understands accountabilities and achieves goals.
▪ Establish a diverse exhibition and educational program schedule that supports KAC’s vision and revenue and operational goals, under the supervision of the Curator and the Director of Education.
▪ Ensure the preparation and monitoring of monthly reporting of the annual budget, expense policies, and cash management; manage cash flow; and regularly present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and
other financial oversight tools for board review.
▪ Maintain consistent communication with the board and Finance Chair on all fiscal matters and build multi-year financial planning tools, working in partnership with the Finance Committee and staff.
▪ Initiate and maintain effective communication with and between board members, staff, and volunteers.
▪ Participate in local, regional, and national industry meetings and organizations to share and implement current best practices and industry standards with staff and encourage professional development.
▪ Ensure the necessary organizational structure, policies, compliance systems, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for effectiveness.
Governance and Board Relations
▪ Provide support to best utilize the board’s talents and resources and work closely with board members to develop a strategy that effectively mobilizes and utilizes volunteers in support of KAC’s vision and programs.
▪ Partner with the board in prospect identification, cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of new board members.
▪ Maintain clear communication with the Board Chair and Executive Committee.
Traits and Characteristics
The ED will be a dynamic and resourceful leader who values teamwork and collaboration with others. An active member of the community, this individual will be people-oriented and appreciate others’ skills, experience, and input in formulating plans and achieving successful outcomes. The ED will bring a balance of professional expertise, credibility, interpersonal skills, and commitment to internal and external stakeholder satisfaction, along with a strong capacity for self-management and the highest levels of personal accountability and integrity. Versatile and tenacious, this individual will be an intellectually curious, innovative, and harmonious professional with a proven track record of success.
Other key competencies include the following:
▪ Leadership – The adeptness to organize and motivate others to accomplish goals while creating a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.
▪ Self-Management and Personal Accountability – The capacity to prioritize and complete tasks necessary to meet or exceed the agreed upon expectations of the role and to assume accountability for personal
▪ Planning and Organizing – The aptitude to set and prioritize relevant, realistic, and attainable goals and objectives; to anticipate effects, outcomes, and risks; and to manage resources according to set priorities.
▪ Interpersonal Skills – The ability to build rapport, demonstrate a sincere interest in others, and effectively communicate and relate well to people.
▪ Constituent-Focused – The dexterity to anticipate, meet, or exceed needs, wants, and expectations.
Desired Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s degree preferred). Seven to 10 years of related experience within an art museum or educational organization, including at least five years at a senior leadership level with supervision responsibilities, are necessary. Candidates must possess a passion for visual arts, community outreach, and resource development, as well as knowledge of nonprofit management, best practices, and standards. Capital campaign experience is a plus.
Benefits / Why Work for Us: KAC provides competitive compensation for an organization of its size and a standard benefits package, including life insurance, health insurance, dental benefits, generous paid time off, paid holidays, and the quality of life offered by the beautiful Park City community.
How to Apply: Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225