Executive Director, Artworks

Job Title

Executive Director



About the Position

Position summary

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization reflecting the strategic direction established by the Board of Directors.

Job Duties

Specific areas of responsibility include resource development, Board relations, financial and legal oversight, marketing and public relations, operations and human resources and programming.

Resource development

  • Develop overall fund development strategy
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors
  • Identify prospective donors and initiate relationship building activities
  • Provide leadership for special initiative fundraising efforts, including major giving campaigns, direct mail giving, corporate and foundation partnerships and membership drive
  • Initiate, implement, and report grant activities

Board Relations

  • Attend and report at all Board meetings
  • Work with the President to inform the Board of Directors of the work and vision of the organization
  • Support the Board governance committees
  • Support the work of the officers and functional committees in their roles
  • Meet and communicate with Board members regularly, actively engaging members advancing the mission and goals
  • Ensure that Board governance is carried out in accordance with the Bylaws and organizational policies and complies with other board directives
  • Report annually on the status of the strategic plan

Financial and Legal Oversight

  • Drive multi-year business planning process to accomplish strategic goals
  • Develop and implement the organization’s annual budget
  • Develop and implement program budgets
  • Supervise accounting, payroll and sales functions
  • Ensure the organization is current in its legal filings and insurance coverage

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Create and maintain effective relationships with volunteers, area media, and the arts community
  • Serve on community committees as appropriate
  • Develop and execute the public relations and marketing strategy
  • Serve as the spokesperson and ambassador for Artworks

Operations and Human Resources

  • Oversee and implement resources for effective operations of the organization.
  • Support, encourage and develop staff; maintain employee policies, evaluations, and records
  • Make policy recommendations for use and maintenance of Artworks facility
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff and volunteers as appropriate
  • Oversee lease agreements.


  • Oversee and drive the artistic direction of the organization in accordance with the strategic plan and organizational budget for the programs, galleries and gift shop
  • Ensure regular evaluation of program effectiveness


Professional Experience and Education Requirements


  • Minimum three year’s work experience in fundraising in a non-profit or arts-related field.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven success with resource development including fundraising and relationship building with individuals, businesses and organizations
  • Non-profit management experience
  • Proven experience working with a Board of Directors and a wide range of diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations
  • Proven success with building relationships with donors, prospects, stakeholders, volunteers, community members

How to Apply

To apply, please send a letter of application and a resume to Search Committee Chair Roxanne Cullen at RoxanneCullen@ferris.edu.

Review of applicants will begin on February 17 and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Artworks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “Vitalizing our community through the arts and humanities.”  This community art center houses two galleries, a gift shop, an education center and multiple programs. It is staffed by four full-time and two part-time employees and enjoys the support of numerous volunteers. The Board oversees a $350,000 annual budget.

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