Seeking New Executive Director

In Search of a new Executive Director.

With the current Executive Director retiring at the end of 2020, the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC) is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director advances the mission and agenda of the organization, and directs/administers all programs, operations, and policies. Serving as the OCAC’s Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director works closely with and reports to, the Board of Trustees, the Board President, members of the Executive Committee, and with other critical financial and operational committees. The Executive Director promotes community support of the arts, specifically the OCAC. The Executive Director role is a full-time position, supervising a professional staff of three individuals, and additional part-time staff.

Primary Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Strategic Planning – Implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and develops annual action plans, to ensure that the arts are represented in the community-at-large and for the constituency that the OCAC serves.
  • Fiscal Management – Develops an annual budget for approval by the Finance Committee and Board. Oversees the management of all funds, consistent with the organization’s accounting system.
  • Program Development and Management – Develops, implements, and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s Mission and Strategic Plan to meet the needs of constituents and target audiences.
  • Fund Development/Grant Oversight – Together with the Associate Director of Development & Marketing, develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization.
  • Staff Leadership and Management – Motivates and develops the professional management team; hires, supervises and evaluates staff. Coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers and partner organizations.
  • Community Relations – Develops effective working relationships within the community; including within the arts community, local businesses, civic groups, government entities, and elsewhere.
  • Communications & Advocacy – Serves as the chief spokesperson for the CAC in the community and with the media, will articulate and communicate the value of the arts in improving quality of life.
  • Diversity Officer – Works to increase diversity of experience and perspective through staffing, programming, audience outreach, and board composition.
  • Continuous Learning – The Executive Director must maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of arts education, museums, and multi-disciplinary community arts programs, including knowledge in digital/virtual programming, social media, video and audio elements, and more.

Required Experience & Education

The successful candidate will bring a strong combination of experience and education, providing the required knowledge and skill sets to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with an emphasis in the area of not-for-profit management, museum administration, the arts, design or other related field is preferred, but not required; AND… Three to five years of full-time, successful, paid work experience in not-for-profit management and fundraising, arts education, and community engagement is required; AND…Demonstrated ability to work successfully with colleagues, volunteers, instructors of the arts, artists, and community entities at every level. Demonstrated community building experience and a relevant portfolio of technical and strategic skills will set this candidate apart.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter of interest and resume as attachments in PDF format to John Moul, Search Committee Chair, at ocac@oxarts.org.

The position offers a competitive not-for-profit salary starting at $40,000, commensurate with experience.