The AuSable Artisan Village (AAV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and supporting art and cultural activities that enrich lives and fuel the economic and cultural development of the Grayling community and Northern Michigan region. We are comprised of more than 60 artists and 200+ members, and offer a retail art gallery space, a stage for concerts and live performances, and various classes and workshops. We are currently in a period of leadership transition and seeking a Executive Director to lead a dedicated team of board members, artists, and volunteers in advancing the mission of the organization. AuSable Artisan Village is an inclusive organization and does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or disabilities.


The Executive Director will provide direction and oversight of the organization’s day-to-day processes and operations. The Executive Director is also responsible for the organization’s vision, strategic direction, financial health, and business development. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. Other key duties include…



Salary range, $35,000-40,000  annually with a one year renewable contract, and benefits negotiable.


As soon as possible


The Executive Director (ExD) reports to the Board of Directors, with a Board appointed designee to serve as primary contact.  The ExD is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  The ExD is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic goals; overseeing the organization’s financial management; leading, sustaining and administering fundraising and grant activities; developing and administering program activities; coordinating volunteers and committees; supervising daily operations at the Artisan Co-op Gallery; and promoting the AAV and its mission.  The ExD should possess a passion for the arts and the ability to develop and maintain long-term relationships that enhance the financial, artistic, and educational goals of AAV.

Duties & Responsibilities     

The Executive Director will: 

  1. Work with the Board of Directors on developing, evaluating, implementing, and updating the organization’s Strategic Plan and goals.
  1. Keep the board fully informed on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it, including but not limited to: art sales comparisons, membership activities, education updates, stage/performance updates, and environmental factors.
  2. Assist Secretary and President with official correspondence for the AAV.
  3. Work with Treasurer and Finance Committee on the organization’s finances.  
  1. Monitor budget and regularly review revenue reports from POS system, to ensure the organization operates within approved budget guidelines.
  2. Initiate and supervise annual membership drive and other fundraising and grant seeking efforts.  
  1. Oversee AAV’s administrative operations. 
  1. Supervise paid staff, volunteers, and artists.
  1. Serve as Manager for the Artisan Co-op Gallery:
  1. Oversee and assist with advertising and marketing.:
  1. Maintain a current working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of art, culture, and entertainment and discuss changes & opportunities with the Board of Directors.
  2. Always carry themselves professionally and ethically, serving as an AAV Representative to other organizations, agencies, and the general public.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Post high school education, or experience in the arts/entertainment industry, or business administration.

Conflict resolution skills.

Knowledge of: 

Experience with: 

Ability to: 


Qualified candidates should send a cover letter stating why he or she is a good fit for this position, along with a resume, and three professional references (with contact information) to MaryAnn Ferrigan at or 11575 Lancewood Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653.