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…
- Work with the Board of Directors on developing, evaluating, implementing, and updating the organization’s Strategic Plan and goals
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings with board members, volunteers, artists, and committees.
- Develop and manage immediate and long-range strategy for fundraising through the maintenance and growth of memberships, special events, crowdfunding, and capital campaigns.
- Develop effective working relationships with the board members, volunteers, artists, and community
- Manage communications and marketing efforts
- Serve as manager for AAV’s Co-op Gallery, art shows, and performances
- Recruit and manage volunteer staff
- Passion for the arts and philanthropy
- Post high school education
- Knowledge and/or experience with the arts, culture, and the entertainment industry
- Knowledge of business administration principles
- Experience with Word, Excel, and Constant Contact required. PowerPoint, Publisher, and QuickBooks preferred.
- Experience with fundraising, grant writing and administration.
- Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication
- Ability to motivate board members, artists and volunteers and build consensus
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:
- Work with the Board of Directors on developing, evaluating, implementing, and updating the organization’s Strategic Plan and goals.
- Utilize AAV Visioning Session results to develop and submit a five-year Strategic Plan.
- Develop specific milestones for evaluating progress toward organizational goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
- Carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.
- Provide leadership to develop programs and organizational plans to promote AAV’s mission.
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings, including the executive board committee, monthly Board of Directors, board committees, and all staff/volunteer/artist meetings.
- 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.
- Assist Secretary and President with official correspondence for the AAV.
- Work with Treasurer and Finance Committee on the organization’s finances.
- Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial budget and oversight practices
- Prepare an annual budget and submit it by the October board meeting for approval.
- Monitor budget and regularly review revenue reports from POS system, to ensure the organization operates within approved budget guidelines.
- Initiate and supervise annual membership drive and other fundraising and grant seeking efforts.
- Develop an immediate and long-range strategy for fundraising to ensure AAV achieves its mission, including but not limited to the development, maintenance, and growth of membership, special events, crowd funding, and capital campaigns.
- Continuously seek out and develop government, foundation, and corporate grant opportunities to be reviewed & approved by the Board of Directors or their designee.
- Be responsible for grant reporting and administration of grant funding in accordance with provisions of the grant agreement.
- Work with the Finance Committee to help structure and implement fundraising efforts.
- Work with Membership Drive Committee on annual membership drive and activities to promote and expand membership.
- Oversee AAV’s administrative operations.
- Oversee purchasing and contracting functions for professional services.
- Ensure all AAV activities meet ADA accessibility guidelines.
- Obtain all licenses, permits, and insurance requirements for events and special activities.
- Ensure that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
- Manage terms and conditions of leases held with AAV.
- Supervise paid staff, volunteers, and artists.
- Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel including paid staff, volunteers, and artists.
- Provide challenging opportunities and appropriate recognition to entice volunteers’, staff, and artists’ participation, retention, and enthusiastic involvement.
- Encourage educational development and assist board members, volunteers, staff, and artists in applying their skills to the appropriate program in the organization.
- Ensure job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices are in place.
- Oversee scheduling of volunteers and staff to ensure efficient operations.
- Serve as Manager for the Artisan Co-op Gallery:
- Formulate and recommend policies relating to management and gallery procedures, monitor compliance, and evaluate effectiveness.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
- Oversee facility maintenance and upkeep, safety and security, and ensure the facility is kept clean, organized and staffed.
- Monitor individual artist sales and keep displays appropriately stocked with art at all times.
- Work with individual artists to develop their craft, improve displays, and increase their sales.
- Collaborate with local organizations including, but not limited to, Grayling Mainstreet, Grayling Promotional Association, Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Grayling on mutually beneficial projects & events.
- Oversee and assist with advertising and marketing.:
- Be responsible for providing relevant and engaging content for e-newsletter, social media, website, and press releases
- Ensure e-newsletters, social media posts, and press releases are accurate and posted in a regular and timely manner.
- Ensure the website and social media postings are up to date.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arts, culture, and the entertainment industry.
- Business administration principles, practices and procedures including budget development, financial management, human resource management, procurement of goods and services, facility management, and grant/contract administration.
- ADA policies and guidelines is preferred.
- Word, Excel, and Constant Contact is required. Experience with PowerPoint, Publisher, and QuickBooks is preferred.
- Fundraising and grant writing
- Administering grant funding is preferred.
- Marketing, to include use of social media.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Manage and supervise multiple projects, committees, and tasks
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships among a variety of professional disciplines and organizations.
- Supervise and train personnel
- Work independently and adhere to time constraints
- Determine and establish operating needs, priorities, policies, and procedures.
- Work on weekends and evenings as needed.
- Listen with empathy and compassion while interacting with people one on one and in group settings.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING
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 email@example.com or 11575 Lancewood Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653.