Greater Denton Arts Council

EMPLOYMENT

Greater Denton Arts Council is currently seeking the following positions:

Greater Denton Arts Council
Position:
Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Hours: Full time, exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) has served the Denton community for almost 50 years. The Arts Council provides foundational support for Denton’s artists and community arts organizations and collaborates frequently with area universities, the Denton Independent School District, and the City of Denton. The Arts Council presents a full schedule of programs and exhibitions in its flagship facility, the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC), in historic downtown Denton, Texas.

The Executive Director of the Greater Denton Arts Council provides dynamic leadership and direction in policymaking, planning, organization, staffing, and operations for GDAC and PAAC. The Director works with the Board of Directors in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a strategic plan to guide the Council toward the fulfillment of its mission and goals. This position will develop innovative and creative opportunities enhancing the PAAC as a vibrant center for the arts in the North Texas region.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors with responsibilities for:
- Developing and implementing the organization’s strategic goals based on data driven evaluation
- Leading fund raising initiatives and developing/stewarding donor relationships
- Supervision of exceptional staff and operational oversight
- Enhancing and creating connections with a vast variety of constituents
- Expanding strategic alliances-formal/informal

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develops, implements, and promotes the philosophy of exhibitions, education, and community initiatives for GDAC and PAAC that furthers brand, values, and mission
- Provides dynamic leadership and direction for staff, supporters, and other stakeholders
- Supported by the Board of Directors, leads and strengthens fund raising endeavors utilizing local, regional and national resources
- Collaborates with Board President and Board in strategic planning to define benchmarks of success and ensure organizational sustainability
- In partnership with Board, oversees annual operating budget, assets and financial affairs of GDAC, PAAC, and the Campus Theater ensuring sound financial management
- Develops and maintains transparent and consistent communication with the Board of Directors, staff, and stakeholders
- Cultivates new Board candidates to enhance the mission of the GDAC and PAAC, its programs, and development efforts
- Develops and maintains long-term community relationships furthering the financial, artistic and educational goals of GDAC and PAAC
- Enhances and grows the GDAC brand through groundbreaking multicultural inclusive programs generating regional and state-wide recognition
- Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff as part of the successful management of daily affairs of the GDAC and PAAC
- Develops and maintains relationships with area arts organizations, community partners, artists, professional organizations, collaborative programming/marketing partners, and professional colleagues to enhance GDAC’s position and relevance locally, nationally, and internationally
- Acts as spokesperson for GDAC and articulates its vision and its purpose with media and press

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- Masters Degree or advanced degree (MBA, MFA, etc.) in arts administration, art history, arts education, or non-profit management preferred
- Five years strong non-profit management leadership and a proven track record of successfully operating a non-profit organization, preferably arts related

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- A proven fundraising track record of writing and managing grants, seeking and securing major gifts, implementing annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns and fundraising events
- Demonstrated success in working with diverse cultures and providing inclusive opportunities to meet the needs of an entire community
- Experience using current technologies, social media, web design and marketing strategies to promote GDAC and its programs and events
- An entrepreneurial spirit; specifically, vision coupled with motivation and execution
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
- A strategic thinker and a willingness to try new strategies and ideas
- Business acumen with financial responsibility
- The ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with a myriad of individuals, groups and individuals
- A personable, welcoming and inclusive management style that optimizes the staff and resources through leadership and delegation
- A willingness to participate actively in the organization’s lively schedule of activities and events including weekdays, evenings and weekends

MISSION OF THE GREATER DENTON ARTS COUNCIL
The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) is a catalyst for creativity, advocacy and collaboration. The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC) is our home where we celebrate the arts, inspire innovation, and engage community. Learn more at dentonarts.com

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE IS…
-Open to innovation, creativity and has a passion for the arts and art education
-Can communicate and collaborate with a diverse population
-Has development experience and will enjoy working with the Board in the promotion of GDAC in the community and by forming and nurturing relationships with donors, sponsors, etc.  to provide and increase financial support for the organization and its mission
-Understands strategic planning and can work with the Board to develop measurable goals and implement strategies to achieve them
-Has experience in non-profit management and is skilled in hiring, managing, and training of staff

TO APPLY
The Greater Denton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to employment@dentonarts.com by Friday, June 2, 2017. Professional references will not be contacted without the approval of the candidate. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.


COORDINATOR OF EXHIBITIONS
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full time, Non-Exempt

The Coordinator of Exhibitions works closely with the Executive Director to implement the Art Council’s philosophy of exhibitions at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. This position is responsible for the coordination and installation of exhibitions at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and satellite sites. In addition, this position assists as needed with graphic design for exhibitions and marketing materials for GDAC and PAAC.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Works in partnership with the Executive Director to develop the schedule of exhibitions at the PAAC and satellite sites such as UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center lobby.
- Oversees all aspects of exhibition project coordination including layout, art intake and pick-up, creation of gallery signage, labeling, hanging, artist statements, price sheets and sign in sheets
- Develops and maintains departmental budgets, monthly reports, and tracks expenses and expenditures
- Oversees the development and timely distribution of loan letters, artist and exhibition contracts, and necessary insurance contracts
- Keeps master exhibition schedule and set timelines for exhibition production
- Develops and maintains records on each exhibition with copies of all correspondence, publicity, and gallery sheets
- Oversees gallery sales, communicates with buyers and artists, monitors gallery donations boxes
- Coordinates all phases of the annual Materials: Hard + Soft competition and exhibition including calls for artists, promotion, juror selection, submissions process, contracting of artists, and installation
- Works with Manager of Operations and staff in the coordination of installation schedules and use of galleries for master calendar
- Drafts and maintains accurate exhibition credit lines in collaboration with Executive Director, sponsorship, and development efforts
- Ensures the organization maintains exhibition policies and procedures in keeping with best practices
- Assists as needed in the production of promotional materials for GDAC/PAAC
- Demonstrates leadership as an active participant in staff, board, and community meetings
- Oversees exhibition and marketing and design interns
- Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced setting
- Possesses excellent written, organizational, and interpersonal skills
- Highly proficient in the use of computers and software applications, including design software and database management; possesses the ability to learn new applications
- Possesses positive attitude, initiative, sound judgment, and ability to work independently as well as in team environment

REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- Bachelors Degree in Art, Art History, or Graphic Design and/or equivalent work experience (masters degree preferred)
- One to three years past experience working in museums, galleries, or cultural institutions, preferably in curatorial, exhibition, or design division
- Demonstrated knowledge of best practices regarding art handling, installation, and transport of art objects

TO APPLY
The Greater Denton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to admin@dentonarts.com. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.


EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: 30-35 hours per week, non-exempt; Tuesday – Saturday flexible schedule

The Education Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement the Art Council’s philosophy of education and public programs for children and adults. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, develops and coordinates education efforts and public programs including classes, workshops, student programs, family events, concerts, films, and other educational activities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as program coordinator for education and program efforts of the Arts Council, including signature programs such as First Fridays, Thursdays at the Arts Center, and Saturday programming for families
- Creates and maintains event registration forms, mailing lists, solicitation letters, reservations lists, information packets, entry forms, and any other event needs as required
- Coordinates registration for all classes, camps and special programs and maintains active and prompt communication with participants
- Ensures prompt payment of artists, performers, and educators for educational programs and events
- Oversees Arts Center tours, docent program, and education interns
- Selects and oversees contracted art educators and instructors
- Develops and maintains departmental budgets, monthly reports, and tracks expenses and expenditures
- Establishes community partnerships to advance outreach and funding opportunities
- Collaborates with staff to develop content for web, print, email, and social media marketing of programs and event
- Demonstrates leadership as an active participant in staff, board, and community meetings
- Contributes to the continued development and promotion of the Council’s brand and brand identity
- Partners with colleagues to provide data and content for sponsorship and grant efforts
- Assists in the development and adherence to best practices and departmental policies
- Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
-Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office
- Possesses excellent written, organizational, speaking, and interpersonal skills
- Highly proficient in the use of computers and software applications, including database management; the ability to learn new applications
- Demonstrated outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills
- Possesses positive attitude, initiative, sound judgment, and ability to work independently as well as in team environment
- Willingness to work a flexible Tuesday – Saturday schedule including:

Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Additional hours will be required on First Fridays and other special events

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- Bachelors Degree in Art Education, Art History and/or equivalent work experience
- One to four years past experience working in museums or cultural institutions
- Demonstrated knowledge and a keen interest in multidisciplinary approaches to educational programming for broad and diverse audiences and ages

TO APPLY
The Greater Denton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to admin@dentonarts.com. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.

 


INTERNSHIPS AT THE GREATER DENTON ARTS COUNCIL

Interested in receiving training and real-life experience in the arts and non-profit management? The Greater Denton Arts Council is currently seeking interns to assist in the following areas: education and exhibitions, development, marketing and social media, and visitor studies and evaluation.

Internships are available to university students or recent graduates. Start and end dates are flexible but primarily run the length of an academic semester. Interns must be willing to contribute a minimum 10 hours of service per week. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional or academic references to admin@dentonarts.com