Redux Contemporary Art Center seeks executive director
Application review begins July 26; position open until filled
Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux), a not-for-profit 501-c-3 arts organization established in 2002, seeks an exceptional, business-savvy leader with an arts or arts administration background for its full-time executive director position. Redux is committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences.
Redux recently relocated to a newly refurbished building at 1056 King Street in Charleston, which has garnered widespread praise from artists and Redux members and supporters alike. Redux is governed by a nine-member board of directors.
The executive director is expected to provide artistic vision, competent leadership and overall direction for day-to-day operations in furtherance of Redux’s mission, consistent with board-established goals and policies. To this end, the executive director has the following chief duties:
Business Planning and Program Development
- Develop and cultivate an artistic vision for Redux and its programming.
- Implement that vision through programmatic efforts, including but not limited to creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studio artists, planning and managing exhibitions, coordinating arrangements with visiting artists, and developing and overseeing community classes, kids camps, and other learning experiences.
- Share knowledge and support for the board’s strategic planning process.
- Develop and execute a sound business plan that aligns Redux’s mission with a strategy to grow revenues and develop long-term sustainability.
- Assess needs, identify available assets and resources, coordinate and collaborate with others where feasible, and develop and implement programs to achieve the mission.
- Marshal necessary human, financial, and material resources needed to operate programs.
- Design evaluation methodologies to assess program performance. Based on evaluation results, implement changes and improvements as necessary.
- Refine and grow the membership program.
- Conduct research on grants and other funding opportunities with foundations and other not-for- profit organizations, public sector agencies, corporations, and civic groups.
- Cultivate relationships with prospective funders. Prepare and submit letters of intent, concept papers, full proposals, and other requests for funding. Complete grant reports.
- Plan and implement activities to cultivate and solicit individual contributions, particularly from high net worth individuals residing in the Lowcountry.
- Coordinate special fundraising events.
- Identify potential sources for in-kind donations of goods and services. Prepare and submit requests as needed.
- Oversee the acknowledgment of all gifts, grants, and donations in a timely manner and the maintenance of accurate and complete donor mailing lists and files.
- Oversee and ensure the integrity of day-to-day financial operations and transactions.
- Develop and revise as needed an annual budget to track revenues, guide spending, and assure performance of mission and strategic goals.
- Create and update as needed an accounting/financial policies and procedures manual that establishes strong internal controls.
- Produce financial reports and supporting documentation to the Board of Directors and third parties.
- Ensure the timely preparation and submission of payroll taxes, annual reports, information returns, and other government filings.
- Develop and maintain a personnel policies and procedures manual that complies with all applicable state and federal labor laws.
- Develop and maintain position descriptions for all staff and key volunteer positions.
- Hire staff, and ensure proper orientation, training, supervision, and performance evaluation of the team.
- Create an environment where staff is encouraged and heard – discipline and terminate staff as needed.
- Assess training needs, identify sources of training, and ensure that staff and volunteers receive adequate training to perform their duties.
Property Management and Asset Protection
- Develop and implement a prudent business plan for use of Redux’s physical plant, including but not limited to leasing studio space to artists, hosting exhibitions, and renting meeting space to community groups.
- Ensure that the facility and grounds are properly maintained, clean, safe, and secure.
- Maintain all necessary insurance coverage and other risk management measures to provide reasonable protection for the agency’s assets, artists, staff and volunteers, equipment, etc.
- Oversee the organization and safekeeping of agency documents, records, files, art, etc.
Marketing and Communications
- Assess marketing needs of the agency and develop appropriate activities and vehicles to meet those needs. Develop and promote Redux’s brand to the wider community.
- Oversee the development of an agency website, newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, annual reports, and other promotional literature.
- Prepare articles, press releases, public service announcements and advertisements for radio, TV, newspapers, and other media outlets.
- Conduct speaking engagements to inform the community of Redux’s mission, accomplishments, and ongoing needs for support.
Board and Committee Support
- Provide support, upon request, for the operations and communications of the board of directors, officers, and board committees.
- Prepare reports to the board as directed or established in board policies.
- Inform the board of directors when an important, critical, or controversial internal or external issue or action has occurred or is about to occur.
- Serve as a resource and advisor to the board in assessing agency needs, understanding industry trends and practices, and developing and updating Board policies pertaining to management and operations.
Redux seeks a dynamic individual with an arts or administration background and a strong track in fundraising and/or revenue generation. Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required for this position, though a master’s degree is preferred. A background in art history or techniques will be a plus. In addition to the above qualifications, Redux desires candidates with strong interpersonal skills, experience in managing/supervising staff and volunteers, excellent writing skills, and strong proficiency with technology. We are looking for an energetic, likeable person who is able to manage people and programs in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism with diverse constituencies.
The position is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether an applicant has local ties or not, she or he must possess the skills and abilities to assimilate with the artistic and cultural milieu of Charleston and the wider nonprofit and philanthropic community of the Lowcountry. Redux’s executive director must reside in Charleston or a neighboring community while employed in this position.
Instructions for applicants
Those interested in applying for this position are instructed to send an email to the Redux Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, and attach a current resume and a cover letter that includes applicant’s salary requirements. Review of applicants will begin on July 26, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered letters and resumes will not be accepted.