Executive Director Position Opening

Position:   Executive Director

Art Shanty Projects is hiring a part-time, year-round Executive Director to be the administrative agent of the board of directors and the chief executive officer of the corporation.

Position Overview

The Executive Director will be responsible for the operating functions of the corporation, charged with administering all affairs of the corporation and implementing the policies and decisions of the board of directors.

In cooperation with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director will supervise all staff activity and execute on behalf of the corporation all contracts, deeds, conveyances and other instruments that may be required or authorized by the board of directors for the proper and necessary transaction of the business of the corporation.

The Executive Director will be responsible for fostering, developing, and implementing the vision and focus of the organization, and for major decisions about the ongoing development of the values and activities after extensive consultation with the board, the Artistic Director and outside consultants.

The Executive Director will ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with board to formulate future structure of the organization
  • Foster the development of good relations within and with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate
  • Facilitate all administrative duties
  • Work with board to develop, implement and manage budget
  • Oversee current program areas and work on creation of new program areas
  • Hire, manage and coordinate staff delegated workload
  • Manage all public relations acting as a spokesperson for the organization via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, online/social media and fundraising events
  • Report to the board of directors on a regular basis to give updates of operational activities as well as mission and financial impact


  • Manage ongoing vendor needs related to event insurance, storage rental, rental insurance, payroll, accountants, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • Work with all partners to coordinate On-Ice Program, obtain necessary permits, etc.


  • Develop annual budget for board to review and approve
  • Manage cash flow
  • Provide board with monthly financial statements
  • Work with board to explore the creation of new revenue streams 

Staff Management 

  • In collaboration with the Artistic Director, recruit, hire and orient new staff to the mission and goals of Art Shanty Projects and to their position requirements
  • Plan and organize workload priorities; delegate tasks effectively
  • Coach and counsel staff expediently and contribute to a fun and positive workplace environment


  • Search for appropriate funding sources, meet with funders
  • Write grant applications and ensure deadlines are adhered to; write reports
  • Manage merchandise sales and inventory
  • Pursue sponsorships and partnerships with appropriate businesses and organizations
  • Help with production of an annual fundraising event
  • Work with board to explore the feasibility of implementing a membership program
  • Work with board and Artistic Director on community engagement and partnerships

Marketing & Communications

  • Write and send E-newsletter on schedule
  • Update website as necessary
  • Manage and update social media accounts in a timely fashion
  • Write and send press releases as necessary
  • Maintain media relations, including tracking the effectiveness of various platforms and messages

Qualifications and Requirements

All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Passion for Art Shanty Projects and its mission
  • Bachelor’s Degree; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years in management and/or arts administration, working in a nonprofit organization
  • Experience with community engagement and partnerships
  • Experience in staff recruitment and management
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Experience in fundraising including grant-writing, annual appeal letter campaigns; experience in developing membership programs preferred
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage a budget and set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Strong marketing, public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide-range of stakeholders
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning; experience with developing earned income revenue streams preferred
  • Access to home office or other working space; use of personal vehicle


The Executive Director will be a contract employee (independent contractor) working an average of 15 hours per week for a one-year renewable contract. The amount available for this position is $25 per hour.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resumé, two recent grant writing examples and three references to admin@artshantyprojects.org

Closing Date: March 31, 2017